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City and County of San Francisco

March 01, 2001

March 01, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


 

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, March 1, 2001

1:30 PM

 

Regular Meeting

 

 

 

PRESENT: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

ABSENT: None

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:48 p.m.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green, Director of Planning; Larry Badiner, Zoning Administrator; Isolde Wilson; Catherine Bauman; Jim Miller; Dan DiBartolo; Nora Priego, Transcription Secretary; Linda Avery, Commission Secretary

 

 

A. ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1. 2001.0071D (MEHRA: 558-6257)

2121 DIVISADERO STREET – west side between Sacramento and Clay streets, Lot 005 in Assessor’s Block 1004. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/11/20/6273, proposing to remodel the 4th floor, construct a 22-foot addition at the rear on all four levels. The south side exterior wall between the stairs and garage will be pushed out by four feet so as to line up with the exterior garage wall. Lastly, the garage door will be widened to a maximum of 12 feet in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

2. 1998.281BC (GORDON: 558-6309)

185 BERRY STREET - bounded by Third, Berry and Fourth Streets and China Basin Landing, in Assessor’s Block 3803, Lot 5. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 120,000 square feet of office space from the City’s office development annual limit. The proposal is to construct a three-story addition to the existing office building. The site is located in the M-2 (Heavy Industrial) District, the Mixed-Use Area of the IPZ (Industrial Protection Zone), the proposed Ballpark Vicinity Special District’s South-End Office District and the 90-X Height and Bulk District. This notice serves as public notification of the Planning Department’s initial determination of the net addition of gross square footage of office space per Planning Code Sections 313.4 and 314.4. Please note: Under Case No. 98.281V, an off-street parking variance for the proposed project was heard before the Zoning Administrator on August 23, 2000. This variance decision is currently pending before the Zoning Administrator. In addition, a rear yard variance, per Planning Code Section 134, for the proposed dwelling units at this site will be heard before the Zoning Administrator on March 28, 2001, under Case No. 2001.0179V.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

3a. 1999.554BCD (PURVIS: 558-6354)

601 KING STREET - south side between 7th and DeHaro Streets, Assessor’s Block 3800, Lots 1 and 2. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 237,500 square feet of office space from the City's office development annual limit. The proposal is to demolish two warehouse structures and construct a new office building. The project is designed as a PUD (Planned Unit Development), pursuant to Section 304, with exceptions from off-street parking standards under Section 151. This notice serves as public notification of the Planning Department's initial determination of the net addition of gross square footage of office space per Planning Code Sections 313.4 and 314.4. The site is within an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) Zoning District, a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and is within the interim IPZ (Industrial Protection Zone).

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

3b. 1999.554BCD (PURVIS: 558-6354)

601 KING STREET - south side between 7th and DeHaro Streets, Assessor’s Block 3800, Lots 1 and 2. Request for Conditional-Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 304 to construct an office building with up to 237,500 gsf (gross square feet), designed as a PUD (Planned Unit Development), with exceptions from off-street parking standards under Section 151. The site is within an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) Zoning District, a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and is within the interim IPZ (Industrial Protection Zone).

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

3c. 1999.554BCD (PURVIS: 558-6354)

601 KING STREET - south side between 7th and DeHaro Streets, Assessor’s Block 3800, Lots 1 and 2. Request for Staff-Initiated Discretionary Review pursuant to Resolution No. 16079 to demolish two industrial warehouse structures and construct an office building with up to 237,500 gsf (gross square feet), designed as a PUD (Planned Unit Development), with exceptions from off-street parking standards under Section 151 The site is within an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) Zoning District, a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and is within the interim IPZ (Industrial Protection Zone).

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

4a. 2000.277BXC (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

801 MARKET/44 FOURTH STREETS - Assessor’s Block 3705 Lot 048, north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Planning Code Sections 320-325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for allocation of up to 136,600 gross square feet of office space for a 12-story building within a C-3-R (Downtown, Retail) District and within a 160-S Height and Bulk District. The project will add a third building to the existing Pacific Place buildings I and II above the existing loading dock on the north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

4b. 2000.277BXC (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

801 MARKET/44 FOURTH STREETS - Assessor’s Block 3705 Lot 048, north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for Determinations of Compliance, for construction of a 12 story building including 136,600 gross square feet of office space. This project lies within a C-3-R (Downtown, Retail) District and within a 160-S Height and Bulk District. The project will add a third building to the existing Pacific Place buildings I and II above the existing loading dock on the north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed fro continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

4c. 2000.277BXC (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

801 MARKET/44 FOURTH STREETS - Assessor’s Block 3705 Lot 048, north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Request under Planning Code Section 219.c for professional or business offices not offering on-site service to the public in a C-3-R (Downtown, Retail) District. This project lies within a C-3-R (Downtown, Retail) District and within a 160-S Height and Bulk District. The project will add a third building to the existing Pacific Place buildings I and II above the existing loading dock on the north side of Jessie Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

5a. 1999.603BX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

555 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between First and Second Streets, with a secondary frontage on Minna Street, in Assessor’s Block 3721, Lots 69, 70, 78, 79, 80 and 81. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 557,000 square feet of office space from the City’s office development annual limit. The proposal is to demolish six vacant buildings and construct a 31-story, approximately 455-foot-tall office tower containing up to 557,000 gross square feet of office space as well as ground floor retail space, public open space and parking and loading spaces. This notice serves as public notification of the Planning Department’s initial determination of the net addition of gross square footage of office space per Planning Code Sections 313.4 and 314.4. The project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within 500-S and 550-S Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

5b. 1999.603BX (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

555 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between First and Second Streets, with a secondary frontage on Minna Street, in Assessor’s Block 3721, Lots 69, 70, 78, 79, 80 and 81. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Project) for Determinations of Compliance and Request for Exceptions, including an exception to the Separation of Towers requirement (Section 132.1(c)), exceptions to the Bulk requirements (Sections 270(d)(2), 270(d)(3)(A), and 270(d)(3)(B)), and an exception to the Reduction of Ground Level Wind Currents requirement (Section 148) for the demolition of six vacant buildings and the construction of a 31-story, approximately 455-foot tall office tower containing up to 557,000 gross square feet of office space, approximately 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, 11,140 square feet of public open space and 150 parking spaces. The project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within 500-S and 550-S Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

6. 2000.319B (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

235 SECOND STREET - east side of Second Street between Howard and Folsom Streets, with secondary frontages on Tehama and Clementina Streets, on Assessor’s Block 3736, Lots 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, and 67. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 for authorization to deduct up to 49,500 square feet of office space from the City’s office development annual limit. The proposed project would convert 49,500 square feet of light manufacturing, production and distribution space into office space. The site is located in the C-3-O (SD) (Downtown, Office, Special Development) District, and within 200S and 350S Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 8, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

7a. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for

Determination of Compliance and Exceptions, including an exception for the off-street freight loading requirement (Section 132.1(c)), an exception to the sunlight access requirement (Section 146), a height exception in the 80-130-F height and bulk district (Section 263.8), and a bulk exception (Section 272), in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) zoning district and a 80-130-F height and bulk district. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The expanded building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 15, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 15, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

7b. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for a 7-story, 122-foot tall building with up to 70,000 gross square feet office space, approximately 40,000 square feet of which would be net new office space, and approximately 41,000 square feet of retail space, in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) zoning district and a 80-130-F height and bulk district. Pursuant to Planning Code Section 313, the Department has determined that the project would result in the net addition of approximately 40,000 square feet of gross floor area office use, requiring compliance with the Office of Affordable Housing Production Program. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The expanded building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 15, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 15, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

7c. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Planning Code Section 219(c) for a Conditional Use Authorization for office uses in a C-3-R zoning district and a 80-130-F Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 15, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 15, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

7d. 2000.986XBCH (LIGHT: 558-6254)

150 POWELL STREET - east side at the southeast corner of O’Farrell Street, Lot 22, in Assessor’s Block 327. Request under Section 1111.6 for a Permit to Alter for major alterations to a Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The proposal is to seismically upgrade and expand an existing four-story Category IV building in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District. The expansion will include the demolition of three smaller adjacent buildings fronting on O’Farrell Street, a seven-story horizontal addition and a three-story vertical addition, to the existing Category IV building. The building would contain two stories of retail and five stories of office.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to March 15, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 15, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

8. 2000.183D (MILLER: 558-6344)

800 POWELL STREET (aka 105 MILES)east side, north of California Street between Powell and Stockton Streets, Lot 54 in Assessor’s Block 243. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000‑06‑21‑3244S proposing to construct a one‑story addition to an existing sports facility in conjunction with the adjacent University Club (800 Powell Street), pursuant to a Conditional-Use Authorization on August 20, 1998, by Planning Commission Motion No. 14681 (Case No. 1997.358C). The addition would accommodate squash courts, an exercise and fitness center, as well as shower and locker facilities. This property is within an RM‑4 (Mixed Residential, High Density) District, the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 65‑A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

(Proposed for continuance to March 15, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to March 15, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

9. 2000.1310C (DiBARTOLO: 558-6291)

1268 GRANT AVENUE - southeast corner of Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street; Lot 044 in Assessor’s Block 145. Request for Conditional-Use Authorization to allow amplified live and recorded music (defined as "Other Entertainment" by Planning Code Section 790.38) in an existing full-service restaurant and bar, d.b.a. Basta Pasta, as required by Planning Code Section 722.48, in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to April 5, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to April 5, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

10. 2000.1058E (DEAN: 558-5980)

1598 DOLORES STREET - located at the northwest corner of Dolores and 29th Streets; Assessor's Block 6618; Lots 7, 9, 38. Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration. The proposed construction consists of two, four-story residential buildings with a total of 13 units (two of which would be affordable units) and demolition of an existing two-story mortuary building. The project would provide 13 off-street parking spaces. The proposed project site is 10,500 sq. ft. and is located in the NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District. The project would require Conditional-Use Authorization by the City Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration

(Proposed for continuance to April 12, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Continued to April 12, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

11. Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of February 15, 2001.

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

12. Commission Matters

Commissioner Theoharis:

She requested an update on whether or not the Planning Director or the Commission Secretary contacted BOS regarding the scheduling conflict of hearings between the Land Use Committee and the Planning Commission.

 

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

13. Director's Announcements

Re: Commissioners' Training

- The Commission desires to have some sort of training.

- The Friends of City Planning (FOCP) is prepared to underwrite the attendance at the League of California Cities which will be held from March 21 to 23, 2001. This will provide training on recent laws and will enable the Commissioners to speak to other Commissioners and network.

- Although this might not accommodate all the Commissioners, the FOCP is prepared to fund six Commissioners (@ $350 per Commissioner) to attend this or other training.

 

14. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

BOS

- The Planning Director and Hillary Gitelman, Chief, Environmental Planning, attended the Public Health and Environment Committee for the purpose of responding to questions on  server farms, / computer hotels. It was a very worthwhile hearing and a lot of information came out of that hearing. Items discussed were related to energy consumption, how the department was reviewing these types of requests, etc.

 

BOA

None

15. (GREEN: 558-6411)

Status Report on Annual Office Limit

 

SPEAKER(S):

Sue Hestor
- She would like to know when the public would be allowed to have input on this item.
- Is the public testimony on the 15th or the 22nd of March?
- She would just like to have some sort of information in writing for the public.
Jeff Heller
- He has concerns about having outside architects consider the projects.
- Bringing outside people created several major problems in the past.
- The people who came in were not substantially educated in regards to Master Plans, etc. Eventually, this idea was abandoned.
Joe O’Donaghue
- Responding to Commissioner Baltimore’s question regarding housing and what we can expect regarding low cost housing, not affordable housing--we should look to the past. In the past, a certain amount of housing and millions of dollars were collected for extraction fees from downtown developers. We need to see what we did with those millions of dollars.
- Part of the analysis of today is to look at what worked before.
- We also need to see who were the benefactors of that non-profit housing.
John Bardis
- Mr. O’Donaghue has a very interesting analysis.
- The Commission needs to look deeply in the process of fees being asked as mitigation measures for the housing impacts of these developments that are being submitted for application.
- This has been a problem the City has had for 30 to 40 years. The imbalance between what we are providing in terms of construction of facilities that can expand the construction work force and the construction of the housing to house that work force.
- Because of that imbalance we have the problems we have today.
David Cincotta
- He is one of the participants of the projects being considered next week. People are wondering how much time they have available, how these projects will be presented, etc

 

D. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION -- PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

 

16. 1999.770DDDDD (WILSON: 558‑6602)

567 ‑ 569 SANCHEZ STREET - east side between 19th and Hancock Streets; Lot 032 in Assessor's Block 3585. The proposal is to demolish an existing single‑family dwelling with a detached garage and construct a new three-story plus attic-over-garage, two‑family dwelling, in an RH‑3 (Residential, House, Three‑Family) District and a 40‑X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 1, 2001)

Note: On February 1, 2001, after public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing. A motion of intent to take Discretionary Review and approve the staff recommendations and reduce the height of the project, passed by a vote
+5 –1, Commissioner Joe voted No. Project will be brought back to the Commission on February 22, 2001. Public comment will only be allowed on accuracy of plans.

Note: Without further Hearing/Consideration, the project was continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001.

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Alice Barkley

- At the end of the first hearing the Commission made a motion of intent to make certain revisions. One of the staff recommendations was a setback to match the lightwell of Mr. Moran. This has been done. The sponsor would lower the building. The building has been redesigned to be lower.

- The building has been lowered 5½ feet from the first design.

- All the conditions the Commission requested have been met.

(+) Joe O'Donaghue

- There have been substantial reductions made to the building.

- This is a single family who would just like to have their family together.

- The opposition will always be in opposition. The Commission just needs to bring a closure to this. To string it out further will just be a great detriment to this family.

(+) Patrick McGrew – Project Architect

- There has been a considerable amount of compromise in the changes of design to meet the request of the neighbors.

- There have been many changes done already to the design to match the design of the neighborhood.

- No matter what is done, the opposition will always be in disagreement.

(-) Joe Butler – DR Requestor

- What he is asking for is what is in their brief, which was distributed a week ago. He doesn't understand why the Planning Director just viewed it last night.

(-) John Litgo

- He would like to thank the Commission for taking all this testimony into consideration.

- Although they are very disappointed with the fact that the Commission didn't accept their settlement envelope, they certainly respect the opinion of the Commission.

- At the previous hearing, Commissioner Fay asked how much could the building be lowered. Department of Public Works has determined that the house could be lowered without disrupting the sewer.

- If the Commission were to accept the project sponsor's new design, the Commission would be rewarding them for failing to provide correct information.

(-) Ron Slain

- He lives across the street from the project sponsor.

- He resents that Mr. O'Donaghue has to speak badly about the neighborhood.

- Even with the changes made by the Commission, there is still a negative impact.

- This does nothing to improve the light and air issues.

- They feel that they are back at  square one!

(-) Bob Nelson

- He and his wife live on the same block as the proposed site.

- The offer the new design proposed will still have a shadow impact on his house.

- It is still possible to lower f the building three more feet.

- If a north lightwell could be built, it would allow a lot more sunlight to his property.

- Please adopt their settlement offer.

(-) Joann Nelson

- She lives next door to the proposed building.

- She and her husband have done a lot of renovations to their home in order to let more light come into their home. This has taken a lot of money and effort.

- The proposed construction will block much sunlight into their home.

- There will also be a considerable amount of heat lost. It will be very cold.

- It is a very noble cause to take an elderly parent into your home yet it doesn't have to be such a tall home.

(-) Michael Moran

- He is also a next-door neighbor on the uphill side.

- He would like the Commission to require that all deck rails on the proposed project be as open as possible in order to have more sunlight come into his property.

- Another request would be that all the vertical walls should be set back five feet.

- Please adopt their settlement envelope.

(-) Joe Butler

- Displayed a design, which shows the spirit and intent of the Commission.

- The fifth level still needs to be mitigated regarding the light and air issues.

 

ACTION: Take DR and approve project with open railings (all around) and a 15-foot setback on vertical wall.

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

NAYES: Fay

 

E. REGULAR CALENDAR

 

17a. 2000.1269RB (BAUMAN: 558-6287)

INDIA BASIN INDUSTRIAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA PLAN AMENDMENT/ 3433 THIRD STREET) - Request for a finding of consistency with the General Plan for an amendment to the Redevelopment Plan for the India Basin Industrial Park. The amendment would apply to Lot 23 in Assessor’s Block 5203, 3433 Third Street at the southeast corner of Cargo Way. It would allow up to 50,000 gross square feet of Retail and Business Services uses (a category that includes business and professional offices) and would reduce the parking requirement to one space for each 1,000 occupied square feet of Business Services space, and one space for each 7,000 gross square feet of telecommunication space. It would reduce the loading requirement to one space for each 100,000 square feet of Retail, Business Services, and Telecommunications space. This amendment would enable the construction of a proposed development at 3433 Third Street, described below.

Preliminary Recommendation: Find the proposed amendment of the Redevelopment Plan consistent with the General Plan.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Stanley Miraoka – Project Manager

- The proposed plan came about as a result of the Agency processing the allocations of this building.

- The existing plans permit up to 196,000 square feet of retail and business space.

- The bulk exists at Bay View Plaza.

- This is an appropriate plan amendment.

- They have made a determination that the limitation on the parking and loading requirements are fine.

- The building will be mixed use--commercial and retail.

(-) Sue Hestor

- At the hearing of the BOS some important information came up. This building will take about 25 megawatts of electricity.

- In San Francisco there has been a proposal to replace the power station in the Bay View Hunters Point area.

- If the Potrero Hill plan comes about, this power station will not be able to be closed and many people will still suffer from health problems.

- This project has to abide by the energy standards imposed on the City.

(+) Steve Vettel

- The energy demand on this project will be 7 megawatts of electricity not 25.

- What's before the Commission is the office and the retail plan.

 

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

RESOLUTION: 16106

 

17b. 2000.1269RB (BAUMAN: 558-6287)

INDIA BASIN INDUSTRIAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA PLAN AMENDMENT/ 3433 THIRD STREET) – Lot 23 in Assessor’s Block 5203. Authorization of up to 42,000 square feet of office space from the "Reserve for Smaller Buildings" established in Planning Code Section 321 (Office Development Annual Limit). This notice shall also set forth an initial determination of net addition of gross square feet of office space, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 313.4 and 314.4. The proposal is the construction of 3433 Third Street (at the southeast corner of Cargo Way), a five-story building containing an approximately 111,000 square feet of telecommunications switching facility; 42,000 square feet of office space; 7,500 square feet of retail space; a 6,000-square-foot public plaza and 73 parking spaces. The site is in the India Basin Industrial Park Redevelopment Area, and in the M-2 Zoning District and the 65-J Height and Bulk District

Preliminary Recommendation: Allocate up to 42,000 square feet of office space from the "Reserve for Smaller Buildings."

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 17a.

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

RESOLUTION: 16107

 

18a. 2000.171CX (MILLER: 558-6344)

466 BUSH STREET - north side between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street, Lot 42 in Assessor’s Block 270. Request for Determination of Compliance pursuant to Section 309 with respect to a proposal to construct a ten-story Hotel approximately 99 feet in height and containing approximately 91 guest rooms, also involving a request for exceptions to Planning Code standards for building height and bulk (Sections 263.8 and 272, et seq.) in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) District and a 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Steve Nixon

- He is available to answer any questions.

(+) Alice Carrey

- She is the owner of the adjacent building.

- There were several points missed by the planner.

- The project sponsor shall protect various parts of her building.

- The project sponsor and she agreed on various items.

- There is a fence, which is badly deteriorated, and posters are always being posted.

- People who post posters on the fence of the empty site at 466 Bush make a mess and get glue on the stone of her bldg.

ACTION: Approved Under Section 309.

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION: 16108

 

18b. 2000.171CX (MILLER: 558-6344)

466 BUSH STREET - north side between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street, Lot 42 in Assessor’s Block 270. Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for modification of a previously imposed condition (time limit for start of construction Motion No. 14797) for a hotel containing approximately 91 rooms in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) District and a 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 18a.

ACTION: Approved with amended conditions (in addition to the Jobs Housing Linkage).

AYES: Baltimore, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

NAYES: Chinchilla

MOTION: 16109

 

 

F. SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

 

Following the Regular Calendar, the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing.

 

Note: The next item followed item 17a and b.

 

19. 2001.0078D (DiBARTOLO: 558-6291)

1831 - 1837 STOCKTON - west side between Lombard and Greenwich Streets, Lot 005 in Assessor’s Block 0076. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/10/12/2890, to convert a four-unit building to a three-unit building in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Specifically, the proposal will merge two dwelling units on the third floor. No exterior alterations are proposed.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 8, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Michael Levit – Project Sponsor

- During the previous hearing, he presented signatures of about 50 neighbors expressing support for this project.

- He and his fiancée began looking for a single-family home and after a while came to the conclusion that this was not going to happen.

- They were finally able to make a down payment on this property.

- The project would be vacant without having done any evictions or Ellis Act.

- Merging the two units didn't seem to be a problem.

- They have gone through all the proper procedures.

- They are pouring a lot of money into a home that they are not sure will continue to be their home.

- They ask that the Commission approve their project as designed.

(+) Joe O'Donaghue

- The space where this couple will be living is not a lot.

- They are also renovating the other unit in order to have some rental income.

- It is hard for couples to be able to afford to live in this City.

 

ACTION: Do not take DR and approve project as proposed. Motion Failed.

AYES: Baltimore, Fay, Joe

NAYES: Chinchilla, Salinas, Theoharis

 

ACTION: Because the request for discretionary review (DR) did not obtain a majority vote of the Commission, the request for DR fails.

 

20. 1999.811D (PUTRA: 558-6233)

1660 MISSION STREET, west side between South Van Ness Avenue and Thirteenth Street, Lots 5 and 6 in Assessor’s Block 3512. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000 0515 0033, to construct a six-story above grade level, approximately 76-feet-tall addition with 25,365 gross square feet of office and 5,073 square feet of parking at grade level. This is an addition to the existing 92,000-gross-square foot city office building, of which 22,610 square feet are in an underground garage, in a C-M (Heavy Commercial) District; and a 105-J Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the Building Permit Application as revised.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 22, 2001)

 

SPEAKER(S): None

ACTION: Without hearing, continued to April 5, 2001

AYES: Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

G. PUBLIC COMMENT

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the Commission is limited to:

 

(1) responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or

(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or

(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

 

 

Joe O'Donaghue – Residential Builders

Re:

- When left-wing groups take power they become more reactionary than their right-wing counterparts.

- This is not a progressive City -- it is regressive.

- Both of these contentions were validated at a Board of Supervisor's hearing recently.

- The Land Use Committee holds hearings at the same time as the Planning Commission hearings. This is an unprecedented move.

- The Board staff guaranteed him personally that because of the large body of people expected, the hearing would be held in the large hearing room.

- Three minutes per person have always been allocated to both sides.

- Ms. Hestor has come before the Planning Department requesting that the public receive due notice on information regarding land use matters 10 to 30 days in advance, something that the new Board of Supervisors has conveniently forgotten about.

- Regardless of what the press has said, what happened was that he and other members arrived early for the moratorium hearing and were sitting quietly in the large Board of Supervisor's chambers. They were then informed that the hearing was changed to a smaller hearing room. He left the chambers and went to the smaller hearing room. He requested a point of order on the parliamentary rule. Mr. McGoldrick denied his point of order since the meeting had not yet begun. He asked Mr. McGoldrick why the meeting had been moved to a smaller hearing room. Mr. McGoldrick refused to answer but later mentioned that it was for security reasons. He then later asked the sheriff to escort me out of the hearing room.

- His organization has never been disruptive in any of the meetings they attend.

 

 

Adjournment: 4:40 p.m.

 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2001.

 

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