To view graphic version of this page, refresh this page (F5)

Skip to page body
Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 



Notice of Meeting



Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, March 4, 2010

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting


President:  Ron Miguel

Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

                        Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore;

Hisashi Sugaya


Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.


View the meeting online at:


View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.


The re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26





Commission Meeting Procedures


Material submitted by the public for Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing should be received by the Planning Department reception counter at 1650 Mission Street, 4th floor, no later than 5:00 PM the Wednesday (eight days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to: Planning Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Comments received by 11:00 AM on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Planning Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/correspondence files, submit an original plus 10 copies.  When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at:


Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance, (3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan, (4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5) the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.


Commission action on conditional-uses and reclassification may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days.  Call (415) 554-5184 for more information.  Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information.  Zoning Administrator action on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of issuance of the written decision.


The Commission has instituted a policy that, in most cases, they will not call an item for consideration after 10:00 PM.  If an item is scheduled but not called or introduced prior to 10:00 PM, the Commission may continue the matter to the next available hearing.  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.


Policy on Commissioner’s requests for hearings:  There must be consensus of the Commission (four commissioners) or direction from the President/Chair to schedule a hearing that otherwise would not be scheduled.


Cell Phone and/or Sound-Producing Electronic Devices Usage at Hearings


Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).


For more information related to Planning Commission matters, please call Linda D.  Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6407.


San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance


Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 21.00-2.160] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//


Accessible Meeting Policy


Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, fourth floor, San Francisco, CA.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets.  Accessible curbside parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line.  Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N.  For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.  Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement systems and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318 at least 48 hours prior to a hearing.  A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings.  Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  Late requests will be honored if possible.  A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice).  In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice).  Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats.  If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need.  Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings.  Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility.  In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.


Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance


Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.


For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro, Interim Administrator, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 409, by phone at (415) 554-7724, by fax at (415) 554-7854 or by E-mail at


Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force,  the San Francisco Library and on the City’s website at




Note: Each item on the Consent or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

   1) Planning Department Case Executive Summary

   2) Planning Department Case Report

   3) Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions

   4) Public Correspondence

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission St., 4th floor reception.

1:30 PM   _________


ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Ron Miguel

                        Vice-President:                          Christina R. Olague

Commissioners:                        Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya





The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date.  The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.


1.         2008.0494C                                                          (C. JAROSLAWSKY: (415) 558-6348)

2115-2117 TARAVAL STREET - south side between 31st and 32nd Avenues; Lot 046 in Assessor’s Block 2394 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 161 (j) and 317 to demolish a mixed-use building, including two dwelling units and construct a new, four-level, mixed-use structure consisting of two commercial spaces and two dwelling units, without on-site parking, within the NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial – Small Scale), Taraval Street Restaurant and Fast-Food Sub-District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of February 25, 2010)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to March 25, 2010)




All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing


2.        2009.0499C                                                                                (S. Lai: (415) 575-9087)

2191 MARKET STREET - east side, between 15th and Sanchez Streets, Lot 137 in Assessor’s Block 3558 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 733.83, 790.80 and 303, to expand an existing wireless telecommunications facility by adding three new antennas on an existing 51-foot tall mixed-use building’s penthouse  as part of AT&T’s wireless telecommunications network within the Upper Market NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.  

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


3.        2009.0463C                                                                         (A. Putra: (415) 575-9079)

5630 MISSION STREET - west side between Naglee and Whipple Avenues; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 7098 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.83, and 303 to modify an existing wireless telecommunications services (WTS) facility by installing three panel antennas to a WTS facility that is concealed within a faux-cupola located on the rooftop of a tourist hotel (dba "Mission Inn"), as part of the Verizon telecommunications network in an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small-scale) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions




4.         Commission Comments/Questions

        Inquiries/Announcements.  Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).

        Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Planning Commission.




5.         Director’s Announcements


6.         Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.




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.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.


F.                 REGULAR CALENDAR 


7.        2009.0227TU                                   (C.NIKITAS/E. WATTY: (415) 558-6308/558-6620)

DISCRETIONARY REVIEW REFORM: COMMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES - Consideration of modifications to the previously adopted policies and procedures to reform discretionary review, including but not limited to a requirement that all applications for Formula Retail that require Conditional Use Authorization shall undergo the adopted Pre-Application procedures outlined in the Pre-Application Packet, adopted June 18, 2009, and that new construction projects and expansions to noncomplying rear yard dwellings shall require a hearing before the Planning Commission if a DR request is received. This hearing will also include an informational presentation on Supervisor Mar's amendments to the whole for the pending DR Reform Legislation for review and comment.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption of Policy modifications


8.        2009.1010C                                                        (G. Cabreros:  (415) 558-6169)

1701 OCTAVIA STREET - at the northwest corner of Octavia and Bush Streets; Assessor's Block 0663, Lot 005 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Sections 186, 303 and 710.69A of the Planning Code to allow a Self-Service Specialty Food use as part of the existing nonconforming use (Full-Service Restaurant dba "Baker and Banker").  The request proposes incidental sales of baked goods and beverages from the existing kitchen along the Bush Street frontage between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The added use occurs within a one-story portion of the existing two-story building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


9.         2006.1106E                                                                   (M. JACINTO: (415) 575-9033)

222 Second Street - southwest corner of Second and Howard Streets (Assessor’s Block 3735, Lots 05, 63) - Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project would involve removal of an existing surface parking lot and construction of a 26-story, approximately 350 foot-tall office tower containing about 430,650 square feet of office space in San Francisco’s southern Financial District. The project would have about 4,800 square feet of retail space and approximately 8,750 square feet of enclosed publicly accessible “indoor park” on the ground floor. The proposed project would also provide 54 parking spaces on two basement levels; about 46 bicycle parking spaces; and two off-street truck loading spaces plus three additional service van spaces in the basement. The proposed project includes acquisition of a portion of adjacent Lot 5 and demolition of an existing loading dock at the 631 Howard Street (William Volker) building. The project site is within the C 3-O (SD) Downtown Office (Special Development) District. Most of the site is within the 350-S height and bulk district, while the northwest corner of the site is within a 150-S height and bulk district. The project sponsor is seeking an amendment of the height and bulk map (rezoning) and a General Plan map amendment to increase the height and bulk limit to 350-S on the entire site.

Note: written comments will be accepted at the Planning Department’s offices until the close of business on March 15, 2010.


6:00 P.M.


10.       2008.1072C                                                                             (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1111 California Street - southwest corner at Taylor Street, Lot 020 of Assessor’s Block 0253 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to change the existing nonconforming entertainment use of the "Nob Hill Masonic Center" to a conditionally permitted Other Entertainment use pursuant to Planning Code Sections 182(b)(1), 303, and 723.48 within the RM-4 (Residential, Mixed , High Density) District, the Nob Hill Special Use District, and the 65-A Height and Bulk District.  The requested Conditional Use Authorization would also authorize alterations to the main floor of the Masonic Auditorium to remove the existing fixed seats and provide a flexible range of audience configurations (tables and chairs, fixed seating or general admission) which would increase the maximum capacity of the Auditorium from 3,282 persons to 3,500 persons during general admission events (the fixed seats in the balcony would be retained). The requested Conditional Use Authorization would also add permanent food and beverage service for patrons of entertainment and assembly events, pursuant to Planning Code Section 238(d). No exterior modifications are proposed by this project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 18, 2010)




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))




Last updated: 2/26/2010 2:25:46 PM