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City and County of San Francisco

June 24, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, June 24, 2010

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Miguel, Olague, Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore and Sugaya

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT MIGUEL AT 1:45 P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:  John Rahaim – Director of Planning, David Lindsay, Mark Luellen, Delvin Washington, AnMarie Rodgers, Edgar Oropeza, Shelley Caltagirone, Elaine Forbes, Adrian Putra, Tim Frye, Sharon Lai, Kevin Guy, Irene Nishimura, Sara Vellve, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary.

 

 

A.                 CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

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.         2010.0080T                                                                     (T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)

Intention to Initiate Department-Sponsored Amendments to the Planning Code - Sections 121.2, 136.1, 151, 185, 186, 201, 204.2, 205, 205.1, 205.3, 207.2, 209.3, 209.8, 217, 249, 303, 309, 311, 340, 317, 602.25, 602.26, 607.1, 790.44, 803.2, 803.3, 3 890.133, 890.44, 703.2, and Article 7.  Pursuant to Planning Code Section 302, the Planning Commission will consider a Resolution of Intention to initiate amendments to the Planning Code.  The proposed amendments are mainly clerical clean-up in nature, with Sections 121.2, 136.1, 151, 185, 186, 201, 204.2, 205, 205.1, 205.3, 207.2, 209.3, 209.8, 217, 249, 303, 309, 311, 340, 317, 602.25, 602.26, 607.1, 790.44, 803.2, 803.3, 3 890.133, 890.44, 703.2, and Article 7, being amended.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve a draft Resolution of Intention to initiate amendments to the Planning Code and schedule a public hearing to consider the amendments.

                        (Proposed for Continuance to July 8, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

 

 

 

B.         CONSENT CALENDAR

 

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.       2010.0226C                                                                (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

1310 Grant Avenue - (east side between Vallejo and Green Streets), Assessor’s Block 0132 Lot 028 -Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 780.3, and 186.1(d) for a Full Service Restaurant  (dba Nico’s Tacos) The proposal would allow a new full service restaurant to replace another full service restaurant that closed business less than 3 years in the past.  This project lies within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18111

 

3.         2010.0313C                                                                   (E. OROPEZA: (415) 558-6381)

2295 Harrison Street, (aka 612-614 Alabama Street) - fronting Harrison, 19th and Alabama Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 4020 -Request for Conditional Use Authorization to expand an existing gym use, dba “Mission Cliffs,” into an adjacent commercial space pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 843.51 and 803.29(i) within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) District, and a 68-X Height and Bulk District

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18112

 

4.         2010.0132C                                                                         (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)

1849 UNION STREET  - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets; Lot 029 in Assessor’s Block 0543 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 725.42 and 303 of the Planning Code to convert a vacant retail commercial tenant space with approximately 1,730 square feet of floor area (previously occupied by a retail clothing store dba Bianca Luna) into a full-service restaurant (dba Unique) within the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Patricia Vaughey and Sky Czember spoke in support of the continuance

ACTION:           Without hearing, continued to August 5, 2010  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

 

5.         2009.0457ACE                                                        (S. Caltagirone:  (415) 558-6625)

1 LORAINE COURT north end of court between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 1084 and Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1132 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Section 303 and 304, to expand/intensify an existing columbarium and mortuary use within a residential area as provided in Code Section 209.9 and to allow treatment of the subject property as a Planned Unit Development to allow modifications to the Planning Code’s rear yard and front setback requirements. The property is located in a RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The Project also requires adoption of conditions pursuant to a Mitigated Negative Declaration under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18113

 

C.        COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

Adoption of Commission Minutes – Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission.  Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

 

6.         Consideration of Adoption:

 

        Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of June 10, 2010.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

 

7.         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.

Commissioner Moore:

-         Last week we had people from the neighborhood bringing concerns to the Commission which inadvertently were left out of the Market-Octavia Plan which stands amidst zoning which is
governed by a new plan but these properties actually refer to old zoning. It is both neighbors as well as developers who bring to our attention that there is an inevitable conflict which will
be arising when the project, some of which are apparently getting ready to come before us,
are going to be before us because there will be people disagreeing with it because the majority of

-         people believe that the Market-Octavia Plan is comprehensive, and is forward-looking and in a way reflects what we want for San Francisco.  We want neighborhood and urban design plans to improve individual projects in the interest of what the Commission does and planning does and how we all work together. With this in mind, I would like to have the Commission take an advanced look at where the commonalties and the differences are of what governors this area to we avoid difficulties for us later on rather than drawn out approval for losses or whatever. I ask the Commission to schedule a meeting. I'm asking the President, and asking for the commissioners' support.

-          I think it's in our interest to take us through the pros and con of what we can have as well as ourselves and everybody else along the battle.

-         The next thing is I have an interesting article of John King writing about a walk he took with a Paul Goldberg, respected architectural critic that took a look after he in his early college years wasn't quite as impressed by the City.  The most important thing that strikes me is Goldberger's acknowledge about the urban quality of San Francisco and what he sees we are doing or some of our plans are doing to really put San Francisco on the map as a city, which is personally very important to me.

     Commissioner Antonini:    

-    A couple of items I was happy to see today reported a Berkley firm and most of you may have seen his in the paper regarding a move away from suburban sprawl and that was in keeping with what we have been doing here in many of our decisions and what's equally important to the concept of housing near businesses is to make sure that businesses think about relocating closer to where the employees are and particularly I talk in terms of the tech firms and others have many employees who have to be bussed to places on the peninsula and in the South Bay because they live in San Francisco, and we have the available square footage of commercial space and a lot of availability to do more. This is a sign that people are starting to get the picture and with a great transit we have and the great business center we have here already and the opportunity for campus-type buildings and Mission Bay and other sites, this is a good sign.

-     One other comment is I wanted to ask if we can adjourn in memory of Jillian Costello, courageous young woman, who died this morning.  She was on the U.C. Women's Crew Team and was diagnosed a year ago with lung cancer at age 21 and courageously went on even through her illness to compete and serve as coxen for the pac10 Championship and second in the Nation. I think she is a great example of courage and I would like to adjourn in her honor.
Jillian Costello.

Commissioner Olague:

-    We have two draft EIR hearings coming up one on CPMC and Treasure Island and the tentative date is August 12, but I believe that one of our Commissioners may not be present for that hearing date, so I am going to ask if there is another date to bring back one that we have previously canceled and September 2 I'm going to ask.  Are people going to be – the night is Roshanna and the 2nd of September date is whether or not we are moving forward a, the only other time that might work for the E.I.R., is to be a September 16 hearing. I don't know. And unless there is a time in late August, like the last of August and the last week in August, what dates are we scheduled to cancel? and the 19th and the and the 26th is there a full Commission on August 26? I guess we'll have to figure this one out then for those two projects, Treasure Island and the draft CPMC hearing I believe we need a full commission in place and I am concerned if the public has the opportunity to review those documents and I think it will involve more than the campus with St. Luke's and other issues that we are engaged in the conversations and I don't know if we can figure out something that's workable, but we need a full commission and need to honor the publics on some levels since it is the summer months and so we have close to what is a 90-day review period and a respectable thing to do. I didn't want to bring it up, but I felt I needed to before everyone books their vacations.

Director Rahaim:

-     On the CPMC project, I have asked the staff to extend it the comment period to 60 days beyond the normal 45, there is an issue of having long break and what I would ask the commission to consider if there were projects that could beard and if they are not taking action, there is the E.I.R. hearing.

Commissioner Antonini:   I'm here whenever you want to meet, so that's fine with me. And I wasn't quite sure but in terms of the second, did I hear that wasn't a viable possibility? But that would be fine with me. I know secretary Avery is gone on the second hearing, that would work for me and also I believe there is the fifth Thursday, is there not, that is available in July, and that would mean that perhaps we have the hearing date a little bit sooner and that might be a problem with moving that the largest E.I.R.'s wouldn't be ready. The second works for me and any other time we can try to do it, as well as the last week in August 5 that is acceptable.

 Commissioner Moore:

-         When we discussed the annual calendar, I think everybody admitted something one commission meeting right before the September holiday is difficult because most people
are gone and taking advantage of an occurrence which you normally don't have.
When we set the calendar, some people made long-range plans for slightly longer, extended availability to go away with the family or whatever they will do, and while I'm normally not opposed to being flexible, I can't do it then. I was going to bring up the 29th for taking care of other matters because on the 5th when CPMC is scheduled there are a number of other items and I tend to think that the comments on the draft E.I.R. would be extensive and not to have that
on a day with a bunch of other items -- staff actually advertises things for those later dates, so it's really difficult to move them forward. We can move them later without a problem, but moving them forward is going to create a problem and whatever date we hear the CPMC hearing or have it as one of the few items on the calendar and hearing that they have been lengthy and can anticipate it will be several hours in length. I won't be here op July 29, and what we're likely to do is move the Treasure Island to the morning and then reserve most of the afternoon to CPMC to have the entire afternoon.

President Miguel:  

-   What I forgot to say is the Housing Element would move up to August 5, that's not a good idea. I don't support that. I may not be here on August 5 and I think it's not even time to review that document. My recommendation rather than having discussion here, we will have a new calendar.

-    It is too much to ask the public to review the Treasure Island document, the CPMC and the Housing Element document in the month of July. It's not realistic for me and I don't think it's realistic for the public. And the housing element is gigantic.

-  We will deal with this next week, and wanted to mention I have during the last week met with USF and the neighborhood association. I agree with commissioner Moore that a discussion regarding the few block of Upper Market which were not, by the way, inadvertently left out of the Market Octavia plan. In fact, four blocks were included in that and were originally intended by the Department and there was an Upper Market plan going to Castro Street that was being developed by the Department and also last week or this week I should say what are the new time forums was quite interesting on the financing of the housing that was well done and had the pleasure of going from a representative there dealing with the area to the Department set up and myself and generality and it was 50 to 70 people in the audience and very gratifying that so many people are interested in those subjects.

- One of the things is at the request of the neighbors have agreed to them and that
meeting is not set and will be a couple of week down the road and would be most helpful to have your hearing after I meet with the community, but that meeting is not set yet.
it's probably two to three weeks down the road.

Commissioner Moore:

 -    Expect staff has that on their fingertips.  

Commissioner Borden:

 - As far as putting this out there I am happy to have a date and set it there.

Commissioner Sugaya:

-    To meet with the neighborhood groups since that's been requested.

President Miguel:

-    We have several items in front of us and if the director and the secretary can discus these and in effect check with the commissioners and see whether or not we're going to have sufficient quorum available that we still have a week or so certainly in which to do that rather than try and do it right here.

-  I think we're going to do it, but trying to get everyone's schedule together
which for the department and seven of us is not the easiest thing in the world. We will do that or next week. There is a project in that district that is scheduled to come to you in the next couple of weeks I believe.

 

D.                   DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

8.         Director’s Announcements

           

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

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

      This week the Board's attention is largely to the budget. There will be no Land Use Committee meeting until July 12.

      The other significant item that happened is part two of the development stimulus package.
-- The first part of the package included an article four and the fee for consolidation were standardized as well as the development of a rigorous collection system. For part two introduced this week includes two resolutions and a related joint community facilities agreement. The first r resolution is a resolution approving the formation of a community facilities district and the second is an air plan infrastructure finance committee and these are both resolutions. The first is introduced by the Mayor and Supervisor Duffy and the second by Supervisor Maxwell both of the resolutions to be heard by you on July 22. That concludes my board.

 

BOARD OF APPEALS:

            No Meeting

 

10.        2010.0425I                                                                 (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

800 Market Street - northwest corner of Market and Stockton Streets Lot 001, of Assessor’s Block 0329 Report on Center for English Studies’ (d.b.a. Embassy CES) Abbreviated Institutional Master Plan (IMP), pursuant to Planning Code Section 304.5. Embassy CES’s Abbreviated IMP contains information on the nature and history of the institution, the location and use of affiliated buildings, and development plans within the C-3-R, Downtown Residential and 80-130-F Height and Bulk Districts. The IMP is available for viewing on the Planning Department’s website (fromwww.sfplanning.org click “Publications & Reports” and then “Institutional Master Plans”).

Recommended Action:  Informational presentation, no action requested.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           It was determined that submitted material was adequate and sufficient and there was no need to schedule a public hearing. 

 

E.         GENERALPUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

 

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.

 

SPEAKERS:

Dan Duncan

Re:       Pavement to Parks at 24th and Noe

Paul Wermer

Re:       EIR process for CPMC

Sue Hestor

Re:       Complex EIR process

 

F.                 REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

11.        2010.0439T                                                                       (E. Forbes: (415) 558-6417)

Fee Revisions and Adjustments - Consideration of amendments to Planning Code Article 3.5 to increase most fees 4.65 percent, add a new fee for Conditional Use applications for Wireless Telecommunication Services (WTS) Facilities and Preliminary Project Assessment Fee, increase the Discretionary Review filing fee to $500 consistent with CEQA and Conditional Use appeal fees, and make other adjustments for cost recovery.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with amendments

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 17, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     In opposition:  Rose Hillson and Marilyn Amini

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

RESOLUION:   18114

 

12.        2010.0440T                                                                       (E. Forbes: (415) 558-6417)

Fee Revisions and Adjustments - Consideration of amendments to the Administrative Code to increase fees 4.65 percent, further increase Categorical Exemption Class 32, Negative Declaration and EIR addendum fees for cost recovery, change the timing of EIR payments, add a new fee for mitigation and conditions of approval monitoring, and for MTA and PUC Categorical Exemption Certificates, and to make other clarifying adjustments.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with amendments

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 17, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     In opposition:  Rose Hillson and Marilyn Amini

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

RESOLUION:   18115

 

13.        2010.0336U                                                                   (A. RODGERS: (415) 558-6395)

Amendments to Administrative Code Concerning CEQA Appeals and Notice.  [BOS File No. 10-0495] -  Hearing of a proposed Ordinance that would amend Administrative Code Chapter 31 to provide for appeals to the Board of Supervisors of environmental decisions and determinations under the California Environmental Quality Act, and provide public notice of such decisions and environmental documents. The Commission will consider an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Alioto-Pier that would amend the Administrative Code as described in the Ordinance with additional modifications as recommended by the Planning Department and making environmental and other findings.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Requested continuance:  Marilyn Amini; In opposition:  Rose Hillson, Sue Hestor, and Marilyn Amini; In support:  Steve Vettel and Tim Colen

ACTION:           Approved per staff recommended modifications and City Attorney amendments  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Olague and Miguel

NAYES:            Sugaya

MOTION:          18116

 

14.        2009.0934C                                                                        (A. Putra: (415) 575-9079)

1844 IRVING STREET - northeast corner of Irving Street and 20th Avenue; Lot 025 in Assessor’s Block 1731 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.83, and 303 to install a new wireless telecommunication services (WTS) facility consisting of eight panel antennas mounted to the existing mechanical/stair penthouse of a seven-story mixed-use building, as part of the T-Mobile telecommunications network in an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small-scale) Zoning District, and a 105-A Height and Bulk District. 

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 20, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Rick Hirch – Project Sponsor (T-Mobile) representative

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18118

 

15.        2009.0322C                                                                            (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

617 SANSOME STREET - between Jackson and Washington Streets, Assessor’s Block 0196; Lot 002 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Sections 249.25 and 303 of the Planning Code to change the legal use of the property from retail use to office use.  The subject property is within a C-2 (Community Business) District with a 65-A Height and Bulk District, the Jackson Square Special Use District, and within the Jackson Square Historic District. 

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Dennis Fisioy – representing the Project Sponsor

ACTION:           Approved with the understanding that the project sponsor will adhere to the conditions agreed to with the Jackson Square Association 

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18119

 

16.        2010.0314C                                                                                (S. LAI: (415) 575-9087)

4127 18THSTREET- south side between Collingwood and Castro Streets; Lot 036 of Assessor’s Block 2695 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 703.4, 715.21, 715.83, 790.80 and 303, to establish a new public use in the form of a Museum (dba “GLBT Historical Society”) in the vacant ground floor commercial space (last occupied by a laundry facility); to expand the existing formula retail establishment (dba Walgreens) partially into the vacant commercial space; and to propose a non-residential use size for Walgreens to be over 1,999 square feet, within the Castro Street NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  Supervisor Bevin Dufty, Dan Ramesburg – GLBT Historical Society, Amy Sueyoshi – GLBT Historical Society, Richard Magary, Frederick Baumer – GLBT Historical Society, E. G. Crichton – GLBT Historical Society, Gerald Doskovich – GLBT Historical Society, Ron Willis – Golden Gate Business Assoc., Tom Burtch – GLBT Historical Society, Andrea Aiello – Castro/Upper Market Commercial Business District, Bob Michitarian – GLBT Historical Society, Demian Quesnel, and Alan Beach-Nelson – Castro/EVNA

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

MOTION:          18117

 

17.        2009.0641C                                                                               (K. GUY: (415 558-6163)

890 Jackson Street - northeast corner at Powell Street, Lot 016 in Assessor’s Block 0179 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 890.80 and 303 to install a new wireless telecommunications service facility including 8 new panel antennas atop the stair penthouse of an existing medical office building as part of T-Mobile's telecommunications network. The facility also includes the installation of a screen mounted on the existing rooftop guardrail, and the installation of equipment cabinets within the existing basement. The antennas are proposed on a Location Preference 4 Site (Preferred Location – Industrial or Commercial Structures) within the CRNC (Chinatown Residential Neighborhood Commercial) District and 65-N Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Tom Swarmer – T-Mobile representative

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Sugaya

MOTION:          18120

 

            PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

 

            At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

SPEAKERS:     Opposition to request for continuance:  Wylie Adams, Dawn Trennert, Frank Cannata, Michael Schoolnik, Gerry Crawley, Paul Wermer, and Henry Pan; Supporting request for continuance:  Linda Chapman, John, Diane Knudsen, David Silverman, and Michael Williams; In opposition to the project:  Linda Chapman, Stefano Cassolato, Susan Brandt-Hawley, Joe Butler, Frank Cannata, Wylie Adams, Andreas Merkl, Michael Schoolnik, and Dawn Trennert

 

18.        2004.0557E                                                                    (I. Nishimura: (415) 575-9041)

1601– 1603 Larkin Street Housing Project - northwest corner of Larkin and Clay streets; Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 0620 - Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project would include demolition of a church building and removal of an asphalt-surface parking lot, and construction of a 63-foot high, six-story tall, approximately 67,500-gross-square-foot building containing 27 dwelling units and 30 parking spaces in two separated parking levels with one access on Clay Street and the other on Larkin Street, on an approximately 11,200-square foot corner lot.  The project site is within an RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.  The proposed project would require Conditional Use Authorization by the Planning Commission, and the granting of Planning Code variances by the Zoning Administrator.

NOTE: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on May 29, 2007.  The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final EIR

 

SPEAKERS:     None

Motion:             To certify the Final EIR  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, and Lee

NAYES:            Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

RESULT:           Motion failed – Final EIR was not certified

 

19a.      2004.0557CV                                                                            (K. GUY: (415 558-6163)

1601 Larkin Street - northwest corner at Clay Street, Lot 006 of Assessor’s Block 0620 -  Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow development exceeding 40 feet in height within an 'R' District, and to grant an exception to bulk requirements, within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District, and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposed project is to demolish an existing vacant church and surface parking lot and construct a new 6-story over basement building containing 27 dwelling units and 29 off-street parking spaces.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

 

SPEAKERS:     Opposition to request for continuance:  Wylie Adams, Dawn Trennert, Frank Cannata, Michael Schoolnik, Gerry Crawley, Paul Wermer, and Henry Pan; Supporting request for continuance:  Linda Chapman, John, Diane Knudsen, David Silverman, and Michael Williams;  Presentation by project team; In opposition to project:  Ms. Louie, Paul Wermer, Donna Williamson, Joe butler, Wylie Adams, Susan Brandt-Hawley, James Adams, Michael Schoolnik, Frank Cannata, Rowena Jen, Marianne naaveran, Sally Rossenman, Henry Pan, Linda Chapman and Jamie Junitas; In support of project:  Kelton Finney, Bart Murphy, Douglas Tenenbaum, Michael Luke, Pat Buscovich, Bruce Baumann, Rodrigo Santos, Bill Fuson, Diane Knudsen, Cindy Fang, Samantha DuVall, Irwin Macaspac, Mike Greene, Marsha Garland, Stefano Cassolato, Henry Karnilowicz, Heidi Imbus, Colleen Cotton, Garrett O[Donoghue, Kirsten McLoud, and Dawn Trennert

ACTION:           Disapproved with statutory exemption from CEQA; amendment to Recital 5; Recitals 6 & 8 deleted; and Recital 9 amended to show the finding for disapproval instead of approval  

AYES:              Borden, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

NAYES:            Antonini

MOTION:          18121

 

19b.      2004.0557CV                                                                             (K. GUY: (415 558-6163)

1601 Larkin Street - northwest corner at Clay Street, Lot 006 of Assessor’s Block 0620 - Request for Variance from the requirements of Planning Code Section 134(a)(1)(A) to provide a complying rear yard at grade, within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District, and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposed project is to demolish an existing vacant church and surface parking lot and construct a new 6-story over basement building containing 27 dwelling units and 29 off-street parking spaces.

 

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 19a  

ACTION:           Acting Zoning Administrator Rahaim closed the public hearing and disapproved the variance request

 

20.        2008.0395E                                                                   (I. NISHIMURA: (415) 575-9041)

2130 Fulton Street - University of San Francisco Center for Science and Innovation - north side, between Golden Gate, Masonic, and Parker Avenues; Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 1145 - Public Hearing on an Appeal of the Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The approximately 80,000-square-foot project site is on the Main Campus of the University of San Francisco, in the existing Harney Green and Harney Plaza area. The proposed project includes removal of Harney Green and Plaza; site excavation; and construction of a three-story with a partial fourth floor, 53-foot high building with a partial basement, which would connect on all floors to the south end of the existing Harney Science Building, and a below-grade, two-level structure, which is also a component of the proposed project.  The roof of this building would serve as a new plaza and pedestrian area.   Together, the new structures would have approximately 60,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, instrumentation rooms, and building mechanical/support spaces. The project site is within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District.  The proposed project would require Conditional Use Authorization for a post-secondary institutional use in an RH-2 District, and for exceeding a building height of 40 feet in an R District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Mitigated Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 17, 2010)

           

SPEAKERS:     In support of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration (PMND):  Alice Cares – Upper Terrace Assoc. announced the withdrawal of the appeal and Harry O’Brian – representing the project sponsor  

ACTION:           PMND was upheld with findings submitted by Mr. O’Brian  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Sugaya

MOTION:          18122

 

21.        2008.0395C                                                                         (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

2130 Fulton Street  - University of San Francisco Center for Science and Innovation - north side, between Golden Gate, Masonic, and Parker Avenues; Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 1145  - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.3 253, 303 and 304 for the University of San Francisco to construct the Center for Science and Innovation in an approximately 60,000 square-foot building approximately 53 feet in height in the location of Harney Green, and a two-story below-grade educational building below Harney Plaza for a project that will include classrooms, laboratories, instrumentation rooms, building mechanical/support spaces, 20,000 square feet of relandscaped area of Harney Plaza and up to two off-street loading spaces within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 17, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  Joel Koppel, Craig, Amelia Rae, Mira Ringler and Alice Cares; In opposition:  Rosemary MacIntyre and Martin MacIntyre  

ACTION:           Approved as amended to include environmental finding that the appeal was withdrawn the PMND was upheld  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Sugaya

MOTION:          18123

 

22.       2010.0197D                                                         (S. Caltagirone:  (415) 558-6625)

3948 Clay Street - north side of Clay Street between Arguello Boulevard and Cherry Street; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 0991 -Staff-Initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.08.04.4133 proposing to widen the curb cut and widen the existing garage located in the front setback area of the subject three-story, single-family house. The property is located in an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications

 

SPEAKERS:     Kevin – Project Architect and Bruce McCormick – Project Owner  

ACTION:           The commission took discretionary review and approved per staff recommended modifications  

AYES:              Borden, Moore, Olague and Miguel

NAYES:            Antonini and Lee

ABSENT:          Sugaya

DRA:               0157

 

23a.      2010.0165DD                                                     (S. Caltagirone:  (415) 558-6625)

1269 Lombard Street - south side between Polk and Larkin Streets; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 0501 - Mandatory Discretionary Review per Section 317 of the Planning Code of Building Permit Application No. 2009.06.09.0028, proposing to construct two new single-family buildings, located at the front and rear of the lot on a property located within an RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height/Bulk District. A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the new construction project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Request for continuance:  John Horvers and Greg Campbell; Opposing request for continuance:  Brett Gladstone; In support of the project:  Brett Gladstone – representing the Project Sponsor, Chuck Bloszles – Project Architect, Tom Burwell – Owner, Lynn Sedway, Fred Knapp, Tina Moylan, Kevin Handeland, Tristan Handeland, Carol Ann rogers, Marvin Frankel, and Laurie Petipas; In opposition to the project:  John Horvers, Greg Campbell, Robert Angle, Muriel angle, and Joe Butler

ACTION:           The commission took discretionary review and approved the project with the condition that the project sponsor obtain a demolition permit  

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Lee, Moore, and Miguel

NAYES:            Olague

ABSENT:          Sugaya

DRA:               0158

 

23b.      2009.0443V                                                            (S. Caltagirone:  (415) 558-6625)

1269 Lombard Street - south side between Polk and Larkin Streets; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 0501 -Request for Front Setback and Rear Yard Variances per Sections 132 and 134 of the Planning Code for Building Permit Application Nos. 2009.06.09.0027 and 2009.06.09.0028, proposing to demolish the existing single-family, two-story building and construct two new single-family buildings, located at the front and rear of the lot on a property located within an RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height/Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 23a.

ACTION:           Acting Zoning Administrator Rahaim closed the public hearing and granted the variances subject to the standard conditions of approval  

 

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))

 

SPEAKERS:     None

 

Adjournment:    11:25 P.M.     In memory of Jillian Costello

 

 

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