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Public Hearings 
 

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President:  Ron Miguel

Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

                        Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

 

Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at http://www.sfgov.org/planning
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.

Case reports and relevant materials are linked to the items on calendar at the above web site.

 

View the meeting online at:  http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfgtv_index.asp

Or

View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

And

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

 

THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH FLOOR RECEPTION

 

 

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:   HYPERLINK "mailto:linda.avery@sfgov.org" linda.avery@sfgov.org

 

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//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

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 sotf@sfgov.org.

 

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 www.sfgov.org/bdsupvrs/sunshine.

COMMUNICATIONS

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; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

 

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.         2010.0507C                                                             (S. Young: (415) 558-6346)

2443 LOMBARD STREET -  south side between Divisadero and Scott Streets; Lot 026 in Assessor’s Block 0937 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 712.54 and 303 of the Planning Code to modify the conditions of approval under Motion No. 17955 (Case No. 2009.0580C) to convert 2/3 of the foot massage treatment room into three treatment rooms for shoulder, neck, and back massage within an existing massage establishment dba Perfect Health Center within the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale) Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.  Condition No. 3 attached to Planning Commission Motion No. 17955 allowed extended hours of operation for the massage establishment from 10 a.m. to  10 p.m. seven days a week  for a one-year period, after which hours of operation were required to be reduced to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday unless determined by the Zoning Administrator to allow the extended hours of operation to continue following an informational presentation to the Commission regarding the massage establishment's operation during the one-year period following the effective date of Motion No. 17955.  The hearing on Case No. 2010.0507C will also include an informational presentation to the Commission regarding the operation of the massage establishment during the past year.

Preliminary recommendation: Approval with conditions

                        (Proposed for Continuance to October 14, 2010)

 

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.        2009.0875C                                                                    (S. Lai: (415) 575-9087)

4563-4565 MISSION STREET - east side, between Excelsior and Brazil Avenues, Lot 032 in Assessor’s Block 6014 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 712.94, 161(j), and 303, to allow a reduction in the off-street parking requirements for the construction of a second and third dwelling unit without the required parking, to the existing 2-story mixed use building, within the Neighborhood Commercial – Moderate Scale District (NC-3) and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

 

3.        2009.0464C                                                           (A. Putra:  (415) 575-9079)

20 WOODSIDE AVENUE (AKA 501 LAGUNA HONDA BOULEVARD) - south side between Laguna Honda Boulevard and Vasquez Avenue; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 2888A - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.6(c), and 303 to modify an existing wireless telecommunication services (WTS) facility by installing three additional panel antennas within an existing church cupola, as part of the Verizon telecommunications network in a RH-1(D) (One-family, Residential, Detached) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

 

C.        COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

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.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

5.         Director’s Announcements

           

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

 

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.

 

F.         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.

 

G.                CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION – PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

 

7.         2006.0536E                                                         (E. LOVEJOY: (415) 575-9026)

            LOWER CRYSTAL SPRINGS DAM IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT - Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) proposes to implement the Lower Crystal Springs Dam Improvements (LCSDI) project to lift the operating restrictions on Crystal Springs Reservoir imposed by the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), and to restore the reservoir’s historical storage capacity. Proposed improvements to the dam and spillway would enable floodwater associated with the Probable Maximum Flood and other very large and infrequent floods to pass safely over the Lower Crystal Springs Dam. In addition, following completion of the proposed improvements, the SFPUC proposes to modify operations of Crystal Springs Reservoir such that the maximum normal water surface elevation would be restored to historic levels. All project components are located in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County on lands owned by the City and County of San Francisco. 

Please note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on April 16th, 2010. 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 Environmental Impact Report

 

H.        REGULAR CALENDAR

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8a.       2007.1238M                                                           (A. Varat: (415) 558-6405)

            Better Streets Plan – Informational Presentation on the Better Streets Plan - The Better Streets Plan creates a comprehensive set of guidelines for the design of thepedestrian environment on public right-of-ways throughout the City.  The Better Streets Plan Draft for Public Review was released in June 2008; Plan Revisions in October 2009; and Draft for Adoption in July 2010.  Implementing the Better Streets Plan will require adopting amendments to the General Plan, Administrative Code, Planning Code, Public Works Code, and Subdivision Code, to incorporate the Better Streets Plan by reference and to establish and consolidate requirements for street improvements associated with new development.  Administrative Code and Planning Code amendments will be considered by the Commission at a future hearing.

            Preliminary recommendation: No Action requested - Informational Presentation

 

8b.       2007.1238M                                                          (A. Varat: (415) 558-6405)

            Better Streets Plan – Consideration of Adopting a Resolution of Intention to Initiate Amendments to the General Plan - Pursuant to Planning Code Section 340 (c), the Commission will consider initiating amendments to the Urban Design and Transportation Elements of the General Plan.  The Better Streets Plan creates a comprehensive set of guidelines for the design of thepedestrian environment on public right-of-ways.  The proposed General Plan amendments would incorporate the Better Streets Plan into the General Plan by reference.

            Preliminary recommendation: Approval

 

9.        2010.0054U                                                               (j. ionin: (415) 558-6309)

Personal Wireless Service Facility Site Permits Ordinance [Board File No. 10-0041] - Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Avalos would amend the San Francisco Public Works Code by adding Article 25, Sections 1500 through 1528, to establish new requirements for Personal Wireless Service Facility Site Permits and to increase certain fees for obtaining such permits, amending the San Francisco Administrative Code by amending Chapter 11, Article 1, Section 11.9, to eliminate obsolete provisions related to such permits, making the provisions of the ordinance retroactive, and making environmental findings.           

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 16, 2010)

 

10.       2010.0459C                                                      (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

130 TURK STREET - north side between Jones and Taylor Streets Lot 006, of Assessor’s Block 0339 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 224, Animal Clinic (District Serving Canine Day Care Facility).  The project would convert the existing commercial space to a facility providing day care for up to 60 dogs.  This project lies within the RC-4 (Residential Commercial Combined, High Density) District and within the 80-120T Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2010)

 

11.       2010.0323D                                                       (P. LAVALLEY: (415) 575-9084)

640-642 SHOTWELL STREET - west side between 20th Street and 21st Street; Lot 039 in Assessor’s Block 3611 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.12.07.2710, proposing to demolish an existing one-story rear addition and construct a three-story, flat-roofed, horizontal and vertical rear addition with roof deck, on an existing two-story, two-family dwelling within anRH-3 (Residential House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

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

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2010)

NOTE: On September 2, 2010, the Commission requested that this item be brought back to them as a full discretionary review

 

12a.     2009.0335CEKV                                               (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2559 Van Ness Avenue & 1527 Filbert Street - 2559 Van Ness Avenue & 1527 Filbert Street - southwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Filbert Street, Lots 001 and 002 in Assessor's Block 0527 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 228.3, 253, 271 and 303, to authorize a change of use of the property from a gasoline service station to a mixed-use development; to allow a building over 40 feet in height in a residential district; and to allow an exception from the bulk limits for a project proposing new construction of a six-story, 27-unit mixed-use building with approximately 2,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 31 basement-level parking spaces within the RC -3 (Residential-Commercial Combined, Medium Density) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

12b.     2009.0335CEKV                                              (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2559 Van Ness Avenue & 1527 Filbert Street - southwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Filbert Street, Lots 001 and 002 in Assessor's Block 0527 - Request for rear yard and dwelling unit exposure variances pursuant to Planning Code Sections 134, 140 and 305 for a project proposing new construction of a six-story, 27-unit mixed-use building with approximately 2,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 31 basement-level parking spaces within the RC -3 (Residential-Commercial Combined, Medium Density) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.  Section 134 requires a rear yard with a depth of approximately 27.5 feet.   Planning Code Section 140 requires dwelling units to face onto a Planning Code-complying rear yard or street.  The project proposes a rear yard with a depth of approximately 20 feet and proposes nine dwelling units that do not face onto a Planning Code-complying rear yard or street.

 

13.       2010.0754D                                                     (G. CABREROS; (415) 558-6169)

2645 Balboa Street - south side between 27th and 28th Avenues; Lot 032B in Assessor's Block 1617 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.11.19.1706 proposing to construct a two-story vertical addition and a rear horizontal addition to an existing two-story, single-family residence resulting in a four-story, two-unit building in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

            14.        2009.1003D                                                            (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

1140 Page Street - north side between Baker and Broderick Streets, Lot 011 in Assessor’s Block 1219 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.11.03.0476 proposing to remove a ground floor commercial space, increase the residential unit count from one to four units, construct a two-story vertical addition and a rear horizontal addition on an existing two-story building with one residential unit over ground floor commercial space in an RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the Project.

 

            15.       2010.0475D                                                           (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

120 CHERRY STREET- east side between Jackson and Washington Streets, Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 0989 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.02.25.5476 proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition on an existing two-story, single-family house in an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the Project.

                                   

6:00 P.M. – (Although the following item will not be heard prior to 6 p.m., it could be heard after that time.)

 

16.       2008.0968E                                                           (M. Jacinto: (415) 575-9033)

North beach library and joe Dimaggio playground master PLAN -Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report – 701 Mason Street, southeast corner of Lombard Street and Columbus Avenue (Assessor’s Block 74, Lot 1); a portion of the Mason Street roadway between Lombard Street and Columbus Avenue; and 2000 Mason /
661 Lombard Street, the entire block bounded by Lombard, Powell, and Greenwich Streets and Columbus Avenue (Assessor’s Block 75, Lot 1). The project sponsors, the San Francisco Public Library and Recreation and Park Department, propose to demolish the existing North Beach Branch Library and construct a new library and upgrade recreational facilities at the Joe DiMaggio Playground. The project would involve vacation (closure) of a 195-linear-foot portion of Mason Street to vehicular traffic, landscaping improvements in the Mason Street right-of-way, construction of a new 8,500-square-foot (sf) branch library on the 701 Lombard Street parcel and a portion of the right-of-way, demolition of the existing library and excavation, renovation and reorganization of the playground features. The project would result in a total net increase of approximately 3,200 sf of library floor area and about 12,010 sf of new open space. The project would require rezoning of Block 74, Lot 001 to a Public (P) use designation or Conditional Use authorization for a library in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial zoning district; General Plan and Priority Policy conformity findings; as well as approval by the Library and Recreation and Park Commissions, Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Note:  Written comments will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5 p.m. on October 12, 2010.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required

 

I.         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))

 

Adjournment:

 

 

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