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City and County of San Francisco

October 7, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

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

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT MIGUEL AT 1:43 P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:  John Rahaim – Director of Planning, AnMarie Rodgers, Sharon Lai, Adrian Putra, Erika Lovejoy, Adam Varat, Jonas Ionin, Rick Crawford, Pilar LaValley, Glenn Cabreros, David Lindsay, Delvin Washington, Michael Jacinto, 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.         2010.0507C                                                             (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)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, 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.        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.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

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

MOTION:           18188

 

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. 

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  James Milton – representing Verizon; In opposition:  Mark Dregger

ACTION:           Approved

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

NAYES:            Olague

MOTION:           18190

 

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.

 

Commissioner Miguel:

I’d like to welcome Commissioner Borden back to the dais.  We missed you.  I hope you have as enjoyable another four years as the past two years have been and it will be our pleasure to work with you for that time.  Thank you for coming back.

I had the pleasure of doing a tour last Friday of the about to be open Laguna Honda new facility.  If anyone has the opportunity to visit – to do a tour takes about two hours.  It’s a massive facility.  It is to me quite unbelievable, having known the old facility, some of which will still be in the process of renovation.  The staff moves in I think this week or next.  The residents will move in November 7th and 8th.  The way it’s laid out, their programs, their process, the art work that is in there, which is quite unbelievable, all make for a very interesting facility – from the actual site layout to the manner in which elder care has progressed over the years; and their ability to create this facility so that it will still be viable in the next 50 or so years.  So if you get a chance, please go out and see it.

Commissioner Antonini:

This last week I’ve had a few meetings.  One of which was with the Project Sponsor for 120 Cherry, which is no longer before us; also the SFPUC – that was a very productive meeting; thirdly with management of Daniel Bernum Court with concerns regarding construction impacts with Cal Pacific.  I very much encourage the public, particularly those with concerns about projects, to call me at any time.  It’s better to be able to discuss things ahead of time and see what the concerns are and perhaps have a dialog than to only hear about it the day of the hearing.

Commissioner Borden:

I am glad to be back.  I want to thank the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors for supporting my re-appointment for another four-year term; and thank my colleagues President Miguel and Vice President Olague for being there and testifying in my support; and also thank all those others who were kind enough to come out to the hearing and testify.

Commissioner Moore:

Based on Commissioner Borden’s recommendation, I got a call from Booker Washington.  They were specific requests for me to comment on architecture.  I suggested as a more constructive way from my perspective, that two or three commissioners participate with staff, and if the Director has time, with the Director, to really discuss it soon in a group rather than individually.  I don’t think any of us are skilled enough to really do [   ] design of a project.  But the comments, which come from this commission, heard with each other in a fruitful discussion, for me, are much more productive and I think support the goals of the Department much better.  I suggested to them to contact staff and from there we would organize a meeting and whoever wants to participate, I volunteered, can do so.  

Commissioner Sugaya:

Commissioner Moore and I participated in a meeting with Supervisor Campos with regard to his proposed Health Care Services Master Plan legislation, which I believe will be coming to the Commission in the next month or so.  It was very productive and we were able to give him some feedback on that.

Commissioner Moore:

I was extremely pleased to listen to land use under the discussion of the America’s Cup.  It was the first time that many city agencies and departments are coming together.  I look for our own – talking to this group of commissioners here – participation in a fruitful dialog.  It sounds very exciting and if properly balanced and done, I think it could be a very exciting venture.  I congratulate everybody who has the opportunity to participate in it.

Commissioner Olague:

I also for disclosure purposed met with the staff of Supervisor Campos to discuss citywide health legislation.  It seems pretty interesting.  I look forward to hearing more about it.

Commissioner Borden:

I also met with Supervisor Campos on this legislation and made some suggestions.

 

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

5.         Director’s Announcements

 

Director Rahaim:

Good afternoon.  That Health Care legislation that you mentioned is scheduled to come to you I think toward the end of the month.  Staff is working on our analysis of that and we’ll come to you with recommendations I think on the 28th.  

The only other thing I wanted to bring to your attention is a memo in your packets regarding 1321 De Haro Street.  Many of us, and I know many of you have been receiving emails on this.  Just to remind you, you approved this project, or did not take discretionary review on this project but also asked that they not provide a garage in the back of the building.  The project sponsor has complied with that, but there is much concern in the neighborhood that they are proposing to have a driveway access through the open space and have asked you for a hearing.  I understand the concerns of the neighborhood on this issue but this is a totally private matter between two property owners.  The Commission, nor the staff, or any other department has any jurisdiction on this matter.  There really is nothing we can do about that situation.  The project sponsor has done what you’ve asked him to do and is asking the Zoning Administrator for a variance on the parking requirement, but the access to the open space is a private matter between the project sponsor and the owners of that space, and therefore there is no jurisdiction that this Commission has over that issue.  So our recommendation is that you not have a hearing on this item because a hearing would be for no real purpose at this point.  I just wanted to put that on the record and the memo dated September 30 in your packets explains that as well.

     

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

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

 

Land Use Committee: 

        The Committee heard a rezoning request related to 1717 17th Street.  This item was before the Commission on September 16th at which time you recommended approval.  This ordinance would correct a zoning map error that occurred during the Eastern Neighborhood rezoning.  It would realign the zoning controls with the height controls that in all instances UMU zoned districts would have a 17 foot ground floor and PDR districts would have 15 foot ground floor.  This week the Land Use Committee recommended approval.

        The Committee heard another item titled “Area Plan Impact Fees” that would make technical corrections to certain fees to increase consistency in application of these fees citywide.  You heard this item on July 1.  At that hearing you agreed with the corrections recommended by staff and you also added an exemption for one property (SF Jazz) so that it would not have to pay impact fees for the educational/institutional use associated with the property.  This week at the Land use Committee, Supervisor Maxwell stated that if all other educational/institutional uses are required to pay fees for their impacts, this project should be subject to the same fees.  Planning Department staff and SF Jazz explained the rationale behind the Commission’s action.  The Committee was not moved and modified the ordinance such that SF Jazz would pay the impact fees.  With this modification, the item was continued and is scheduled for hearing at next week’s Land Use hearing.

        An ordinance regarding in part to TDR in general and in part to a specific parcel at 680 California Street – Old St. Mary’s Church. – Among other changes this ordinance would add a clause requiring a property owner who sells theTDR to use the money to cure any outstanding city violations; severe maintenance issues; and provide the Zoning Administrator with a maintenance plan for the upkeep of the building.  The HPC considered the ordinance on June 2nd and recommended approval.  This commission considered the ordinance on June 20th and recommended approval.  As we discussed last week, the legislation was split into two pieces allowing the Land Use Committee to pass out the original legislation as you heard it – this version passed with the Board’s vote of (+10 -0) last week to approve the rezoning.  This Monday, the Land Use Committee heard a revised version of the ordinance that adds more specificity on restrictions to the TDR funds in response to concerns raised by SPUR and others.  The primary change was to tie the requirements to an earlier point (statement of eligibility) instead of at the sale of TDRs.  This change, in effect, grandfathers in existing properties that have already received statement of eligibility bout would apply going forward.  All public testimony was in support of this revised version.  It is currently scheduled to be considered by the Full Board next week and would supersede the earlier version of the ordinance.

        The Committee continued the update to the Planning Code and the Administrative Code so that MOH and Planning staff can ensure that the legislation is user-friendly and uses consistent terminology.

Full Board of Supervisors:

        Ordinance that would create an SUD for the LGBT Center at 1800 Market Street – This ordinancw was considered by this commission on July 22 and by the HPC on July 21.  Both Commissions recommended approval with a non-substantive modification.  This Tuesday, the Board passed the legislation with your recommended modification.

        As is evident, this Tuesday the Full Board reappointed Gwyneth Borden to the Planning Commission.

There were three planning related appeals before the Board this week:

1.     222 2nd Street – EIR appeal:  This CEQA appeal was related to a project that would create over 430,000 square feet of office use with approximately 54 parking spaces in a district zoned for downtown office uses.  At the hearing, some of the Board members were concerned about the EIR’s shadow analysis at non-Prop K locations.  The project as proposed would require rezoning for height on a portion of the site.  This Commission recommended approval of the rezoning in conjunction with the project approvals.  The rezoning ordinance necessary for this project is pending before the Land Use Committee and will be heard at a later date.  At the Tuesday appeal, the Board upheld the EIR 7 to 4.

2.    1268 Grant Avenue CU appeal – The Commissin granted the CU on August 5.  The CU was for “other entertainment” to install a karaoke machine on the first floor.  Since the appeal was filed, new information was presented to the Department about former restrictions placed on the property by the Board of Appeals in 2005 in a Notice of Special Restrictions.  Department staff did a site visit last week and found that the King of Thai Noodle has illegally expanded the bar use on the 2nd floor without a permit.  As such the Department recommended that the Board uphold the appeal and overturn the CU so that the owner can address the outstanding violations.  The Board voted 11 to 0 to uphold the appeal and overturn the CU.

3.    795 Forester – parcel subdivision appeal – The project was heard by the Planning Commission on a DR on August 5th.  The Commission did not take DR and upheld a project that would 1) divide a lot into 4 parcels; 2) construct 3 single-family new homes on 3 parcels and have an existing house on the 4th lot.  The appellant did not think the parcel division should occur because it did not meet the General Plan and the new lots were inconsistent with the neighborhood.  Planning demonstrated that the lots were 25 feet wide and consistent with the neighborhood and explained General Plan policies in support of the subdivision.  The Board voted to uphold the project and to vote against the appellant 10 to 0 (Elsbernd was recused).

Introductions:

        None

 

BOARD OF APPEALS

        1381 De Haro Street – Appeal of a variance decision (case No. 2008.0505V) dated July 20, 2010, that granted a rear yard variance.  The Commission heard the underlying building permit as a DR on October 15, 2009, took DR and approved the project without parking at the rear (accessed from the Starr-King Open Space).  The two appellants, Starr-King Open Space and Potrero Boosters, argued that the rear yard encroachment would negatively impact the Starr-King Open Space and cited a previous variance decision from 1993 that denied a vertical addition to the existing building.  The variance was granted based on plans that had parking at the front of the property, while the plans submitted to the Board did not have any parking.  Therefore, the Board continued the item to November 3rd because the project sponsor had not submitted the correct plans for the project.

        281 Turk Street – Appeal of over-the-counter building permit for retail use (pharmacy) at the subject property.  Permit appealed by neighbors concerned about the proliferation of illegal prescription drug sales.  The Board voted 3-1-1 to deny the permit because of potential negative impacts on the neighborhood.  Four votes are needed to overturn the approval of the permit.  The Board continued the item to next week to allow Commissioner Hwang to vote.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

        The Commission approved two nominations to the National Register of Historic Places – 150 Otis Street (the San Francisco Juvenile Court and Detention Home) and 116 New Montgomery Street (the Rialto Building)

        The Commission approved identification and delegation of Minor Permits to Alter for Significant and Contributory buildings and all buildings with Conservation Districts that are regulated under Article 11 of the Planning Code to the Planning Department with the modification that the projects be listed on the calendars of the HPC, which would allow the HPC and public to know what had been approved by staff and the ability to comment on them.

        The Commission had a public hearing on the Draft EIR for the North Beach Library and Joe DiMaggio playground Master Plan – 701 Mason Street.  They expressed a number of concerns and designated one of their members to come before you today to express those concerns.

 

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:    

Sue Hestor – re:  lots that should not be developed

Bonnie Fineberg – re:  consider HPC’s position that side yards are a character defining feature of the South Mission Historic Survey (such as the property later on your calendar at 640-642 Shotwell Street).

 

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.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved certification of the Final EIR

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

MOTION:           18189

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     Sue Hestor

ACTION:           Informational only – There was no action by the Commission

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 8a

ACTION:           Approved initiation

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

MOTION:           18191

 

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)

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  Steven Krolik, Doug Loranger, Henry Tang, Wendy Robinson, and David Tornheim; In opposition:  Paul Albritton – for Verizon and Brad Cahoon – for T-Mobile

ACTION:           Approved with a recommendation to Supervisor Avalos that he continue working with the industry representatives.

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

RESOLUTION:   18192

 

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)

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  David Neil – Project Sponsor and Randy Shaw

ACTION:           Approved

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

MOTION:           18193

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     In support of DR/opposing the project:  Joe Butler – representing the DR Requestor, Bonnie Fineberg – DR Requestor, Beth Freedman, Gailin Joseph, Joyce Berman, Emil Raymon; In support of the project/opposing the DR request:  Arnie Lerner – representing the Project Sponsor, Ryan Knock – representing the Project Sponsor, Mike Manzo – Project Sponsor, and Tony Manzo – Project Sponsor

ACTION:           The Commission took Discretionary Review and approved the project with modifications that would not allow side-yard build outs; and they would recommend that the Zoning Administrator grant a variance for rear-yard use.

AYES:              Borden, Moore, Sugaya, and Miguel

NAYES:            Antonini and Olague

DRA:                0176

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  Tuija Catalano – representing the Project Sponsor and Russ Nayler – Project Architect

ACTION:           Approved with instructions that the Project Sponsor continue working with staff on design and the transitioning of the building on Filbert Street.  Staff is to bring this back to the Commission as an informational item.

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

ABSENT:          Sugaya

MOTION:           18194

 

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.

 

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 12a

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

 

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

 

SPEAKERS:     In support of DR/opposing the project:  Cheryl Schultz – DR Requestor, Jean Barish, and (Name unclear); In support of the project/opposing the DR Request:  John Lau – Project Engineer for Project Sponsor

ACTION:           The Commission took Discretionary Review and approved the project modified to remove the 4th floor

AYES:              Antonini, Moore, Olague, and Miguel

NAYES:            Borden

ABSENT:          Sugaya

DRA:                0177

 

            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.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           DR withdrawn

 

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.

                       

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           DR withdrawn

                       

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

 

SPEAKERS:     Draft EIR is adequate/support the project:  Luis Herrera – City Librarian, Jewelle Gomez – Library Commission, Dawn Kamalanathan – Rec Park Department, Howard Chabner, Lisa Bohman, Fay Darmawi, Teresa Dal Santo, Lisa Garbus, Ginnina DeCarl, Aggie Monahan, Howard Chabner, Robert Hinish, Karin Payson, Pat Tura, Bill Bondy, Tina Moyian, Scott Lewis, Rene Bihan, Dale Weiamer, Laura Bernabei, Terry Grenchik, Lee Goodman, Julie Christensen, William Colon, Karin Weiss, and Karen; Draft EIR is not adequate/oppose the project:  Alan Martinez – Historic Preservation Commission, Zach Stewart, Gerry Crowley, Joan Wood, June Osterberg, Sal Busalacchi, Joe Butler, Howard Wong, and Sue Cauthen

ACTION:           Public hearing on Draft EIR – there was no action by the Commission

 

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))

 

SPEAKERS:     None

 

Adjournment:   9:18 p.m.

 

Adopted:       October 28, 2010

 

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