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City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 
 

November 3, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, November 3, 2011

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President: Christina R. Olague

Vice-President:  Ron Miguel

                        Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; 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 9:30 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:  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.

12:00 PM   _________

 

ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Christina R. Olague                                           

                        Vice-President:                          Ron Miguel

Commissioners:                                                                                                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; 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.

           

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

 

            1.            2011.0803Q                                                                           (B. BENDIX:  (415) 575-9114)

626-628A Natoma Street - northwest side of Natoma Street between 7th and 8th Streets; Lot 048 of Assessor’s Block 3727 - Request for Condominium Conversion Subdivision to convert a three-story, five-unit building into residential condominiums within an RED (Residential Enclave) Zoning District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Western SoMa Planning Area Special Use District.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

2.         2011.0750C                                                                           (S. Young:  (415) 558-6346)

1737 POST STREET, SUITE 330 (AKA 22 PEACE PLAZA – LOCATED WITHIN THE INTERIOR OF JAPANTOWN CENTER KINTETSU WEST MALL)  - south side between Webster and Buchanan Streets; Lot 009 in Assessor’s Block 0700 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 712.69B, 249.31, and 303 to establish an Amusement Game Arcade (Mechanical Amusement Devices) Use within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) Zoning District, Japantown Special Use District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.  The proposal is the change of use of an approximately 800 square-foot ground floor commercial space (to be vacated by a retail clothing store d.b.a. The Omodaka) to an amusement game arcade establishment and retail store (d.b.a. Playland Japan). 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

           

            3.         2011.0648C                                                                         (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

1555 IRVING STREET - southeast corner of Irving Street and 17th Avenue; Lot 041 in Assessor’s Block 1771 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 730.83 and 303, to allow AT&T Mobility to locate up to six (6) WTS panel antennas within an expanded rooftop marquee  and related equipment within the building of a one-story educational institution (Woodside International School), within the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is a Location Preference 1 (publicly-used structure).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

            4.         2011.0288C                                                                         (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

2300 - 2320 CHESTNUT STREET - northwest corner of Chestnut and Scott Streets; Lot 009 in Assessor’s Block 0929 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.83 and 303, to allow AT&T Mobility to locate up to nine (9) WTS panel antennas within faux vent pipes and behind screening,  and related equipment within an outdoor storage area at grade of a three-story mixed-use building, within an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small Scale) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is a Location Preference 5 (mixed-use building in high-density district).

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

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.

 

5.         Consideration of Adoption:

 

·         Draft Minutes of Special Meeting of October 20, 2011

·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of October 20, 2011

 

6.         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

 

7.         Director’s Announcements

           

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

 

E.         GENERAL PUBLIC 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.            REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

            9.         2011.0198C                                                                        (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

601 – 14th AVENUE - southwest corner of Balboa Street and 14th Avenue; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1630 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.6 and 303, to allow AT&T Mobility to locate up to six (6) WTS panel antennas in three separate faux chimney elements on the roof and related equipment in the building’s basement of the three-story institutional (Jewish Educational Society of San Francisco) building, within a RM-1 (Mixed, Low Density) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is a Location Preference 1 (school/institutional structure).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 13, 2011)

           

            10.        2011.0291C                                                                       (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

255 STEINER STREET - southwest corner of Steiner and Haight Streets; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 0861 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.83 and 303, to allow AT&T Mobility to locate up to nine (9) WTS panel antennas within faux vents and behind screening, and related equipment, within an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small Scale) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is a Location Preference 5 (mixed-use building in high-density district).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

           

11.        2010.1136D                                                                       (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

                        324 HUGO STREET - north side between 4th and 5th Avenues; Lot 009 in Assessor’s Block 1746 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.05.04.0670, proposing to add one dwelling unit and to construct a horizontal addition consisting of a three-story component approximately 12 feet deep and a  two-story 12-foot deep component with roof deck, at the rear of  the three-story single-family house  within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve as revised

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 15, 2011)

 

            12.        2011.0891DDDD                                                                   (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

3139-3141 GOUGH STREET - west side between Francisco and Chestnut Streets; Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 0481 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.02.6003 proposing to construct a two-story vertical addition and a horizontal addition at the rear of a two-story, two-unit residential building within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

13a.      2010.0860D                                                                      (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

183 BREWSTER STREET - east side between Joy Street and Esmeralda Boulevard; Lot 011 in Assessor’s Block 5577 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.09.25.3191, proposing to construct a new single-family home on a  vacant lot in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District, 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Bernal Heights Special Use District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review Analysis

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

13b.      2010.0858D                                                                         (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

187 BREWSTER STREET - east side between Joy Street and Esmeralda Boulevard; Lot 010 in Assessor’s Block 5577 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.09.25.3192, proposing to construct a new single-family home on a  vacant lot in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District, 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Bernal Heights Special Use District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review Analysis

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

13c.      2010.0801D                                                                      (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

191 BREWSTER STREET - east side between Joy Street and Esmeralda Boulevard; Lot 009 in Assessor’s Block 5577 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.09.25.3193, proposing to construct a new single-family home on a  vacant lot in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District, 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Bernal Heights Special Use District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review Analysis

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

5:30 PM

 

            14.                                                        (J. SWITZKY/S. WERTHEIM: (415) (575-6815/558-6612)

            CENTRAL CORRIDOR PLAN - Informational update on the planning process to create, an integrated community vision for the southern portion of the Central Subway rail corridor in SoMa. This update will discuss public outreach efforts and input to date, initial land use and urban form guidelines, public realm considerations, sustainability planning, project timing and next steps. Additional information is available at http://centralcorridor.sfplanning.org.

 

15.        2007.0558E & 2008.0789E                                                  (S. JONES: (415) 575-9034)

TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN AND TRANSIT TOWER - Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report - The Transit Center District Plan proposes new policies and controls for land use; building height and design; street network; historic preservation; and sustainability. The Plan area is bounded generally by Market, Steuart, and Folsom Streets, and a line east of Third Street. The Plan would permit approximately six buildings with heights ranging from 700-1,000 feet.  The EIR analyzes at a project level the Transit Tower, a proposed 61-story, 1,070-foot-tall (including sculptural element) building with about 1.3 million square feet (sf) of office space, about 16,500 sf of retail, and subgrade loading and parking for about 300 vehicles (480 valet spaces). The Transit Tower project site is located at 425 Mission Street (Block 3720, Lot 001), on the south side of Mission Street between First and Fremont Streets, immediately north of the new Transit Center currently under construction.

Note: Written comments will be accepted at the Planning Department's offices until the close of business on November 14, 2011.

 

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))

 

Adjournment:

 

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