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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

   Wednesday, February 1, 2012

11:30 A.M.

       Regular Meeting

Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram

John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Neighborhood Planning

Timothy Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary


Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320


A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing.






11:30 A.M.


ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   Richard Johns

                                                                                      Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram



At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items.  Public comment will be taken on each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.  If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting. 

The Brown Act forbids a commission or board 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, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:   


(1) briefly 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).).






1.         President’s Report and Announcements

2.         Disclosures

3.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions



4.                                                         (T. FRYE/K. DEMARTINI: (415) 575-6822/575-9118)

FY 2012-2014 PROPOSED DEPARTMENT BUDGET – A presentation of the department's revenue and expenditure budget in FY 2012-2013 and FY2013-2014, including grants, technology and capital budget requests, proposed staffing changes, and revised performance measures.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required -- Informational Only

5.         2011.0613A                                                               (S. HAYWARD: 415/558-6372)

130 SUTTER STREET, north side between Kearny and Montgomery Streets, Assessor’s Block 0288, Lot 027.  Informational Presentation to update the Historic Preservation Commission on an approved project to restore and to repair exterior structural and decorative metal elements, including the curtain wall, on the Sutter Street elevation of the subject building.  The subject property is San Francisco Landmark No. 37, and is a Category 1 building as described in Article 11 of the Planning Code. The Hallidie building is located within the Downtown Plan Area.  The subject property is located within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) Zoning District and a 80-130F Height and Bulk District. Case No. 2010.0613A was issued a Certificate of Appropriateness, Motion No 0131, by the Historic Preservation Commission at its July 6, 2011 hearing.

(Continued from 1/18/12 hearing)

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required -- Informational Only

6a.       2011.0929A                                                                   (R. SUCRE:  415/575-9108)                       

1401 HOWARD STREET, located on the southwest corner of 10th and Howard Streets, Assessor’s 3517, Lot 035.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations including, but not limited to: construction of handicap accessible ramps; new fencing; repair and restoration of the windows, including the stained glass windows; cleaning and patching of the cement plaster exterior; repair of the gilded domes and slate tile roof; skylight restoration; and installation of new solar panels. The subject property is Landmark No. 120 and is located within the SLR (Service/Light Industrial/Residential) Zoning District, Western SOMA Special Use District, SOMA Special Sign District, and a 50-X Height and Bulk Limit.  Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

6b.       2011.0929C                                                                   (R. SUCRE:  415/575-9108)                       

1401 HOWARD STREET, located on the southwest corner of 10th and Howard Streets, Assessor’s 3517, Lot 035.  Request for Review and Comment, pursuant to Planning Code Section 803.9(a), to convert the existing church to office, retail and assembly uses. The proposed project consists of exterior and interior alterations, including a seismic upgrade and construction of a new mezzanine level within the church interior. Proposed exterior work is subject to Historic Preservation Commission Review and Approval under Case No. 2011.0929A. The subject property is Landmark No. 120 and is located within the SLR (Service/Light Industrial/Residential) Zoning District, Western SOMA Special Use District, SOMA Special Sign District, and a 50-X Height and Bulk Limit. 

Recommendation: The Historic Preservation Commission may draft comments to the Planning Commission regarding the proposed use and its ability to enhance the feasibility of preserving the historic building.

7.         2007.0558                                                                     (J. SWITZKY: 415/575-6815)                       

TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN Informational presentation on the draft Transit Center District Plan was published in November 2009. Planning Department staff will provide the Commission a brief refresher of the proposals of the draft Plan and an update on related items.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required -- Informational Only

8.         2007.0558!                                                                 (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)                       

TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEY UPDATE - Consideration to adopt, modify, or disapprove the findings of the historic resource survey update – The survey update consists of: update of field survey information for 57 individual properties that were previously included in the survey area for the Kelley & VerPlanck Transit Center District Historic Resource Survey adopted in August 2008; completing or updating historic resource/non-resource re-evaluations for 57 individual properties; re-evaluation of historic district boundaries for the previously identified New Montgomery, Mission, Second Historic District; and evaluation of another area that contains a significant grouping of historic buildings.  The study area was limited to the 57 properties that surround the New Montgomery-2nd Street Conservation District.  The general boundaries of the original survey area are: Market, Main, Tehama, and New Montgomery streets.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the Transit Center District Historic Resource Survey Update.

9.         2011.0167T                                                               (S. HAYWARD: 415/558-6372)

PLANNING CODE CONTROLS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION.  Review and Comment on the proposed amendments to Articles 10 and 11 as suggested by Supervisor Scott Wiener.   Supervisor Wiener has distributed two draft Ordinances, based on the versions of Articles 10 and 11 adopted by the Historic Preservation Commission, that propose further modifications.  The Historic Preservation Commission is considering the amendments proposed by Supervisor Wiener prior to sending a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Modifications

(Continued from 1/18/12 hearing)



NOTE:  For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.

NOTE:  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.   

NOTE:  Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings.  For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.

NOTE:  For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,

NOTE:  Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, 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 Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

NOTE:  Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address.  Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation 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 and 14 copies.

NOTEIf any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.



Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cells 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 phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).


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Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception.

Last updated: 1/26/2012 2:12:40 PM