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Public Hearings 
 

February 16, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President:  Ron Miguel

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

Hisashi Sugaya; Cindy Wu

 

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.

 

 

1:30 PM   _________

 

ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Ron Miguel

Commissioners:                                                                                                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya; Cindy Wu

 

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.         2011.1172C                                                                           (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)    

626 CLEMENT STREET  - north side of Clement Street between 7th and 8th Avenues; Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 1426 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to pursuant to Sections 178(e)(2) and 303 of the Planning Code to modify the conditions of a prior Conditional Use authorization under Motion No. 18282 (Case No. 2010.0793C) to allow the expansion of a full-service restaurant use (d.b.a. Volar Roman House) within an approximately 1,800 square-foot karaoke lounge (d.b.a. Volar Karaoke) on the ground floor of a two-story mixed-use building within the Inner Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The expansion will involve converting the approximately 300 square-foot vacant ground floor commercial space located at the front of the building (previously occupied by a retail store d.b.a. D&B Wireless) into a new dining area for the existing full-service restaurant use.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

2.         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

 

3.         Director’s Announcements

           

4.         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 

 

            5.                                                         (T. DISANTO/K. DEMARTINI: (415) 575-9113/575-9118)

                        FINALIZE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2014 DEPARTMENT BUDGET AND WORK PROGRAM

Review and approval of a balanced Fiscal Year 2012-2014 department budget and work program for submission to the Mayor's Office (action Item).

 

         6.                                                                                                      (T. OJEDA: (415) 558-6251)

            EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS PLANS MONITORING REPORTS (2006-2010) Informational only - The Eastern Neighborhoods Plans Monitoring Reports describe commercial and residential development activities in all four Eastern Neighborhoods – Central Waterfront, East SoMa, Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill – between 2006 and 2010. These are the first five-year time series monitoring reports since the Plans’ adoption in 2009 and account for new construction, demolitions and alterations completed in the last five years as well as provides near term development trends in the pipeline.  The Reports also discuss implementation of proposed programming, including affordable housing construction, fees collected, historic preservation, and first source hiring. There is a monitoring report for each Eastern Neighborhood Area Plan and these are available for public review at the Planning Department or downloaded through the website, Reference copies will also available at the Government Information Center at the San Francisco Main Public Library.

            Preliminary Recommendation: No Action required.

 

            7.                                                                                                  (J. RAHAIM (415) 558-6411)

California High-Speed Rail Policy Statement - The City of San Francisco has been a strong supporter of the California High-Speed Rail linking downtown San Francisco with downtown Los Angeles, and ultimately San Diego. The City has been working cooperatively with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other regional governing entities to implement this important project, through the Transbay Joint Powers Authority with the construction of the Transbay Transit Center, the creation of the Transit Center District Plan that envisions the area around the Transbay Terminal as the heart of the new downtown. The city has prepared a draft Policy Statement in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and is asking key city commissions, including the Planning Commission, to indicate their strong support of the project as voiced in the draft Policy Statement.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt draft High-Speed Rail Policy Statement.

 

8.         2011.1327C                                                                                (K. Guy: (415) 558-6163)

401 GROVE STREET - southwest corner at Gough Street, Lot 036 of Assessor’s Block 0808 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to amend the conditions of approval for a previously-approved project in order to allow seven additional parking spaces in a tandem configuration, exceeding the number of spaces principally permitted by the Planning Code. The associated project was approved on July 14, 2011, and proposes to demolish an existing surface parking lot and construct a new five-story mixed-use building containing approximately 63 dwelling units, 5,000 square feet of ground floor commercial uses, and 37 off-street parking spaces within an underground garage (Case No. 2011.0399C). The requested amendment would increase the total number of off-street parking spaces to 44.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Disapproval

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 12, 2012)

 

9.         2011.1249C                                                                           (B. BENDIX:  (415) 575-9114)

2500 Bryant Street - southwest corner of the intersection of Bryant Street and 23rd Street; Lot 001 of Assessor’s Block 4208 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 186, 303, and 727.42 to convert a retail grocery store to a full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Local’s Corner) within an RM-1 (Low Density, Residential, Mixed) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal also includes an outdoor seating area on the sidewalk for the restaurant. The use is not identified as a formula retail use.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 12, 2012)

                                    NOTE:  On January 26, 2012, following public testimony the Commission continued the matter to 2/16/12 by a vote (+5 -0), Project Sponsor to meet w/neighbors.  Fong was absent. PH remains open.

                    

            10a.      2011.0944DV                                                              (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

1921 VALLEJO STREET - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets; Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0567 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2011.06.01.7223, proposing to construct a one-story horizontal addition at the rear of the four-story over garage, two-unit building within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 105-D Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:    Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

            10b.      2011.0944DV                                                              (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

1921 VALLEJO STREET - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets; Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0567 - Request for Variances - to Planning Code Sections 134 and 188 to construct a one-story horizontal addition in the required rear yard that would also enlarge the existing noncomplying structure. The project site is located in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 105-D Height and Bulk District.

 

            11.        2011.0682DD                                                                             (S. LAI: (415) 575-9087)

4218 MISSION STREET - west side between Castle Manor and Admiral Avenues; Lot 004 in Assessor’s Block 6803 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2011.02.23.0782, proposing to develop a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a. “The Green Cross”) on the ground floor of an existing building.  This project lies within the NC-2 (Small-Scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District, and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.  A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

                                                                                                    

12a.      2010.0506DD                                                                        (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

5258 Mission Street - west side between Niagara and Mount Vernon Avenues; Lot 003B in Assessor’s Block 7031 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2010.05.27.3337, to allow a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a Mission Organic) to locate within the existing vacant ground-floor tenant space. The proposed dispensary would not include on-site smoking, consumption, vaporizing, or cultivation. The property is located within an NC-2 (Small-scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

 

12b.      2010.0468DD                                                                       (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

5234 Mission Street - west side between Niagara and Mount Vernon Avenues; Lot 002C in Assessor’s Block 7031 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2010.06.16.4643, to allow a new Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a TreeMed) to locate within the existing vacant ground-floor tenant space. The proposed dispensary would not include on-site smoking, consumption, vaporizing, or cultivation. The property is located within an NC-2 (Small-scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

                               

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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