To view graphic version of this page, refresh this page (F5)

Skip to page body
SFGovAccessibility
Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 
 

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, May 3, 2012

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

                                                                       

                                 President:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Ron Miguel;

                                                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:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Ron Miguel;

                                                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.         2012.0009C                                                                                  (K. Guy: (415) 558-6163)

1528-1540 Pine Street - north side between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue, Lot 005 of Assessor’s Block 0646 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to establish an automobile and scooter repair business (d.b.a. Cars Dawydiak) within the basement and second floor of existing building located at 1528-1540 Pine Street, with accessory automobile and scooter sales located at the ground floor, pursuant to Planning Code Section ("Section") 303. Conditional Use Authorization is required to establish the automotive repair use at the basement level (Section 723.59), establish a non-conforming automotive repair use at the second level (Section 186.2), and establish a use size greater than 2,000 square feet (Sections 121.2 and 721.21). The project sponsor is also requesting that the Zoning Administrator eliminate the off-street parking requirement for the uses, pursuant to Sections 161(j) and 307(i). The project site is located within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. Tenant improvements are proposed for the building; however, the size of the space will not change.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 26, 2012)

 

2.         2012.0038C                                                                         (C.Teague: (415) 575-9081)

939 PERALTA AVENUE - east side near the intersection of Tompkins Avenue, Lot 024 in Assessor's Block 5695 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 713.62 and 303 to allow an approximately 1,500 square foot dog daycare center for between 12 and 30 dogs (d.b.a. Good Dog!) in a NC-S (Neighborhood Commercial Shopping Center) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

 

            3.         2012.0273C                                                                 (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

2655 BUSH STREET - southwest corner at Divisadero and Bush Streets; Lot 024 in Assessor’s Block 1052 – Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 712.56, to convert vacant garage space (previously providing parking for a now vacant convalescent care facility formerly d.b.a. San Francisco Community Convalescent Hospital) into a commercial parking garage (automobile parking use) for up to 24 vehicles in the basement of a two-story building within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) Zoning District and 40-X/65-A Height and Bulk District.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

4.         2011.0468B                                                                      (T. Sullivan: (415) 558-6257)

208 Utah Street, aka 201 Potrero Avenue - south side of 15th Street between Utah Street and Potrero Avenue, Lot 017 in Assessor's Block 3932 - Request for Office Development Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 179.1 and 321 to establish 48,732 gross square feet of office use under the Eastern Neighborhoods Legitimization Program in the PDR-1-G (Production Distribution and Repair - General) District and 40/58-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

 

5.         2012.0169C                                                                        (D. Sánchez: (415) 575-9082)

345 6th Street - southeast corner of 6th and Shipley Streets, Lot 081 in Assessor’s Block 3753 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 175.6(e) (1) and 303 to modify prior conditions of approval in Motion No. 17855, Case No. 2005.0876C, to extend the time to construct a 5-story, 36 dwelling unit multifamily building to January 19, 2014 within the MUR (Mixed Use Residential) Zoning District and an 85-X Height and Bulk Designation. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

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.         2012.0156C                                                                          (S.Young: (415) 558-6346)

901 COLE STREET & 101 CARL STREET - southwest corner of Cole and Carl Streets; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1272 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.2, 178(e)(2), 303, 710.21, 710.27, 719.41, and 719.42 to combine the existing approximately 600 square foot wine bar space at 101 Carl Street with the existing approximately 2,600 square foot full-service restaurant space at 901 Cole Street (both spaces previously occupied by EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar) to establish an approximately 3,200 square foot full-service restaurant and bar (d.b.a. Papazote) with Department of Alcohol Beverage Control License Type 47 (beer, wine, and/or liquor) on the basement, first floor and mezzanine of the three-story mixed-use building and to allow the restaurant and bar to operate until 2:00 a.m.  Interior tenant improvements are proposed and no changes are proposed to the exterior building envelope.  The project site is located within the NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  The project site is also located within ¼ mile of the Haight Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and Haight Street Alcohol Restricted Use Subdistrict.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

      10.        2012.0028C                                                                 (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

6909 GEARY BOULEVARD – southwest corner at 33rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1511 – Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 710.69A, to convert vacant commercial space into a self-service specialty food establishment (d.b.a. I-Crepe) on the ground floor of a four-story, mixed use building within the NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial, Cluster) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

11.        2007.0558 EMTZU                                                            (J. Switzky: (415) 575-6815)

Transit Center District Plan -- Initiation of Amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code, and Zoning Maps - Staff will request the Planning Commission consider approving Resolutions of Intent to Initiate Amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code, and Zoning Maps to implement the Transit Center District Plan.  In addition, staff will request that the Commission schedule a public hearing on May 24, 2012 to consider approval of the proposed General Plan, Planning Code and Zoning Map amendments and direct staff to conduct the necessary noticing for such hearing.

 

            (a) 2007.0558 EMTZU                                                      (J. Switzky: (415) 575-6815)

Transit Center District Plan - Initiation of Amendments to the General Plan - Staff will request the Planning Commission consider approving a Resolution of Intent to Initiate Amendments to the General Plan necessary to adopt the Transit Center District Plan, including amendments to the Downtown Plan, Recreation & Open Space, Commerce & Industry, Urban Design, and Transportation Elements, and Land Use Index.  Amendments to the Downtown Plan include the incorporation of a new Transit Center District Sub-Area Plan. In addition, staff will request that the Commission schedule a public hearing on May 24, 2012 to consider approval of the proposed General Plan amendments and direct staff to conduct the necessary noticing for such hearing.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

            (b)  2007.0558 EMTZU                                                       (J. Switzky: (415) 575-6815)

Transit Center District Plan -- Initiation of Amendments to the Planning Code - Staff will request the Planning Commission consider approving a Resolution of Intention to Initiate Amendments to the Planning Code necessary to adopt the Transit Center District Plan, including amendments to Sections 102.5, 102.9, 102.11, 123, 132.1, 136, 138, 151.1, 152.1, 155, 155.4, 156, 163, 201, 210.3, 215-226, 248, 260, 270, 272, 303, 309, 412.1, 427,  1103.1, and Appendices A, C, D and F of Article 11, and the addition of several new sections to Article 4.   In addition, staff will request that the Commission schedule a public hearing on May 24, 2012 to consider approval of the proposed General Plan amendments and direct staff to conduct the necessary noticing for such hearing.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

            (c)  2007.0558 EMTZU                                                       (J. Switzky: (415) 575-6815)

                              Transit Center District Plan - Initiation of Amendments to the Zoning Maps  - Staff will request the Planning Commission consider approving a Resolution of Intention to Initiate Amendments to the Zoning Maps necessary to adopt the Transit Center District Plan, including amendments to Maps ZN1, SU1, HT1, and PD01.   In addition, staff will request that the Commission schedule a public hearing on May 24, 2012 to consider approval of the proposed General Plan amendments and direct staff to conduct the necessary noticing for such hearing.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

12a.      2011.0532T                                                                    (A. STARR:  (415) 558-6362)        

Uses, Signs, Building Features, Floor Area Ratio, Parking, and Compliance in Specified Use Districts - The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance [BF 110548] amending the San Francisco Planning Code by repealing Sections 136.2, 136.3, 158, 187, 249.15, 263.2, 263.3, 602.25, 602.26, 607.3 and 607.4 and amending various other Code sections as well as additional recommendations by Planning staff.  Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would (1) increase the amount of principally permitted parking spaces for dwellings in RC-4 and C-3 Districts; (2) make off-street parking requirements in the Van Ness Special Use District and RC-3 Districts consistent with those of RC-4 Districts; (3) eliminate minimum parking requirements for the Chinatown Mixed Use Districts and North Beach Neighborhood Commercial Districts; (4) allow exceptions from required parking under specified circumstances; (5) amend the restrictions on off-street parking rates and extend them to additional zoning districts, (6) revise sign, awning, canopy and marquee controls in specified zoning districts; (7) increase the permitted use size for limited corner commercial uses in RTO and RM districts, and allow reactivation of lapsed limited commercial uses in R districts; (8) revise the boundaries of and modify parking and screening requirements in the Washington-Broadway and Waterfront Special Use Districts; (9) modify controls for uses and accessory uses in Commercial and Residential-Commercial Districts; (10) permit certain exceptions from exposure and open space requirements for historic buildings; and (11) modify conformity requirements in various use districts; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 12, 2012)

NOTE: On October 20, 2011, although informational only and no action was required, the Commission continued this item to 12/15/11

NOTE: On December 15, 2011, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 2/9/12 by a vote of (+7 -0).

NOTE: On February 9, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 3/1/12 by a vote of (+6 -0).

NOTE: On March 1, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 4/12/12 by a vote of (+7 -0)

 

12b.      2011.0533Z                                                                      (A. STARR:  (415) 558-6362)        

Zoning Map Amendments – Washington-Broadway Special Use District 1; Waterfront Special Use District 2 and 3; Special Districts for Sign Illumination; and Special Districts for Scenic Streets - The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance [BF 110547] introduced by Supervisor Chiu concerning Sheets SU01, SS01 and SS02 of the San Francisco Zoning Map as well as additional recommendations by Planning staff.  Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would amend the San Francisco Planning Code by 1) adding blocks and lots to the Washington-Broadway Special Use District 1; 2) adding blocks to the Waterfront Special Use District 2; 3) deleting blocks and add lots to the Waterfront Special Use District 3; 4) making the boundaries of the Special District for Sign Illumination on Broadway co-extensive with the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District; 5) deleting the Van Ness Special District for Sign Illumination; and 6) adding The Embarcadero from Taylor Street to Second Street to the Special District for Scenic Streets; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Planning Code Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 12, 2012)

NOTE: On October 20, 2011, although informational only and no action was required, the Commission continued this item to 12/15/11

NOTE: On December 15, 2011, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 2/9/12 by a vote of (+7 -0).

NOTE: On February 9, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 3/1/12 by a vote of (+6 -0).

NOTE: On March 1, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission took action on the Embarcadero scenic sign issues and continued the remainder of the matter to 4/12/12 by a vote of (+5 -1); Commissioner Moore voted against and Commissioner Fong was recused

 

13.        2011.1151D                                                                           (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

640 HAYES STREET - north side between Laguna and Buchannan Streets; Lot 008 in Assessor’s Block 0806 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.08.6310, proposing to legalize a horizontal addition constructed without permit, and to add a new dwelling unit at the ground floor of the existing three-story, two-unit building within the RTO (Residential, Transit Oriented) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 12, 2012)

 

14.        2012.0135DDDDD                                                        (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

            2705 LARKIN STREET - west side between Francisco and Chestnut Streets; Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 0477 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.27.7441, proposing to construct a four-story-over-basement  horizontal addition at the rear of the existing four-story-over-basement, two-unit building within the RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) Zoning District and the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

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

 

Last updated: 4/27/2012 10:50:30 AM