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Notice of Meeting



Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, August 16, 2012

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting



                                 President:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rich Hillis,

                                                                        Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya


Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at
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:


View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.


The re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26




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:


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//


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


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



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; Rich Hillis;

                                                                        Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya




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.            2012.0947T                                                                        (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

PLANNING CODE AMENDMENTS – The Planning Commission will consider Amendments to the San Francisco Planning Code, Section 725.1 to: 1) reinstate controls to prohibit liquor license types 47 and 49 in the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District; and 2) requiring conditional use authorization for Limited Restaurants; and making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

                        (Proposed for Continuance to September 6, 2012)


2.         2011.1050DD                                                                      (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

2807 CLAY STREET - south side between Divisadero and Scott Streets; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 1003 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.02.04.9665 proposing to extend the existing first and second floors approximately 29 feet to the rear and construct a one-story vertical addition that will be set back approximately 23.5 feet from the front bay window and extend to the new rear wall of the first and second floors of the two-story, two-unit 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

                        (Proposed for Continuance to September 13, 2012)


3.         2012.0084DD                                                                     (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

2735 - 2737 Baker  Street - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.10.27.7765S, proposing to construct a one-story horizontal addition at the rear of the two-story over garage two-unit building.  The proposed project also includes reconfiguring the existing two-unit layout while maintaining the same number of units, within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 14, 2012)

discretionary review requests have been withdrawn




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.


4.         2012.0741C                                                                   (C. Lamorena: (415) 575-9085)

3235 SACRAMENTO STREET - south side between Presidio Avenue and Lyon Street; Lot 023 in Assessor’s Block 1022 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 724.52, to convert vacant commercial space previously occupied by a retail store (d.b.a. Quatrine) into a children’s hair salon (personal service use d.b.a. PREP) on the ground floor of a two-story  over basement commercial building within the Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


5.         2012.0822C                                                                   (C. Lamorena: (415) 575-9085)

1865 POST STREET - south side between Fillmore and Webster Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 0701 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 249.31, 303, and 712.48, to add a new use size in excess of 4,000 square feet as an “Other Entertainment” use to an existing restaurant (d.b.a. Pa’ina Lounge and Restaurant) within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) Zoning District, Japantown Special Use District, and 50-X Height and Bulk District.  The proposal would add live and amplified music during the restaurant’s evening operating hours.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions 


6.         2012.0409B                                                                       (T. Sullivan: (415) 558-6257)

China Basin LANDING – 980 Third Street & 185 Berry Street - collectively known as China Basin – south side of Berry Street between Third and Fourth Streets and fronting Mission Creek, Lot 005 in Assessor's Block 3803 - Request for Office Development Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 321, 322, and 842.66 to establish 101,982 gross square feet of office use, which results in a total of 834,422 gross square feet on the site (492,000 square feet in 980 Third Street, 342,422 square feet in 185 Berry Street), in the MUO (Mixed Use Office) District and 90-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of August 9, 2012)




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.


8.         Consideration of Adoption:


·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of July 12, 2012

      (Continued from the Regular Meeting of 8/9/12)

·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 2, 2012


9.         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.




10.        Director’s Announcements


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




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.




12.        2012.0611CV                                                                            (K. Guy: (415) 558-6163)

1601 LARKIN STREET - northwest corner at Clay Street, Lot 006 of Assessor's Block 0620 -  Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow development exceeding 40 feet in height within an 'R' District, and to grant an exception to bulk requirements, within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District, and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposed project is to demolish an existing vacant church and surface parking lot and construct a new 6-story over basement building containing 27 dwelling units and 29 off-street parking spaces. On June 28, 2012, the Planning Commission passed a motion of intent to disapprove a Conditional Use authorization for a proposed project on this site.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval


13.        2012.0901U                                                                              (S. Dennis-Phillips (415) 558-6314)

Informational Presentation Regarding a Proposed Charter Amendment - Informational Only - The Planning Commission will hear an informational presentation on a proposed Charter Amendment titled, "San Francisco Housing Trust Fund" [Board File No. 120554], that would add Section 16.110 to: 1) create a San Francisco Housing Trust Fund by setting aside general fund revenues beginning in FY2013-2014 and ending in FY2043-2044 to create, acquire and rehabilitate affordable housing and promote affordable home ownership programs in the City; 2) to lower and stabilize the impacts of affordable housing regulatory impositions on private residential projects; and 3) to authorize the development of up to 30,000 affordable rental units in the City.  This discussion will cover the overall goals of the Charter Amendment as described in Resolution [Board File No. 120489].


14.        2012.0901T                                                                     (K. Haddadan (415-575-9068)

Threshold for Application of Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program The Planning Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance titled, "San Francisco Housing Trust Fund" [Board File No. 120464], that would amend the Planning Code by amending section 415.3 to: 1) provide that, as of January 1, 2013, the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program apply only to housing projects of 10 units or more and will no longer apply to buildings of 5 to 9 units that have not yet received a first construction document, and 2) condition operation of the ordinance on the adoption and implementation of the Housing Trust Fund Charter amendment at the November 6, 2012 election. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.




15a.      2012.0033ACEFU                                                               (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

218 – 220 BUCHANAN STREET (aka 55 LAGUNA STREET) - most of the blocks bounded by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 304 to modify the previously approved Planned Unit Development, to change the project’s site plan, request exceptions to the rear yard location, transparency and active uses for street frontages in NC Districts, and dwelling unit exposure. The project proposes up to 330 market-rate family units with an inclusionary component, up to 110 affordable senior units, up to 310 off-street parking spaces, a public park (Waller Park), a community center in Woods Hall Annex, a community garden and retail space. The property is located in the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial), RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium-Density) Districts, and the Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets Special Use District within the 40-X, 50-X AND 85-X Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary recommendation: Approval with conditions


15b.      2012.0033U                                                                (k. dischinger: (415) 558-6284)

218 – 220 BUCHANAN STREET (aka 55 LAGUNA STREET) IN-KIND AGREEMENT - the Project sponsor requests a waiver from the impact fee obligation under Section 421.3 Market and Octavia Community Infrastructure Impact Fee, per the City and the Project Sponsors "In-Kind Agreement" for the provision of a new public park, community center, and community garden at 55 Laguna Street. This project is within the Market and Octavia Plan Area. The proposed improvements were approved by the Planning Commission; approval of this agreement will formalize the community improvements agreement. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval


16.        2012.0668D                                                                   (D. SANCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

2520 MISSION STREET - west side between 21st and 22nd Streets; Lot 061 in Assessor’s Block 3616 - Mandatory Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2012.04.25.9059, proposing to establish a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (dba Morado Collective) as defined in Planning Code Section 790.141 at a mixed use building within the Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District and a 55-X / 65-B Height and Bulk District. 

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


17.        2010.1011DD                                                                        (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

4334 GEARY BOULEVARD -  north side between 7th and 8th Avenues; Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 1439 - Staff-Initiated and Neighbor-Initiated Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.10.04.2197 proposing to construct a new three-story, approximately 9,515 square foot, 40-foot tall dental office building following the demolition of the existing two-story, approximately 4,900 square foot commercial structure within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate Scale) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications




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))




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