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October 25, 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, October 25, 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 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; Rich Hillis;

                                                                        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.

 

1.                                                                                                                              (A. RODGERS (415) 558-6395)

ADOPTION OF PROCEDURES MANUAL UPDATE - Update to the Inclusionary Housing Procedures Manual - The Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program requires residential developments to pay an Affordable Housing Fee.  Project sponsors may apply for an alternative to the fee in the form of providing fifteen percent (15%) of their units on-site or 20% of their units off-site as affordable to low- to moderate-income households. These percentages are higher in certain parts of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan Area. This program is governed by San Francisco Planning Code Section 415 et seq., and is administered by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing. Planning Code Section 415 requires that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Planning Department publish a Procedures Manual containing procedures for monitoring and enforcement of the policies and procedures for implementation of the Program.  This Monitoring and Procedures Manual contains information regarding the Program for potential Buyers and renters of below market rate Units, as well as for information for Projects sponsors, owners and property managers of Units developed under the Program.  Updates to the Manual occur as needed. The last update to the Manual was adopted by the Planning Commission on June 28, 2007. This update is required due to recent changes in Planning Code Section 415.  Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

 (Proposed for Continuance to November 1, 2012)

 

2a.        2012.1046BC                                                                       (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

1550 BRYANT STREET - between Division Street and 15th Street; Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 3923 - Request for Office Development Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 179.1, 321, and 322 to establish 92,753 gross square feet of legal office use in aPDR-1-G (Production, Distribution, and Repair - General) Zoning District and 68-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to November 1, 2012)

 

2b.       2012.1046BC                                                                       (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

1550 BRYANT STREET - between Division Street and 15th Street; Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 3923 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 181(i) and 303 to enlarge the existing 80,000 gross square feet of legal nonconforming office use in the building by an additional 15,646 gross square feet of office space in a PDR-1-G (Production, Distribution, and Repair - General) Zoning District and 68-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to November 1, 2012)

 

3.             2012.0764C                                                                          (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

2001 POLK STREETwest side at the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue; Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 0574 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 145.2, 303(c), 723.26 and 790.140 to allow the addition of a walk-up facility along the Pacific Avenue frontage of the existing retail grocery and liquor store (d.b.a Cheese Plus) within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and 65-A Height and Bulk District.

(Proposed for Continuance to November 15, 2012)

 

4.         2012.0950TZ                                                                       (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

AMENDMENTS TO THE PLANNING CODE TO ESTABLISH THE DIVISADERO NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT [BOARD FILE NO. 12-0796] -  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code: by 1) adding Section 743.1 to establish the Divisadero Neighborhood Commercial District; 2) repealing the Divisadero Street Alcohol Restricted Use District established in Section 783; 3) amending Section 151.1 and a portion of Table 151.1, Sections 263.20, 607.1(f), and 702.3, the specific provisions of the Section 711 Zoning Control Table, and Section 790.55 to make conforming and other technical changes; 4) amending Sheets ZN02 and ZN07 of the Zoning Map to include the Divisadero Neighborhood Commercial District; 5) amending Sheet SU02 of the Zoning Map to delete the Divisadero Street Alcohol Restricted Use Special Use District; and 6) adopting 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.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

(Proposed for Continuance to November 29, 2012)

 

5.         2012.1183TZ                                                                        (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

AMENDMENTS TO THE PLANNING CODE TO ESTABLISH THE FILLMORE STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT [BOARD FILE NO. 12-0814] -  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by: 1) adding Section 744.1 to establish the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District along Fillmore Street between Bush and Fulton Streets; 2) amending Section 151.1, a portion of Table 151.1, Section 263.20, and Section 607.1(f) to make conforming and other technical changes; 3) amending Sheets ZN02 and ZN07 of the Zoning Map to rezone specified properties to the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District; and 4) adopting 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.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

(Proposed for Continuance to November 29, 2012)

 

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

 

6.         2012.1168C                                                                    (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

793 SOUTH VAN NESS AVENUE - northeast corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 19th Street; Lot 024 in Assessor’s Block 3591 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Section  303 to modify the performance period condition of Motion No. 17554 for Case No. 2004.0914CVEK to extend the approval period for two years of a mixed use building consisting of 3,215 square feet of ground floor retail/commercial space, 1,430 square feet of ground floor PDR space and 29 dwelling units within the NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and the 55-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions 

 

7.         2011.0800C                                                                          (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

601 VAN NESS AVENUE - west side between Golden Gate Avenue and Turk Street; Lot 026 in Assessor’s Block 0762 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.6 and 303, to allow Verizon Wireless to replace three existing antennas with new antennas and add two additional antennas to the site for up to 11  WTS antennas on the roof of the 12-story mixed use building located at the southwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Turk Street in the Opera Plaza complex within a RC-4 (Residential/Commercial, Combined, High Density) District, the Van Ness Special Use District and the Van Ness Automotive Special Use District and 130-V Height and Bulk District.  The site is a Location Preference 5 (mixed-use building in a high density residential district).

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

8.         2012.0908C                                                                         (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)   

233-261 ELLIS STREET - south side between Taylor and Mason Streets; Lot 016 of Assessor’s Block 0331 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 209.8 (b), 209.8 (c), 712.61, and 790.12  to allow the partial conversion of an existing parking garage and retail space to a car rental office and car rental agency (d.b.a. Enterprise Rent-A-Car) within the RC-4 (Residential Commercial, High Density District), the North of Market Residential 1 Special Use District and 80-T/130-T Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

9.         2012.0594C                                                                           (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

47 CAMBON DRIVE - east side between Font Boulevard and 19th Avenue; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 7324 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 713.61 to legalize an automobile sales or rental use (d.b.a. U-Haul) providing vehicle rentals within an NC-S (Neighborhood Commercial, Shopping Center) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

10.        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

 

11.        Director’s Announcements

           

12.        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

 

13.        2012.0609C                                                                    (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

115 WEST PORTAL AVENUE - southerly side between Vicente Street and 14th Avenue, Lot 031 in Assessor’s Block 2989B - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 729.50, Limited Financial Service to allow an approximately 199 square foot, bank branch for Sterling Bank, to be developed in the existing building within the West Portal Neighborhood Commercial District, and 26-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

 

14.        2011.1339C                                                                  (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

1327 POLK STREET - west side between Bush and Pine Streets, Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 0667 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 723.41, to legalize an existing bar (d.b.a. The Pour House in an existing building within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District, and 65-A Height and Bulk District.  On February 3, 2005, in Case No. 2004.1321, the Planning Commission authorized a Conditional Use to allow a Wine Store with tastings on the property, however the business opened as a Bar.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

15.        2012.0370C                                                                      (G. HILYARD:  (415) 575-9109)

1127 MARKET STREET - south side between 7th and 8th Streets; Lot 046 of Assessor’s Block 3702 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Section 303(k) to convert vacant commercial space previously occupied by a movie theater (d.b.a Strand Theater) into a live entertainment theater (d.b.a A.C.T Second Stage) on four floors of a four-story commercial building within the C-3-G Zoning District, Market Street Special Sign District, and 120-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

16.        2012.0045C                                                                     (T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)

5800 – 3RD STREET - consisting of a four development parcels (Buildings #1, #2, #3 & #4) - west side of 3rd Street between Carroll and Paul Avenues, Lots 041, 042 & 043 in Assessor’s Block 5341 and Lots 002 & 005 in Assessor’s Block 5415 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 134, 140, 215, 303 and 304, to modify a previously approved Planned Unit Development under Case Number 2003.0672C and Motion No. 17089, to change the project’s site plan, reallocate the dwelling units on the site, establish 121 dwelling units of 100% affordable senior housing with an integrated senior community center and 54 off-street parking spaces in Building #4, parcel 042, establish 150 market-rate dwelling units with 129 off-street parking spaces in Building #3, parcel 041, and to incorporate streetscape and pedestrian improvements on Carroll Avenue.  Modifications to Planning Code requirements will be sought for 1) rear yard (Section 134); 2) dwelling unit exposure (Section 140); and 3) density (Section 215).  The project is located in the M-1 (Light Industrial) District, 65-J Height and Bulk District.  Preliminary Recommendation:   Approval with Conditions

 

17.        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 

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 13, 2012)

 

18.        2012.0082DD                                                              (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

1856 PACIFIC AVENUE - north side between Franklin and Gough Streets; Lot 011 in Assessor’s Block 0576 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.03.29.9153 proposing to redesign the existing front façade and to construct one additional floor onto the existing four-story, 11-unit building within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) Zoning District and an 80-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

            Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 13, 2012)

 

            19.        2012.1051DDD                                                                      (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

                        125 CROWN TERRACE -  east side between Pemberton Place and Raccoon Drive, Lot 003 in Assessor's Block 2719B - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.10.06.6315 proposing construction of a vertical and horizontal addition that would almost encompass the building and significantly alter its appearance, resulting in a single-family dwelling with four levels of occupancy, located within a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District and 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: 10/19/2012 9:12:43 AM