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City and County of San Francisco

February 14, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, February 14, 2013

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

                                                                                                                             President:                                       Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

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

                                                                        Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

 

Acting Commission Secretary: Jonas P. Ionin

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 Planning Commission Secretary at:  commissions.secretary@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 the 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.

 

 

 

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.             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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 24, 2013)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to March 21, 2013)

 

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

 

2.             2012.1296C                                                                       (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

383 RHODE ISLAND STREET - east side at the northeast corner of the intersection with 17th Street; Lot 004 in Assessor’s Block 3956 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303(c), 303(i), 843.46 to allow a “formula retail use” that is also a “financial service” (d.b.a Chase Bank) within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) Zoning District and 48-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

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.

 

3.     Consideration of Adoption:

 

·   Draft Minutes for January 31, 2013

 

4.         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

 

5.         Director’s Announcements

           

6.         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.  However, for items where public comment is closed this is your opportunity to address the Commission.  With respect to all other 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 

 

7a.        2013.0050CTZ                                                                          (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1731 POWELL STREET - southwest corner at Columbus Avenue; Assessor’s Block 0101, Block 004 - Request for Zoning Text Amendment (Section 302) to establish the “Central Subway Tunnel Boring Machine Extraction Site Special Use District” (SUD) on the property. The SUD would allow the demolition and reconstruction of an existing vacant theater  (formerly known the “Palace” or “Pagoda” Theater), at a height and program of uses authorized by a previously-approved project (Case No. 2007.1117C; Motion Nos. 17797, and 18204) to rehabilitate the building to a five-story over basement mixed-use project containing up to 18 dwelling units, a restaurant measuring approximately 4,000 square feet, additional ground-floor commercial space measuring approximately 1,000 square feet. Following demolition of the existing building, and prior to the construction of the new mixed-use building, the site would be utilized for extraction of a tunnel boring machine associated with the Central Subway project. The SUD would modify specific Planning Code regulations related to off-street parking, rear yard, ground-floor ceiling heights, dwelling unit exposure, signage, allowing a restaurant use at the property, and other provisions of the Planning Code.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 7, 2013)

 

7b.       2013.0050CTZ                                                                          (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1731 POWELL STREET - southwest corner at Columbus Avenue; Assessor’s Block 0101, Block 004 - Request for Height Reclassification (Section 302) of Zoning Map HT01 to reclassify the property from 40-X Height and Bulk District to a 50-X Height and Bulk District. Following the issuance of mailed and published notification for this item, substitute legislation was introduced by the Board of Supervisors to reclassify the property from the 40-X Height and Bulk District to the 55-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 7, 2013)

 

7c.        2013.0050CTZ                                                                         (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1731 POWELL STREET - southwest corner at Columbus Avenue; Assessor’s Block 0101, Block 004 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow development of a lot greater than 5,000 square feet (Section 121.1), non-residential uses greater than 2,000 square feet (Section 121.2), demolition of a movie theater use (Section 221.1), and establishment of a restaurant use, including a Type 47 ABC License to provide beer, wine, and/or liquor in a Bona Fide Eating Place (Sections 722.44 and 790.142).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 7, 2013)

 

8.             2012.1482B                                                                     (T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)

MISSION BAY BLOCK 40, AKA 1800-1900 OWENS STREET - west side of Owens Street bounded by 16th Street, Highway 280, and Mariposa Street, Lots 005 & 008 in Assessor's Block 8727 - Request for Office Development Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 321 & 322 for 700,000 gross square feet of office use.  The proposal is to construct a new office building which will consist of two “campuses”; each campus will feature a 5-story building connected to a 12-story building.  The maximum height will be 180 feet and there will be 680 independently-accessible off-street parking spaces.  The land use and development components will be reviewed by the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (the successor commission to the Former Redevelopment Agency Commission).  The property is located in the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan, Commercial-Industrial Use Area, and HZ-7 Height District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

9.     2012.1424C                                                                  (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

550 VALENCIA STREET - west side between 16th and 17th Streets; Lot 008 of Assessor’s Block 3568 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 to expand the hours of operation of the existing restaurant (d.b.a West of Pecos) within the Valencia Street NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) District, and 55-X Height and Bulk District, and the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

10.          2012.1353C                                                                     (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

975 BRYANT STREET - south side of Bryant Street between Kate and Langton Streets; Lot 044 in Assessor’s Block 3780 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 843.46 and 303 to establish a Formula Retail use (d.b.a. Orchard Supply Hardware) within an existing building of approximately 33,000 square feet within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) Zoning District and the 48-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

11.                                            (T. DISANTO/KEITH DEMARTINI: (415) 575-9113/(415) 575-9118)

FINALIZE FY 2013-2015 DEPARTMENT BUDGET AND WORK PROGRAM - Review and recommendation of approval of a balanced Fiscal Year 2013-2015 department budget and work program for submission to the Mayor’s Office

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption

 

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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