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February 5, 2014 HPC

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Notice of Hearing




Commission Chambers, Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Regular Meeting



Karl Hasz, President

Andrew Wolfram, Vice President

Aaron Hyland, Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman


Commission Secretary:

Jonas P. Ionin





Hearing Materials are available at:


Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400

Planning Information Center, 1660 Mission Street, 1st Floor



Commission Hearing Broadcasts:

Live stream:

Disability accommodations available upon request to: or (415) 558-6309 at least 48 hours in advance.



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.


Members of the public are not required to provide personal identifying information when they communicate with the Commission or the Department. All written or oral communications, including submitted personal contact information, may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Department’s website or in other public documents.


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 the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 409; phone (415) 554-7724; fax (415) 554-7854; or 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


San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may 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 San Francisco Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 252-3100; fax (415) 252-3112; and online


Accessible Meeting Information

Commission hearings are held in Room 400 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco. City Hall is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices. Ramps are available at the Grove, Van Ness and McAllister entrances. The wheelchair lift at the Polk Street entrance is currently under repair.


Transit: The nearest accessible BART station is Civic Center. Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the F, J, K, L, M, N, T (exit at Civic Center or Van Ness stations). MUNI bus routes also serving the area are the 5, 6, 9, 19, 21, 47, 49, 71, and 71L. For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 701-4485 or call 311.


Parking: Accessible parking is available at the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage (McAllister and Polk), and at the Performing Arts Parking Garage (Grove and Franklin). Accessible curbside parking spaces are located all around City Hall.


Disability Accommodations: To request assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, readers, large print agendas or other accommodations, please contact the Commission Secretary at (415) 558-6309, or at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.


Language Assistance: To request an interpreter for a specific case during the hearing, please contact the Commission Secretary at (415) 558-6309, or at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.


Allergies: In order to assist the City in accommodating persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, please refrain from wearing scented products (e.g. perfume and scented lotions) to Commission hearings.



Agenda para la Comisión de Preservación de Edificios y Lugares Históricos (Historic Preservation Commission).  Si desea asistir a la audiencia, y quisiera obtener información en Español o solicitar un aparato para asistencia auditiva, llame al 415-558-6309. Por favor llame por lo menos 48 horas de anticipación a la audiencia.






Adyenda ng Komisyon para sa Pangangalaga ng Kasaysayan (Historic Preservation Commission Agenda). Para sa tulong sa lengguwahe o para humiling ng Pantulong na Kagamitan para sa Pagdinig (headset), mangyari lamang na tumawag sa 415-558-6309. Mangyaring tumawag nang maaga  (kung maaari ay 48 oras) bago sa araw ng Pagdinig.



Повестка дня Комиссии по защите памятников истории. За помощью переводчика или за вспомогательным слуховым устройством на время слушаний обращайтесь по номеру 415-558-6309. Запросы должны делаться минимум за 48 часов до начала слушания.

ROLL CALL:                                                                     

                                         President:                              Karl Hasz

           Vice-President:                     Andrew Wolfram

                                         Commissioners:                   Aaron Hyland, Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman




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.


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))




1.            Director’s Announcements                        


2.            Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission, Staff Report and Announcements


3.            Landmark Designation Work Program Report




4.            President’s Report and Announcements


5.            Consideration of Adoption:

·       Draft Minutes for January 19, 2014


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.


6.            Commission Comments & Questions

·       Disclosures.

·       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 Historic Preservation Commission.




7.                                                                                                          (KEITH DeMARTINI: 415/575-9118)

FY 2014-2016 PROPOSED DEPARTMENT BUDGET – A presentation of the department's revenue and expenditure budget in FY 2014-2015 and FY2015-2016, including grants, capital budget requests, and proposed staffing changes.

Preliminary Recommendation: None - Informational Only


8.            2010.0641M                                                                              (SUSAN EXLINE: 415/558-6332)

2013 RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE ELEMENT UPDATE – Planning Staff will give an informational presentation on the 2013 Revised Draft Recreation and Open Space Element.

Preliminary Recommendation: None - Informational Only


9.            2013.0628H                                                                            (PILAR LaVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

300 POST STREET (aka 345 STOCKTON STREET) – west side of Stockton Street between Post and Sutter Streets, in Assessor’s Block 0294, Lot 016.  Request for a Permit to Alter to demolish the existing Levi’s store at south end of parcel (300 Post Street) and construct a new two- to three-story commercial (retail) store for a new tenant (Apple, Inc.) with an L-shaped plan, and to reconfigure and rehabilitate the Grand Hyatt Hotel plaza, including relocating and reinstalling the existing Ruth Asawa fountain. The subject property contains a 550,599-square-foot (sf) building complex with two above-grade components (a 35-story hotel structure fronting Stockton and Sutter Streets, and four-story 37,234 sf retail structure fronting Post Street), an elevated plaza between the two structures, and basement levels below the entire project site. It is a Category V (Unrated) property in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District in a C-3-R (Downtown Retail) Zoning District and the 80-130-F Height and Bulk District. The Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator will hear Downtown Project Authorization and Variance requests at a regularly scheduled joint hearing on February 6, 2014. The project requires Downtown Project Authorization pursuant to Section 309 of the Planning Code, including findings outlined in the Board File No. 131059 to allow for the demolition and reconstruction of noncomplying floor area, and a Variance from the Street Frontage Transparency requirements of Planning Code Section 145.1(c).

(Continued from January 15, 2014 hearing)

Recommendation: Approve with Conditions


10.          2013.1131A                                                                                 (KELLY WONG: 415/558-6369)

845 MONTGOMERY STREET – west side between Pacific Avenue and Jackson Street. Assessor’s Block 0176, Lots 030-043 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for general exterior restoration of the historic building and the re-cladding of rooftop penthouse addition constructed in 2000.  The proposal includes the rehabilitation of existing double-hung wood windows, in-kind replacement of floor tiles at deck and concrete pavers at roof, stabilization of existing glass balustrades, and the re-cladding of the rooftop penthouse addition with a new compatible tile.  The project also includes general maintenance and repairs not subject to review and approval by the Historic Preservation Commission.  845 Montgomery Street, historically known as the Hotel European, was constructed in 1911 by Architect Albert Pissis and is a Georgian style three-story brick building with contemporary storefronts at the ground floor.  The subject building is a Contributory/Compatible building and within the Jackson Square Landmark District under Article 10 of the Planning Code.

Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

(Continued from December 4, 2013 hearing)


11.          2013.1533U                                                               (ALLISON VANDERSLICE: 415/575-9075)

UNION IRON WORKS HISTORIC DISTRICT, a 65-acre Port of San Francisco-owned property, located to the east of Illinois Street between 18th and 22nd Streets along the San Francisco Bay in the Central Waterfront District. Assessor’s Blocks/Lots 4046/001, 4046/002, 4052/001, 4110/001, 4110/003, 4110/004, 9900/068, 9900/070, and a portion of 4120/002.  Request for Review and Comment on the nomination of the property to the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district is significant at the national level under Criterion A and at the local level under Criterion C. The period of significance is 1884, with the establishment of the Union Iron Works shipyard, to 1945, corresponding with the end of World War II and the maximum build-out of the yard. The historic district includes 44 contributing resources and 10 noncontributing resources. The historic district is located within M-2 (Heavy Industrial) and P (Public) Districts and 40-X and 65-X Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Send resolution of findings in support of the nomination to California OHP to approve nomination of the subject property to the National Register.


12.                                                                                                                       (TIM FRYE: 415/575-6822)

CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT (CLG) 2012-2013 ANNUAL REPORT - Review and Comment on the 2012-2013 CLG Annual Report prepared by Planning Department Staff. The Commission may direct staff to include additional information or make revisions to the report prior to forwarding to the California Office of Historic Preservation.




Hearing Procedures

The Historic Preservation Commission holds public hearings on the first and third Wednesday, of most months. The full hearing schedule for the calendar year and the Commission Rules & Regulations may be found online at:


Public Comments: Persons attending a hearing may comment on any scheduled item.

v  When speaking before the Commission in City Hall, Room 400, please note the timer indicating how much time remains.  Speakers will hear two alarms.  The first soft sound indicates the speaker has 30 seconds remaining.  The second louder sound indicates that the speaker’s opportunity to address the Commission has ended.


Sound-Producing Devices Prohibited: The ringing of and use of mobile phones and other sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a mobile phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Sunshine Ordinance: Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).


For most cases that are considered by the Historic Preservation Commission, after being introduced by the Commission Secretary, shall be considered by the Commission in the following order:


1.          Presentation by Staff;

2.          Presentation by the Project Sponsor’s Team (which includes: the sponsor, representative, legal counsel, architect, engineer, expeditor and/or any other advisor) for a period not to exceed ten (10) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;

3.          Public testimony from supporters of the Project not to exceed three (3) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;

4.          Presentation by Organized Opposition recognized by the Commission President through written request prior to the hearing for a period not to exceed ten (10) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;

5.          Public testimony from opponents of the Project not to exceed three (3) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;

6.          Staff follow-up and/or conclusions;

7.          Public comment portion of the hearing shall be closed and deliberation amongst the Commissioners shall be opened by the Chair;

8.          A motion to approve; approve with conditions; approve with amendments and/or modifications; disapprove; or continue to another hearing date, if seconded, shall be voted on by the Commission.


Every Official Act taken by the Commission must be adopted by a majority vote of all members of the Commission, a minimum of four (4) votes.  A failed motion results in the disapproval of the requested action, unless a subsequent motion is adopted. Any Procedural Matter, such as a continuance, may be adopted by a majority vote of members present, as long as the members present constitute a quorum (four (4) members of the Commission).


Hearing Materials

Each item on the Agenda may include the following documents:

·        Planning Department Case Executive Summary

·        Planning Department Case Report

·        Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions

·        Public Correspondence


Materials submitted to the Historic Preservation Commission prior to a scheduled hearing will become part of the public record only when the materials are also provided to the Commission Secretary and/or Project Planner.  Correspondence may be emailed directly to the Commission Secretary at: 


Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a scheduled item to: Historic Preservation Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Written comments received by the close of the business day prior to the hearing will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission and made part of the official record. 


Advance Submissions: To allow Commissioners the opportunity to review material in advance of a hearing, materials must be received by the Planning Department reception eight (8) days prior to the scheduled public hearing.  All submission packages must be delivered to1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, by 5:00 p.m. and should include fifteen (15) copies.


Day-of Submissions: Material related to a calendared item may be distributed at the hearing. Please provide ten (10) copies for distribution. 



The following is a summary of appeal rights associated with the various actions that may be taken at a Historic Preservation Commission hearing.


Case Type

Case Suffix

Appeal Period*

Appeal Body

Certificate of Appropriateness


30 calendar days

Board of Appeals**

CEQA Determination - EIR


20 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

Permit to Alter/Demolish


30 calendar days

Board of Appeals**


**An appeal of a Certificate of Appropriateness or Permit to Alter/Demolish may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires Board of Supervisors approval or if the project is associated with a Conditional Use Authorization appeal.  An appeal of an Office Allocation may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires a Conditional Use Authorization.


For more information regarding the Board of Appeals process, please contact the Board of Appeals at (415) 575-6880.  For more information regarding the Board of Supervisors process, please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (415) 554-5184 or


Challenges: Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of (1) a Certificate of Appropriateness, (2) a Permit to Alter, (3) a Landmark or Historic District designation, 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 Historic Preservation Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.



Last updated: 2/4/2014 6:07:26 PM