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April 18, 2002

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, April 18, 2002
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

President: Hector Chinchilla
Vice President: William W. Fay
Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Cynthia Joe;
Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr., Anita Theoharis

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.

To view the hearing in progress on the Internet: http://www.sfgov.org/citywatchonline/

THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1660 MISSION STREET, 5TH 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 1660 Mission Street, 5th 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, 1660 Mission Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94103-2414. Comments received by 11:00 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.

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.

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.

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 72 hours prior to a hearing. 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 Donna Hall, 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 Donna_Hall@ci.sf.ca.us.

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, 1660 Mission St., 5th floor reception.

1:30 PM _________

ROLL CALL:          Commission President:          Hector Chinchilla
          Commission Vice-President:          William W. Fay
Commissioners:          Roslyn Baltimore; Cynthia Joe;
                    Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr., Anita Theoharis

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.          2001.0995CV           (D. JONES: 415-558-6477)
                    3130-3154 NORIEGA STREET - north side of Noriega Street between 39th and 38th Avenues, Lot 007 in Assessor’s Block 2011- Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 121.1 and 710.11 to develop a (9) nine-unit, mixed-use building on a lot exceeding 5,000 square feet in area, within an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: APPROVAL WITH CONDITIONS
                    (Proposed for Continuance to April 25, 2002)

B.          COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          2.          Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of March 14 and March 21, 2002.

          3.          Commission Matters

C.          DIRECTOR'S REPORT

          4.          Director's Announcements

          5.          Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

          6.          Review of the Commissioner's policy on the demolition of residential structures (unsound housing)

          7.          2001.0974C
                    900 GILLMAN AVENUE - Lot 017 of Assessor's Block 4436 – Report on compliance with conditions of approval.

D.          PUBLIC COMMENT ON MATTERS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have 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 must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E.          CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION -- PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

          8.          2002.0105C          (D. DiBARTOLO: 415-558-6291)
                    232 JOICE STREET - east side, bounded by Sacramento, Clay, Stockton and Powell Streets; Lot 030 in Assessor’s Block 0224 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Sections 209.7 and 812.56 of the Planning Code to convert a vacant paved lot approximately 3,000 square-foot in area to a non-commercial Surface Parking Lot for the use of adjacent buildings within an RM-4 (Residential, Mixed, High-Density) District and a CR-NC (Chinatown Residential Neighborhood Commercial) District and 65-A and 65-85-N Height and Bulk Districts.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
                    Note: On April 11, 2002, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and passed a motion of intent to disapprove by a vote of +6-0; Commissioner Theoharis was absent. The matter was continued to April 18, 2002 for final action.

F.          REGULAR CALENDAR

          9.          2002.0012C          (K. McGEE: 415-558-6367)
                    434 HARRISON STREET - west side, between 1st and Fremont Streets; Lot 12 in Assessor's Block 3748 – Request for Conditional Use authorization per Planning Code Section 209.6(b) to replace one (1) panel antenna with four (4) panel antennas on the subject building's east side and to install two (2) new panel antennas on the building's west side in an RC-4 Zoning District, a 250-R Height and Bulk District, and the Rincon Hill Special Use District. The site is a Preference 2 Location, a co-location site on which other WTS facilities currently exist.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          10.          2002.0092U          (J. TULLY: 415-558-6372)
                    460 BUSH STREET – North side between Grant and Kearny, Lot 41 in Assessor's Block 270 - Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending approval of a Mills Act historical property contract for Old S.F.F.D. Engine Co. No. 2, San Francisco Landmark No. 143. The Mills Act authorizes local governments to enter into contracts with owners of private historical property who, through the historical property contract, assure the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and maintenance of a qualified historical property. In return, the property owner enjoys a reduction in property taxes for a given period. The subject property is zoned C-3-R (Downtown Retail), and is in an 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

          11.          2001.1098H          (A. LIGHT: 415-558-6254)
                    216 STOCKTON STREET - east side between Geary and Posts Streets, in Assessor’s Block 309, Lot 13 - Request for a Permit to Alter under Article 11 of the Planning Code to permit an alteration to the front facade of a three-story limestone and black granite-clad Category IV retail building ("Christian Dior") in the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District, the C-3-R (Downtown, Retail) Zoning District, and a 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 11, 2002)

          12a.          2002.0069CV          (B. FU: 415-558-6613)
                    2559, 2563-2567 SAN BRUNO AVENUE - west side between Felton and Burrows Streets, Lots 027, 028, and 029 in Assessor’s Block 5438: Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.1 and 711.21 and pursuant to Planning Code Section 303, to allow a non-residential use as defined in Code Sections 711.81 and 790.50 occupying more than 4,000 square feet in a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk designation. The proposal would allow a 7,200 square foot community service use, doing business as "Portola Family Connections".
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          12b.          2002.0069CV          (B. FU: 415-558-6613)
                    2559,           2563-2567 SAN BRUNO AVENUE - west side between Felton and Burrows Streets, Lots 027, 028, and 029 in Assessor’s Block 5438: Request for an off-street parking Variance, pursuant to Section 151 of the Planning Code, will be considered by the Zoning Administrator in a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation. Ten (10) total off-street parking spaces are required as a result of the project. The proposal is to provide no off-street parking spaces.

          13.          2002.0090C          (R. CRAWFORD: 415-558-6358)
                    1525 OCEAN AVENUE – between Capitol and Miramar, Assessor’s Block 6936 Lot 014. Request under Planning Code Section 161(j) for Conditional Use approval for a reduction of 3 off street parking spaces required for dwellings for a project with ground floor commercial and 3 dwelling units. This project lies within an NC-2 Small Scale Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

          14.          2002.0194C           (P. VOLLMAN: 415- 558-6405)
                    464 BROADWAY - north side between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 0144; Request under Planning Code Section 714.27 for Conditional Use approval to extend the hours of operation of an existing full-service restaurant (Cable Car Pizza) from 2 A.M. until 4 A.M., within the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District and a 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          15.          2002.0057C          (G. NELSON: 415-558-6257)
                    5200 GEARY BOULEVARD - (Geary Mall Parking Garage), north side between 16th and 17th Avenues; Lot 045 in Assessor's Block 1448: Request for Conditional Use authorization under Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to mount a total of six (6) panel antennas to an existing light pole on the upper deck of an approximately forty-foot tall, three level parking garage with ground floor commercial spaces. The project site is within a Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial (NC-3) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Preferred Location Preference 4 as it is a wholly commercial structure within an NC-3 Zoning District. The proposed site would be operated as part of Metro PCS' wireless telecommunications network.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          16a.          2001.0244CV          (G. NELSON: 415-558-6257)
                    321 JUDAH STREET - south side between 8th and 9th Avenues; Lot 051 in Assessor’s Block 1845 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Sections 161(j) and 730.39 of the Planning Code to demolish an existing two-story building containing a commercial space on the ground floor and a dwelling unit on the second floor and construct a new four-story building to contain a commercial space on the ground floor with two dwelling units above. The project seeks a reduction in the off-street parking requirement from two (2) spaces to none (0). The proposed project is within the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. This project also seeks a rear yard variance to allow for a fire escape stair.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          16b.          2001.0244CV          (G. NELSON: 415-558-6257)
                    321 JUDAH STREET - south side between 8th and 9th Avenues; Lot 051 in Assessor’s Block 1845 - Request for a variance from Planning Code Section 134 to allow a fire escape stair, extending to grade, to project three feet into the 25-foot deep required rear yard of a new four-story building proposed to contain a commercial space on the ground floor with two dwelling units above. The proposed project is within the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

G.          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

At Approximately 5:30 PM the Planning Commission will convene into a Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to hear and act on Discretionary Review matters. Procedures governing DR Hearings are as follow: DR Requestor(s) are provided with up to five (5) minutes for a presentation and those in support of the DR Requestor(s) are provided with up to three (3) minutes each. The Project Sponsor is then provided with up to five (5) minutes for a presentation and those in support of the project are provided with up to three (3) minutes each. At the conclusion, each side (not each person) is provided with 2 minutes for a rebuttal. Those cases that are scheduled on this calendar prior to 5:30 PM, but have not been called or heard by 5:30 PM, could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.

          17.          2002.0141D          (G. NELSON: 415-558-6257)
                    2130-2140 JEFFERSON STREET - south side between Lyon and Baker Streets; Lots 005 and 005A in Assessor’s Block 0909. Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2001/1121/3631 to merge two existing single-family homes into one single-family home. The proposal involves substantial interior and exterior alterations, and would also result in the merger of the two lots into a single lot. The property is located within an RH-1 (Residential House, Single-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the Building Permit.

          18.          2001.1167D          (D. SIROIS: 415-558-6313)
                    919 ELIZABETH STREET -south side of Elizabeth Street, between Grandview Avenue and Hoffman Avenue, Lot 038, Assessor’s Block 2828. Request for Discretionary Review of Demolition Permit Application No. 2001/1015/0826 & Building Permit Application No. 2001/1015/0828 to demolish a single-family dwelling and to construct a two-unit building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two- Family) District and a 40-X height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve project with modifications.

          19.          2002.0183D          (M. LI: 415-558-6396)
                    201 CHESTNUT STREET - southwest corner at Kearny Street; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 0061 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Applications 2002 0128 7866 (demolition) and 2002 0128 7864 (new construction) proposing the demolition of a four-story, six-unit building and the construction of a four-story, two-unit building. The subject property is located in an RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate-Density) District, the Northern Waterfront Special Use District No. 3, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

          20.          2002.0094D          (V. MASSEHIAN: 415-558-6363)
                    224-230 PRESIDIO AVENUE - east side between Washington and Clay Streets, Lot 015 in Assessor’s Block 0998 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/0919/8664, proposing to merge four dwelling units into two dwelling units in an existing four-unit building. The subject property is located in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

          21.          2000.1170D          (M. SNYDER: 415-575-6891)
                    2637–2639 24th STREET - south side between Potrero Avenue and Utah Street, Lot 25 in Assessor’s Block 4264 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/03/07/3664 proposing to construct a new building that would contain six new dwelling units, six parking spaces, and a small commercial unit, on a lot that currently contains a single-story commercial building. The property is within the 24th Street - Mission Neighborhood Commercial District, and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

          22.          2001.1112DD          ( M. WOODS: 415-558-6315 )
                    2141 CHESTNUT STREET - south side between Steiner and Pierce Streets, Lots 20 and 21 in Assessor’s Block 490 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/1011/0487S, proposing to convert a movie theatre use, formerly Cinema 21, to a retail sales and services use for Walgreens in an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

H.          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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