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Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
May 16, 2002

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, May 16, 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.
                    
1a.          2001.0494CDV                                                   (W. HASTIE: (415) 558-6381)
1475-79 FOLSOM STREET – (The Jackson Brewery Complex) south side between 10TH and 11TH Streets. Assessor’s Block 3520, Lots 30B & 30C – Request for a Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Sections 803.5(c) and 816.48 of the Planning Code to convert 9,885 square feet at 1475 Folsom from office of design professionals and retail to general office use and to convert 10,361 square feet at 1479 Folsom from office and warehouse to general office; both lots are within a SLR (Service/Light Industrial/Residential) zoning district and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The Jackson Brewery Complex, Landmark #199, is also located within the Industrial Protection Zone (Planning Commission Resolution No. 16202), which discourages office conversions. Project includes minor exterior alterations, as well as seismic and ADA upgrades.
Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
                    (Proposed for Continuance to May 23, 2002)

1b.          2001.0494CDV                                                   (W. HASTIE: (415) 558-6381)
1475-79 FOLSOM STREET – (The Jackson Brewery Complex) south side between 10TH and 11TH Streets. Assessor’s Block 3520, Lots 30B & 30C – Request for a parking variance for 5 required parking spaces at 1475 Folsom and 7 required spaces at 1479 Folsom–these parking requirements are based on pre-existing parking credits. The proposal does not provide any parking spaces for this project. Subject lots are located in a SLR (Service/Light Industrial/Residential) zoning district and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The Jackson Brewery Complex, Landmark #199, is also located within the Industrial Protection Zone, per Resolution No. 16202. Project includes minor exterior alterations, as well as seismic and ADA upgrades.
                    (Proposed for Continuance to May 23, 2002)

1c.          2001.0494CDV                                                   (W. HASTIE: (415) 558-6381)
1475-79 FOLSOM STREET – (The Jackson Brewery Complex) south side between 10TH and 11TH Streets. Assessor’s Block 3520, Lots 30B & 30C – Mandatory Discretionary Review for conversion of existing uses (office of design professionals and retail / office and warehouse) to general office use within the Industrial Protection Zone, per Resolution No. 16202. Subject lots are located in a SLR (Service/Light Industrial/Residential) zoning district and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The Jackson Brewery Complex is Landmark #199. Project includes minor exterior alterations, as well as seismic and ADA upgrades.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: pending
                    (Proposed for Continuance to May 23, 2002)

          2.          2000.790EKXCTZM          (K. AMDUR: 415-558-6351)
                    888 HOWARD STREET (aka 155 FIFTH STREET) - northeast corner of 5th Street, Lot 66 in Assessor’s Block 3724 -- (1) Request for Determinations of Compliance under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Project) and (2) Request for Exceptions, including an exception to the Reduction of Ground Level Wind Currents requirement (Section 148); (3) Request for Conditional Use authorization for a hotel, Planning Code Sections 303 and 216(b) and (4) Amendments to the Planning Code and Zoning Maps to change the height, bulk and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of the project site, Planning Code Section 302(c) . The proposal would change the height and bulk zoning of the project site from 160-F to 320-M, and would change the maximum FAR from 5:1 to 7.5:1 without the purchase of Transferable Development Rights (TDR). (The current zoning allows a maximum FAR of 7.5:1, but only with the purchase of TDR). The Project would also require amendments to the Urban Design and Land Use Elements of the General Plan and the Downtown Area Plan to be consistent with the proposed changes related to height, bulk and FAR.
                    Preliminary Recommendations: Pending
                    Note: The project CURRENTLY PROPOSES TO rezone to a 320-S height and bulk district, INSTEAD of a 320-M district AS ORIGINALLY REQUESTED.
(Continued from Regular Hearing of April 25, 2002)
(Proposed for Continuance to May 23, 2002)

3.          2000.1170D                    (M. SNYDER: 415-575-6891)
                    2637 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.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 25, 2002)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to June 20, 2002)

B.          COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          4.          Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of April 11, 18, 2002.

          5.          Commission Matters

C.          DIRECTOR'S REPORT

6.          Director's Announcements

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

D.          PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS 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.          REGULAR CALENDAR

8.                    2000.1061ECK                                         (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6697)
400 PAUL AVENUE - north side, between 3rd Street and Bayshore Boulevard; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 5431A - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow the construction of an internet services exchange facility pursuant to Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 405-01 (Interim Zoning Controls for Internet Services Exchanges) in an M-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District, an Industrial Protection Zone, and a 65-J Height and Bulk District. The project involves the demolition of an existing 89,000 square foot industrial building and the construction of a new 330,000 square foot Internet Services Exchange.
                              Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

9a.          2000.718CEKV                                                             (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)
1630 CALIFORNIA STREET AND 1529 POLK STREET (THE "ROYAL THEATRE"), north side of California Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue, with additional frontage on Polk Street, west side between California and Sacramento Streets, Lot 3 in Assessor’s Block 643 -- Request for authorization of Conditional Use for lot size, use size, and bulk exceptions to permit construction of a new, six-story, mixed-use building containing up to 42 dwelling units, up to 9,950 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and a two-level underground garage containing up to 60 parking spaces, after demolition of the existing "Royal Theatre" building (with the exception of its Polk-Street facade which would be retained and incorporated into the new building), also the subject of a requested Variance of City Planning Code requirements for rear-yard area and dwelling-unit exposure -- in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and in a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 9, 2002)

9b.          2000.718CEKV (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)
          1630 CALIFORNIA STREET AND 1529 POLK STREET (THE "ROYAL THEATRE"), north side of California Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue, with additional frontage on Polk Street, west side between California and Sacramento Streets, Lot 3 in Assessor’s Block 643 -- Request for a Variance of City Planning Code requirements for rear-yard area and dwelling-unit exposure, in conjunction with a proposal to build a new, six-story, mixed-use building containing up to 42 dwelling units, up to 9,950 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and a two-level underground garage containing up to 60 parking spaces, after demolition of the existing "Royal Theatre" building (with the exception of its Polk-Street facade which would be retained and incorporated into the new building), also the subject of a request for Conditional Use authorization for lot size, use size, and bulk exceptions -- in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and in a 65-A Height and Bulk District.          
          (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 9, 2002)

10.                    2002.0354C                                         (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)
369-373 WEST PORTAL AVENUE Assessor’s Block 3012 Lot 016 Request under Planning Code Section 729.21 for Conditional Use Approval for a nonresidential use exceeding 2,500 square feet in floor area for a 3,012 square foot Trade Shop (Armstrong Carpet and Linoleum Co.). This project lies within the West Portal Avenue Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 26-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

E.          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

At Approximately 3:30 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 3:30 PM, but have not been called or heard by 3:30 PM, could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.



          11.          2002.0187D           (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)
126 GAMBIER STREET - West side between Sillman and Pioche Streets. Assessor’s Block 5907 Lot 006. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2001/1203/4317, to remove the existing lean-to extension of the dwelling and construct a new two story addition to the rear in an RH-1 (Residential House, One Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk district.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the permit with modifications.

          12.          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.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 18, 2002)

13.          2001.0739DDDDDD                     (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)
                    3352 WASHINGTON STREET - north side between Walnut Street and Presidio Avenue, Lot 011 in Assessor’s Block 0984 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2000/0616/2818S proposing to construct a dormer, deck and windscreens at roof level, to horizontally expand the rear of the existing building and to alter both front and rear facades in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of March 14, 2002)

          14.          2002.0120D           (V. RYAN: (415) 558-6812)
362 31ST AVENUE - east side between California and Clement Street, Lot 024 in Assessor’s Block 1403 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/0719/4043, proposing to merge two dwelling units into one dwelling unit in a building located at the front of the lot. The subject property which is located in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District, also contains another dwelling unit in a building at the rear of the lot.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application.

          15.          2002.0191D           (P. VOLLMANN: (415) 558-6405)
292 IVY STREET - at the southeast corner of the intersection at Gough and Grove Streets, Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 0809 - Discretionary review request of Building Permit Application number 2001/12/28/6038, to legalize a seven stall parking garage on Ivy Street, in the Hayes Gough NCD, and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve parking with requirement to build dwelling units.
                    
          16.          2002.0066D           (F. JONES: (415) 558-6477)
3683 – 18TH STREET - south side between Dolores and Guerrero Streets, Lot 047 in Assessor’s Block 3587 - Pursuant to Resolution 16078 a Request for Discretionary Review is required for Building Permit Application No. 2001/09/21/8989 , for the proposed dwelling unit merger of two existing units into one single-family dwelling located in an RM-2(Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the merger.

F.          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. 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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