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April 12, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, April 12, 2001

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President: Anita Theoharis

Commission Vice President: William W. Fay

Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Hector Chinchilla; Cynthia Joe;

Jim Salinas, Sr.

 

Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

 

 

 

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/planning
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.

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, 5th Floor, 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 Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6266.

 

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 42 Downtown Loop, 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. American sign language interpreters and/or a sound enhancement system will be available upon request by contacting Dorothy Jaymes at (415) 558-6403 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.ci.sf.ca.us/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: Anita Theoharis

Commission Vice-President: William W. Fay

Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Hector Chinchilla; Cynthia Joe;

Jim Salinas, Sr.

 

A. ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1. 2001.0035E (BUFORD: 558-5973)

ISSUANCE OF TAXI MEDALLIONSCITYWIDE - Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration. The San Francisco Taxi Commission, City and County of San Francisco, proposes to issue approximately 500 additional taxi permits ("medallions"). After implementation of the project, the number of taxi permits available in the City would increase from 1,381 to 1,881, an increase of approximately 36%. New permits may be issued if supported by a finding that additional permits are required to meet the public convenience and necessity. Once issued, the permits would result in 500 additional taxis in use. Operation of taxis in the City limits is subject to regulation and review by the San Francisco Taxi Commission. Proposition K, a 1978 initiative ordinance governing the operation of taxis in the City, requires that the permits, once issued, be operated continuously.

Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration

(Proposed for continuance to April 19, 2001)

 

2. 2000.1061E (WYCKO: 558-5972)

400 Paul Avenue - bounded by Paul Avenue, Third Street, Bayshore Boulevard and railroad spur track, Lot 14 of Assessor's Block 5431A. The proposal is an Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration for the demolition of an existing, 40 foot high warehouse/distribution building, which totals approximately 89,400 gross square feet to be replaced by a newly constructed 65-foot high structure with 339,300 gross square feet of space for Internet and telecommunication equipment and 155 off-street parking spaces. The proposed facilities would be warehouses for telecommunication switches and operational equipment that provides data services to Internet users. The proposed project is an allowed use within M-1 District and is situated within an Industrial Protection Zone.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 22, 2001)

(Proposed for continuance to April 26, 2001)

 

3. 2000.1061C (MARTIN: 558-6616)

400 PAUL AVENUE - north side between Third Street and Bayshore Boulevard, Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 5431A. Request for a Conditional-Use Authorization to demolish an existing industrial building which has not been vacant for more than 15 months, in an M-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District and the Industrial Protection Zone, per Planning Commission Resolution No. 14861 and a 65-J Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 22, 2001)

(Proposed for continuance to April 26, 2001)

4. 2000.1058E (DEAN: 558-5980)

1598 DOLORES STREET - located at the northwest corner of Dolores and 29th Streets; Assessor's Block 6618; Lots 7, 9, 38. Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration. The proposed construction consists of two, four story residential buildings with a total of 13 units (two of which would be affordable units) and demolition of an existing two-story mortuary building. The project would provide 13 off-street parking spaces. The proposed project site is 10,500 sq. ft. and is located in the NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District. The project would require Conditional-Use Authorization by the City Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2001)

(Proposed for continuance to May 10, 2001)

 

5 2000.1058C (TAM: 558-6325)

1598 DOLORES STREET - northwest corner of Dolores and 29th Streets; Lot 7, 9, and 38 in Assessor's Block 6618 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization to develop on a lot greater than 5,000 square feet in size, pursuant to Planning Code Section 710.11, in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial, Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to demolish an existing two-story mortuary building and to construct two, four-story residential buildings with a total of 13 units (two of which would be affordable units) and 13 parking spaces. The buildings would be 40 feet high with an additional three-foot high parapet.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to May 10, 2001)

 

6. 2000.1324C (LI: 558-6396)

511-529 HAYES STREET - south side between Octavia and Laguna Streets; Lot 031 in Assessor’s Block 0818. Request for Conditional-Use Authorization pursuant to Section 720.53 of the Planning Code to establish a Business/Professional Service within the Hayes-Gough Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to allow Red Wagon, an advertising and graphic design firm, to legalize its presence on the ground floor of the existing building.

Preliminary Recommendation: Dissaproval

PROJECT WITHDRAWN

 

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

7. Consideration of adoption - draft minutes of March 8, 2001.

 

8. Commission Matters

 

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

9. Director's Announcements

 

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

 

D. REGULAR CALENDAR

 

11. 2000.173E (AHMADI: 558-5966)

500 FRANCISCO STREET, NORTH BEACH HOPE IV HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT - Public Hearing on a Draft Environmental Impact Report. The project site is located on Assessor's Block 42, Lot 1 and Assessor's Block 43, Lot 1 in a RM-3 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District under the San Francisco Planning Code. The project is the demolition of 13 three-story buildings containing 229 units of rental public housing units and child care facilities for 38 children, and construction of 14 three- to four-story buildings with 360 units of affordable housing, neighborhood serving ground floor retail and commercial office space, child care facilities for 38 children, and one level of below-grade parking in the Fisherman's Wharf area. The 360 units would include 229 units of rental public housing, and 131 units of rental affordable housing of which 48 would be designated for senior housing. The site is approximately 200,000 square feet, bordered by Bay Street, Francisco Street, Mason Street and Columbus Avenue. The project would require a Conditional Use Approval from the Planning Commission to permit Planned Unit Development under Sections 303 and 304 of the Planning Code. The project would provide 404 independently accessible parking spaces. Public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Report is March 10, 2001, to April 17, 2001.

Preliminary Recommendation: Public hearing only. No Action Required

12. 2000.1251C (MARTIN: 558-6616)

2990 - 24th STREET - northeast corner of Harrison Street; Lot 40 in Assessor’s Block 4206. Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Section 727.42 of the Planning Code to allow a full service restaurant in the 24th Street Mission Neighborhood Commercial District, the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

13. 2000.613EXCK (GIBSON; 558-5993)

425 BATTERY STREET (aka 418 CLAY STREET) (BATTERY STREET HOTEL) - west side between Merchant and Clay Streets; Assessor’s Block 206, Lots 3, 4, and 5. Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the demolition of three existing structures at 425-27 Battery Street and 418 Clay Street, and construction of a new 11 story mixed use building on a 14,025 square foot site in downtown San Francisco. The new building analyzed in the EIR would include about 17,700 square feet of retail space, and up to 348 hotel rooms. The hotel, called Club Quarters, would be a private business hotel for exclusive use of member organizations. Off-street loading would be accessed from Merchant Street. No off-street parking would be provided on site.

Please Note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on February 15, 2001. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification only may be presented to the Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify EIR

 

14. 2000.613XC (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

425 BATTERY STREET (aka 418 CLAY STREET) (BATTERY STREET HOTEL) - Assessor’s Block 206 Lots 003, 004, 005, west side of Battery Street between Clay Street and Merchant Street. Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for Determination of Compliance, and for exceptions as provided under Section 309.a to (1) allow no tour bus loading space where one such space is required and to (2) allow no setback from the interior property lines above the 90 foot building base where a 15 foot setback is required. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 200-S Height and Bulk District. The project will demolish three existing mixed use office/retail buildings and construct an eleven story hotel with up to 348 rooms and ground floor retail.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

15. 2000.277XC (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

425-427 BATTERY STREET (aka 418 CLAY STREET) (BATTERY STREET HOTEL) - Assessor’s Block 206 Lots 003, 004, 005, west side of Battery Street between Clay Street and Merchant Street. Request under Planning Code Section 219.b.ii for a hotel with up to 348 rooms. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 200-S Height and Bulk District. The project will demolish three existing mixed use office/retail buildings and construct an eleven story hotel with up to 348 rooms and ground floor retail.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

16. (CABREROS: 558-6169)

2098 LOMBARD STREET northest corner of Lombard and Fillmore Streets in Lot 013 in Assessor’s Block 0492.Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 712.21 for non-residential use size exceeding 6,000 square feet and Section 712.59 for automotive repair use located on the ground floor within an NC-3 (Moderate-scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is for San Francisco Honda to make tenant improvements to a newly constructed building (6,252 gross square feet) for automotive repair use with an occupied floor area of 4,975 square feet.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

E.                  SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

 

At Approximately 3:30 p.m. the Planning Commission will convene into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to hear and act on Discretionary Review matters. Procedures governing Special 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 p.m., but have not been called or heard by 3:30 p.m. could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.

 

17. 2001.0194D (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)

999 GREEN STREET - between Taylor and Jones Streets, Lot 029 in Assessor's Block 0127, Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/09/15/0634, proposing to convert a 106 unit building to a 105 unit building in an RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Specifically the proposal will merge two dwelling units into one on the 29th floor. No exterior alterations are proposed.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review, and approve the project as proposed.

 

18. 2000.1193D (M. SNYDER: 575-6891)

1250 MISSOURI STREET - west side, between 25th and Cesar Chavez Streets, Lots 14, 15 and 16 in Assessor's Block 4287. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit No. 9820408, proposing to construct an approximately 53,000 gross square foot light industrial building, in a M-1 (Light Industrial) District, a 65-J Height and Bulk District, and an Industrial Protection Zone.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

 

19. 2000.375D (M. SNYDER: 575-6891)

705 UTAH STREET - a landlocked parcel bordered by parcels facing 19th Street to its north, and San Bruno Avenue to its east, Lot 14 in Assessor's Block 4076. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit No. 2000/02/17/2203, proposing to construct a two-unit residential building on a vacant lot, in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

 

20. 2000.360D (M. SNYDER: 575-6891)

2311 - 19TH STREET - south side between San Bruno Avenue and Highway 101, Lot 18 in Assessor's Block 4076. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit No. 2000/02/29/3109 and Demolition Permit No. 2000/02/29/3108, proposing to demolish the existing single-family house and construct a new two-unit building, in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

 

21. 2001.006DD (DiBARTOLO: 558-6291)

35 LOMBARD STREET - south side of the street between Taylor and Jones Streets, Lot 020 in Assessor’s Block 0073. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/07/13/5089S. The subject property contains one structure, a portion of which extends into the required rear yard. The proposal consists of two components: (1) to construct a new 425 square foot rear addition on the fourth floor, within the permitted buildable area, and (2) to remove the gable roof, creating a flat roof and deck atop the noncomplying portion of the structure at the rear of the subject property. The height of the roof with proposed deck, on the non complying portion of the building, will be reduced from 20’-4" to 18’. The site is in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the building permit application with modifications as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 5, 2001)

 

22. 2001.0095D (SIDER: 558-6697)

740 VERMONT STREET - northwest corner of 20th Street, Lot 016 in Assessor's Block 4075. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000.10.05.2384 proposing to construct a vertical addition to a single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

 

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 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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San Francisco, CA 94103-2414

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