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July 12, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


    SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION

    Notice of Meeting
    &
    Calendar

    Commission Chambers - Room 400
    City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    Thursday, July 12, 2001

    1:30 PM

    Regular Meeting

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

    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, 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 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 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 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.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;

                Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr.

    A. ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

1. 2000.961EZC (TURRELL: 558-5994)

          1101 O’FARRELL STREET - Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration. Assessor’s Blocks 713, Lot 033, and Block 720, Lots 28, 35, 36, 38. The proposed project would demolish the existing 15,000-square-foot, three story, Urban Life Center building containing social service and office uses, and construct a 297,000-square-foot, 240-foot-tall structure with 240 units of senior housing. The project includes approximately 86 on-site below-ground parking spaces. The project also would seismically upgrade St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and relocate about 5,000 square feet of social services space from the Urban Life Center building to the adjacent Martin Luther Tower. The 80,400-square-foot site is located in an RM-4 (Residential, Mixed: High Density) Zoning District within the Western Addition neighborhood. Lots 28, 35, and 36 of Block 720 are within an 80-B Height and Bulk District; the remainder of the site is within a 240-E Height and Bulk District. The proposal would require approval of a lot subdivision and merger, a height reclassification, and Conditional Use authorization for a Planned Unit Development. The Project would also require a Certificate of Appropriateness for seismic upgrade of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, City Landmark No. 41.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration

      (Proposed for Continuance to August 16, 2001)

      2a. 2000.961EZC (WOODS: 558-6315)

        1101 O’FARRELL STREET - southwest corner of O’Farrell (a.k.a. Starr King Way) and Franklin Streets, Lot 33 in Assessor’s Block 713 and Lots 35 and 36 in Assessor’s Block 720 - Request to reclassify the existing Height and Bulk Districts of Lots 35 and 36 from 80-B to 240-G; and reclassify the existing Bulk District of Lot 33 from 240-E to 240-G in an RM-4 (Residential, Mixed, High Density) Zoning District. The existing Zoning District would not change. The reclassification is being sought to allow the development of a 240-unit senior housing facility (St. Mark’s Square).

      Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

      (Proposed for Continuance to August 16, 2001)

      2b. 2000.961EZC (WOODS: 558-6315)

        1101 O’FARRELL STREET - southwest corner of O’Farrell (a.k.a. Starr King Way) and Franklin Streets, Lot 33 in Assessor’s Block 713, and Lots 35 and 36 in Assessor’s Block 720 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 253, 303 and 304 of the `Planning Code to permit a Planned Unit Development for the construction of a 23-story, 240-foot tall, 240-unit senior housing facility in an RM-4 (Residential, Mixed, High Density) Zoning District and a 240-G Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

      (Proposed for Continuance to August 16, 2001)

    B. COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

        3. Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of May 24, and June 7, 2001.

        4. Commission Matters

    C. DIRECTOR’S REPORT

      5. Director’s Announcements

        6. Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

      7. 2001.0602TZ (GREEN: 558-6411)

        SOUTH OF MARKET AND SHOWPLACE SQUARE/POTRERO HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREAS - Informational presentation on the potential "Policies and Procedures" for the proposed South of Market and Showplace Square/Potrero Hill Community Plan Areas. Such policies and procedures for these two community plan areas would be necessary after the expiration of the IPZ Interim Controls on August 5, 2001, and would remain in effect until permanent controls are adopted.

        Action: Non Action Item. Public comment and Commission deliberation.

    D. REGULAR CALENDAR

      8. (WILSON: 558-6602)

        Planning Commission consideration of adoption proposed changes to the rules for the 2001-2002 Office Development Annual Limitation Program.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 21, 2001)

      9. 2000.586X (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

        1 POLK STREET (AKA 2 FELL STREET) - the northwest corner of Polk and Fell Streets, Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in Assessor’s Block 814; Request under Planning Code Section 309 for Determinations of Compliance and Request for Exceptions for Building Permit Application No. 2001/06/25/2306. The requested exceptions to 309 include: (1) an exception to the rear yard requirement as permitted in Code Section 134(d); (2) an exception to ground level wind current requirements as permitted in Section 148; and (3) an exception to the height limit permitted by Section 260(b)(1)(G). The project proposes demolition of three (3) one and two-story commercial structures and a surface parking lot, and the construction of a 17-story, 200-foot tall building containing 179 dwelling units (9 of which would be available at below-market rates), 9,950 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and approximately 130 parking spaces in a below-grade parking garage. The site is within a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District, and is within a 200-S Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

        10. 2001.0232L (BORDEN: 558-6321)

            1338 FILBERT STREET - (AKA 1338 FILBERT COTTAGES) - historically known as the Bush Cottages (1907-1930s) and the School of Basic Design and Color (1940s), north side of Filbert Street between Polk and Larkin Streets; Assessor’s Block 524, Lots 31, 32, 33, and 34. Request for Planning Commission recommendation on the proposed landmark designation of four, two-story wood frame cottages sited among brick walkways, patios, and mature plantings, which was initiated by the Board of Supervisors. The subject property is in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 14, 2001)

        11. 2001.0361C (SANCHEZ: 558-6679)

        1634-44 PINE STREET - north side between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street; Lot 007 in Assessor’s Block 0647. Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 712.61 of the Planning Code to allow the conversion of an automobile repair establishment (Midas) to an automobile rental establishment (Hertz) within an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 130-E Height and Bulk District.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 14, 2001)

      12. 2000.1279C (TAM: 558-6325)

      522-524 CLIPPER STREET - north side between Diamond and Douglass Streets, Lot 9 in Assessor’s Block 6545 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 121(f) to allow the subject lot to be subdivided into two lots. One of the newly created lots will have a width of 19 feet, which is less than the required 25-foot minimum. The proposal also includes construction of a new four-story, single-family dwelling on the newly created 19-foot wide lot. The property is located in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

      13. 2000.1275C (TAM: 558-6325)

      401 TARAVAL STREET - southwest corner of Taraval Street and 14th Avenue; Lot 1 in Assessor’s Block 2411. Request for Conditional Use authorization to install a total of three panel antennae on the building rooftop and an interior equipment shelter in the basement of an existing two-story over basement commercial office building as part of a wireless telecommunication network (Sprint PCS), pursuant to Planning Code Section 711.83, in a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The site is a Location Preference 3.

      Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 21, 2001)

      14. 2000.0333C (WONG: 558-6381)

        639 MISSOURI STREET - east side, being a through lot to Texas and 22nd Streets, near the intersection of Sierra Street; Lot 060 in Assessor’s block 4101: Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow for a Planned Unit Development, containing up to 92 dwelling units, approximately 7,495 gross square feet of ground floor retail space, approximately 5,135 gross square feet of office space and approximately 154 parking spaces on a 49,725 square foot site. The project proposes the following three exceptions: (i) modification of the required 25% lot depth for the rear yard setback; (ii) minor deviation from the provisions of height measurement as taken from Sierra Street; and (iii) an increase in the number of permitted dwelling units from 82 dwelling units, as of right, to up to 92 dwelling units. The subject property is in an M-1 / IPZ buffer (Light Industrial / Industrial Protection Zone buffer) zoning and a 40-X height/bulk district.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

    E. DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

      At Approximately 4:00 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 4:00 PM, but have not been called or heard by 4:00 PM, could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.

      15a. 2000.1157DV (BORDEN: 558-6321)

        1 SATURN STREET - east end of Saturn Street, adjacent to the Saturn Steps; Lot 9A in Assessor’s Block 2626. Proposal is to demolish the existing single-family dwelling and to construct a new two-family dwelling, under Demolition Permit Application No. 2000/08/09/7450 and Building Permit Application No. 2000/08/09/7442. This project requires justification of a rear yard variance concurrently with the Discretionary Review. The subject property is in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

      15b. 2000.1157DV (BORDEN: 558-6321)

        1 SATURN STREET - east end of Saturn Street, adjacent to the Saturn Steps; Lot 9A in Assessor’s Block 2626. REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT: The proposal is to demolish the existing two-story, single-family dwelling and to construct a new three-story, two-family dwelling within 6 feet of the rear property line. A 15-foot rear yard is required. The subject property is in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      16. 2001.0511D (BORDEN: 558-6321)

        315 AND 319 EDGEHILL WAY - (AKA 325 and 335 Edgehill Way) - south side of the loop at the top of Edgehill Way; Lots 12 and 13 in Assessor’s Block 2934. The proposal is to construct two single-family dwellings, one on each of the existing vacant lots, under Building Permit Application Nos. 9805710’S’ and 9805711’S’. The subject property is in an RH-1 (D) (Residential, House, Detached Dwellings) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

        17. 2001.0261DDD (WOLOSHYN: 558-6612)

            322 28TH AVENUE and 326 28TH AVENUE - east side between California and Clement Streets, Lots 037 and 038 in Assessor’s Block 1406. Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application Nos. 9920290 and 9920291, proposing to demolish an existing one-story, single-family dwelling and construct a three-story over garage, two-family dwelling at 322 28th Avenue, and Building Permit Application Nos. 9920288 and 9920289, proposing to demolish an existing one-story single-family dwelling and construct a three-story over garage, two-family dwelling at 326 28th Avenue, 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.

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 17, 2001)

        18. 2001.547D (WOLOSHYN: 558-6612)

        655 32ND AVENUE - east side between Anza and Balboa Streets, Lot 007A in Assessor’s Block 1575 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001-0227-3042, proposing to partially infill an existing lightwell on the south side of the building and to add an eight-foot high wall between this lightwell and the lightwell on the adjacent property to the south, in a single-family 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 the project with modifications.

        19. 2001.0673D (M. SNYDER: 575-6891)

        1521 GRIFFITH STREET - southeast side between Thomas and Shafter Avenues, Lot 8 in Assessor’s Block 4794, mandatory Discretionary Review on Building Permit No. 2001/05/18/9575 pursuant to Planning Commission Resolution 14861, proposing to demolish an existing warehouse structure and construct a new warehouse structure, in an M-1 (Light Industrial) District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District, a Restricted Light Industrial Special Use District, and the Industrial Protection Zone.

        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:____

      The Planning Department

      City and County of

      San Francisco

      1660 Mission Street, Suite 500

      San Francisco, CA 94103-2414

 

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