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Public Hearings 
 

May 20, 2004 (Correction)

May 20, 2004 (Correction)

CORRECTION

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

Thursday, May 20, 2004
1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Shelley Bradford Bell
Vice-President: Sue Lee
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Rev. Edgar E. Boyd;
Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee

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/sfgtv

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. When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at: linda.avery@sfgov.org

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.

San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my 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 Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

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 48 hours prior to a hearing. A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings. Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice). In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairrments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings. 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: Shelley Bradford Bell

          Commission Vice-President: Sue Lee

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Rev. Edgar E. Boyd; Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee

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. 2004. 0164D (W. HASTIE: (415) 558-6381)

                571-573 MISSOURI STREET- east side between 20th and Sierra Streets; Lot 28 in Block 4101 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.09.19.5267, proposing to construct a horizontal and vertical addition to an existing two-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.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 15, 2004)

          (Proposed for Continuance to June 10, 2004)

          2a. 2003.1061D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

                133 ST. MARY'S AVENUE - south side, west of Mission Street; Lot 031 in Assessor's Block 6722 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2003.07.22.0097 proposing the demolition of a fire-damaged one-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the demolition.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 15, 2004)

                (Proposed for Continuance to July 1, 2004)

          2b. 2004.0104D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

                133 ST. MARY'S AVENUE - south side, west of Mission Street; Lot 031 in Assessor's Block 6722 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement structures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.07.22.0093 proposing the construction of a three-story, two-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District

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

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 15, 2004)

          (Proposed for Continuance to July 1, 2004)

      3. 2004.0310D (S. SNYDER: (415) 558-6543)

          457 HAMILTON STREET - North side between Bacon and Wayland Streets; Lot 19 in Assessor's Block 6043 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.11.25,1150 proposing to construct a two-story rear addition in an RH-1 (House, Single Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR and approve revised building permit application as submitted.

          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

      4. Consideration of Adoption - Draft Minutes of April 22, 2004.

      5. Commission Comments/Questions

      6. (JIM CHAPELL/MARGIE O'DRISCOLL: (415) 781-8726/362-7449)

          INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION FROM SPUR AND AIA - Informational presentation by SPUR and the AIA/SF on their joint recommendations to improve the functioning and results of the planning process in San Francisco.

      7. (ROBERT DAVIS: (415) 554-5793)

          ENTERTAINMENT COMMISSION PRESENTATION - Presentation from the Executive Director of the Entertainment Commission to the Planning Commission on the functions and duties of the Entertainment Commission.

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

      8. Director's Announcements

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

D. REGULAR CALENDAR

      10. 2003.1220I (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

          CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO - Submission of 10 year Institutional Master Plan by City College of San Francisco and subsequent public hearing as per Planning Code Section 304.5 (d). The purpose of this hearing is for the receipt of public testimony only, and shall in no way constitute an approval or disapproval of the institutional master plan by the Planning Commission.

                Preliminary Recommendation: No Commission Action is Required.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 6, 2004)

                      11. (M. FUNG: (415) 558-6364)

          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW COST RECOVERY PROGRAM - On September 25, 2003, the Planning Commission directed the Department to implement full cost recovery for all Discretionary Review (DR) requests, as provided in Sections 352(b) and 350(c) of the Planning Code. On March 4, 2004, the Planning Commission continued the Discretionary Review (DR) Cost Recovery hearing to April 22, 2004 and again to May 20, 2004 for interested neighborhood groups and department staff to problem solve on how to balance the Department's financial deficit from Discretionary Reviews against the needs of the neighborhoods for affordable Discretionary Reviews. The Department is now proposing that Discretionary Review applicants and permit applicants for all building permits reviewed by the Planning Department share the cost of Discretionary Reviews. This would be accomplished by imposing a Building Permit surcharge on all building permits reviewed by Planning and a fee increase for DR to $300 from $133.

          Preliminary Recommendation: To initiate the code amendment to allow the Department to add a Building Permit surcharge for all building permits reviewed by Planning to subsidize Discretionary Reviews and modify the Planning Code Fee Ordinance to increase the initial Discretionary Review fee to $300 from $133 to partially cover the Discretionary Review cost.

                      12. (J.IONIN: (415) 558-6309)

          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW POLICY - Consideration of three options for a 'Simple vs Complex" Discretionary Review Policy and creation of a Pre-Application process for new construction and certain alterations in RH and RM districts.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption of Option 1.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 1, 2004

          NOTE: On February 19, 2004, a proposal to amend the Planning Code Text to establish an Administrative Discretionary Review Policy failed to receive approval. At that hearing, the Commission directed the Department to explore criteria for Simple Discretionary Review vs. Complex Discretionary Review. The Commission scheduled the review of this proposal for April 1, 2004. At the April 1, 2004 hearing it was continued to allow interested parties time to review the proposal.

      13. 2003.1255DD (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          2051-2057 GREEN STREET - south side between Webster and Buchanan Streets: Lot 026 in Assessor's Block 0556 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.10.22.8225, proposing to extend the garage into the rear of the ground floor, infill two existing lightwells at the ground floor only, and add an elevator to access all four stories of the 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.

    14. 2004.0330D (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          2423 LEAVENWORTH STREET - west side between Francisco and Chestnut Streets: Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 0048 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.12.16.2412, proposing to merge three dwelling units into two dwelling units in an RH-1 (D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the proposed dwelling unit merger.

      15. 2003.1250L (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          1201 ORTEGA STREET - southwest corner of Ortega Street and 19th Avenue, Assessor's Block 2115, Lot 37. The proposal is to designate the Infant Shelter/San Francisco Conservatory of Music building, constructed in 1928, as City Landmark No. 242. The property is zoned RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approve Landmark Designation.

      16. 2001.0563L (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          351-359 9th AVENUE - west side between Geary Boulevard and Clement Street, Assessor's Block 1441, Lot 7. The proposal is to designate the Carnegie Richmond Branch Library, constructed in 1913, as Landmark No. 247. The property is zoned P (Public) and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approve Landmark Designation.

      17. 2002.0268L (M. CORRETTE: (415) 558-6295)

          165 10th STREET - east side of 10th Street between Mission and Howard Streets, assessor's Block 3509, Lot 14. The proposal is to designate the James Lick Baths / People's Laundry building at 165 10th Street as Landmark No. 246. The building is listed in Here Today, in the South-of-Market Area Plan, and in the 1976 Architectural Survey. It is in an SLR (Service Light Industrial, Residential) District, and located in a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approve Landmark Designation.

      18a. 2003.1102D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          361 ELSIE STREET - east side south of Cortland Avenue; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 5676 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2003.08.08.1577 proposing the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District and within the Bernal Heights Special Use District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and Approve Demolition

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 15, 2004)

      18b. 2003.1103D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          361 ELSIE STREET - east side south of Cortland Avenue; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 5676 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement structures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.08.08.1581, proposing the construction of a three-story-over-garage two-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District and within the Bernal Heights Special Use District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and Approve Project.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 15, 2004)

      19. 2003.1324D (E. TOPE: (415) 558-6316)

          2614 SACRAMENTO STREET - north side between Steiner and Scott Streets; Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 0631 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.09.24.5627S, proposing to merge three dwelling units to one dwelling unit in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

      20. 2003.0855C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

          680 - 682 HAIGHT STREET - north side between Pierce and Steiner Streets; Lot 019, in Assessor's Block 0847 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Sections 161(j) and 303 to eliminate an existing one-car parking space within a garage on the ground floor to make room for a proposed retail/commercial space. The two-story building contains a parking space and commercial space on the ground floor and a dwelling unit on the second floor. The site is within an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

      21a. 2003.1159CR (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

          1001 POTRERO AVENUE - southwest corner of Vermont Avenue and 22nd Street, Lot 001, Assessor's Block 4154 - Request for a General Plan Referral to determine if the construction of a wireless telecommunications facility for Cingular Wireless on the roof of San Francisco General Hospital is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan.

                Preliminary Recommendation: Determination that the project is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan.

      21b. 2003.1159CR (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

          1001 POTRERO AVENUE - southwest corner of Vermont Avenue and 22nd Street, Lot 001, Assessor's Block 4154 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 234.2 of the Planning Code to install a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of six (6) panel antennas and six (6) related equipment cabinets on an existing seven-story publicly-used structure (San Francisco General Hospital) as a part of Cingular's wireless telecommunications network within a P (Public) Zoning District and a 105-E Height and Bulk Designation. The project would establish a new use on City-owned property and a General Plan Referral is required. A finding of consistency with the General Plan is necessary and has been submitted.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

G. 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:

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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