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Public Hearings 
 
June 24, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

Thursday, June 24, 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@sfgov.org.

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. 2003.0106D (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

          1910-12 STEINER STREET - east side between Wilmot and Bush Streets; Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 0659 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.06.16.7169, proposing to merge two dwelling units to a single-family residence in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the proposed dwelling unit merger.

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2004)

          BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

      2. 2004.0388D (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          58 COLLINGWOOD STREET - west side between Market and 18th Streets, Lot 9 in Assessor's Block 2648 - Request for Discretionary Review for Building Permit Application No. 2003.12.08.1771S, proposing to alter the existing one-story-over-basement, single-family dwelling. The project will include raising the existing dwelling to allow for a new garage level for up to 2 new on-site parking spaces, construction of two new floors on top of the existing dwelling, as well as a rear horizontal extension. The project will also change the number of dwellings from one to three units on the property. The property is located in the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW APPLICATION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN

      3. 2002.1129E (L. GIBSON: (415) 558-5993)

          SAN FRANCISCO MARINA RENOVATION - Lot 003 of Assessor's Block 900 in the Marina District on the northern waterfront between Laguna and Lyon Streets north of Marina Boulevard - Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The proposed project is the renovation of the San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor. Water-side improvements would include installation of three new breakwater structures and the removal of two existing breakwater structures; reconstruction of portions of the degraded rip-rap slopes; maintenance dredging; replacement and reconfiguration of the floating docks and slips; replacement of gangways and security gates; installation of one oily water and sewage pump out facility and refurbishment of two existing sewage pump out facilities; and upgrade of utility services and lighting at the new floating docks. Land-side improvements would include renovation of existing marina restroom, shower, and office buildings; conversion of a vacant building into office space; construction of a new maintenance building; re-stripping of existing parking lots and public paths; and construction of a new children's play area. The site is within a P (Public) District and an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of March 11, 2004)

          PRELIMINARY MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT WILL BE PREPARED

      4. 2003.1110T (C. NIKITAS:(415) 558-6306)

          REQUIRED SECOND MEANS OF EGRESS - Ordinance Amending the San Francisco Planning Code to Allow a Required Second Means of Egress Adoption of an ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by adding a new section 136(c)(4)(A)(i-v) to allow certain stairways that are a required second means of egress under the Building Code, as permitted obstructions in the rear yard. The California Building Code no longer allows fire escapes as a second means of egress in most cases. This proposed text amendment provides an exemption to meet the requirements of the Building Code. This ordinance also includes changes to Section 311 and 312 to require neighbor notification for the addition of these stairways.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Recommend approval of the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.

          (Continued from Regular Meetings of April 22, 2004 and June 10, 2004)

            (Proposed for Continuance to July 15, 2004)

      5. 2004.0088C (M. SNYDER: (415) 558-6891)

          1042 MINNA STREET - north side between Layfayette and 11th Street, Lot 76 in Assessor's Block 3511 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 253 to construct three dwelling units that would be over 40-feet tall within an RH-3 District and 140-X Height and Bulk District. Conditional Use authorization is required for construction of any structure over 40-feet tall in a residential district. The subject site is within an RH-3 (House, Three-family) District and a 130-L Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

          (Proposed for Continuance to August 5, 2004)

          6. 2003.1164D (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

                6725 CALIFORNIA STREET - south side between 29th and 30th Avenues, Lot 47 in Assessor's Block 1404 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.03.13.9612 proposing to alter the existing two-story, single-family dwelling by raising the building approximately eight feet in order to create a new ground floor to contain a two-car garage, with a new dwelling unit behind, and expanding the building to the front, rear and sides. 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.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 3, 2004)

                NOTE: On January 22, 2004, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing. The Commission expressed concerns that statements about preserving this structure or the essence of it are not reflected in the plans submitted. Item continued to March 25, 2004. Public hearing will remain open on any new information presented.

                NOTE: On March 25, 2004, without a hearing, the Commission continued the matter to June 3, 2004. Public hearing remained open on any new information.

                NOTE: On June 3, 2004, without a hearing, the Commission continued the matter to June 24, 2004. Public hearing continue to remain open on any new information.

          (Proposed for Continuance to August 5, 2004)

        7. 2004.0399DD (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

          2121-2123 LEAVENWORTH STREET - west side between Filbert and Greenwich Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0094 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.08.28.3345, proposing to construct a new fifth floor and a five-story horizontal addition to the southern side of the existing four-story, two-unit building in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

          (Proposed for Continuance to September 9, 2004)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

      8. Commission Comments/Questions

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. 2004.0504T (J.P. SAMAHA: (415) 558-6602)

          COST RECOVERY FEES - Consideration of an Ordinance to amend the Planning Code by adding Section 358 to impose a fee surcharge for projects in certain areas to recover the City's actual costs in developing an area plan, specific plan, or rezoning study or preparing a programmatic environmental document for that area; amending the San Francisco Administrative Code by adding Section 10.100-370 to establish a special fund to receive the cost recovery fees and other moneys and to fund the development of future area plans, rezoning studies and programmatic environmental documents; and adopting Planning Code Section 302 findings; and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      12. 2003.1028E (J.A. KUGLER: 558-5983)

          3150 18TH STREET - Lots 002 and 012 of Assessor's Block 3573, northwestern corner of 18th Street and Treat Avenue - Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration for the proposed project would involve the demolition of a set of two-story light industrial office and warehouse buildings with six off-street parking spaces and construction of a five-story building consisting of approximately 260 units of rental workshops for arts activities, light manufacturing, repair and small business services uses and a single caretaker's unit. The total floor area of the new building would be about 73,224 gsf. The second through fifth floors would be set back between approximately 12 and 16 feet over the 13-1/2 foot tall podium of the ground floor. The proposed building would be approximately 50 feet tall. Pedestrian access would be provided from Treat Avenue while vehicular access would be provided from 18th Street to a ground level garage with 50 off-street parking spaces, a single loading space and six bicycle spaces. The project site is in an M-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District, and a 50-X height and bulk district. It is also within the Eastern Neighborhoods study area.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration.

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 13, 2004)

          13. 2004.0480C (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          1400-1424 GRANT AVENUE - northeast corner at Green Street, Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 0115 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to add live entertainment, defined as Other Entertainment pursuant to Section 790.38 of the Planning Code, to an existing small self-service restaurant (dba "Magnet") within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. There will be no physical expansion of the existing building.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

      14. 2003.0375C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

          274 BRANNAN STREET - Street, north side between 1st Street and 2nd Street, Lot 73 in Assessor's Block 3774 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 818.73 and 227(h) to install seven antennas on the rooftop and related backup equipment on the property, as a part of a wireless transmission network operated by Verizon Wireless. The site is within an SSO (Service / Secondary Office) District, a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and the South End Historic District. Pursuant to the WTS Facilities Guidelines, the project is a Preference 2 Location Site, a co-location site.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

      15. 2004.0438C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

          3231 MISSION STREET - east side between Fair Avenue and Virginia Avenue, Lot 44 in Assessor's Block 5615 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 781.5 to establish a small self-service restaurant (as defined by Planning Code Section 790.91) within the Mission Street Fast-Food Subdistrict. The restaurant is proposed to be called "Botana"; it would not fall under the definition of "formula retail" of Planning Code Section 703.3(b). The subject site is within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial - Moderate Scale) District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District and the Mission Street Fast-Food Subdistrict.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

      16. 2002.1255C (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          2191 MARKET STREET - south side between 15th and Sanchez Streets, Lot 137 in Assessor's Block 3558 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 721.83 by Verizon Wireless to install (3) antennas on the rooftop and associated equipment cabinets within the basement of a mixed-use building located in the Upper Market Street Neighborhood Commercial District and 50-X Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Limited Location Preference 6 site as it is a building within an Individual Neighborhood Commercial District (Upper Market).

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

      17. 2003.1099C (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          1601-1611 NORIEGA STREET - south side between 23rd and 24th Avenues, Lot 051 in Assessor's Block 2060 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 711.83 by Nextel to install three (3) antennas on the rooftop and associated equipment within the basement of a mixed-use building located in a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial District) and 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 5 site as it is a mixed-use building within a high-density (NC-2) district.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

          18a. 2004.0124DD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          554 VALLEY STREET - north side between Castro and Diamond Streets, Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 6611 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of residential demolition, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2003.06.06.6518, proposing to demolish the existing one-story single-family dwelling in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2004)

          18b. 2004.0125DD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          556 VALLEY STREET (aka 554 VALLEY STREET) - north side between Castro and Diamond Streets, Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 6611 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of new residential building in association with residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.06.06.6520, proposing to subdivide the lot into two lots and construct a three-story over garage single-family dwelling on the proposed east lot, in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2004)

          18c. 2004.0126DD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          558 VALLEY STREET (aka 554 VALLEY STREET) - north side between Castro and Diamond Streets, Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 6611 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of new residential building in association with residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.06.06.6522, proposing to subdivide the lot into two lots and construct a three-story over garage single-family dwelling on the proposed west lot, in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2004)

      19. 2003.0741D (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          580 OAK PARK DRIVE - end of Oak Park Drive, a cul-de-sac, 450 feet from the corner of Devonshire Way and Oak Park Drive, located in the Forest Knolls Neighborhood, in a residential enclave between Mount Sutro and the Laguna Honda Reservoir, Lot 30 in Assessor's Block 2676 - Request for Discretionary Review for Building Permit Application No. 2002.12.04.2261, proposing to construct a new three-story-over-garage, single-family dwelling in an RH-1(D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) 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 April 22, 2004)

          Note: On March 11, 2004, the Commission heard a staff report and received public testimony. Following the Commission's deliberation, they continued this matter to April 1, 2004, instructing the project sponsor to meet with neighbors and directed the Director of Planning to report back to them on the soil conditions. Public Comment Remains Open. On April 1, 2004, this item was continued to April 22, 2004.

          Note: On April 22, 2004, the Commission continued the matter to June 24, 2004.

      20. 2004.0299DDD (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

          2011 9TH AVENUE - west side between Pacheco St. and Mendoza Ave., Lot 001P in Assessor's Block 2129 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2003.07.31.0919, proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition to the existing one-story over ground/garage, single-family dwelling located in an RH-1 (House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height/Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications.

      21. 2004.0360DD (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

          1422 45TH AVENUE - East side between Judah and Kirkham Streets. Assessor's Block 1807 Lot 026 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No.2004.02.04.5540, to construct horizontal and vertical additions to the existing one family dwelling including new second and third floors 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

        22. 2004.0460DDD (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

          1158 HAIGHT STREET - north side between Baker and Lyon Streets; Lot 012 in Assessor's Block 1235 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.11.26.1230, proposing to construct a new fourth floor and rear egress stairs to an existing three-story, four-unit building in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

E. 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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