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September 9, 2004

September 9, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

September 9, 2004

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting
President: Shelley Bradford Bell
Vice-President: Sue Lee
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee; Christina Olague

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; Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee

                      Christina Olague

A. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

    The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date. The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

      1a. 2001.0249CV (K. AMDUR: (415) 558-6351)

          605 KEARNY STREET - west side between Sacramento and Commercial Streets, Lot 7 in Assessor's Block 226 - Request for a Conditional Use authorization for a building exceeding 35 feet in height in the Chinatown Community Business (CCB) Zoning District and a 50-N Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to add one four-story dwelling unit to an existing one-story commercial building on a small, approximately 700 square foot, 29.5-foot deep lot. The commercial unit on the ground floor would remain. The building would be 50 feet in height with the proposed addition. The addition, like the existing commercial building, would cover the entire small site. No parking would be provided. Both a parking and a rear yard/site coverage variance would be required and will be considered by the Zoning Administrator at the same hearing as the Conditional Use authorization. Required open space would be provided on a rooftop terrace.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of July 22, 2004)

          (Proposed for Continuance to October 7, 2004)

      1b. 2001.0249CV (K. AMDUR: 558-6351)

          605 KEARNY STREET - west side between Sacramento and Commercial Streets, Lot 7 in Assessor's Block 226 - Request for a Variance for rear yard/site coverage and parking for a building in the Chinatown Community Business (CCB) Zoning District and a 50-N Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to add one four-story dwelling unit to an existing one-story commercial building on a small, approximately 700 square foot, 29.5-foot deep lot. The commercial unit on the ground floor would remain. The building would be 50 feet in height with the proposed addition. The addition, like the existing commercial building, would cover the entire small site, and no parking would be provided. Required open space would be provided on a rooftop terrace. Conditional use authorization is also required for a building in the CCB to exceed 35 feet in height.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of July 22, 2004)

          Proposed for Continuance to October 7, 2004)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

    2. Commission Comments/Questions

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

    3. Director's Announcements

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

    5. (L. BADINER: (415) 558-6350)

      Status Report on 727 Van Ness Avenue as a response to comments raised during Public Comment at the Planning Commission hearing on September 2, 2004.

      6. 1999.210C (J. PURVIS: 415-558-6354)

      3620 19th STREET - north side between Guerrero and Oakwood Streets; Lots 18, 68, 70 in Assessor's Block 3752 - Status report and Commission comment on a 39-unit residential planned unit development approved by the Planning Commission under Motion No. 16134 on April 5, 2001, and amended, on appeal, by the Board of Supervisors under Board Resolution No. M01-76 on July 2, 2001. The project site has been sold and the new owners have modified the design. It is within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) and RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Use District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2004)

D. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

    At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

      7. 2004.0506D (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

          464 30TH STREET - north side between Noe and Sanchez Streets. Assessor's Block 6639 Lot 020 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004 0310 8295, to construct horizontal and vertical additions to the existing one family dwelling including a full third story and a rear extension 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 August 12, 2004)

      NOTE: On August 12, 2004, after public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and continued the item to September 9, 2004 by a vote of +5-0. Commissioner Bradford Bell was absent.

      8a. 2004.0676D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          77 BLUXOME STREET - south side between 4th and 5th Streets; Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 3786, within an SSO (Service/Secondary Office) Mixed-Use District, and a 65-X Height and Bulk District in the Industrial Protection Zone. Mandatory Discretionary Review under Resolution No. 16202 of Demolition Permit Application No. 2003.06.10.6727 to demolish a two-story commercial building, formerly used as PDR space, and its replacement by a seven-story, 108-unit SRO (Single Room Occupancy) residential building with a 16-space residential parking garage on the ground floor, subject to a rear yard modification.

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

          NOTE: On August 12, 2004, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and made a motion to not take Discretionary Review and Approve the Project by a vote of +2-3 (Commissioners Hughes, Olague and S. Lee voted No). The motion failed to carry. The Commission continued this item to September 9, 2004 to allow the absent Commissioner to participate. Commissioner Bradford Bell was absent.

      8b. 2004.0677D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          77 BLUXOME STREET - south side between 4th and 5th Streets; Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 3786, within an SSO (Service/Secondary Office) Mixed-Use District, and a 65-X Height and Bulk District in the Industrial Protection Zone - Mandatory Discretionary Review under Resolution No. 16202 of Building Permit Application No. 2003.06.10.6726 to construct a seven-story, 108-unit SRO residential building following the demolition of a two-story commercial building.

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

          NOTE: On August 12, 2004, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and made a motion to not take Discretionary Review and Approve the Project by a vote of +2-3 (Commissioners Hughes, Olague and S. Lee voted No). The motion failed to carry. The Commission continued this item to September 9, 2004 to allow the absent Commissioner to participate. Commissioner Bradford Bell was absent.

      8c. 2003.0366V (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          77 BLUXOME STREET - south side between 4th and 5th Streets; Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 3786, within an SSO (Service/Secondary Office) Mixed-Use District, and a 65-X Height and Bulk District in the Industrial Protection Zone. Request for Rear Yard Modification under Planning Code Section 134 (e) to construct an 65-foot-tall, seven-story SRO residential building, with open space provided within a 1,530 square-foot inner court, a 420 square-foot rear setback, and a 3,400 square foot roof deck in lieu of the 2,100 square foot (25 percent of lot area) standard rear yard.

          NOTE: On August 12, 2004, following public testimony, the Acting Zoning Administrator continued this item to September 9, 2004.

F. REGULAR CALENDAR

      9. 2004.0645C (D. SIROIS: (415) 558-6313)

          5825-5845 MISSION STREET, 50-68 OLIVER STREET & 846-848 BRUNSWICK STREET (aka SAN FRANCISCO CHRISTIAN CENTER) Lots 2,3,5,14,15,27 Assessor's Block 6472 - Request for conditional use authorization to amend a Planned Unit Development previously authorized by the Planning Commission under Motion No. 16517. The proposal includes the construction of a three-story 4,550 square-foot horizontal addition to the rear of the existing church building located at 5825 Mission Street. This amendment requires conditional use findings for non-residential use size over 4,000 square feet for the proposed addition to the church building pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.21, 121.2 & 303(c) . Lots 2 & 27 of the project site are located in an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District, and lots 3,5,14 & 15 are located in an RH-1 (Residential House, One-family) District. The entire site lies in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      10. 2004.0617C (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          1458-1462 GRANT AVENUE - southeast corner at Union Street, Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0115 - Request for conditional use authorization to establish a full-service restaurant (dba "North Beach Pizza") of approximately 2,500 square feet within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The project consists of relocating two existing restaurants and consolidating them into one restaurant at this location. North Beach Pizza is proposing to occupy two of the four existing storefronts on the ground floor, which are presently vacant. There will be no physical expansion of the existing building. Conditional use authorization is also required to use a patio at the rear of the property for outdoor seating. The proposed use is not "formula retail" as defined in Section 703.3 of the Planning Code.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

      11a. 2004.0463C (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

          470 CLEMENTINA STREET - north side, between 5th and 6th Streets, Lot 073 in Assessor's Block 3732 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 157 and 204.5 to allow seven off-street parking spaces, for a new 12-unit building, in excess of accessory amounts in the South of Market Residential Service District (RSD) with a 40-X/85-B Height and Bulk Designation, and in a Mixed Use Housing area, pursuant to Planning Commission Resolution No. 16727.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

      11b. 2004.0464C (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

          475 TEHAMA STREET - south side, between 5th and 6th Streets, Lot 082 and 083 in Assessor's Block 3732 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 157 and 204.5 to allow seven off-street parking spaces, for a new 12-unit building, in excess of accessory amounts in the South of Market Residential Service District (RSD) with a 40-X/85-B Height and Bulk Designation, and in a Mixed Use Housing area, pursuant to Planning Commission Resolution No. 16727.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

      12. 2003.0657C (G. CABREROS (415) 558-6169)

          1730 VAN NESS AVENUE - east side between Clay and Sacramento Streets, Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 0622 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code, to allow the expansion of an institutional use (American Buddhist Cultural Temple) (Section 209.3), the creation of a commercial space above the ground floor (Section 209.3), construction of a building exceeding 40 feet in height (Section 253), and exceptions from the prescribed bulk limits (Section 271) in an RC-4 (Residential Commercial Combined, High Density) District, the Van Ness Special Use District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District. The project would result in a four-story building up to 80 feet in height containing a sanctuary, a bookstore, group housing for monks, a dining hall, dormitory rooms for students, conference rooms, offices and various other rooms associated with the institution.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2004)

      13a. 2004.0070D (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          23 EUREKA STREET - east side between 17th and Market Streets, Lot 048 in Assessor's Block 2649 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004.02.12.6324, proposing to raise the existing noncomplying rear building 5'-6" to create habitable area at the ground floor. The proposal includes constructing a deck and reconfigured stairs at the front of the building and infilling the light well at the southeast corner of the building with a one-story addition. No work is proposed for the two-unit building at the front of the lot. The property is located in a 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.

      13b. 2004.0070V (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

              23 EUREKA STREET - east side between 17th and Market Streets, Lot 048 in Assessor's Block 2649 - Request for a rear yard variance for Building Permit Application No. 2004.02.12.6324, proposing to raise the existing non-complying rear building 5'-6" to create habitable area at the ground floor. The proposal includes constructing a deck and reconfigured stairs at the front of the building and infilling the light well at the southeast corner of the building with a one-story addition. The project is subject to a rear yard variance request for the expansion of a non-complying building that is located within the required rear yard. The property is located in a RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      14. 2004.0495D (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

          2142 40TH AVENUE - east side between Quintara and Rivera Streets, Lot 042 in Assessor's Block 2178 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.11.17.0325, proposing to construct a two-story horizontal addition and stairs at the rear of the building and construct a one-story vertical addition on top of the building, located 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 the Project.

      15. 2004.0535DD (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

          2059 23rd AVENUE - west side between Pacheco and Quintara Streets. Assessor's Block 2143 Lot 015 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004 0312 8471, to construct a two story addition to the rear of the existing dwelling 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

      16a. 2004.0323D (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

          1644 DIAMOND STREET - west side between 28th and 29th Streets. Assessor's Block 7520 Lot 007 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of housing demolition, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2004 0303 7704, to demolish an existing single family dwelling in an RH-1 (Residential House, One Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve the Project.

      16b. 2004.0535D (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

          1644 DIAMOND STREET - west side between 28th and 29th Streets. Assessor's Block 7520 Lot 007 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004 0303 7707, to construct a new single family dwelling, four stories in height in an RH-1 (Residential House, One Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve the Project.

      17a. 2004.0338DDDV (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          755 22nd AVENUE - west side between Cabrillo and Fulton Streets: Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 1665 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.09.29.6087S, proposing to construct a three-story horizontal extension at the rear of the existing three-story single family dwelling unit and to add an additional dwelling unit at the ground floor. The rear addition would increase the structure's depth by approximately 6 feet into the rear yard 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.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2004)

      17b. 2004.0338DDDV (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          755 22nd AVENUE - west side between Cabrillo and Fulton Streets: Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 1665 - The proposal is to construct a three-story horizontal extension at the rear of the existing three-story single family dwelling unit and to add an additional dwelling unit at the ground floor. A Variance is sought from the off-street parking requirements of Section 154, as the project would provide a 2-car tandem parking configuration rather than independently accessible parking as required by the Planning Code. The subject property is within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2004)

      18. 2004.0792D (D. DiBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          26 JOICE STREET - east side between California and Pine Streets: Lot 024 in Assessor's Block 0256 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.02.20.7886S, proposing to construct a vertical and horizontal addition and to renovate the existing two-story single family structure. The vertical addition adds two new floor levels and the horizontal addition maintains the existing rear yard depth, while extending each floor level for the entire lot width. The subject property is within an RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

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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