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Public Hearings 
 

January 25, 2007

January 25, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, January 25, 2007

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Dwight S. Alexander

Vice-President: Christina Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Sue. M. Lee; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore;

Hisashi Sugaya;

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.

View the meeting online at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfgtv_index.asp

Or

View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

And

the re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26

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 Adele Destro, Interim 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 sotf@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: Dwight Alexander

Commission Vice-President: Christina Olague

Commissioners: Michael Antonini; Sue Lee; William Lee;

Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

  • 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. 2006.0949DDDDDDD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

376 EUREKA STREET - west side between 20th and 21st Streets, Lot 017 in Assessor's Block 2749 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.08.30.1650, proposing to raise the building two-feet to construct a ground floor garage, add dormers, and construct a two-story horizontal addition at the rear, located in a 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

(Proposed for Continuance to February 15, 2007)

2. 2006.1374C (A. HESIK: (415) 558-6602)

1435-1445 STOCKTON STREET - west side between Vallejo and Green Streets (a.k.a. 1435-1445 Stockton Street), Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0130 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to establish a small, self-service restaurant of approximately 350 square feet. The proposed use is not formula retail as defined in Section 703.3 of the Planning Code. The proposal is to modify the existing ground-floor retail use (d.b.a.  A. Cavalli Bookstore ) by adding a self-service café within the bookstore. There would be no physical expansion of the existing building. The site is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to February 22, 2007)

3. 2006.1379D (T. SULLIVANE-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

26 BRODERICK STREET - east side between Haight and Waller Streets; Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 1240 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.0918.2553, proposing to expand the existing attic under the sloped roof to create additional habitable space for the residence. The subject property is located within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

DISCRETIONARY REVIEW APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

4. Commission Comments/Questions

  • Inquiries/Announcements. Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).
  • Future Meetings/Agendas. At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Planning Commission.

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

5. Director's Announcements

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

  1. (A. JOHN-BAPTISTE: (415) 558-6547)

Informational presentation on the development of the Department's FY2008 goals, performance measures, and budget.

8. (D. ALUMBAUGH: (415) 558-6601)

Presentation on the status and content of the Development Plan for Treasure Island. Informational only, no action is requested.

D. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

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. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E. REGULAR CALENDAR

9. 2006.1064D (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

121 BRIGHTON AVENUE - west side between Grafton and Holloway Avenues, Lot 016, in Assessor's Block 6981 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2006.06.07.3368 proposing to legalize work performed without permits, and to construct a new vertical and horizontal addition to the existing single-family residence. The subject property is located in the RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

10. 2004.0339C (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

1800 VAN NESS AVENUE (including 1754 CLAY STREET) - northeast corner of Van Ness Avenue and Clay Street; Assessor's Block 0619, Lots 009 & 010 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development pursuant to Planning Code Sections 253.2, 303, 304 and 306 proposing to demolish an existing two-story commercial building (currently occupied by Kinko's) and to construct an 8-story, 62-unit mixed-use building with up to 82 parking spaces and approximately 5,100 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, located in an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density) District, the Van Ness Special Use District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District. Note: 1754 Clay Street, Lot 10, is a through lot which also fronts onto Washington Street.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapprove

NOTE: This case was continued without hearing by a vote +3 -1 from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2006 to January 25, 2007. Since that time the project sponsor has revised the project. The revised project includes 73 parking spaces and trash/loading areas within two basement levels and an improved ground level open space. As a result, the Department now recommends Approval of the project with Conditions.

11. 2005.0690U (A. HESIK: (415) 558-6602)

1080 HAIGHT STREET - the John Spencer House, north side between Broderick and Baker Streets, in Assessor's Block 1236, Lot 18 - Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending approval of a Mills Act historical property contract for 1080 Haight Street, the John Spencer House, which is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Mills Act authorizes local governments to enter into contracts with owners of private historical property who, through the historical property contract, assure the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and maintenance of a qualified historical property. In return, the property owner enjoys a reduction in property taxes for a given period. The subject property is within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

12. 2006.1121G (A. HESIK: (415) 558-6602)

625-631 AND 635-659 PINE STREET - the Notre Dame des Victoires School and Marist Center, south side between Grant Avenue and Stockton Streets, Lots 1B and 23 in Assessor's Block 271 - Request for a change of designation pursuant to Planning Code Section 1106: consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending approval on a proposal to change the designation of the subject properties from Category V (Unrated) to Category I (Significant). The subject properties consist of a two-volume, four-story concrete building constructed in 1923-24 (635-659 Pine Street, Assessor's Block 271, Lot 23) and a one-volume, four-story concrete addition constructed in 1949-50 (625-631 Pine Street, Assessor's Block 271, Lot 1B). They are within a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. Both properties are designated as Category V (Unrated) under Article 11 of the Planning Code, and neither is within a Conservation District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

13. 2006.1215G (A. HESIK: (415) 558-6602)

583-587 HOWARD STREET - south side between First and Second Streets, Lot 99 in Assessor's Block 3736 - Request for a change of designation pursuant to Planning Code Section 1106: consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending approval of a proposal to change the designation of the subject property from Category V (Unrated) to Category III (Contributory). The subject property is a three-story, timber-frame commercial building with brick exterior walls constructed in 1912. The subject property is within a C-3-0 (SD) (Downtown Office Special Development) District and a 350-S Height and Bulk District. It is designated as a Category V Building (Unrated) under Article 11 of the Planning Code and is not within a Conservation District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

14. 2006.1343M (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

1167 Market Street (aka Trinity Plaza) - southeast corner at Eighth Street; Lots 039 and 051 through 053 in Assessor's Block 3702, and a portion of the former Jessie Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets - Request for a General Plan amendment related to a proposal of a mixed-used project containing approximately but no more than 1,900 dwelling units, approximately 91,878 square feet of usable open space, approximately 60,000 square feet of commercial space, and a garage with up to 1,450 parking spaces. The proposed amendment consists of reclassifying the height and bulk districts for the project site as shown on  Map 5 - Proposed Height and Bulk Districts and referred to in Policy 13.1 of the Downtown Area Plan of the General Plan, from 120-X, 150-S and 240-S to 160-X, 180-X and 240-S. An identical General Plan amendment was recommended by the Planning Commission on August 3, 2006 for action by the Board of Supervisors. Section 340(d) of the Planning Code requires that the Board take action within ninety days of such a recommendation by the Commission. In order to meet this deadline and not have the General Plan amendment approved by default without the benefit of Board consideration, the Board disapproved this General Plan amendment on November 7, 2006. Consequently, the Commission needs to reconsider the same amendment, establishing an additional 90 days for the Board to deliberate and take action on the amendment. Action by the Commission on the General Plan amendment is required in order for the Board to act on the development agreement previously approved by the Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the resolution

F. PUBLIC COMMENT

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

(1) responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or

(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or

(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

Adjournment:

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