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November 8, 2007

November 8, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, November 8, 2007
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

President: Dwight S. Alexander
Vice-President: Christina R. Olague
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; M. Sue 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
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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
1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH 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 1650 Mission Street, 4th 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, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, 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 impairments 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 S. Alexander
Commission Vice-President: Christina R. Olague
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; M. Sue Lee; William L. Lee;
Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya


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. 2007.0971C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)
3571 SACRAMENTO STREET - south side between Locust and Laurel Streets; Lot 023, in Assessor's Block 1019 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 724.52 to establish a foreign language enrichment program for children, in the Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to convert a vacant retail use (formerly a women's clothing store) to a personal service use for a language enrichment program (dba Language at Play) offering classes in French, Mandarin and Spanish to children ranging in age from 1 to 10 years, as well as a retail sales component for its language program products. The proposed project will occupy the ground floor (approximately 2,000 square feet) of a two-story building.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Proposed for Continuance to November 15, 2007)

2. 2007.0461C (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)
448 BROADWAY - north side between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lot 011 in Assessor's Block 0144 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to operate a business under this application between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM. Specifically, the project proposal is to extend the hours of operation of the subject business (dba "Broadway Express Pizza Restaurant") to 3:00 AM. No construction is proposed under this application. This site is within the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District, and a 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2007)
(Proposed for Continuance to November 15, 2007)

3. 2006.0847D (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)
2071 43RD AVENUE - west side between Quintara Street and Pacheco Street; Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 2163 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.02.23.5225, proposing construction of a third-story horizontal and vertical addition to a two story dwelling in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Pending.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 6, 2007)
(Proposed for Continuance to December 13, 2007)

4. 2004.0548E (J. BATTIS: (415) 575-9022)
1450 15TH STREET Assessor's Block 3549, Lot 064, located at 1450 15th Street, in the Inner Mission neighborhood, between South Van Ness Avenue and Folsom Street on the northwest corner of the intersection of 15th and Shotwell Streets. The proposed project would include the demolition of the existing one-story, 20- to 26-foot-tall, approximately 8,226-square-foot(sf) industrial building, constructed in 1908, and the construction of a four-story over basement, approximately 43-foot-tall building. The proposed, approximately 32,300 gross-square-foot(gsf) building would include ten residential units on the second through fourth floors over approximately 7,100 sf of Production, Distribution, & Repair (PDR)/Business Service use on the ground and basement levels. The proposed basement level would contain a ten-space residential parking garage (about 5,600 sf) with ingress and egress from Shotwell Street. The proposed project would result in an approximately 24,000 gsf net increase in uses on the project site. The approximately 8,227-sf project site is within a Light Industrial (M-1) use district, in the Mission Alcohol Beverage Special Use District and within a 50-X height and bulk district. The proposed project would require Conditional Use authorization for the construction of residential dwellings in an M-1 zoning district pursuant to Section 215 of the San Francisco Planning Code (Planning Code); a Variance to provide less than the required number of parking spaces (Section 151); and an allowable exception for corner lots to satisfy rear yard requirements on the second floor pursuant to Planning Code Section 134(e)2).
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration
(Proposed for continuance to January 17, 2008)

5. 2005.0937D (E. JACKSON: (415) 558-6363)
736 VALENCIA STREET - west side, between 18th and 19th Streets, Lot 005 in Assessor's Block 3588 - Staff Initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application number 2006.02.08.4114. The proposal is to construct a new mixed-use building on a lot currently containing a 22-space private surface parking lot. The proposed structure would contain 8 dwelling units with commercial space and 8 off-street parking spaces on the ground floor. The applicant requests that the Planning Commission remove the springing condition requiring community impact fees and BMR units that was previously imposed on the project. The subject property is located within the Valencia NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) with a 50-X Height and Bulk designation.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and remove the springing condition.
(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

6. 2007.0936T (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)
AMENDMENTS RELATING TO PLANNING CODE SECTIONS 781.8 [BOARD FILE NO. 07-1217] - Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Ammiano amending Planning Code Section 781.8 to allow relocation of existing Liquor Establishment in the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict to another location within the same Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict; and making findings.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2007)
SUPERVISOR AMMIANO IS NO LONGER PURSUING THIS LEGISLATION

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

Adoption of Commission Minutes - Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission. Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

7. Consideration of Adoption:

" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 30, 2007.
" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of October 25, 2007.


8. 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

9. Director's Announcements

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

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

11. 2001.0565L (S. MIDDLEBROOK: (415) 558-6372)
451 JERSEY STREET - Noe Valley Branch Library, south side of Jersey Street between Castro and Diamond Streets, on Assessor's Block 6539, Lot 034. The building's form and detailing are primarily Classical Revival in architectural style. The property is zoned P (Public), within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) district and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Consideration to approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the landmark designation of the Noe Valley Branch Library under Article 10 of the Planning Code.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

12. 2007.0701C (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)
1400 GRANT AVENUE - northeast corner of Grant Avenue and Green Street, Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 0115 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to establish a small self-service restaurant (d.b.a. "Honeydoo" Frozen Yogurt) of approximately 800 square feet within the existing ground-floor retail space. No physical expansion of the existing building is proposed. This site is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2007)

13. 2006.0056C (E. OROPEZA: (415) 558-6381)
317 AND 331-333 CORTLAND AVENUE - north side between Bocana and Bennington Streets; Lots 015 and 014 in Assessor's Block 5667 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 161(j) and 303 for the reduction of off-street parking spaces for proposed dwelling units and for existing dwelling units, to allow construction of a 2-unit mixed-use building within the NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40 -X height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

14. 2007.0922C (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)
1926 LOMBARD STREET - north side between Webster and Buchanan Streets; Lot 006 in Assessor's Block 0493 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 186.1(e), 712.45, and 303 of the Planning Code to allow the transfer of ABC License Type 21 from 1600 Lombard Street (previously Goldmine Liquors) to 1926 Lombard Street (d.b.a. Luigi's Delicatessen) in an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale) Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to add off-sale liquor sales to an existing grocery store (with accessory deli) for the sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits. The proposal will not involve an expansion of the existing building envelope.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

15a. 2006.1248KXCV (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558 -6291)
55 NINTH STREET - east side between Market and Mission Streets; Lot 063 in Assessor's Block 3701 - Request for a Section 309 Determination of Compliance and Request for Exceptions. The proposed project is to construct a 17 story, approximately 205 foot tall (including mechanical penthouses) new mixed-use building at the existing vacant lot, containing approximately 260 dwelling units, approximately 3,000 square feet of ground level commercial space, and a garage with a capacity of up to 113 parking spaces (98 residential spaces and 15 commercial spaces). The project requires separation of towers, rear yard, comfort-level wind, parking, and bulk exceptions pursuant to Section 309(a). The project site is located within a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial ) District and a 200-S Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2007)

15b. 2006.1248KXCV (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558 -6291)
55 NINTH STREET - east side between Market and Mission Streets; Lot 063 in Assessor's Block 3701 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow additional square footage above the base FAR of 6.0 to 1 for dwelling units that will be affordable for a minimum of 20 years to households whose incomes are within 150 percent of the median income, for the project described in item above.
Preliminary recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2007)

15c. 2006.1248KXCV (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558 -6291)
55 NINTH STREET - east side between Market and Mission Streets; Lot 063 in Assessor's Block 3701 - Request for usable open space dimension and dwelling unit exposure variances in connection with the mixed-used project described in item above. The request for variances will be considered by the Zoning Administrator.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2007)

15. 2007.0952C (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)
4841 MISSION STREET - east side between Russia and France Avenues; Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 6272 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 703.3, 703.4, and 712.44, to allow a formula retail small self-service restaurant (d.b.a. Subway) to operate within the NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

17. 2007.1012D (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)
3947-3949 26TH STREET - south side between Church and Sanchez Streets, Lot 039 in Assessor's Block 6565 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2007.07.18.7085, which proposes to merge two existing dwelling-units into one single-family home. The property is located within an RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the project as proposed

18a. 2006.1355DDV (M. GLUECKERT: (415) 558-6543)
130 LEDYARD STREET - southwest side between Mercury Street and Thornton Avenue, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 5398 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.08.29.0915, proposing to legalize an existing deck and one-story structure at the rear of a single-family dwelling built without benefit of permit. The property is 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 proposal as submitted.

18b. 2006.1355DDV (M. GLUECKERT: (415) 558-6543)
130 LEDYARD STREET - southwest side between Mercury Street and Thornton Avenue, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 5398 - Variance request to be considered by the Zoning Administrator for rear yard, for the project proposing to legalize an existing deck and one-story structure at the rear of a single-family dwelling built without benefit of permit. The property is located in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

19. 2007.0696D (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)
390 CAPISTRANO AVENUE - west side between San Juan Avenue and Santa Ysabel Avenue; Lot 013 in Assessor's Block 3150 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.05.09.0766, proposing construction of a two-story, horizontal rear addition to a two-story 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 the project as proposed by the revised plans.

20. 2007.1108D (D. LINDSAY: (415) 558-6393)
2250 CHESTNUT STREET - northwest corner of Chestnut and Avila Streets, Lot 034 in Assessor's Block 0488A - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.08.09.9290, proposing to expand an existing Small Self-Service Restaurant (dba "The Grove Cafe") into a vacant retail space to the west (formerly occupied by an extension of a retail clothing store dba "Jack's"). The expansion would add approximately 660 square feet and 27 seats to the existing 48-seat restaurant and would also establish the expanded restaurant as a Full Service Restaurant. The project site is within an NC-2 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

F. PUBLIC COMMENT

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


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

(1) responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or
(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

Adjournment:


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