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December 20, 2007

December 20, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, December 20, 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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View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

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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 FranciscoLobbyist 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, 1650 Mission St., 4th 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

  • 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. 2004.0773E!MTZC (L. KIENKER: (415) 575-9036)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 - 220 Buchanan Street) - most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report related to the proposal to construct seven (7) new buildings and adaptively reuse three (3) existing buildings to create approximately 330 dwelling units, a large institutional residential care facility to accommodate senior residents (operated by  open-house ), approximately 12,000 square feet of community facility space, no more than 4, 999 occupied square feet of commercial/retail space, and approximately 310 off-street parking spaces. The project would include construction of an approximately 25,000 square foot publicly-accessible park on the former Waller Street right-of-way and a community garden of approximately 10,000 square feet. The existing University of California Extension site is located in a P (Public) Zoning District and 80-B and 40-X Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify EIR

NOTE:The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on May 2, 2007. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

1b. 2004.0773E!MTZC (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) - most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Adoption of CEQA findings related to the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the project described in Item 1a.

Preliminary recommendation: Adopt the CEQA findings

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

1c. 2004.0773E!MTZC (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) – most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 – Request for General Plan amendments related to the project described in Item 1a. The General Plan amendments consist of changes to the Market and Octavia Area Plan element of the General Plan to amend Map 1 – Land Use Districts from "P" (Public) to RM-3 (Mixed, Medium Density) and NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) and Map 3 - Height Districts from 40-X and 80-B to 40-X, 50-X and 85-X, amendment to the Housing element, Residence element and Land Use Index of the General Plan to amend Map 2 – Generalized Residential Land Use Plan from Public/Open Space to Residential and Mixed Use and Map 3- Residential Density Plan from Public to Moderately High Density.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the resolution

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

1d. 2004.0773E!MTZC (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) – most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Request for Planning Code text amendment related to the project described in Item 1a. The Planning Code text amendment consists of adding Section 249.23 to the Planning Code to create the Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets Special Use District. The specific provisions of the Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets Special Use District would (a) establish maximum parking standards (b) generally impose performance standards for residential and non-residential off-street parking (c) impose a maximum off-street loading standard (d) generally impose a unit mix standard for residential density and (e) acceptance of community infrastructure improvements.

Preliminary recommendation: Adopt the resolution

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

1e. 2004.0773E!MTZC (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) - most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Request for zoning map amendments related to the project described in Item 1a. The zoning map amendments consist of (1) reclassifying the height and bulk districts for the project site shown on Map 7H of the Zoning Maps from 40-X and 80-B to 40-X, 50-X and 85-X and (2) reclassifying the use district on Map 7 from P (Public) to RM-3 (Mixed, Medium Density) and NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) and (3) adding the Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets Special Use District to Map 7SU.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the resolution

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

1f. 2004.0773E!MTZC (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) - most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessor's Block 870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessor's Block 857 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to (1) locate a community facility in an R (Residential) District and (2) to develop lots in excess of 10,000 square feet in an NC-3 District and (3) to develop a non-residential use in excess of 5,999 square feet in an NC-3 District and a Planned Unit Development for (4) exceptions to modify the location of the required rear yard and (5) to modify dwelling unit exposure for approximately 8 dwelling units and (6) to modify compliance with the dimension provisions for common open space for the project described in Item 1a.

Preliminary recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Proposed for continuance until January 17, 2008)

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.

2. Consideration of Adoption:

  • Draft Minutes of Special Meeting of December 6, 2007

3. 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

4. Director's Announcements

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

6. (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

CANDLESTICK/49ers PROJECT - Informational presentation on the integrated development of Candlestick Point and Parcels A-3 and B-E of the Hunters Point Shipyard.

(Continued from regular Meeting of December 13, 2007)

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.

  1. REGULAR CALENDAR

7. 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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 13, 2007)

8. 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 and a small portion of the basement (approximately 2,100 square feet) of a two-story building.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 15, 2007)

9. (T. Sullivan-Lenane: (415) 558-6257)

Interim Moratorium on Institutional Uses in Western SoMa Planning Area - Informational presentation of the urgency ordinance approving an interim zoning moratorium to prohibit the establishment of new institutional uses in the Western SoMa Planning Area Special Use District for 45 Days.

10. (S. SANCHEZ: (415) 558-6326)

INDUSTRIAL ZONE - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES - A review of policies and procedures for development proposals in industrial zoning districts as contained in Planning Commission Resolution No. 16202 and consideration of adoption of a resolution establishing additional policies and procedures for development proposals in industrial zoning districts

11. 2007.1193D (D. LINDSAY: (415) 558-6393)

770 18TH AVENUE - east side of 18th Avenue between Fulton and Cabrillo Streets; Lot 028 in Assessor's Block 1660 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.09.24.3528, proposing to revise previously-approved and issued Building Permit Application No. 2005.10.06.4962 by reducing the depth of the first and second floors by 4 feet. The originally-approved project, which is under construction, included horizontal and vertical additions and the conversion of the building from a single-family house to a two-unit building. The subject property is 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 revise

12a. 2007.0448DDDV (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

456 Urbano Drive - west side between Alviso and Moncada Way; Lot 010 in Assessor's Block 6916 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No.'s 2006.05.09.1110 proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition, a horizontal front addition, and a two-story horizontal rear addition to the existing single-family detached dwelling, and of Building Permit Application No. 2007.10.18.5822 proposing to legalize a rear addition made to the noncomplying detached garage. The garage expansion is pending approval of Case No. 2007.0448DDDV requesting a rear yard and noncomplying structure variance. The property is located in an RH-1 (D) (Residential, House, One-Family)(Detached) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 13, 2007)

12b. 2007.0448DDDV (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

456 Urbano Drive - west side between Alviso and Moncada Way; Lot 010 in Assessor's Block 6916 - Request for a Variance from Planning Code Sections 134 and 188, to legalize an addition made to the rear of a legal noncomplying detached garage, located in an RH-1(D) (Residential House, One-Family) (Detached) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Note: To be decided by the Zoning Administrator.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 13, 2007)

13. 2007.1194DD (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

1959 OCEAN AVENUE - south side between Ashton Avenue and Victoria Street; Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 6915 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.07.27.8065, which seeks to modify the hours of operation limited under the original approval for Ocean Acupuncture and Health Center. The new hours are proposed from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., 7-days a week. The property is located in the NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial – Small-Scale) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the application.

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

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

Adjournment:

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