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City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 
 
March 27, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, March 27, 2008

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

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.

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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:

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

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION TO THE COMMISSION ON SAN FRANCISCO HOPE/HUNTERS VIEW REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT 227 West Point Road, Assessor's Block 4624; Lots 003 and 004; and Assessor's Block 4720, Lot 027 Informational Presentation on HopeSF and Hunters View Housing Project. The City is embarking on a project to transform the existing Housing Authority project sites into new mixed-income residential neighborhoods that provide variety of housing types and are better integrated into their surrounding neighborhood fabrics. This presentation is to discuss the overarching "SF Hope Principals," the first proposed project at Hunters View, and the next steps for the overall effort.

(Proposed for continuance to April 3, 2008)

2. 2007.1267X (A. BEN-PAZI: (415) 575-9077)

631 FOLSOM STREET - south-east side between 2nd and Hawthorne Streets, Lot 090 in Assessor's Block 3750 - Request for an exemption pursuant to section 309 to add 52 off-street parking spaces to the previously approved 64 off-street parking spaces in a mixed-use building currently under construction. The building is to have 114 dwelling units, each containing at least two bedrooms and at least 1000 square feet. Under this proposal there will be a total of 116 off-street parking spaces, 108 of which will be stored and accessed by mechanical stackers. 2 of the spaces will be dedicated to car-share vehicles. No physical expansion of the approved building is proposed. This site is within the C-3-S Zoning District, and a 200-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 6, 2008)

(Proposed for continuance to April 10, 2008)

3. 2007.1355T (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by adding Section 785 to establish the Mission/Bernal Formula Retail Restricted Use Subdistrict and to amend Section 703.3 to prohibit formula retail uses in the Mission/Bernal Formula Retail Restricted Use Subdistrict [Board File No. 07-1561]. Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Ammiano amending the San Francisco Planning Code by adding Section 785 to establish the Mission/Bernal Formula Retail Restricted Use Subdistrict; amending Section 703.3 to prohibit formula retail uses in the Mission/Bernal Formula Retail Restricted Use Subdistrict; amending Sectional Maps SU 07 and SU 11 of the Zoning Map of the City and County of San Francisco to establish the boundaries of the Mission/Bernal Formula Retail Restricted Use Subdistrict; adopting finding, including environmental findings and findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 28, 2007)

(Proposed for continuance to April 24, 2008)

4. 2005.0142E (B. BOLLINGER: (415) 575-9024)

733 27th Avenue The proposed project is located at 733 27th Avenue (Assessor's Block 1617, Lot 003) in the Outer Richmond neighborhood. Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The existing two-story building is approximately 1,848 square feet in size, 23'-9 in height, and has one off-street parking space. The proposed project would construct a horizontal addition that would extend the existing building about six feet to the north property line and 18 feet west into the rear yard and a vertical addition that would add a third floor to the existing building. The proposed horizontal and vertical additions would add approximately 2,850 square feet to the existing 1,848-square-foot building and would remain a two-unit residence. The proposed building would be a three-story, approximately 4,698-square-foot building with two off-street parking. The project site is within an RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) zoning district and within a 40-X height and bulk district.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

(Proposed for continuance to May 22, 2008)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

5. ELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENT: The Commission may take action to elect a Vice President to complete the one-year term (through 2008) with the ability to continue to hold office as the Commission's Rules and Regulations and the Charter allows.

6. 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

7. Director's Announcements

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

9. (S. SANCHEZ (415) 558-6326)

ACADEMYOF ART UNIVERSITY ENFORCEMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN UPDATE(IMP) - Informational presentation on the status of pending enforcement cases and preparation of IMP by the Academy of Art University. Item to be presented as new information is available.

10. (K. AMDUR: (415) 558-6351)

77 Van ness avenue- West side between Fell and Hickory Streets, Assessor's Block 0834, Lot No. 022. The subject property is within the C-3-G (Downtown, General Commercial) District and a 120-F Height and Bulk District. Informational Presentation on the public art proposal for the mixed-use development project that is currently under construction on the project site. The project was approved by the Commission on December 13, 2001, and consists of an 8 story building with two retail spaces and 58 parking spaces on the ground floor, approx. 20,000 sq.ft. of office space on floors 2 and 3, and fifty residential units on floors 4 through 8.

11. (J. LAU: (415) 554-7672)

BACKSTREETS REPORT Informational presentation by members of the Back Streets Business Advisory Board to review the findings and recommendations contained in their recent report  Made in San Francisco.

12. 2004.0773E!MTZC (L. BADINER: (415) 558-6350)

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- Discussion of the Planning Commission condition requiring Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board review of the project, and related CEQA findings, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

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

13. 2003.0347UU (K. DISCHINGER: (415) 558-6284)

Amendments to the Market and Octavia Plan Area, Update of Board Proceedings And Request for Comment [Board Files No 071156, 071157, 080255 and 071159] On October 24, 2007 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Market and Octavia Area Plan and corresponding General Plan Amendments. The Land Use Committee has held subsequent hearings on the Planning Code Amendments to implement the Van Ness and Market Downtown Residential Special Use District [Board File 071156]; Planning Code Amendments to implement the Market and Octavia Area Plan [Board Files No 071157 and 080255]; and Zoning Map Amendment in connection with the Market and Octavia Area Plan [Board File No 071159]. The Board's Land Use Committee will hold its next hearing on or after March 24, 2008. At that time the Committee will consider additional amendments to these files. The proposed Ordinances, as currently amended, are before the Commission so that it may comment on the amendments and recommend adoption, rejection, or adoption with modifications to the Board of Supervisors.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 13, 2008)

14. 2001.1398 (D. Alumbaugh: (415) 558-6601)

TreasureIsland. Informational Presentation on the Treasure Island Development Plan - Staff of the Mayor's Office and representatives from Treasure Island Community Development, LLC will give an informational presentation on the status and content of the development plan for Treasure Island.

Preliminary Recommendation: Informational only, no action requested.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 14, 2008)

15a. 2008.0014GU (A. HEITTER; (415) 558-6602)

690 MARKET STREET - the Chronicle Building is located at the northeast intersection of Market, Geary and Kearny Streets, Lot 6 in Assessor's Block 311 - Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending to the Board of Supervisors approval on a proposal to designate the subject property as Category II (Significant) per Article 11 of the Planning Code. The subject property consists of two sections: a nine-story plus mezzanine office tower originally designed by Burnham & Root in 1887 and constructed in 1889-90, enlarged in 1905 by D.H. Burnham & Co. and reconstructed in 1908 by Willis Polk. An eight story addition was constructed in 2007. The property is within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 285-S Height and Bulk District. The property is currently undesignated and is not within a Conservation District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Continued from Regular Meetings of March 13, 2008)

15b. 2008.0014GU (A. HEITTER; (415) 558-6602)

690 MARKET STREET - the Chronicle Building is located at the northeast intersection of Market, Geary and Kearny Streets, Lot 6 in Assessor's Block 311 - Consideration of adoption of a resolution recommending to the Board of Supervisors approvalof a Mills Act historical property contract for the subject property which is proposed for designation as Category II (Significant) per Article 11 of the Planning Code. 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 property is within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 285-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

6:00 P.M.

16a. 2007.0166DV (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

1355 McALLISTER STREET south side between Scott and Divisadero Streets, Lot 0023 in Assessor's Block 1180. Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2007.0214.4117 that includes removing a dwelling unit. The merger will reduce the number of legal dwelling units from three to two units. The subject property is within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

16b. 2007.0166DV (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

1355 McALLISTER STREET south side between Scott and Divisadero Streets, Lot 0023 in Assessor's Block 1180. A Rear Yard Variance is sought under Planning Code Section 134. The proposal is to remove an existing wood deck and stair at the first and second floors and to construct an 8'-8 wide by 6'-9 deep addition at the rear of the first floor, and a new rear stair and deck at the first – through attic floors. Portions of the decks and stairs are within the required rear yard. The subject property is within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

17. 2007.0973DDD (A. Hollister: (415) 575-9078)

1420 MontgomeryStreet - east side between Greenwich and Filbert Streets, Lot 037 in Assessor's Block 0085 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.03.29.7588, proposing to add rooftop features to the existing subject building. A new roof deck consisting of wood decking and stone paving would be installed. The roof deck would include 42-inch-high glass railings, two 48-inch-high windscreens, an outdoor kitchen counter, a gas fire table, and four rectangular metal planters. Other rooftop features would include three skylights on 36-inch-high curbs, two 12-inch-high skylights, mechanical equipment, and a 28-panel photovoltaic array (solar panels). The existing stair and elevator penthouses would remain and would not be expanded. The subject property is in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve plans with modifications

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 6, 2008)

18. 2007.1467DD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

1671 11TH AVENUE west side between Moraga and Lawton Streets, Lot 012 in Assessor's Block 1932-- Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.03.24.7492 proposing to construct a one-story, full-floor, vertical addition and alter the front façade of a two-family dwelling 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

19. 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 revised.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 28, 2008)

NOTE: On December 20, 2007, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and continued the matter to February 28, 2008, requiring 3-D renderings and architect drawn plans by a vote of +7 -0.

NOTE: On February 28, 2008, following Commission deliberation, the commission required a number of modifications that include: NSR; an open staircase/less direct access; removal of the 4th floor; removal of ground floor extension; decrease number of ground floor bathrooms/rooms; and to bring the project back for a full public hearing on March 27, 2008.

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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