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September 4, 2008

September 4, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, September 4, 2008

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Christina R. Olague

Vice-President: Ron Miguel

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; 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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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:

President: Christina R. Olague

Vice-President: Ron Miguel

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; 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. 2006.0441E (J. BATTIS: (415) 575-9022)

721 BEACH STREET- Lot 017 of Assessor's Block 0025, is located within the block bounded by Beach Street to the north, Hyde Street to the east, North Point Street to the south, and Larkin Street to the west in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood - Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for demolition of the existing 558-gross square foot (gsf), one-story commercial building constructed circa 1912 and construction of a new 40-foot-high, 12,857-gsf mixed-use building consisting of four residential units within 6,299 gsf on the third, fourth, and partial-fifth floors and 6,558 gsf of retail space on the ground and second floors. The existing structure provides no off-street parking and no off-street parking is proposed. The 3,644-gsf site is within the Northeastern Waterfront Planning Area, Fisherman's Wharf Subarea, is within the Waterfront Special Use District No. 2, is within a C-2 (Community Business District) use district, and is within a 40-X height and bulk district. The project would require a variance from the off-street parking requirement.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to October 9, 2008)

1b. 2006.0441V (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

721 BEACH STREET - north side between Hyde and Larkin Streets, Lot 017 in Assessor's Block 0025 - Request for a Parking Variance from the residential parking provisions pursuant to Planning Code Section 151 to allow the new construction of a mixed-use building containing four dwelling units above ground floor retail space without the four required residential parking spaces in a C-2 (Community Business) District, Waterfront Special Use District No. 2 and a 40-X Height and Bulk District

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to October 9, 2008)

2a. 2007.0676D (E. Watty: (415) 558-6620)

270 GRANADA AVENUE - east side between Ocean and Holloway Avenues, Lot 046 in Assessor's Block 6942 - Mandatory Discretionary Review pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, of Building Permit Application No. 2007.04.24.9480, proposing the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling, located in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR and approve the demolition.

(Proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

2b. 2008.0752D (E. Watty: (415) 558-6620)

270 GRANADA AVENUE - east side between Ocean and Holloway Avenues, Lot 046 in Assessor's Block 6942 - Mandatory Discretionary Review pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, of Building Permit Application No. 2007.04.24.9487, proposing the construction of a new three-story, two-family dwelling, located in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR and approve the new construction as proposed.

(Proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

3, 2008.0911T (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

SEISMIC STRENGTHENING OF SOFT-STORY, WOOD-FRAME BUILDINGS BOARD FILE NO. 0809567 - This Ordinance introduced by Mayor Newsom and Supervisors Alioto-Pier and Chu would make findings for a compelling public policy basis for expediting the processing and review of permits for seismic retrofit upgrades of soft-story, wood-frame buildings and would amend Section 350 of the Planning Code, the Building Code, Fire Code, and Public Works Code to waive permit-processing fees for the proportionate share of work related to such seismic retrofit upgrades; making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the City's General Plan and Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

(Proposed for Continuance to September 11, 2008)

B. CONSENT CALENDAR

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing

4a. 2007.0188D (C. JAROSLAWSKY: (415) 558-6348)

337 LISBON STREET - east side between Brazil Avenue and Persia Avenue; Lot 038 in Assessor's Block 6080 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy that requires review of housing demolitions, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2006.05.02.0425, to demolish an existing single-family residence in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

4b. 2007.0189D (C. JAROSLAWSKY (415) 558-6348)

337 LISBON STREET - east side between Brazil Avenue and Persia Avenue; Lot 038 in Assessor's Block 6080 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy that requires review of new residential building in association with residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2006.05.02.0421, proposing to construct a three-story, single-family residential building with one off-street parking space in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

5. 2007.1334A (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

1189 TENNESSEE STREET - west side of Tennessee street south of 22nd Street, Assessor's Block 4172; Lots 053 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a new eight-unit residential building with three commercial spaces and 12 off-street parking spaces on a vacant parcel within the Dogpatch Historic District. The site is located within an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial) District with a 50-X Height and Bulk limit. The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board approved the recommendation to the Planning Commission for the Certificate of Appropriateness at their July 16, 2008 hearing.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions as amended by the LPAB.

6. 2008.0634C (E. Watty: (415) 558-6620)

2168 MARKET STREET - north side between Sanchez and Church Streets; Lot 017 in Assessor's Block 3542 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Section 303, 721.44, and 790.91, for a change of use from a personal service (dba  Center Studio ) to a small self-service restaurant (dba  Café du Nord ), in the Upper Market Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District and 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions.

7. 2008.0630C (A. BEN-PAZI: (415) 575-9089)

2125 POLK STREET - west side between Broadway and Vallejo Street, Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 0571 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization for a small self-service restaurant (dba  Tuttimelon ) in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposed restaurant would occupy approximately 990 square feet and would serve frozen yogurt and other items for consumption on and off the premises. No physical expansion of the building is proposed.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

8. 2008.0861C (J. IONIN: (415) 558-6309)

1641 - 1669 FILLMORE STREET- west side between Geary Boulevard and Post Street, Assessor's Block 0702, Lots 001 and 002 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 712.21 to combine two retail storefronts into one space exceeding the gross floor area use size threshold. The existing Goodwill store at 1669 Fillmore Street (approximately 6,000 square feet) would be merged with a vacant retail space at 1641 Fillmore Street (approximately 2,400 square feet) through three interior openings, creating a new approximately 8,400 square foot retail space for occupancy by Goodwill in an NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate Scale) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

C. 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.

9. Consideration of Adoption:

  • Draft Minutes of Special Meeting of Thursday, June 26, 2008

10. 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.

D. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

11. Director's Announcements

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

(C. OLAGUE)

12.1. 1250 MISSOURI - Public discussion of the disposition of this case at the Board of Appeals.

(B.WYCKO (415) 575-9048)

13. COMMUNITY PLAN EXEMPTIONS - Informational item to discuss approach for streamlining of environmental review for proposed projects within adopted plan areas.

14. (C. KERN: (415) 575-9037)

Notification of Emergency Coastal Zone Authorization- Informational - pursuant to Section 330.8 of the Planning Code to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for emergency repairs to the road and sidewalk at three locations along John Muir Drive on the southwest shoreline of Lake Merced.

15. (A. BEN-PAZI: (415) 575-9077)

1401-1437 Market Street - Informational Approved mixed-use development with approximately 719 dwelling units. item regarding proposed revisions to the project that would increase the number of dwelling units to 754 and change the unit mix.

E. 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.

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  1. REGULAR CALENDAR

16a. 2005.0470E (T. FRYE 415/575-6822)

178 Townsend Street - Consideration of Adoption of CEQA Findings. The 22,000 square foot project site is located at 178 Townsend Street, on the corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place between Second Street and Third Street (Assessor's Block 3788, Lot 012). The site is zoned SLI (Service/Light Industrial), is in a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and is occupied by the California Electric Light Company Station B building, a Contributory Building within the South End Historic District. The proposed project involves conversion of the building from its current use as a valet parking garage to a mix of ground-floor retail and up to 85 housing units, with accessory off-street parking for the residential uses. The proposed uses would be housed in the existing building and a vertical addition, and would occupy 96,350 square feet (sf) of floor area, including 71,500 square feet in residential uses 1,050 square feet in retail uses, and 13,200 square feet of parking. The proposed vertical addition would be set back 40 feet from Townsend Street and would rise above the existing 23-to 42-foot tall roofline to a height of 50 feet. The proposed project also includes a one-level underground parking garage with 74 parking spaces in two-car stackers accessed from Clarence Place.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve the Draft Motion Adopting the CEQA Findings.

16b. 2005.0470ACV (T. FRYE 415/575-6822)

178 TOWNSEND STREET - northwest corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place, Assessor's Block 3788; Lot 012 - Request for Conditional Use approval pursuant to Sections 303 and 803.5(c)(b) of the Planning Code to construct a vertical addition to provide up to 85 dwelling units, ground floor retail space, and up to 74 off-street parking spaces. The Zoning Administrator will hear related rear yard, parking, and exposure variance requests. The subject property is within an SLI (Service, Light Industrial) District with a 50-X Height and Bulk District and within the South End Historic District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

16c. 2005.0470ACV (T. FRYE 415/575-6822)

178 TOWNSEND STREET - northwest corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place, Assessor's Block 3788; Lot 012. Request for Variances pursuant to Sections 134, 140, and 151 of the Planning Code for rear yard, parking, and dwelling unit exposure variances. The subject property is within an SLI (Service, Light Industrial) District with a 50-X Height and Bulk District and within the South End Historic District.

17. 2008.1008T (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)

Amendments to Planning Code by amending Appendix K of Article 10: Bush Street/Cottage Row Historic District [Board File No. 08-0778]. Resolution introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi initiating amendments to Appendix K of Article 10 of San Francisco Planning Code: Bush Street/Cottage Row Historic District, by adding a new Section 7 to set forth additional requirements for Certificates of Appropriateness; and adopting findings, including Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

5:30 p.m.

18. 2008.0537d (c. jaroslawsky: (415) 558-6348)

2342 41st avenue - between Santiago and Taraval Streets; Lot 022A in Assessor's Block 2369 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2007.11.15.8276 to extend the rear of an existing first and second-level by approximately 16 feet and add a partial third level to a single-family dwelling within an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

19. 2008.0099D (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

3444 ULLOA STREET - north side between 35th Avenue and 36th Avenue; Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 2390 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.07.11.6470, proposing construction of a two-story addition at the rear of an existing two-story, single-family house in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

20. 2008.0805D (S. MIDDLEBROOK: (415) 558-6372)

313 28th STREET - south side between Noe and Sanchez Streets; Lot 047 in Assessor's Block 6613 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.04.21.0250 proposing to add a 10-foot deep one-story horizontal rear addition with a roof deck to the 2-story, 2-unit subject building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

21. 2008.0492D (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2655 SCOTT STREET - west side between Broadway and Vallejo Street; Lot 001O in Assessor's Block 0960 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.04.18.9061 proposing to add a partial fourth floor to the existing three-story, single-family residence in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and Approve

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

22. 2008.0501DDD (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

79 - 26TH AVENUE - between Sea Cliff Avenue and El Camino del Mar; Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 1305 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.10.27.6264, proposing to construct a partial fourth floor and three-story rear addition to the existing three-story, single-family residence within an RH-1(D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications.

G. PUBLIC COMMENT

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

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

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

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

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

Adjournment:

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