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. >> clerk: commissioners. first on your agenda is items proposed for continuance. [agenda item read] [agenda item read] [agenda item read] >> clerk: commissioners,
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further, under your discretionary review calendar, item 15, we've just received a request from the d.r. requester in agreement with the sponsor to continue that matter to july 12, 2018. we have received a request from the sponsor representative for item 11 at 412 broadway street, but staff is not in support of that request for continuance, so we probably should take up that matter when that matter is called in the hearing. >> president hillis: okay. or we could take it up now. >> clerk: up to you. >> president hillis: if the project sponsor's asking for a continuance -- >> clerk: staff's recommendation is not to support it. >> president hillis: let's take it now.
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[agenda item read] >> clerk: we did receive a request from the project sponsor to continue this matter. i advised him that we are now looking at the august 30 date, and staff is not in support of the continuance. >> president hillis: any public comment on the items being proposed for continuance? >> good afternoon, president hillis, commissioners. jeremy paul on behalf of joe carruba. the project sponsor, the business owner, had to be out of the country. his father passed recently and had to be there over seas and was expected to be back for this hearing, and unfortunately has not been able to make it back in time, and we would ask for a continuance so that he may be here to present to the board. >> president hillis: okay. thank you. any additional public comment on the items being proposed for
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continuance? >> thank you commissioners, and very briefly. reuben, junius and rose on behalf of the mission. happy to report that we've settled on the terms. we're asking for a continuance to july 12, if possible. it really doesn't matter. we expect to have this wrapped up quickly, and it's a d.r. it'll be written, and it won't be back in front of you again. and thank you for your consideration. >> president hillis: all right. thank you. any additional public comment? seeing none, we'll close public comments and open it up to commissioners. commissioner moore? >> commissioner moore: i move to continue items 1 through 3 as proposed. move to continue item 15 for july 12 and open 11 up for further comment from the commissioners. >> president hillis: can we just -- staff here who's
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recommending not continuing it, just so we can hear why. >> commissioner richards: i believe they were prepared to speak to the matter of continuance when the item was called -- oh, very good. >> the department is recommending disapproval of this item. we do not see the need for a continuance. the project sponsor, mr. paul, has been staff's most exclusive point of contact throughout this application process, and we do not see how the continuance would affect our recommendation of disapproval in this case. >> president hillis: okay. i mean, i -- if the project sponsor's asking to continue, maybe they come back and they don't bring a project back, change, i just can't see why it would hurt. i'm okay to continue that until the august date. i get it, staff may not change
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their mind, but i just don't see the harm in actually allowing the project sponsor to work with staff and continue that. commissioner fong? >> president fong: i have to agree. so i agree with the motion to continue the items that commissioner moore made in addition to adding number 11 to be continued. >> clerk: is that a second? >> president hillis: second. commissioner moore? >> commissioner moore: i cannot participate. i personally do have to rely on staff including the sequence of contacts we had, and we can only do so much work. my house gets fuller and fuller of continued things, and this is one, just a clear continuation of staff. >> clerk: so it's not part of your motion? >> commissioner moore: no, but somebody else can make a motion if there's enough support for a
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continuance, but not me. >> clerk: i didn't hear an alternate motion. i just heard the original motion. >> president hillis: commissioner fong -- >> president fong: that was an alternate motion to the items that commissioner moore had mentioned and adding item number 11 to the continuance. >> commissioner moore: i don't think it quite works that way because the motion, motion that needs to be continued doesn't -- >> president hillis: well, commissioner moore, you made a motion, and it was second. we'll take that up. sis commissioner fong's motion was just item 11, we can take that up separately. >> clerk: all right. commissioners, there is a motion that has been made to continue items 1 through 3. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: so moved, commissioners, that motion passes unanimously. and there is a second motion that has been seconded, correct, to continue item 11 to
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august 30. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: so moved, commissioners, that motion passes 4-3, with commissioners koppel, melgar, and moore voting against. commissioners, that will place us on item 4, commissioners comments and questions. >> president hillis: no. [agenda item read] >> on monday, the land use committee considered the mayor's process improvement does ordinance, commissioners, you heard this item last week at your june 7 hearing. at the hearing, you voted to
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recommend the adoption with modification. the committee voted to maintain the proposed 20-day standard notification period and did not include amendments regarding design review, performance standard, prevailing wage and performance standards for 100% affordable housing projects. [inaudible] >> -- however, the committee amended the requirements to notify the ordinance for these pop outs if it had been modified in the previous three years. in the end, the committee voted without objection to refer the amended ordinance to the full board on -- at the june 19 regular meeting. in addition, supervisor kim moved to duplicate the file in order to introduce further amendments to articles 10 and 11. these amendments would allow
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administrative approval on certain minor scopes of work on historic structures, specifically the administrative approval of signs, murals or exterior paint installed to celebrate an event or event of national or international significance relative to the landmark or historic district. the ordinance was scheduled to be heard at the committee on the july 9 hearing, and the duplicate will be forwarded to the h.p.c. and this board for hearing and action. cat this we-- [inaudible] >> president hillis: thank you. >> clerk: commissioners, the board of appeals did meet last night and considered the early day statue as part of the
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pioneer monument in the arts district. the board of appeals unanimously voted to grant the rehearing request. so stay tuned. commissioners, if there are no questions, we can move onto general public comment. at this time members of the public may address the commission that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission, except agenda items. with agenda items, your opportunity to address the commission will be when the item is called in the meeting. i did have one speaker card. >> good afternoon. i was at the land use committee hearing, and i want to talk about that and in fact here's a copy of what i just submitted to the supervisors for your file, if you want to add it to the supporting documents for
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next week. i'm here to ask you to please write to the board either as a commission or as individual commissioners and tell them -- the land use committee or tell the supervisors why the land use committee was incorrect when they declined to enact the recommendations that you made last week for the process improvement. it should be 30 days for all noticing, not 20, should be 30. and the o.t.c. pop outs -- o.t.c. for the pop outs, i think that's really questionable. i want to show you two envelopes, if i may have the overhead, please, in terms of noticing. so i think that's the best envelope -- >> commissioner moore: would you pull the mic around? >> that's the best envelope to send out notices in, because as i said, it still gets people's attentions. i think you need to send the
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311's at the very least to concern neighbors and concerned parties. here's the envelope that i just got the other day for a preapp meeting for something that's very important in noe valley. it's the real food sign. there's no return address. my address which is actually crossed out, is very faint. it actually arrived two days after -- >> commissioner moore: it's on tv. >> president hillis: it's on tv. >> oh, well, they can look me up on the internet and know where i am. this notice, i almost didn't open this 'cause i had a bunch of mail, like that one, without the return address. and in fact the notice inside was -- the wrong date was on the envelope notice, and the letter had a different date. it was very confusing. so what's my point? preapplication -- if they're going to do just preapplication for o.t.c., it's got to be a lot better than it is now,
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because stuff like that is what goes on. it needs to be formalized, it needs to be expanded so it's not dead in process. and i do think that 311 notices with the plan, 11 by 17, should be mailed. i made a copy, but i forgot to bring it up. i printed up an 8.5 by 11 on something that i got, 11 by 17. it's tote -- you can't read the 8.5 by 11, and people like me and neighbors cannot print out 11 by 17. it's possible. if it's going to be 20 days, they certainly shouldn't have to run around to the planning department and bother lulu and melissa to get plans. you think you're reducing staff work, you may be putting work on people that deserve the least amount of work. so i really hope that you will write a letter to the supervisors and tell them maybe they should just consider this neighborhood notification thing separate from the rest of the
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bills. >> president hillis: thank you. >> thank you very much. >> president hillis: all right. >> good afternoon, commissioners. gus hernandez cochair of affordable diviz. thank you for your time today. i'm here today because there's a -- [inaudible] -- but i was not able to get my questions answered by the planner assigned to this project so i'm here before you today. can i have the overhead, please. the project sponsor for 1355 fulton street is proposed a nine story, 85 foot project that is 20 feet over the existing height limit, and they're hosting the preapplication meeting tonight. but let me just step back and give you a sense of the timeline here. our community learned about this project not from any posted notifications or mailings but from a business plans article on may 3. i e-mailed the planner,
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christopher may, and i noted that the application form submitted by the project sponsor was missing information. so i have that here. so here's the application that i found on-line for 1355 fulton. it's an m.c.t. so you see, it says is the project seeking approval under analyzed state density program? yes. if yes, please provide the following information, completed calculation of the base and density bonus, as well as the base and bonus envelope pursuant to section 206.5(c) 5. the percentage of affordable units provided in the base project and their associated ability levels and a.m.i.
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so it was missing that information, so i asked chris if the calculation of the affordable percentage was provided, and he confirmed it was not. i'm not surprised that the density calculation was not provided, because current planning code section 206.5 gives us instructions how to qualify for height bonus under added state density ben us program. step one, calculate state density and bonus density limits. step one, right? base density is the lot area divided by the maximum lot area perunit permitted. okay. so as you know, the m.c.t. in 2015 lost the density regulation. so that -- that would be divided by zero, and you can't divide by zero, so therefore -- i lost my notes, but -- so
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basically, i'm here before you because i don't understand how a project can go forward with a preapplication meeting tonight when they didn't provide all the information to the planning department. i don't want to go tonight and waste my time and hear i don't know how many affordable units there are. >> clerk: thank you, mr. hernandez. your time is up. >> i thought that was the first bell. thank you. >> president hillis: thank you. miss hester. >> sue hester. basically, i have something to hand in. the planning commission acted a week ago to -- on the process improvement legislation, and the following day, which was friday, the staff sent the
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completed motion to the board of supervisors, and the board of supervisors land use committee had their only hearing monday and completed the review, disagreed with your suggestions in some cases, altered them in others, disregard a couple others, and sent it to the full board for adoption on the 19th. the total hearings on the legislation were last thursday and three days ago, on monday. the legislation had been introduced may 1. it would be signed by the mayor under their current plan on the 27th of june. this is a radical schedule for substantial change in the planning code. i had intended to give you what was sent to the board of
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supervisors, but i have to go pick it up and then bring it out and give it to you. the legislation was also changed in committee and is not going to have another hearing at the board of supervisors or at this commission. basically, you had two speakers talking about how this is done under procedures. basically, how applications are filled out, but you've had illustrations how the process really is important. and there's no input from the public, no workshops. the entirety of the workshops were a.e.i. and developers conducted by your department. i have never seen the planning process go like this in the
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entire time i've been dealing with the planning commission, but i don't want to say, but -- i'll go back that far. there have been times when the planning commission figured out how to improve things, and it usually consulted the public. it's not done anymore. so this has been the death now for public input. thank you. >> president hillis: thank you, miss hester. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. todd davis on behalf of the san francisco housing action coalition. i wanted to give public comment, but she said it for me. hurrah, hurrah. i don't know what i'm hurrah. congratulations to mayor elect breed and supervisor elect mandelman.
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i think both of them are going to be outstanding for part of the prohousing world. i've been particularly impressed with supervisor breed on the campaign trail, really talking about the missing middle-income housing that we've been trying to focus on. i personally find her personal story compelling about friends who can no longer afford to live in the city because they've got middle-income jobs and they've been priced out. i'm glad the real foods billion was brought up. supervisor mandelman met yesterday, and we're going to go meet with the owner and see if we can get some middle-income housing on top of the real foods building. so i think the elections served san francisco really well, and i'm looking forward to continuing to work with the new mayor and the board of supervisors to continue to get more housing on all levels built in san francisco. thanks. >> president hillis: thank you. any additional general public comment? seeing none, we'll close public
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comment. director, i have just a question. can you shed any light on the project on fulton street? it's a preapplication. >> it is a preapplication meeting. what happened -- i don't know what our typical process it in determining the base density bonus. it is challenging because there's no more base density limits, so we have to minimum some assumptions based on bulk how many one would get in the base. we did it on patrick kennedy's -- >> president hillis: we did it on mission street. >> we did it in mission street. i suspect that's probably why we don't have it yet, but i understand the concern that we don't know the actual numbers at this point in time. we can make sure that the project sponsor, when we do get that calculation, then goes back to the community. with that number, we can try to make sure that happens. >> president hillis: thank
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you. commissioner richards? >> commissioner richards: so i hear the concern miss sciuto brought up, and i think the project sponsor has to said, this is that, open me. we can do something to make sure people pay attention to anonymous looking pieces of mail. >> i think last time you directed us to work with the community and setup a policy that would setup these standards. >> commissioner richards: right. >> president hillis: and the board may alter what we did, so the policies may change. we will have a hearing with her kind of ultimately on what those notices look like, but you know, there's no reason we shouldn't go into the preapp notices also on that. commissioner fong? >> president fong: just to throw it out in the conversations about mailings
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and notices, but if it was electronic, you'd be able to track when it was opened and who opened it and everything. just throwing that out there. >> president hillis: okay. jonas? >> clerk: okay, commissioners, if there's nothing further we can move onto your regular calendar. [agenda item read] >> commissioners, we're pleased to welcome san francisco state here to give you an informational update on their master plan, and if i may, i'd like to introduce the president of the university who's with us here today, dr. leslie huang. it now consists of more than 500 faculty and staff, and a population of over 30,000 students. 2krd huang serves on the director of american
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association of colleges and universities, sf chamber. i'm happy to report that dr. huang for many years was in my home state, michigan, and president of northern michigan university before coming here in 2012. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. commissioners, it's an honor for me to be here to share with you the plans for the development of the campus. we are in the planning phases a campus wide physical master plan to guide our development over the next 18 years, and this will allow us to support our academic mission for a fairly large community, 30,000 students, etcetera, as you heard. and this project will serve to support our academic mission as well as revitalize the campus and support student success. much like the city, our
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projects will involve a significant amount of new housing on campus for faculty, staff, and students. i also want to share with you my compliments to the planning commission staff. they have been invaluable in help us develop our plans, and i'm proud to say that we have a great relationship with the planning commission. we've also worked with other city agencies, as well. we've held a number of public forums with neighbors, with some of the neighborhood commissions. we've also done significant work in improving the transit capablities of our students and employees to get to the main campus. for example, we recently passed and instituted what we call the gator pass, and it enables our students to ride on b.a.r.t.
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for a 25% discount and ride on muni at no extra cost. and that is a fee-based service. right now, about 70% of our students and employees are on public transit coming into campus. so i'm going to turn the desk over to vice president haven porth. -- jason porth. he'll take you through a powerpoint that will take you through the campus. as you know, we are land locked, and the ability to update academic buildings and better utilize our space to accommodate such a large community, i think you'll be pleased, and i think we look forward to your feedback on the project, as well. so mr. porth. >> president hillis: thank you. >> thank you pretty much, president and members of the commission. we're really honored to be with
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you today. what i'd like to focus on, we talk about master plans as buildings, but in this case, with an educational institution, in this case, it's not about the buildings, but what the buildings allow us to achieve. we are a mission focused organization and what we're about is educating the people of san francisco and the surrounding area and providing opportunity. we are deeply proud of our home. we're deeply proud to be centered in san francisco and to serve the people of san francisco and the region, and we believe at our core that we're preparing not just the city's workforce, but the city's next generation ofof civically minded community members. we believe that what we do on campus is reflective of the city's core values and aspirations that we believe are widely held, which are a commitment to equity, inclusion and providing opportunity. and if i could give you one
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example of that, one example, i'd ask you to join us at at&t park, and that wouldn't be for a giants game. that would be for our commencement that we hold at the park. that's because we've grown so much, we can't hold the commencement on campus. if i could bring you to the point of the ceremony where president huang turns to the graduates and says i'd like you to raise your hand if you are the first person in kwur family to get a -- in your family to get a college degree, and you wouldn't believe the hands that go up, and you wouldn't believe the cheers from the audience. that's who we are and that's the impact that we make. more importantly, for your business today, that's why we're here today, and we want to do more of that. if i show you what we look like as a campus, this is probably familiar to you. if you make the m line, you've been near our campus.
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and too many times, people look at yoour campus, and we have t come to the realizization that's quite troubling. what we tell students, you're going to get an extraordinary education despite the facilities. and that's awful because we know our students are working in labs that are as good as high school labs. our gymnasium look like what you might find in a middle school. we want our students to have the opportunities they deserve in the facilities they deserve. just to orient you on the campus, the picture on injure screen is if you were looking west. you see 19 avenue in the front with the ocean in the background. we have some very big neighbors, parkmerced to the south, and lake merced and the public golf course there, also.
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so what's the plan about? in large part, it's about allowing us to offer classes, of course, and in better facilities, like i've mentioned. we're all about teaching, scholarship, research. that's the core of what we do. what we are anticipating as part of this plan is increasing from about 1.5 million square feet to 1.9 million square feet, so about a 400,000 square feet increase in the amount of academic space, and that is the net gain. so if we take away the old buildings and replace them as well, that's what we're looking at. as you can imagine, on a campus as old as ours, we have a great deal of maintenance to address. one ways we'll get away from that is replacing buildings with new ones. and as president huang alluded to, our focus is heavily
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focused on adding additional housing to the campus. right now when i checked in with colleagues in housing, we have 3,000 students -- prospective students who want to attend, but we have no room to house. we have a significant demand for housing on campus, and our plan is to increase from 3500 beds to student housing to about 12,500 beds of housing. by building housing on campus, we're going to help alleviate some of the demand that the city's facing, as well, by having our students live on or near campus which will offset the transportation impacts that we have as we continue to grow and offer more opportunities for people who want to come to sf state. people think we're just offering housing to make money. that's not the case. we offer housing because it leads to student success.
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students who live on campus are more far likely to succeed and graduate on time. what happens now is we offer first year housing to a student, and they come back the second year, and we can't how's them, and they discontinue their education or move back to southern california and finish up there. increased graduation rates are what this plan is about, and that's a large part of what the housing is about, as well. we also recognize thats aa public urban university, we have a role to play in convening the city and the surrounding community. we envision some very significant public uses on the plan, an event center for concerts, performances, lectures. anyone on the west side will be delighted to see we have plans for a hotel and conference center. i recently had a chance to meet with the ingleside terraces property owners association, as well as lakeside homeowners
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association. i was a little hesitant to mention the hotel, but when i did, everyone lit up. there is a a desperate need for a hotel on the west side. we have a wonderful hospitality and tourism program, and that would help us operate that hotel. you also see parking highlighted there. the good news is it's no net increase in parking. by increasing the housing on campus, we expect that people will walk to work or school. you also see some other significant uses as well, like an innovation in leadership center, a new science building, some great public uses. and of course, a commitment to sustainability and open -- for those who are familiar with the topography of our part of town, there is a valley that's not been given the attention it needs. we have a parking structure in it right now, and over time, we'd like to return that valley to its natural place in the eco
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system and get that parking out of the middle of the valley so that it can be enjoyed by our students and the community. a new science quad, as well, to really highlight things that we're offering. and then lastly, like the handout that you have in front of you, on the left side, you see what the vision is for 2035. this is a long-term plan, and while i'll share with you some near-term things that you'll be seeing in the next couple of years that will be completed, on the right side you'll see what the plan looks like once fully enacted with the future uses for both academic enrollment and other needs. this plan is the result of well over a year of study, refinement, iteration, outreach, working with city agencies, and looking to start assessing what the environmental impacts of this plan would be. and we've been helped in this -- along this place as
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president huang mentioned with a wonderful working relationship with city agencies including the planning department. we work closely with m.t.a. on our transportation impacts as well, and all of that came out of a 2007 memorandum of understanding signed by the city as well as sf state, and it's led and helped us have a wonderful working relationship over the last ten years. as we begin the process now of doing an updated master plan, we're looking to revisit the m.o.u. and make sure it reflects the aspirations of both entities working together to make sure we can be successful in implementing this plan. as far as timeline goes, in early fall we'll be issuing a notice of intention on the ceqa plan, we'll continue our outreach to campus neighbors and have another round of open houses. we got some good advice how to send letters. we're going to send everyone a letter in our zip code from the
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university to make sure they know what we're planning and invite them to open houses on campus and in the neighborhood as well. and then just over a year we'll be seeking approval from the board of trustees for the plans and the ceqa approvals, as well. lastly, while these are not part of our master plan, we did want to mention that we are excited at two projects breaking ground over the next few months. one is a student housing project that's off varela and holloway. we're really excited about that. and then, two other near term projects are a new science building at 19th and buckingham and then what's called a lower valley community plan, which is
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more housing. and i'm happy to answer any questions. >> we just wanted to commend the staff, if the six -- or staff people attending today with the president, they've been very collaborative and very open with the planning department and other agencies in the city, so we're very supportive of their efforts and appreciative of their collaboration. many of the commitments in the m.o.u. have been fulfilled already, and the path to the remainder of them is clear and transparent with us. the staff approached the planning department as well as others in january with a draft of the vision that you saw today, and we provided many comments, many of which they've addressed clue collaboration and enhancements. we hope to continue with
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collaboration, the m.o.u., and eir, and ongoing sort of monitoring of methods and data that come in from their transportation analysis. so looking forward to that, and we're happy to answer any questions, as well. >> president hillis: thank you very much. let's first see if we have any public comment on this item. any public comment? mr. david. >> todd david again on behalf of the h.a.p. i really want to congratulate sf state. i do think it is really worthwhile noting that they are under no obligation to come and speak to the planning commission about this, right? they have a totally different track to get things approved, and i think that that really demonstrates the fact they're willingness to come here and be so transparent. what great partners they are. it's an amazing group of people
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working there, and i think it's a really phenomenal master plan. i'm really looking forward to seeing it getting in place. thanks. >> president hillis: thanks. any additional public comment? >> my parents moved into stonestown in 1945. that's all they could afford. it was military housing for the war. the war ended early, returned back to the stones family. i grew up there. it's military housing. it desperately needs work. they need help with the stones apartments. when my family bought it, they were very nice, allowing her to live there until she passed away, but this facility needs work, and they should be doing it. thank you. >> president hillis: thank you. any additional public comment? seeing none, we'll close public comment and open it up to commissioner comments and questions. commissioner moore?
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>> commissioner moore: just glad to see the university jumping on student housing in such an aggressive way. when we were hearing about parkmerced a number of years ago, there was uncertainty about student housing and concerns that many students had to live next door and taking away housing from those needed privately occupied residence. but seeing this now at a large scale is fantastic, and i'm very impressed and very happy that you are looking at such a vision for your future. thank you. >> president hillis: commissioner melgar? >> vice president melgar: thank you, and thank you, mr. huang and mr. porth for the presentation. i attended san francisco state as an under grad and lived in mary park hall, and it was really old then. and it is even older now, and i do think our students deserve better, so i'm really glad that this is being done.
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housing affordability in the city has gotten way worse than since i went to college. it is an integral part, as mr. porth said, for ensuring that many first generations students in their family who go to school at san francisco, all of the immigrant students who go to san francisco state, i think it's also really great that we're looking at this as a master plan. i live in ingleside terraces as well, and i know that the campus, the students, the faculty are a really important part of the economic life of the entire 19th avenue corridor stonestown, ocean avenue, the whole stretch between ocean beach and san francisco city college. there's lots of businesses that cater to students and faculty,
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so i'm really glad that we're looking at sort of the long-term and that the planning department has been working with your staff to think about the entire region. and as we're looking to the parkmerced redevelopment, i think it's important that we look at the transportation issues, the housing issues and environmental issues and all of the things that go together. so thank you very much for coming to do this presentation and reaching out to us when you didn't have to. we really appreciate that you did. thank you. >> president hillis: thanks. commissioner johnson? >> commissioner johnson: thank you. i just want to say, i appreciate the comments of san francisco state. san francisco is home. as a citizen of san francisco, i have to say i constantly feel proud of san francisco state, and that's we have a world class institution that provides a world class and accessible education to folks of all backgrounds, and whose student body population reflects the
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diversity and vibrancy of our city. i think land use is so important not just because of the building, as you also said, but also because of the opportunity that things like housing opens up for people. and i feel like the ability to grow your housing and other facilities to be able to make sure that students are successful while at the same time alleviating some of the pressures off of the larger san francisco housing market is a win-win. and i also agree that just looking holistically at this as a master plan i think is a great step, so i'm really excited to see the evolution of this master plan, and thank you so much for coming. >> president hillis: great. thank you. just a question to staff. so on the -- on the process here, because they're a state agency, we don't certify the e.i.r., we're a commenter. until we've got this great opportunity to partner early,
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but that is correct, they'll issue and certify their e.i.r. >> that is correct, yes. >> president hillis: okay. and thank you. and just i echo my fellow commissioners. i think san francisco state has touched us all. whether we've gone there or not, it's an extremely important institution in this city and i'm happy we're helping you tackle some of the issues you have, especially around housing, so thank you for letting us be a part of this. >> clerk: commissioners, we can move onto item 8.
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[agenda item read] >> hi. good afternoon, president hillis, fellow commissioners. jeff horn, planning department staff. the item before you -- [inaudible] >> -- in the sunset district in an r.h. 1 zoning district. the project proposes the expansion of a private secondary school to increase maximum student enrollment by 100 students from 1500 to 1600 students. the additional students will be restricted to the enrollment in a new 6th through 8th grade my will school. classes for the academy about occur within the existing classrooms on campus, but the project is seeking approval for a potential buildingable envelope of a 1300 square foot pad -- existing concrete pad in the middle of the campus.
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[inaudible] >> -- in addition to staff's mail out. i did receive several comments with concerns about the 100 additional students somehow being allocated or allowed to enroll in the high school. the concern being that the high school aged kids would potentially be of driving age and could lead to additional vehicle and traffic and parking impacts. the project is being conditioned to explicitly only allow the enrollment to be allowed within this new established middle school. any additional enrollment to the high school would have to seek additional conditional use authorization here at the planning commission. for staff recommends authorization of the conditional use authorization to expand the existing campus pursuant to sections 209.1 and section 303. additionally, the st. ignatius
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has been an active organization in the sunset and community as a whole. they've prepared a ten year scope institutional master plan describing future maintenance, renovations and projects that could be seen in the future by this commission. no action is required by the commission as the secondary school is not subject to section 301.5, and this is purely an informational item. thank you, and i'm available for any questions. >> president hillis: all right. thank you. project sponsor? welcome. >> good afternoon. thank you very much. i'm ken stupine, chief financial officer for the school. it's a middle school, grate 6 through 8. right now we have a 6th grade class with 24 kids in it. we envision about 27 kids coming into the 6th grade in
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the upcoming september class. it is completely free, it's paid for completely by donations, and the -- to get accepted, students have to qualify for the federal free lunch program. and 100% of the students live in san francisco, so it's -- and it's got minimal impact on the neighbor as far as all the kids are bussed in. we issue a used van because we're so small, but next year, it'll be one bus making one round. i can answer any questions. thank you. >> president hillis: thank you for your time. we'll first open it up to public comment if there's any on this item. any public comment on item 8? seeing none, we'll close public comment and open it up to commissioner comments and questions or motions.
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commissioner koppel? >> commissioner koppel: yeah. being a representative from the west side of town, i don't have a problem with this project at all. i think the number of increased students is relatively modest, and i don't see any 6th or 8th graders driving around, taking up too many parking spaces. >> president hillis: commissioner moore? >> commissioner moore: we have other situations where schools are coming forward with increased enrollment. we are only seeing them really working it out. i believe this one is really thoroughly worked out, and 6th to 8th graders don't drive unless they're going to drive driveless cars, but i don't think that's very near to happen yet, so very good. >> president fong: make a motion to approve. >> commissioner moore: no, there's nothing to approve. >> clerk: this is an action item. >> vice president melgar: second. >> commissioner moore: second. >> clerk: commissioners, there's a motion that's been
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seconded to approve. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: so moved, commissioners. that motion passes unanimously, 5-0. commissioners, i believe there is a misunderstanding by members of the audience or the public and so we are going to go back to general public comment to allow them to submit their testimony. >> so thank you very much for the confusion. my name is pat buskovic. i'm a native. i live in the mission. sister would like to go to the back yard to see the sun. to do that, we have to put an a.d.a. ramp in the back yard. we filed the plans, and the city has required us to pay a $4500 fee for our civil right, so we're asking the commission if you could agendaize, is it
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appropriate to have to pay for a variance for a civil right? i don't think it is, and i don't what -- any other way to get around this. >> president hillis: speak into the mic there so we can here you. >> i'm sorry. can you hear me now? >> president hillis: yeah. >> i just want to share a short story that my sisters and i had when we were trying to park today, and we were talking about the placard that she has. and she was commenting on how it was going to expire, and we were talking about it. i asked her, how much do you pay for that every year? she says i don't pay anything. i just go in and renew it, and that's it. i don't pay anything. and that causes her to have access to the city, you know? over here, we came early. we came about 12:30, looking --
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looking for a space. and finally, we found one, but we engaged in that conversation, which i wasn't aware of. and i thought well, all she's really asking for is a meaningful exercise of the a.d.a. it's trying to give people like her just used to normal things, you know? the sun, air. >> so to be able to get into the back yard, we need an a.d.a. ramp. to get an a.d.a. ramp requires a variance, believe it or not. the required variance is $4500 they don't have. i'm not charging him. he's building it himself. the planning department is preventing someone to go see the sun. thank you. >> president hillis: all right. thank you. >> clerk: commissioners, if there's nothing further -- >> president hillis: commissioner moore? >> commissioner moore: is it possible we discuss an item
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like it in our a.d.u. discussion? >> president hillis: i think we can ask the director to look into this and to kind of bring us back a solution if he can, or the zoning administrator. i think we can ask staff and the director to kind of -- to look at this. >> we'll definitely do this. just so you know, the unfortunate reality a few years ago is that the board took away any discretion i had to reduce fees, but we need to figure something out here, obviously. we will do our best to get back to you on that. >> president hillis: okay. thank you. >> clerk: commissioners, that'll place us on your regular calendar for items 9-a and b. [agenda item read]construction
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approximately 10,620 feet of existing p.d.r. space within several vacant warehouses on the project site would be demolished, and the development also proposed the merger of lots three and four. the project site is located in the p.d.r. one district. the surrounding context contains a broadly mixed pattern of light industrial office, whole sale, commercial, retail sales, and residential uses commonly found within the u.m.u., p.d.r. and mission reveemt zoned properties. the adjacent properties include a two-story multiunit commercial building at 25 division street, containing restaurant and retail uses. across did he hair oe-harry st left, recology yard, and the 601 king street mixed use development containing 226
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dwelling units to the north. the legislation to renew planning code section 210.3(c) which allows office use in a p.d.r. district will be considered by the board of supervisors next week. as a criteria, the sponsor has developed and submitted a p.d.r. business plan that includes a strategy for identifying potential p.d.r. tenants, marketing and outreach to target them and accessible pricing to retain tenants over time. as requires, the business plan was developed in coordination with the office of economic and workforce development and has been accepted in its final form. as part of the project sponsor's submittal in your packet, the proposed development has received seven letters of support from neighboring groups such as potrero boosters, show place east, recology, california college of the arts, and deanza properties, and organizations
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including walk sf and firefighters locating 798. after analyzing all aspects of the project, department staff finds that the project is on balance consistent with the objectives and policies of the general plan and show place square potrero hill area plan. it will replace a vacant and under utilized p.d.r. space with a mixed use building containing net new p.d.r. and mixed office space that will provide dynamic place and appropriate business growth and innovation. the project would utilize approximately 4.2% of the office space available for allocation, and it will subsidize the proposed living space and contribute to the local economic. the project space is well designed in consideration of its surrounding, compatible with the existing mix of land uses and will enhance the neighborhood character with a visually appealable design and create an environment that will
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improve the public realm through an open space and through an open and transparent ground floor, significant streetscape improvements and publicly accessible open space to open up the adjacent streets and improve traffic safety. the department finds the project to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and not detrimental to persons or properties in the vicinity. based on these finding and those described in the draft motion, the department recommends approval of the conditional use authorization and office development allocation with conditions contingent upon the renewal of planning code section 2. -- 210.3(c), and including an amendment to the condition of approval for a community liaison to also notify and engage with community members to coordinate and provide construction activity updates.
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this concludes my presentation, and i am available for questions. >> president hillis: thank you, mr. wu. project sponsor? welcome. >> good afternoon, president hillis, commissioners. director rahaim. ben kingsley with s.k.s. partners. i'm going to yield most of my time to my colleagues. i just wanted to mention there are a number of colleagues who rarely get recognized when projects come before the commission, and that would be the staff, in particular, planning department staff. they invest hundreds of hours working on this project and others, and i think it's important that they're given the recognition for being professionals that they are, looking out for the built environment in san francisco. so with that, i'd like to yield to john nicolai who's our partner in this project. >> good afternoon, members of