Zoning Variance Hearing
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Notice is hereby given to the general public that applications involving the properties/and or issues described below have been filed with the Planning Department for review as set forth in the City Planning Code. The Zoning Administrator will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on these items and on other matters on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 408.
2019-021320VAR (JEFFREY HORN) - 495 CRESTMONT DRIVE, Lots 017 and 018 in Assessor's Block 2638 in the Residential- Mixed, Low Density (RM-1) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to replace two existing noncomplying balconies located at the rear of the 2nd and 3rd floors and extend the ground floor balcony by two feet toward the rear. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard setback of 18 feet 3 inches. All three decks encroach into the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.
2019-021802VAR (MATHEW CHANDLER) - 335 HILL STREET, Lot 083 in Assessor's Block 3620 in the Residential- House, Two Family (RH-2) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: An unauthorized unit was permitted within the previously existing rear structure pursuant to Building Permit No. 201708215413 and Planning Code Section 207.3. The project proposes to legalize the demolition and reconstruction of the previously existing structure in-kind in the rear yard of the subject property. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 43 feet 10 inches. The reconstructed structure will be entirely within the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.
2018-003449VAR (BRIDGET M. HICKS) - 683 CHENERY STREET, Lot 011 in Assessor's Block 6742 in the Glen Park Neighborhood Commercial Transit Zoning District and a 30-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD MODIFICATION SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a third floor addition above an existing two-story commercial building to permit the addition of four (4) new dwelling units. The existing structure covers the entire lot. The Project seeks a rear yard modification under Planning Code Section 134(e) to provide the required rear yard along Chenery Street instead of Wilder Street. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 17 feet. The proposed rear addition will occupy the entire required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a rear yard modification.
2019-015513VAR (DAVID WEISSGLASS) - 1650 CALIFORNIA STREET, Lot 010 in Assessor's Block 0643 in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and the Van Ness Corridor Area Plan and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. EXPOSURE SOUGHT: The project proposes to add one new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to an existing twenty-four unit building. Four ADUs were previously approved under Building Permit No. 20171060601. Two additional ADUs were then approved under Building Permit No. 201812208919. The newly proposed ADU will be the seventh ADU proposed for the subject property. PLANNING CODE SECTION 140 requires the subject property to have qualifying windows of each unit face directly on to a public street or alley at least 20 feet in width or an open area meeting minimum dimensional requirements. The open area may be administratively reduced to an area of no less than 225 square feet, with no dimension of less than 9 feet in width and depth for ADUs. The proposed seventh ADU will face two non-adjacent courtyards, neither of which meet the minimum dimensional requirements required for ADUs. Therefore, an exposure variance is required.
2019-016010VAR (LINDA AJELLO HOAGLAND)- 474 LIBERTY STREET, Lot 101 in Assessor's Block 3604 in the Residential-House, One Family (RH-1) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The Project proposes a single-story, horizontal rear addition with a roof deck above and spiral staircase to provide access to the rear yard. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of 51 feet 3 inches. Planning code Section 136 allows a one-story, 12-foot projection into the required rear yard. As proposed, the spiral staircase will extend 3-feet beyond the allowed 12-foot projection. Additionally, the addition will fill in the required clearance beneath an existing bay window in a manner inconsistent with Section 136. Therefore, a rear yard variance is required.
2017-016437VAR (SAMANTHA UPDEGRAVE) - 1260 SACRAMENTO STREET, Lot 005 in Assessor's Block 0221 in a RM-3 (Residential-Mixed Medium Density) Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is a vertical addition to the single-family home facing Sacramento Street resulting in a 40-foot, 4,062 square-foot structure. The proposal also includes a vertical addition to the existing garage facing Pleasant Street that will create a new approximately 600 square foot dwelling unit. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to provide a rear yard equal to 25 percent of the lot depth. The proposed addition to the rear garage structure falls entirely within the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.
2018-003023VAR (SYLVIA JIMENEZ) - 2727 VALLEJO STREET, Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 0959 in a RH-1(D) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. SIDE YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a rear horizontal expansion on all levels, excavate the basement and garage level to add habitable space, and other interior renovations. PLANNING CODE SECTION 133 requires the subject property to maintain a combined side yard setback of 5 feet 5 inches. The ground floor of the proposed addition encroaches into the required side yard. Thus, a variance is required.
2018-019788VAR (BRIDGET M. HICKS) - 1436 12TH AVENUE, Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 1842 located within the RH-2 (Residential Home- Two Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct an approximately 90 square foot horizontal expansion to the existing dwelling unit in the rear yard cottage. The existing dwelling unit is located within the rear yard, approximately 490 square feet in area, and approximately 28 feet 2 inches by 20 feet 7 inches in size. The addition will box out the northern corner and result in a 580 square foot, one-bedroom dwelling unit. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 54 feet. This project encroaches 28 feet 2 inches into the required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a rear yard variance.
To view the official Variance Hearing Agenda which includes the link to the site plans and elevations of the proposed projects, please visit the website: https://sfplanning.org/hearings-zoning-variance. Persons who are unable to attend the scheduled Commission hearing may submit written comments regarding these cases to the individuals listed for each case above at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Corey A. Teague
1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103