Zoning Variance Hearing
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The hearing will be held online.
Phone Access: +1 (415) 655-0001 / Access code: 187 691 4487
Please be advised that the notices provided below may not represent a complete list of items scheduled to be considered at a public hearing. For a complete list of items scheduled to be considered at a particular public hearing, please refer to the posted agenda.
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, March 24, 2021, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Zoning Administrator will conduct this hearing remotely using videoconferencing technology. Additional information may be found on the Department's website.
2015-008499VAR (KIMBERLY DURANDET) 408 CORTLAND AVENUE, Lot 025 in Assessor's Block 5678 located within the Cortland Avenue NCD (Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a second story addition of approximately 27 feet by 25 feet on top of the existing one-story portion of the building at the rear of the lot, for the purpose of providing additional commercial uses. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard equal to 25% of the lot depth at the second story, and at each succeeding story of the building, and at the First Story if it contains a Dwelling Unit. The existing building at the rear of the lot falls within the required rear yard, as would the proposed addition. Therefore, a variance is required.
2020-001045VAR (JEFF HORN) 1801 ALEMANY BLVD, Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 6955 in the Excelsior-Outer Mission Street NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD AND ACTIVE USE SOUGHT: The project proposes to construct a 40-foot tall, 4-story, 4-unit residential building that will include 3 parking spaces and 4 Class 1 bicycle parking spaces within a garage that would be accessed from Waston Place/Ruth Street. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires a rear yard equal to 15 feet at the lowest story containing a dwelling unit, and at each succeeding level or story of the building. The project proposes no setback at the ground floor and a 10-foot setback at the 2nd, 3 rd, and 4th floors. Therefore, a variance is required. PLANNING CODE SECTION 145.1 requires the first 25 feet of the depth of the ground floor to be occupied by an active use and for ground floor parking to be set back at least 25 feet. The project's proposed garage would be located within the lot’s first 25 feet of depth. Therefore, a variance is required.
2020-009475VAR (RYAN BALBA) 145 SAINT ELMO WAY, Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 3049 in an RH-1(D) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The project proposes to replace an existing, noncomplying rear deck with a new, slightly larger deck. The project also includes a new raised patio and façade changes at the rear and side. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the property to maintain a rear yard that is 30% of the lot depth, which is approximately 29 feet for this property. The proposed deck is approximately 11 feet deep and will obstruct almost entirely into the required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a variance.
2020-007991VAR (RYAN BALBA) 445 LIBERTY STREET, Lot 037 in Assessor's Block 3604 in an RH-1 Zoning District, a 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Dolores Heights Special Use District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to expand the basement level and first story, and add a second story to a single-family dwelling. The project also includes an interior remodel, a new rear deck, and new balconies at the second floor. PLANNING CODE SECTION 241 requires the property to maintain a rear yard equal to 45 percent of the total lot depth, but not less than 25 feet deep. Portions of the addition fall within the required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a variance.
2020-011282VAR (ELTON WU) 122-144 TIFFANY AVENUE, Lot 007S within Assessor's Block 6597 in an RH-2 (Residential-House, Two-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to demolish the existing rear deck and constructing a new rear deck. PLANING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 30 feet. The proposed deck would fall entirely within the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.
2020-005122VAR (KIMBERLY DURANDET) 1230 GOETTINGEN STREET, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 6177 located within the RH-1 (Residential House, One Family) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. REAR YARD, OPEN SPACE, AND PERMITTED OBSTRUCTIONS SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a single family, three-story building on a vacant, substandard lot. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the rear yard to be at least 30% of lot depth. The lot is approximately 33 feet frontage by an average lot depth of nearly 10 feet. No rear yard is proposed. Therefore, a variance is required. PLANNING CODE SECTION 135 requires 300 square feet of usable open space for residential uses. The project proposes only 93 square feet of usable open space on a 2nd floor deck. Therefore, a variance is required. PLANNING CODE SECTION 136 requires bay window projections over the public right-of-way to have at least 50% of the vertical surfaces be glazed. The proposed bay windows do not meet this requirement. Therefore, a variance is required.
It is strongly recommended that persons submit their comments in writing in advance of the hearing. Written comments may be submitted via email directly to the case planner.
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 hearing may submit written comments regarding these cases to the individuals listed for each case above via email or at the Planning Department, 49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Corey A. Teague