Hearing

Zoning Variance Hearing

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time
9:30am
Location
Stream Online (see event details) - Phone Access: +1 (415) 655-0001 / Access Code: TBD
Neighborhood

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 intends to hold a PUBLIC HEARING on these items and on other matters on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, beginning at 9:30 a.m. or later. Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Zoning Administrator may conduct this hearing remotely using videoconferencing technology or in-person at City Hall. Additional information may be found on the Department’s website.

2021-011355VAR (MATHEW CHANDLER) 1945 OAKDALE AVENUE, Lot 038 in Assessor's Block 5319, in a RH-2 Zoning District, and 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to legalize an unpermitted horizontal addition at the rear of the building and change the legal use from commercial to residential. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 31 feet 3 inches. The proposed rear addition will encroach approximately 5 feet 9 inches into the required rear yard and result in a rear yard of 25 feet 6 inches. Therefore, the project requires a variance.

2022-000825PRJ (JOSEPH SACCHI) 345 FULTON STREET, Lot 007A in Assessor's Block 0792 in an NCT-3 Zoning District and 65-X Height and Bulk District: EXPOSURE SOUGHT: The project proposes the addition of three ADUs to an existing 28-unit building. One of the ADUs is proposed at the front of the existing building with windows facing onto the street, one is proposed at the rear of the building with windows facing onto the rear yard, and one of the ADUs is proposed with windows facing an interior courtyard. PLANNING CODE SECTION 140 requires all dwelling units to face directly onto a qualifying open area. The Zoning Administrator is allowed to grant a waiver for reduced exposure for an ADU if qualifying windows face an open area that is 1) no less than 225 square feet in size, 2) has no horizontal dimension less than 9 feet, and 3) is open to the sky with exception of permitted obstructions outlined in Section 140. ADU #2 is proposed to face a courtyard that does not meet these requirements. Therefore, a variance is required.

2021-011391VAR (JEFFREY SPEIRS) 200 NAPLES STREET, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 6008, in a RH-1 Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to establish two off-street parking spaces in the rear yard, accessed from Naples Street. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 30 feet, which is 30% of lot depth. Off-street parking is not permitted in required rear yards. The two off-street parking spaces will be located within the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.

2021-009943VAR (ELTON WU) 1026 CAROLINA STREET, Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 4160 in an RH-2 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to expand and alter the existing noncomplying structure and deck at the rear of the building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard equal to 45% of the lot depth or the average of the two adjacent properties. The property is required to have 45-foot rear yard. The entirety of the existing noncomplying structure falls within the required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a variance.

2019-021107VAR (CHARLES ENCHILL) 242 FRANCISCO STREET, Lot 012 in Assessor's Block 0039 in a RH-3 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a third-floor balcony approximately 90 square feet in size at the rear of the building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of 15 feet. The proposed rear balcony will encroach approximately 1-foot 8-inches into the required rear yard and result in a rear yard of 13-feet 4-inches. Therefore, the project requires a variance.

2021-009556VAR (NILU KARIMZADEGAN) 4277 23RD STREET, Lot 035 in Assessor's Block 2805 in an RH-2 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The project proposes to add two dormers to the gable roof of a two-story single-family building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the property to maintain a rear yard equal to 45% of the lot depth. The subject property has a required rear yard of 51 feet. The dormers will be added to the portion of the existing single-family building that extends into the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.

2020-009729VAR (KIMBERLY DURANDET) 279 ANDOVER STREET, Lot 020 in Assessors Block 5664 in a RH-1 Zoning District, the Bernal Heights Special Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD EXPOSURE, AND MASS REDUCTION SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a rear horizontal addition, a vertical addition, a roof deck, and interior renovations to an existing two-story, two-unit residential building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 242 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of approximately 24 feet 6 inches feet, which is 35% of lot depth. The existing building obstructs 10 feet 3 inches into the required rear yard, leaving 14 feet 3 inches from the rear wall to the property line. Therefore, the project requires a variance. PLANNING CODE SECTION 140 requires all residential units to face onto a code-compliant rear yard area or other qualifying open area. The project would create a non-compliant rear yard, which provides the ground floor dwelling unit exposure. Therefore, a variance is required. PLANNING CODE SECTION 242(e)(3) requires the subject property to reduce 950 square feet of overall mass from the maximum permitted building envelope. The proposed project reduces only 654 square of mass. Therefore, a variance is required.

2021-006539VAR (RYAN BALBA) 2423 28TH AVENUE, Lot 002A in Assessor's Block 2397 in an RH-1 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to legalize a stair and deck at the rear of the building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard equal to 30% of the lot depth. The subject property is required to provide a 36-foot rear yard. The entirety of the proposed stair and deck fall within the required rear yard. Therefore, the project requires a variance.

2021-008488VAR (SHARON YOUNG) 2280 BAY STREET, Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 0922, in a RH-3 (Residential-House, Three Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct a new rear exterior stair at the third-floor terrace that will provide access to an approximately 381 square-foot new roof deck on the existing three-story, single-family building. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard of 15 feet. A portion of the proposed rear stairs and railing will extend approximately 8 feet 7 inches into the required rear yard. Therefore, a variance is required.

2021-005213VAR (MONICA GIACOMUCCI) 3363 22ND STREET, Lot 074 in Assessor's Block 3633, in an RH-3 Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District: REAR YARD AND EXPOSURE SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct an approximately 50 square-foot rear addition to a building located at the rear of the lot and to remove and rebuild an existing stair way in the same location. PLANNING CODE SECTION 134 requires the subject property to maintain a rear yard area of approximately 51 feet. The existing building is located fully within the rear yard, and the project proposes an expansion of the building. Therefore, a Variance is required. PLANNING CODE SECTION 140 requires all dwelling units to face onto a code-compliant rear yard or another qualifying open area. The subject building is located within the required rear yard area and is separated from another building on the lot by only 15 feet. 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
Zoning Administrator