tv [untitled] March 23, 2011 5:00pm-5:30pm PDT
>> the evening. welcome to the march 23 meeting of the san francisco board of appeals. the presiding officer is president kendall goh. joining her is vice president michael garcia, commissioner frank fung, chris hwang, and tanya peterson. francesca will provide the board with needed legal address. to my right is the legal process clark. i'm the board executive director. we are joined today by representatives from some of the city departments who will have cases heard before the board of this evening. the zoning administrator is here. scott sanchez is also representing the planning department. joseph duffey is here, a senior building inspector. we're joined by john fong,
representing the bureau of for use and mapping. jarvis murray is also representing. i will go over the guidelines and conduct the swing-and the process. the board request that you turn off all speakers and pagers so they do not proceed -- disturb the proceedings. please carry on conversations in the hallway. the role of presentation is as follows, the apartment respondents have seven minutes to present their cases and three minutes for rebuttal. people affiliated with these parties must include their comments within those periods. members of the public not affiliated have up to three minutes each to address the board. please begin to the end of the microphone. to assist the board in the actor preparation of minutes, you are asked to submit a speaker car business card to staff when you come up to speak. cards are available on the left
side of the podium. the board welcomes your comments. there are customer satisfaction survey forms for your convenience. if you have questions about requesting a rehearing or schedules, speak to a -- speak to board's staff during the break or after the meeting. this meeting is broadcast on sfgtv, a cable channel 78, and broadcast on friday starting at 4:00 on channel 26. now, i will swear in all those who intend to testify tonight. if you intend to testify, please stand, raise your right hand, and say "i do" after you have been sworn in. do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
thank you. we will move on to item number one, which is general public comment. is there any member of the public who wishes to speak on an item not on the agenda? please step forward. there is no such person. item number two. commissioner comments and questions. commissioners? item number three, the adoption of minutes. commissioners, before you is the adoption of the meeting minutes of march 16, 2011. >> comments, commissioner? somebody want to move the adoption of the minutes? >> move the adoption. >> there is a motion. is there any public comment on the minutes? i will call that motion to adopt
the minutes as written. president goh: aye. commissioner garcia: aye. commissioner peterson: aye. commissioner hwang: aye. >> the motion carried. item number 4a, subject property at 218 turk street. we received a letter from shaughn morgan requesting rehearing of appeal number 10- 073, decided january 19, 2011. the board voted 2-3 to uphold. four votes being required to overturn department collection, the permit was upheld by operation of law. the project is to remodel baff coming heating, upgrade electrical, partition walls, replace ceiling tile in grid, all work at commercial unit, vacant locksmith to pharmacy.
please note that the public hearing was held in closed on march 9, and the matter was continued to allow the absent board member to participate in the boat. commissioners, the permit holder in this case has again provided a court reporter for the transcription of the proceeding. we do need a motion for that purpose. the permit holder indicated it will provide a copy to the board and to the appellant free of card -- charge. president goh: so moved. >> on that motion by the president to designate the transcript of the official record, is there any public comment? i will call the roll. commissioner fung: aye. commissioner garcia: aye. commissioner peterson: aye. commissioner hwang: aye. >> the transcript is designated
as the official record. commissioners, at the march 9 hearing, motion was made to grant the rehearing request. the vote at that time was 3-1-1 with garcia dissenting and commissioner peterson absent. we can move right back into deliberation. commissioner peterson, the floor's yours. commissioner peterson: thank you. i had the pleasure of watching the hearing on sfgtv on march 9, 2011, and i appreciate the supervisor coming to this room, as well as members of the public, particularly persuaded by president goh's timeline. in the matter before us, the request for a rehearing, i do think there will be manifest if both sides are not represented.
i think it is only just that we provide both sides. it is a complex legal argument, and i know that the permit holder was made clear to us. it deserves a robust legal response. i would vote to grant the rehearing. >> ok. deputy city attorney, we do not need to entertain public comment, since that was done at the last hearing? >> correct. >> ok. we had a motion, then, do we need to call the roll again on that? >> the motion did not -- i believe it did not specify the terms of the rehearing. the briefing, schedule, so i
cannot remember who the motion- maker was. commissioner hwang: i think we can set it for a time that is acceptable to both sides. as far as briefing, i treat this as a brand new hearing. >> commissioners, i would suggest that we have this matter falls under the current rules, when it was first filed, it was under the prior set of rules, which had a different creeping schedule. -- different schedule. i recommend it fall under the current set of rules. we should select a hearing date. commissioners? >> do you want to ask the parties what their availability is? >> sure. >> we will need dates, won't we? >> april 20 is the next full
board. >> yes. >> are the parties available on april 20? >> is that for the hearing or the briefing? >> they hearing. >> that would be fine. so it is april 20. >> yes. >> if the hearing is on april 20, then the appellant's brief would be due on the 31st of march, and the permit holder's brief would be due on the 14th of april. again, we have the specificity of that motion.
we have had a vote on it. i just want to confirm with the deputy city attorney that we are done. >> i am fine just recalling the vote. >> the motion was made by commissioner hwang to hold the rehearing on april 20 and to apply the current board rules to this new appeal. on that motion, commissioner -- >> just to clarify, for the rehearing. commissioner fung: aye. president goh: aye. commissioner garcia: aye. commissioner peterson: aye. >> the motion carries 5-0. thank you.
>> commissioners, i was just advised that item number 7 has been settled. if we could take one moment, i can find out from the party's if that means it will be withdrawn from calendar. >> we have a settlement in principle. we have to work out the details. we should probably continue it. we just discussed this in just now. >> so, president goh, maybe we can call this item out of order so it can be continued? president goh: yes. >> do you have a date in mind, a gentleman -- gentlemen? >> when is the next hearing? >> april 6. the next is april 20. >> i would rather april 20.
>> a 11-002, richard arvin appealing the revocation of taxicab medallion number 997. it is continue to allow the parties to discuss settlement and propose alternate penalties. we have a request by the parties to continue this until april 20. >> yes. >> is very motion? >> so moved. >> is there any public comment? commissioner fung: aye. commissioner garcia: aye. commissioner peterson: aye. commissioner hwang: aye. >> the matter will be continued to april 20. >> we will move on to item 4b,
a jurisdiction request, subject property at 415 oxford street. the board received a letter asking that the board take jurisdiction over bpa number 2010/02/12/6512s. the request was she received at the board office on february 2, 2011. the permit holder is bill chan. the project is a vertical and horizontal addition, remove illegal unit and ground floor, and full bath and exercise room at groundball, interior remodel, new roof deck at second floor, at new third floor. public hearing was held on march 9, 2011, and the matter was continued to allow time for the parties to discuss settlement. commissioners, would you like to ask the parties if they have reached a settlement? how would you like to proceed?
president goh: i would like to hear from the parties. are they here? ok. >> how about a yes or no response? have you reached a settlement? >> no. my name is james o'neill. >> we held the hearing and closed the hearing. i am going to allow two minutes to tell us about the settlement negotiations. >> that was the request for's agent? >> yes. >> during the settlement negotiations -- >> could you speak into the microphone, sir? >> during the settlement negotiations, the project sponsors offered to build a box
on the second floor deck. what it would essentially do is come in 36 inches from the deck side that shares the wall with my client. they have offered that as a tool for mitigating the privacy issue. that is the extent of the settlement. my client rejected that as insufficient. the deck abuts her second story bedroom window. >> before you walk away, what was done about the issue, having access to the building to do maintenance work in those types of things? >> the original concerns were the maintenance of the -- at the site of the house. of originally, she understood there be a set back the entire
length of the house on the ground level of about 5 feet. that would not be the case. it would go from the front of the house to the light well. on the second floor, what the project sponsors requested is a rear yard extension of about 8 feet for a storage unit. on the second floor that, they're building a deck. that will be right next to, 24 inches away from, ms. chan's but bedroom window and provide visual access to the third story bedroom window. she is concerned that because it is so close, it will provide, and this is in the excelsior district, there will be the ability to crawl in the second floor window. >> we are down to just that issue? accessibility to the side of her house? >> that is the primary issue, yes. >> does it have to do with safety because of access to her
property and privacy? >> exactly. >> thank you. >> the permit holder? please step forward. please state your name. >> this is the second meeting between the owners -- the neighbors and the apartment holders. i spoke to commissioners already. the second one, we talked about the deck. at the back is this deck. we were talking about the privacy issue for this window, which is higher than the deck. from the floor plan, you can see the deck actually is further
back. whoever stands on the deck needs to stand on the edge of the deck and turned back to see that window. that is why we talked about setting be set back, so whoever who -- whoever is on the deck cannot see it from the deck. that is what we are trying to address the concern from the neighbors. it looks like the neighbor is still not really finding that acceptable. we're going to change the window and the door in the back of the bacdeck. we're going to cover the window. it will reach this door, right at the door.
>> just so i'm clear, can you put that overhead back up? can you put the drawing back up? so, as i understand from the requestor's agent, the proposed settlement would have allowed for -- i would like to cd overhead and not my face on this thing. the distance from the edge of the deck would be 3 feet? is that what was proposed and rejected? >> we would put a solid storage box there so nobody can really stand in that area. >> the deck would still be there. you would put a box on top of it. >> this area is going to be solid.
nobody can really stand there. >> a fixture storage box? ok. thank you. >> we should call for public comment. is there any public comment on this item? commissioners? commissioner fung: the issues that were brought up today were not remotely brought up at the jurisdiction pose a request. the only thing brought up there was the issue of maintenance. i thought, given that as the particular issue, there might have been a relatively quick potential settlement. the deal with this, we would have to find that, because the appellant purchased it at a time
when there might have been a gap in the notice, and i am not 100% sure that there was, that therefore she would deserve the granting of the hearing, especially on an issue that would have come up in the 3/11 process and potentially could have been a dr request to the planning commission. i am not sure -- at this point, i am not sure whether i would find that there is sufficient cause for jurisdiction.