Historic Preservation Commission - November 1, 2017 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
November 1, 2017 - 12:30pm



Notice of Hearing

Commission Chambers Room 400,
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Regular Hearing


Andrew Wolfram, President
Aaron Hyland, Vice President
Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman

Commission Secretary
Jonas P. Ionin

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Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400
Planning Information Center, 1660 Mission Street, 1st Floor

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President: Andrew Wolfram
Vice-President: Aaron Hyland
Commissioners: Ellen Johnck, Richard S.E. Johns, Diane Matsuda, Jonathan Pearlman


At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.  In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

(1)  responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
(2)  requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or
(3)  directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))


1. Director's Announcements

2. Review of Past Events at the Planning Commission, Staff Report and Announcements


3. President's Report and Announcements

4. Consideration of Adoption:

Adoption of Commission Minutes – Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission.  Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

5. Commission Comments & Questions

  • Disclosures.
  • Inquiries/Announcements.  Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).
  • Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission.


6. 2013.1535ENV                                                                      (J. DELUMO: (415) 575-9146)
450-474 O'FARRELL STREET/532 JONES STREET PROJECT – on the block is bounded by Geary Street to the north, O'Farrell Street to the south, Taylor Street to the east, and Jones Street to the west (Assessor's block/lot 0317/007, 0317/009, and 0317/011) (District 6) – Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).The proposed project would demolish the existing structures, merge the three lots, and construct a 13-story, 130-foot-tall, 237,353-sf mixed-use building The church façade at 450 O'Farrell Street would be retained as part of the proposed project. The proposed development would include up to 187,640 sf of residential space (with 176 dwelling units), 6,200 sf of restaurant and retail space, and 13,595 sf of religious institution space. Up to 41 parking spaces would be provided within a 21,070-sf, one-level subterranean parking garage with access off of Shannon Street. The project site is located in a Residential-Commercial, High Density (RC-4) District, the North of Market Residential Special Use District No. 1, an 80-T-130-T Height and Bulk District, and the Uptown Tenderloin National Register Historic District.
Note: This public hearing is intended to assist the Commission in its preparation of comments on the DEIR. Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the DEIR and may not be addressed in the Final EIR. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIR on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Written comments on the DEIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017.
Preliminary Recommendation: Review and Comment

7. 2017-011910DES                                                                 (D. SMITH: (415) 575-9093)
DIAMOND HEIGHTS SAFETY WALL – consideration to Initiate Landmark Designation of the Diamond Heights Safety Wall, located on an easement along Diamond Heights Boulevard at Clipper Street, Assessor's Block 7504, Lots 011-015, as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.1 of the Planning Code. Constructed in 1968, the Diamond Heights Safety Wall was designed by Bay Area artist and architect, Stefan Alexander Novak. It is significantly associated with the Diamond Heights Redevelopment Project and is an important visual landmark for the Diamond Heights neighborhood. The property was nominated for Landmark Designation through a community-sponsored Landmark Application, submitted to the Department on May 1, 2017. It is located in a RH-2 (Residential-House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve

8. 2017-003492PTA                                                                (R. SALGADO: (415) 575-9101)
235 GEARY STREET – located on the south side of Geary Street, Assessor's Block 0314, Lots 013, 013A, 014, 015 (District 3).  Request for a Major Permit to Alter for the removal of the existing non-historic first-floor storefront systems that flank the main entrance to the building on Geary Street and the construction of five projecting storefront bays and three new entrances with illuminated marquees in the existing openings, for the addition of approximately 175 square feet of floor area. The subject property is a Category V Unrated Building within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Article 11 Conservation District, and is located within a C-3-R (Downtown-Retail) Zoning District and 80-130-F Height and Bulk Limit. 
Preliminary Recommendation:  Approve with Conditions

9. 2017-008122PTA                                                                  (J. VIMR: (415) 575-9109)
101 POST STREET – south side, between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street; Assessor's Block 0310, Lot 001 (District 4) – Request for Major Permit to Alter for exterior alterations including the replacement of existing stone tile cladding with a running bond brick veneer; replacement of the existing canopy with a glass and steel canopy; removal of non-historic vertical lighting components; and insertion of a new entry at the Post Street façade to provide access to an ATM vestibule. The subject property is a Category V (Unrated) building within the Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Article 11 Conservation District, and is located within a C-3-O (Downtown-Office) Zoning District and 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions


Historic Preservation Officer
Timothy Frye
(415) 575-6822

Hearing Procedures

The Historic Preservation Commission holds public hearings on the first and third Wednesday, of most months. The full hearing schedule for the calendar year and the Commission Rules & Regulations may be found online at: www.sfplanning.org.

Public Comments: Persons attending a hearing may comment on any scheduled item.

  • When speaking before the Commission in City Hall, Room 400, please note the timer indicating how much time remains.  Speakers will hear two alarms.  The first soft sound indicates the speaker has 30 seconds remaining.  The second louder sound indicates that the speaker's opportunity to address the Commission has ended.

Sound-Producing Devices Prohibited: The ringing of and use of mobile phones and other sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a mobile phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Sunshine Ordinance: Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

For most cases that are considered by the Historic Preservation Commission, after being introduced by the Commission Secretary, shall be considered by the Commission in the following order:

  • Presentation by Staff;
  • Presentation by the Project Sponsor's Team (which includes: the sponsor, representative, legal counsel, architect, engineer, expeditor and/or any other advisor) for a period not to exceed ten (10) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;
  • Public testimony from supporters of the Project not to exceed three (3) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;
  • Presentation by Organized Opposition recognized by the Commission President through written request prior to the hearing for a period not to exceed ten (10) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;
  • Public testimony from opponents of the Project not to exceed three (3) minutes, at the discretion of the Chair;
  • Staff follow-up and/or conclusions;
  • Public comment portion of the hearing shall be closed and deliberation amongst the Commissioners shall be opened by the Chair;
  • A motion to approve; approve with conditions; approve with amendments and/or modifications; disapprove; or continue to another hearing date, if seconded, shall be voted on by the Commission.

Every Official Act taken by the Commission must be adopted by a majority vote of all members of the Commission, a minimum of four (4) votes.  A failed motion results in the disapproval of the requested action, unless a subsequent motion is adopted. Any Procedural Matter, such as a continuance, may be adopted by a majority vote of members present, as long as the members present constitute a quorum (four (4) members of the Commission).

Hearing Materials

Each item on the Agenda may include the following documents:

  • Planning Department Case Executive Summary
  • Planning Department Case Report
  • Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions
  • Public Correspondence

Materials submitted to the Historic Preservation Commission prior to a scheduled hearing will become part of the public record only when the materials are also provided to the Commission Secretary and/or Project Planner.  Correspondence may be emailed directly to the Commission Secretary at: commissions.secretary@sfgov.org

Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a scheduled item to: Historic Preservation Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Written comments received by the close of the business day prior to the hearing will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission and made part of the official record. 

Advance Submissions: To allow Commissioners the opportunity to review material in advance of a hearing, materials must be received by the Planning Department reception eight (8) days prior to the scheduled public hearing.  All submission packages must be delivered to1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, by 5:00 p.m. and should include fifteen (15) copies.

Day-of Submissions: Material related to a calendared item may be distributed at the hearing. Please provide ten (10) copies for distribution. 


The following is a summary of appeal rights associated with the various actions that may be taken at a Historic Preservation Commission hearing.

Case Type

Case Suffix

Appeal Period*

Appeal Body

Certificate of Appropriateness


30 calendar days

Board of Appeals**

CEQA Determination - EIR


30 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

Permit to Alter/Demolish


30 calendar days

Board of Appeals**

**An appeal of a Certificate of Appropriateness or Permit to Alter/Demolish may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires Board of Supervisors approval or if the project is associated with a Conditional Use Authorization appeal.  An appeal of an Office Allocation may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires a Conditional Use Authorization.

For more information regarding the Board of Appeals process, please contact the Board of Appeals at (415) 575-6880.  For more information regarding the Board of Supervisors process, please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (415) 554-5184 or board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org.


Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of (1) a Certificate of Appropriateness, (2) a Permit to Alter, (3) a Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.