Planning Commission - November 17, 2016 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
November 17, 2016 - 12:15pm






Notice of Hearing




Commission Chambers, Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689



Thursday, November 17, 2016

12:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting



Rodney Fong, President

Dennis Richards, Vice President

Rich Hillis, Christine Johnson, Joel Koppel, Myrna Melgar, Kathrin Moore


Commission Secretary:

Jonas P. Ionin


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Agenda para la Comisión de Planificación. Si desea asistir a la audiencia, y quisiera obtener información en Español o solicitar un aparato para asistencia auditiva, llame al 415-558-6309. Por favor llame por lo menos 48 horas de anticipación a la audiencia.






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H.            ACADEMY OF ART



23.          2008.0586E                                                                                                      (T. CHANG: (415) 575-9197)

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY  - Academy of Art University (AAU) is a private postsecondary academic institution that occupies buildings throughout the City (predominantly in the northeast quadrant). AAU plans on expanding its facilities and programs to accommodate a projected on-site student enrollment of approximately 17,282 students and 3,511 faculty and staff by 2020, resulting in a total increase of approximately 6,100 students and 1,220 faculty and staff.  The Proposed Project consists of four general components: study area growth, project site growth, legalization of prior unauthorized changes, and shuttle service expansion. Study area growth consists of approximately 110,000 net square feet (sf) of additional residential uses (to house approximately 400 students, equivalent to about 220 rooms) and 669,670 sf of additional institutional space in 12 geographic areas (study areas) where AAU could occupy buildings to accommodate future growth. The study areas generally include the following areas: Study Area 1 (SA-1), Lombard Street/Divisadero Street; SA-2, Lombard Street/Van Ness Avenue; SA-3, Mid Van Ness Avenue; SA-4, Sutter Street/Mason Street; SA-5, Mid-Market Street; SA-6, Fourth Street/Howard Street; SA-7, Rincon Hill East; SA-8, Third Street/Bryant Street; SA-9, Second Street/Brannan Street; SA-10, Fifth Street/Brannan Street; SA-11, Sixth Street/Folsom Street; and SA-12, Ninth Street/Folsom Street. Project site growth consists of six additional sites that have been occupied, identified, or otherwise changed by AAU since publication of the September 2010 Notice of Preparation (NOP) for this EIR. The six project sites would include a total of 411,070 sf of institutional, bus storage, and community facility uses. The project sites include the following addresses: 2801 Leavenworth Street (The Cannery) (Assessor’s Block/Lot: 0010/001); 700 Montgomery Street (Assessor’s Block/Lot:0196/028); 625 Polk Street (Assessor’s Block/Lot:0742/002); 150 Hayes Street (Assessor’s Block/Lot:0811/022); 121 Wisconsin Street (Assessor’s Block/Lot:3953/004); and 2225 Jerrold Avenue (Assessor’s Block/Lot:5286A/020). The Proposed Project also includes extension of AAU’s shuttle service to serve growth in the study areas and at the project sites. The Proposed Project also includes legalization of changes in use and/or appearance undertaken without benefit of permits prior to issuance of the NOP at 28 of AAU’s 34 existing sites. The Proposed Project includes the occupation and use of existing buildings, as well as construction activities that would be limited to interior tenant improvements, exterior modifications such as signage, window replacements, and security system installation, and in limited circumstances, seismic upgrades. Adoption of CEQA Findings for the Department Proposed Project, which reflects revisions in the Proposed Project to include only residential conversions where the conversion to student housing serves a higher intensity use than what would otherwise be located on the subject site; support conversion of industrial to institutional uses only where the conversion to institutional remains industrial in nature or maintains an industrial component and is therefore best situated on the subject site rather than elsewhere in the City; support conversions of commercial to institutional uses only where the conversion to institutional use maintains a publicly-accessible, active use, and therefore is best situated on the subject site rather than elsewhere in the City; and support conversions of office uses where the institutional use is office in nature, such as the institution’s administrative headquarters, and is appropriate for the subject site. Based on these policy determinations, the Department Proposed Project includes review of all Program-Level Growth and Project-Level Growth analyzed in the EIR.  However, the Department Proposed Project would result in the full legalization of 29 of AAU’s 40 existing and project sites, with 3 pending recommendations.
Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt Findings