DZLU MEETING DATE: October 22, 2019
1. ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES
a. 1600 JACKSON/MOLLIE STONE’S
The Mollie Stone’s supermarket proposed to occupy the former Lombardi Sports and failed proposed WF365 supermarket site does not meet San Francisco’s definition of formula retail; with fewer than eleven stores it would not have to go through a conditional use approval process by Planning.
In furtherance of its commitment to advocate for a full service grocery store to serve the Russian Hill and nearby neighborhoods, it was agreed that DZLU would draft a letter supporting the Mollie Stone’s proposal to occupy 1600 Jackson Street for RHN Board review and potential action at its November meeting.
b. 982 GREEN
DZLU continues to pursue receiving up-dated enforcement and status information from both City Planning and Department of Building Inspection.
c. 2424 POLK (POTENTIAL CANNABIS RETAIL)
Such a project would require a Conditional Use Application, which has not yet been submitted. This location is on Polk between Union and Filbert Streets.
2. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES
a. LOMBARD STREET
Governor Newsom’s veto of the “reserve toll system” pilot program (which would have allowed for a collection of a toll to secure a timed-access for a vehicle to drive down the crooked part of Lombard Street on a trial basis) provides an opportunity to develop alternate proposals to deal with the negative impacts associated with this very popular tourist attraction.
RHN’s President is drafting letters to several elected officials requesting working together to craft solutions.
b. 5G REGULATIONS
A new, local group, San Franciscans for Local Control, has formed to address concerns about the anticipated proliferation of 5G wireless antennae and equipment on poles in San Francisco. Citing aesthetic as well as health issues, the group is seeking greater local control, support, further study and the possibility of advocating that the Board of Supervisors rescind its latest ordinance to allow for further study of the health and other issues.
DZLU hopes to have more information by its next meeting at which it will determine if the issue warrants assignment to a DZLU member.
c. SFCUU MONTHLY MEETING UPDATE, TELAMON ENGINEERING
Although the public outreach meeting held at the Main SF Public Library on 9-18-19 was sparsely attended, SFCUU clearly emerged as the organization representing the residents of San Francisco on this subject. SFCUU members have met with Telamon engineers to discuss many of the complex issues associated with undergrounding of utilities; there has been a great exchange of knowledge and ideas to help move the process towards the next big step – the establishment of a Master Plan for the City. Efforts are underway to encourage City Officials to fund the important Master Plan.
d. HOUSING LEGISLATION
DZLU continues to monitor the progress of various State legislation intended to address the housing crisis in California. These bills could weaken local controls by limiting zoning restrictions, expediting the permit process, increasing density and height allowances, and encouraging accessory dwelling units.