The Russian Hill Neighbors CLEAN TEAM ready for work cleaning Hyde Street and TeePee Park before our summer barbecue and picnic. Over 50 people came to the barbecue and appreciated their efforts.
DZLU MEETING DATE: July 24, 2018
1. ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES:
a. WHOLE FOODS 365 AT 1600 JACKSON – The Planning Commission’s Conditional Use hearing has been continued from 7/26 to 9/27/18. We are awaiting additional updates from Whole Foods and will shortly continue outreach to RHN membership in preparation for that hearing.
b. 915 NORTH POINT – Anticipating next design iteration from developer in response to Planning’s staff review.
c. PHILZ COFFEE AT 2230-2234 POLK – No visible construction yet on this project that had been approved by the Planning Commission on 4/26/18.
d. 2028-30 LEAVENWORTH – DZLU has been tracking this online in response to an inquiry. There is a 6/22/18 Notice of Violation and Enforcement regarding conversion of a two-unit building into a single-family dwelling via the addition of an internal connecting stairway, without Planning approval or outside the scope of an issued building permit.
2. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES:
a. UNION STREET REPLACEMENT STREET LIGHTS – PG&E led a site meeting on 7/19 with representatives from the D2 and D3 Supervisors’ offices, DZLU representatives and neighbors. The fixtures are similar, though not identical, to the new fixtures on Broadway and Mason with black poles and will be spaced about 100 ft apart based on SFPUC’s lighting analysis. DZLU and neighbors asked that the order for the globes incorporate, if feasible, a solid top to mitigate potential glare and improve directionality of the light toward the road and sidewalk, similar to the new fixtures at Washington Square Park. Also, the group preferred that the temperature (color) of the light not be overly cold or warm, but be similar to that of the City’s newer LEDs. Civil work to install new underground electrical cabling for the lights is anticipated to begin early August with new lights early next year and extending into the spring, dependent on weather. PG&E will be sending notices to Union St residents regarding the work schedule.
b. SF PROPOSED ROOF DECK POLICY – The Planning Department on 7/18 e-mailed out a draft proposed roof deck policy and invited input. DZLU shared RHN’s roof deck guidelines from 2015 with Planning and DZLU was invited to meet to provide input. DZLU representatives met with Planning on 8/3. Per Planning, the goal is to strike a balance between allowing for the reasonable enhancement of outdoor open space on the roofs of low-density residential buildings while protecting the quality of life for adjacent neighbors. In light of increasing requests for discretionary review, Planning is also seeking to provide better clarity and a consistent approach in the review of decks and associated stair penthouses, including establishing thresholds on such aspects as size and setbacks that trigger fuller review if exceeded, but offer more streamlined review if kept within the thresholds. An informational presentation to the Planning Commission is scheduled for August 30th.
DZLU sought clarification of the thresholds, and suggested that guidelines on setbacks and guardrail materials should respond to context and impacts, such as visibility or massiveness from the street, or privacy concerns, rather than apply overly rigid “one-size-fits-all” rules. As the draft is refined, we’ll seek additional opportunity for input.
c. POLK ST/PACIFIC AVE SPECIAL AREA GUIDELINES — DZLU sent an e-mail to Planning asking if there were any questions on DZLU’s previous comments. The most recent draft does incorporate our comments regarding sculpting building heights relative to topography, and preservation of sunlight at alleys. Additional comment was invited on the newest draft.
d. HOME-SF 2.0 – BOS has amended the program to incentivize more developers to utilize the city’s program that has offered a bonus of two additional floors in return for providing a total of 30% affordable housing units in a development. Another tier is now offered that allows one additional floor in return for providing 25% affordable units. Under Home-SF 2.0, this would no longer constitute a Conditional Use and would therefore not automatically require Planning Commission review.
e. RHN LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES – With the assistance of RHN’s Communications Committee, this has now been posted to RHN’s website.
CENTRAL SUBWAY EXTENSION
Russian Hill Neighbors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency invite RHN members to participate in a walking tour of the possible route and potential station locations and other features of the proposed CENTRAL SUBWAY EXTENSION TO NORTH BEACH AND FISHERMAN’S WHARF.
This will be an opportunity to learn about this major transportation improvement that could result in two stations serving Russian Hill residents.
Date: Monday, July 23, 2018 Time: 6:00 – 8:00
Location: Union Street at Columbus Avenue (precise location to be determined).
The purpose of this event is to provide residents, businesses an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide their reactions and input into the planning of the Central Subway extension. Further information about the proposed subway extension can be found at: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/central-subway-extension
If you are interested in participating in this event, please e-mail me at Stephen@sstaber.com or call me at (415) 990-8104. When responding, please leave your name and contact information.
Steve Taber, RHN Transportation Chair
RHN gets resiliency training from Daniel Homsey, Director of NEN, in a half day session this July weekend. What would you do in your neighborhood if an earthquake it? Are you prepared? These were the tough questions put forth to the group.
Great news for Russian Hill! Friends of the Urban Forest are extending the free tree request deadline. Please click here to request your free tree by Wednesday, July 18th.
Here’s what you and neighbors can expect:
- FUF and Public Works will take care of your new tree
- Water bags are provided
- You can choose your tree from a list of options
- Trees and concrete removal are free for you
- FUF will visit to make sure all is ready before we lead a group of neighbors in a community planting on Saturday, August 25th.
This is the week to make a final push for our upcoming Russian Hill community planting. Want more trees on your block?
Here’s what you can do:
- Forward this email to a neighborhood list or a group you know
- Share information about this opportunity on NextDoor.com
- Talk to your neighbors, leave a note, or knock on doors with a flyer
- Print this flyer and post in cafes, community centers, or business windows
Tree request deadline: July 18th || Community planting date: August 25th
DZLU MEETING DATE: June 19, 2018
1. ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES:
a. 915 NORTH POINT — A DZLU subcommittee met at Jamestown’s offices on 5/30/18, reviewed current plans and were updated on the schedule. If the Conditional Use hearing is held in late summer or fall, then Jamestown hopes to have working drawings completed by middle of next year and begin construction in fall of 2019. The subcommittee’s comments were that they would like to see additional drawings with more neighborhood context, including elevations of adjacent buildings in the block in order to better evaluate the project, its massing and its relationship to its neighbors.
b. 982 GREEN — Work has not yet commenced to reverse the work done without permit and restore the historic south facade. DZLU will follow up with Planning on the project’s schedule.
c. PHILZ COFFEE AT 2230-2234 POLK – Awaiting construction after Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use on 4/26/18.
d. WHOLE FOODS 365 AT 1600 JACKSON — Awaiting possible July 26th new hearing regarding housing element the Planning Commission had asked the property owner and Whole Foods to consider adding to the project at the 4/26/18 Conditional Use hearing.
2. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES:
a. MAYOR’S PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL – Approved by Planning Commission and was going to the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee on 6/19/18. We do not know the outcome at present. RHN had issued a letter to the Planning Commission with comments and suggestions regarding public notification timeframes and electronic notifications, and offering RHN participation together with other neighborhood organizations in a broad review of these issues.
b. POLK ST/PACIFIC AVE. SPECIAL AREA GUIDELINES – DZLU will follow up to confirm Planning received RHN’s feedback and check status.
c. VAN NESS CORRIDOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL – Discussed establishment of a Community Benefit District for Middle Polk and discussed 2601 Van Ness/Filbert new design of 9-story mixed use residential project.
d. UNION STREET REPLACEMENT STREET LIGHTING – “Decorative” lamp style has been proposed, however no final plan presented or approved as yet. A meeting is being scheduled for July with PG&E, associated agencies, DZLU and neighbor representative to review proposal.
Russian Hill Neighbors Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Training
Dates: Monday, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Sept. 10, 17.
(NO TRAINING – LABOR DAY – SEPTEMBER 3rd)
Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street @Jones
The goal of this program is to help the residents of San Francisco be self sufficient in a major disaster situation by developing multi-functional teams, cross-trained in basic emergency skills.
Through this program, individuals will learn hands-on disaster skills that will help them as members of an emergency response team and/or as a leader directing untrained volunteers during an emergency, allowing them to act independently or as an adjunct to City emergency services. There is no cost for the neighborhood training, and the 6 class sessions are approximately 3 hours each.
It requires 18 hours of hands-on training, which is 6 nights (1 night a week for 6 weeks). Russian Hill’s training dates are Monday nights beginning August 6th, 2018 and ending September 17th, 2018.
Our effort to get the Central Subway extended to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf is making progress. The MTA is finally starting up the alternatives analysis and community participation phase of the project. In this phase, the MTA will meet with representatives of neighborhood organizations in the service area of the proposed extension to discuss with them the proposed subway extension and ideas that they may have. Russian Hill Neighbors is working with the MTA to schedule such a meeting in the near future. If you are interested in participating in one of the sessions, please contact Stephen Taber, RHN’s traffic and transportation chair, at Stephen@sstaber.com, or (415) 990-8104. The MTA’s description of the proposed extension and the process it is following can be found by clicking here.
On the political font, our new Mayor, London Breed, in one of her campaign statements said, “I will get the Central Subway extended to Fisherman’s Wharf, and, as Scott Wiener says, make sure we are always digging a new subway.” We look forward to working with Mayor Breed to make this vision a reality.
The SFMTA To Consider Residential Permit Parking Reforms On June 5, 2018. At its June 5th meeting, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider proposed changes to San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program. The meeting will be held at San Francisco City Hall (Room 400) @ 1P.M.
The SFMTA recently completed a comprehensive evaluation of the program, which combined extensive data collection and analysis with a robust public engagement process. As part of this evaluation, the SFMTA conducted more than a dozen community workshops, six open houses and meetings with neighborhood and business associations throughout the city to solicit community feedback about a range of possible reform measures.
The list of proposed RPP Program changes to the Transportation Code are:
• Simplify the Transportation Code language for designating, rescinding or modifying a residential parking permit area;
• Limit the number of residential parking permits in all newly established RPP Areas:
o no more than one permit per person and no more than two permits per address
o up to 4 permits allowed if there is available on-street parking on the block
o exempt permits issued for health care or childcare workers from the 2 per household limit
• Make it easier for new parents to obtain in-home care by eliminating the petition process for an in-home care provider;
• Allow a resident licensed to operate a family child care home to obtain a permit for use by an assistant care provider working at the home; and
• Add a “paid+permit” tool to the parking management toolkit, where visitors parking in RPP areas would be required to pay, rather than adhere to posted time limits. Drivers with valid permits would continue to park for free all day.
To learn about the RPP Evaluation and Reform Project or sign up to receive project updates, please visit our website at www.sfmta.com/neighborhoodparking.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit your comments to Kathryn Studwell, Program Manager, Residential Parking Policy, at email@example.com.