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Zoning Adjustments Board
Thursday, September 25th, 2008  -- 7:00 pm

City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Junior Way.
Berkeley, CA  94704  (Wheelchair Accessible)

Public Testimony Guidelines

The Board Chair may limit the number of speakers and the length of time allowed to each speaker.  To speak at a public hearing, complete a speaker card and submit to Planning Staff (1) as early as possible at the meeting, or (2) at the Permit Service Center, 2120 Milvia Street, before 5:00 PM on the day of the hearing.  At the start of the meeting the Board may rearrange the agenda or place additional agendized items on the Consent Calendar, so it is important to submit speaker cards at the start of the meeting to avoid losing the chance to speak to an item.

The Board encourages the public to submit comments in writing or by email, in advance of the meeting.  See Correspondence and Notice of Decision Requests at the end of this Agenda for procedures.

Planning and Development Department, Land Use Division

Roll Call:

Public Comment
Each Speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes.

Consent Calendar: 
The Consent Calendar allows the Board to take action with no discussion, on projects to which no one objects.  The Agenda includes three types of Consent Calendar items:  (1) Approval of previous meeting minutes; (2) Modifications of existing Use Permits (which have not been noticed for public hearings); (3) Items being continued to another meeting (Board action has been postponed to another meeting).  The Board Chairperson will announce items for the Consent Calendar at 7:05 p.m.  The Board may place additional Agendized items on the Consent Calendar, if no one present wishes to testify on an item.  Anyone present who wishes to speak on an item should raise his or her hand and advise the Chairperson, and the item will be pulled from the consent calendar.  Modification Projects may be discussed by the Board at this meeting or set for a public hearing at a later meeting.  Items already noticed for a public hearing will be heard following Continued Items, or, if necessary, posted for a public hearing at a subsequent meeting.

1.  Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
 Minutes from 08-14-08 and 09-11-08 ZAB Meeting
 Recommendation: Approve Minutes

Agenda Changes
The Board Chair may reorder the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.

Appeal of Administrative Use Permit/Staff Level Design Review: 
Appeals of Administrative Use Permit and Design Review applications are not subject to public hearing and no public testimony will be taken at this time.  The Board may set the matter for public hearing, or affirm the Zoning Officer’s or Design Review Secretary’s decision.

Continued Items (Public Hearing has been closed): 

2. 1181 Laurel
Applicant: Murray Bruce 1181- Laurel Street, Berkeley CA 94708
Appeal of Administrative Use Permit # 07-20000138 to raise a single-family home approximately 4’, thereby 1) creating a new 554 sq. ft. accessory dwelling unit, 2) increasing the usability of approximately 540 sq. ft. of storage space by increasing the clearance height from 6’ to 9’, and 3) creating approximately 110 sq. ft. of new floor area by increasing the clearance height from just under 6’ to 9’ (R-1H, NFD)

  • Continued From: 06/26/2008, 07/24/2008, 08/14/2008, 09/11/2008
  • Recommendation: Approve modified project with revised findings and conditions

3. 1540 Shattuck
Applicant: Verizon Wireless Communications. C/o James Singleton, NSA Wireless, Inc., Bishop Ranch 15 1st Floor, 12647 Alcosta Blvd. Suite 110, San Ramon, CA 94583
Use Permit #03-10000048 to construct a new wireless telecommunications facility (including ten antennas and related equipment) for Verizon Wireless Communications (C-NS, PJ)

  • Continued From: 09/11/2008
  • Recommendation: Approve

Continued Public Hearings: 

4. 1612-14 Francisco
Applicant: Adlai Leiby, 1616 Francisco Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Use Permit 08-10000068 to construct a single story, 1,000 sq. ft. dwelling unit on a 13,500 sq. ft. lot with three existing dwelling units and to reduce the building separation from 12’ to 11’ for the proposed unit.  (R-2, EJS).

  • Continued From: 09/11/2008
  • Recommendation: Approve

5. 1911 Russell
Applicant: Guy Supawit, on the behalf of Wat Mongkolratanaram, 1911 Russell Street, Berkeley CA
Use Permit #07-10000040 to: 1) construct a 44' tall, 16’ by 24’ Buddha Sanctuary on a vacant, 5,232 square foot parcel abutting Oregon Street; 2) create nine off-street parking spaces on a vacant, 5,792 square foot parcel abutting MLK, Jr. Way, as an expansion of the existing Wat Mongkolratanaram, or Thai Temple, located at 1911 Russell Street AND,
Use Permit Modification #08-70000019 to modify Use Permit A2054 to: 1) expand the frequency of Sunday public food service from a total of 3 weekends per year to 52; 2) allow Sunday food consumption to occur from 10 am - 1 pm (with on-site food preparation to start after 8 am), 3) to allow 6- 10 accessory structures within the rear yard of 1911 Russell Street; and 4) continue daily worship, culture, language and dance classes and periodic Thai cultural events.  (R-2A, GP)

  • Continued From: 04/24/2008; 06/26/2008
  • Recommendation: Open public hearing and continue to 10/23/08 

Compliance Determination:  NONE

New Hearings: 

6. 1820 Solano
Applicant: James Gould, Hundred Acre Wood Properties, Ltd. and Venture Horizons, Ltd., 1564-A Fitzgerald Drive, Box 407, Pinole, CA  94564
Use Permit #08-10000059 to allow general office use, excluding medical practitioners, in up to one existing ground floor tenant space (maximum of 1,594 square feet) adjacent to street frontage; (C-SO, LMM)

  • Continued From: NONE
  • Recommendation: Approve

7. 3231 Sacramento
Applicant: Ken Lowney, AIA – Lowney Architecture, 360 17th Street, #100, Oakland, CA
Use Permit #08-10000014 to construct a 5,734 square foot, three-story mixed-use building containing 5 residential units (1 Inclusionary), a 1,560 square foot quick-service restaurant with incidental sidewalk seating) and 6 parking spaces (C-SA, Commercial South Area, GP)

  • Continued From: NONE
  • Recommendation: Approve

Additional Agenda Items:
A. Information/Communication
B. Business Meeting
C. Chair’s Report
D. Current Business/Committee Appointment
E. Future Agenda Items
F. Other Matters
G. Adjourn

Correspondence and Notice of Decision Requests

  • To distribute correspondence to Board members prior to the meeting date -- submit comments by 12:00 noon, seven (7) days before the meeting.  Please provide 15 copies of any correspondence with more than ten (10) pages.
  • Any correspondence received after this deadline will be given to Board members on the meeting date just prior to the meeting.
  • Staff will not deliver to Board members any additional written (or e-mail) materials received after 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting. 
  • Members of the public may submit written comments themselves early in the meeting.  To distribute correspondence at the meeting, please provide 15 copies and submit to the Zoning Adjustments Board Clerk just before or at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Written comments, or a request for a Notice of Decision should be directed to the ZAB Secretary at:  Land Use Planning Division (Attn: ZAB Secretary)
    2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 OR at
    Communication Access
    To request a meeting agenda in large print, Braille, or on cassette, or to request a sign language interpreter for the meeting, call the Current Planning Division at 981-7410 (voice) or 981-7474 (TDD); at least five (5) working days notice will ensure availability. 

Legal Notice Concerning Your Legal Rights

  • If you object to a decision by the Zoning Adjustments Board to approve or deny a permit or variance for a project, the following requirements and restrictions apply:
  • You must appeal to the City Council within fourteen (14) days after the Notice of Decision of the action of the Zoning Adjustments Board is mailed.  It is your obligation to notify the Current Planning Division in writing to receive a Notice of Decision when it is completed.
  • Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure, Section 1094.6(b), no lawsuit challenging a City Council decision   to deny a permit or variance may be filed more than ninety (90) days after the date the decision becomes   final, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure, Section 1094.6(b), which has been adopted by the City. Any  lawsuit not filed within that ninety (90) day period will be barred.
  • Pursuant to Government Code, Section 65009(c)(5), no lawsuit challenging a City Council decision to approve (with or without conditions) a permit or variance may be filed more than ninety (90) days after the date the decision becomes final, as defined in Code of Civil Procedure, Section 1094.6(b), which has been adopted by the City.  Any lawsuit not filed within that ninety (90) day period will be barred.
  • If you believe that this decision or any condition attached to it denies you any reasonable economic use of the subject property, was not sufficiently related to a legitimate public purpose, was not sufficiently proportional to any impact of the project, or for any other reason constitutes a “taking” of property for public use without just compensation under the California or United States Constitutions, the following requirements apply:
    A. That this belief is a basis of your appeal.
    B. Why you believe that the decision or condition constitutes a "taking" of property as set  forth above.
    C. All evidence and argument in support of your belief that the decision or condition constitutes a “taking” as set forth above.
    If you do not do so, you will waive any legal right to claim that your property has been taken, both before the City Council and in court.