Public Advisory Committee - July 26, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
July 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Location: 

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PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
MEETING NOTES
 
 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
1660 Mission Street
2nd Floor, Room 2001
 
       
1. WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
 
Director Hui welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were made.   
 
2. MISCELLANEOUS PLANNING ISSUES
 
Jeff Joslin reported the ADU regulations have taken effect, and Planning expects to see an increase in permit applications and traffic. They will establish a dedicated desk on the 5th Floor to manage this interest.
 
There are more shifts for Preservation Planners at the PIC. There is also a dedicated Planner down there for that purpose.
 
Director Hui inquired about changes at a recent ADU workshop he attended. He asked that Planning provide information to DBI. Mr. Joslin stated a fact sheet has been developed and will forward the information. Director Hui asked David Leung to work with Planning staff to have updated information for the public.
 
There was an inquiry about the Planning backlog. Mr. Joslin stated he would look into the matter.
 
There was a question about the possibility of having ADU projects being done over the counter for Planning. Mr. Joslin stated this is the intent for having dedicated staff for ADU. DBI stated most of the permits for ADU are issued over the counter after Planning approval.
 
3. UPDATE ON INFORMATION SHEET E-01: ELECTRICAL PLAN CHECK
 
David Leung stated this is for new construction of high rise buildings or low rise with more than 50 units. They have set up procedures for electrical plan check. 
 
There was a question about projects with less than 50 units. Director Hui stated Title 24 would still be required, but that E-01 would not apply.
 
This information sheet is available on the DBI website.
 
4. UPDATE ON SOFT STORY PROGRAM TIER 3 DEADLINE
 
Director Hui reminded attendees of the upcoming September 15 deadline for Tier 3 properties to submit their permit application to DBI. There are roughly 3,500 buildings within this tier. There are 1,400 buildings that have yet to comply. DBI has been conducting outreach to the community and the media to remind property owners of this important deadline. This deadline is only for submittal, not to complete the retrofit.
 
Director Hui encouraged the public to visit Window #8 on the 1st Floor should they have any questions.
 
5. UPDATE ON THE ACCESSIBLE BUSINESS ENTRANCE PROGRAM
 
Ed Sweeney reported they are having weekly meetings for this program. There are approximately 25,000 potential buildings that may fall within this program. 
 
DBI is planning to send out letters to affected properties in the coming weeks to inform them of this legislation.
 
There are four categories in this program:
 
Category I Building entrance has no steps and is compliant with the requirements of the ordinance.
Category II Building entrance has no steps, but there are barriers such as non-compliant hardware, door opening clear width, lack of maneuvering space and sloped landings not exceeding 8.33% (1:12).
Category III Building entrance has one step.
Category IV Building entrance with more than one step and/or other major barriers to the entry.
 
DBI will be working with the Planning Department on this program. Planning has developed their information sheet. DBI will be developing their information sheet and manual. 
 
Registration for the program will begin on June 1, 2018.
 
Planned outreach will include workshops, advertisements, notifications, and media.
 
6. LEGISLATION AFFECTING DBI
 
William Strawn provided legislative updates that were presented at the July Building Inspection Commission meeting.
 
ADU legislation related to single family homes took effect June 2, 2017. 
 
DBI is working with Supervisor Peskin’s office on an issue that has come up within the Soft Story Program and Supervisor Campos legislation from last year that requires upgrading a building’s fire alarm system for improvements valued at $50,000 or more. There have been a few cases where a Fire Inspector has not signed off on the final CFC for the retrofit because the owner has not upgraded for the Fire Department. There is an exemption in the existing ordinance.
 
Supervisor Peskin will be working to address this issue, but not until after the Board recess – after Labor Day.
 
Meanwhile, DBI and Fire are working to move retrofits forward.
 
7. ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
 
Dan Lowrey stated Plan Review staff are busy with the Accela program.
 
Lily Madjus announced DBI will be offering workshops on changes to Chapter 41 of the Hotel Conversion Ordinance in August. Information on these workshops is available on the DBI website.
 
8. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
 
Future agenda items should be sent to Carolyn Jayin (Carolyn.Jayin@sfgov.org) for the next meeting.
 
9. ADJOURNMENT 
 
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:33 p.m.