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Zoning Adjustments Board
Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 7:00 PM

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

Public Testimony Guidelines
The Board Chairperson 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 agenda 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 e-mail in advance of the meeting.  See 
Correspondence and Notice of Decision Requests
at the end of this Agenda for procedures.

How to Contact Us:  Land Use Planning Division (Attn: Steven Buckley, ZAB Secretary), 2120 Milvia Street,
Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 981-7410;

Roll Call:  George Williams (Chairperson), appointed by Councilmember Capitelli
                   Michael Alvarez Cohen (Vice-Chairperson), appointed by Councilmember Wozniak
                   Deborah Matthews, appointed by Mayor Bates
                   Robert Allen, appointed by Councilmember Wengraf
                   Toya Groves, appointed by Councilmember Anderson
                   Sophie Hahn, appointed by Councilmember Worthington
                   Edward Kopelson, appointed by Councilmember Moore
                   Elisa Mikiten, appointed by Councilmember Maio
                   Sara Shumer, appointed by Councilmember Arreguin  
Ex Parte Communication Disclosures
In the context of adjudicative matters that come before the ZAB, ex parte communications are those which occur
outside the formal hearing process.  ZAB members should avoid ex-parte contacts on matters pending before
the ZAB as much as possible, as they may represent, or be perceived to represent, the receipt of evidence that
can unfairly influence a Board member’s decision on a matter before the Board.  If such contacts do occur, they
must be placed in the record and disclosed to all interested parties sufficiently in advance of the decision to
allow rebuttal. 

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

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

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 pm.  The Board may place additional Agenda 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 02/23/2012 meeting
                                                  Recommendation: APPROVE

New Hearings:

2.  2329 Grant Street
     Use Permit #10-20000041 to raise an existing single-family residence by 2 feet thereby extending a non-
     conforming 15-foot front yard setback (where 20 feet is required); to construct a 149-square-foot first story
     addition, a 135-square-foot second story addition, and a new 1,054-square-foot third story; and to establish a
     child care center on the first floor for up to 15 children with hours of operation from 7:30 – 3:00 p.m. Monday
     through Friday.
     Applicant and Property Owners: Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman, 2329 Grant Street, Berkeley, CA
     Zoning: R-2, Restricted Two-Family Residential
     Planner: Leslie Mendez
                                                  Continued From:    NONE
                                                  Recommendation: HOLD a public hearing, DIRECT the applicant to enter into
                                                                                      mediation with impacted neighbors, REVISE the project to
                                                                                      reduce the detrimental shadow impacts and CONTINUE the
                                                                                      project off calendar.
3.  2995 College Avenue
     Use Permit #12-10000005 to expand incidental alcohol service by adding distilled spirits to an existing full-
     service restaurant that currently serves beer and wine.
     Applicant and Property Owner: Jerry H. Tsou, 8 Brandt Drive, Moraga, CA 94556
     Zoning: C-E, Elmwood Commercial
     Planner: Elaine Rosenthal
                                                  Continued From:    NONE
                                                  Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit #12-10000005 pursuant to the
                                                                                      Findings and Conditions

4.  1819 Fifth Street
      Use Permit #11-10000036 to add two dwelling units and convert a portion of a manufacturing building,
      including the renovation of a 10,300 sq. ft. machine shop space and the addition of two residential units on
      two stories (resulting in 7,680 sq. ft. machine shop and 3,980 sq. ft. residential), for a proposed total of
      11,790 sq. ft. of mixed-use floor area.
      Applicant: Matthew Stromberg, Stromberg Architecture, 2113 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA. 94710
      Property Owner: 1819 Fifth St. LLC, 768 San Luis Road, Berkeley 94707
      Zoning: MU-R, Mixed-Use Residential
      Planner: Claudine Asbagh
                                                    Continued From:    NONE
                                                    Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit #11-10000024 pursuant to the Findings
                                                                                         and Conditions

5.  2655 Shattuck Avenue      
 Use Permit #11-10000056 to establish a Medical Office Use in an existing 8,185 square foot retail space
     (formerly Reel Video)
      Applicant: Valerie Roberts, DaVita Inc., 7755 Pardee Lane, Oakland, CA 94621
      Property Owner: 2655 Shattuck Avenue, LLC/Avi Nevo, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
      Zoning: C-SA, South Area Commercial
      Planner: Greg Powell
                                                    Continued From:   NONE
                                                    Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit #11-10000056 pursuant to the Findings 
                                                                                         and Conditions

Modifications of Use Permits

6.  740 Heinz Avenue
     Use Permit Modification #11-70000020 to enlarge the building footprint to create a new entrance lobby at the
     southwest corner of the building, expand the 3rd and 4th floors, delete the 49-car basement parking garage, and
     revise building elevations.
     Applicant: Chris Barlow, Wareham Development
     Property Owner: Garr Land & Resource Management
     Zoning: MULI, Mixed-Use Light-Industrial
     Planner: Greg Powell
                                                   Continued From: NONE
 A. ADOPT the Addendum Findings found in Attachment 1;
                                                                                       and B. Direct the applicant to REVISE the plan to restore
                                                                                       the setback as shown in Figure 6 and APPROVE Use Permit
                                                                                       Modification #11-700000020 pursuant to Section 23B.56.020
                                                                                       to modify the approved plan, with minor changes to the
                                                                                       previously-approved Conditions, to reflect the modified
                                                                                       project (see Attachment 1).

Additional Agenda Items:
The following agenda items may be discussed, but no action may be taken unless a specific item is listed on
this agenda.

A. Information/Communication

B. Discussion Item

C. Business Meeting

D. Chairperson’s Report

E. Current Business/Committee Appointment

F. Future Agenda Items

G. Other Matters


Correspondence and Notice of Decision Requests
• Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the
City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note: e-mail addresses,
names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication
to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record. 
If you do not want your
e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S.
Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee.  If you do not want
your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication. 
Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.
• 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 or if in color or photographic format.
• Correspondence received by the 5:00 pm Tuesday before the meeting will be posted on the ZAB web site for review
by the Board and public prior to the meeting. Correspondence received later, and after the meeting, will be posted to
the web site following the meeting.
• Correspondence received by the 5:00 pm Tuesday before the meeting will be posted on the ZAB web site for review
by the Board and public prior to the meeting. Correspondence received later, and after the meeting, will be posted to
the web site following the meeting.
• 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: Steven Buckley, ZAB Secretary), 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 OR at

 clip_image001.jpg Accessibility Information / ADA Disclaimer
This meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location. To request a disability-related accommodation(s) to
participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services specialist at
981-6342 (V) or 981-6345 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date.  Please refrain from
wearing scented products to this meeting.

SB 343 Disclaimer
Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made
available for public inspection at the Permit Service Center, Planning and Development Department located at 2120
Milvia Street, Berkeley, during regular business hours.

Notice Concerning Your Legal Rights
If you object to a decision by the Zoning Adjustments Board regarding a land use permit project, the following
requirements and restrictions apply:

1. If you challenge the decision of the City in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone
else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Zoning
Adjustments Board at, or prior to, the public hearing.
2. 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 Land Use Planning Division in writing of your
desire to receive a Notice of Decision when it is completed.
3. Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(b) and Government Code Section 65009(c)(1), no lawsuit
challenging a City Council decision, as defined by Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.6(e), regarding a use
permit, variance or other permit 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).  Any lawsuit not filed within that ninety (90) day period
will be barred.
4. Pursuant to Government Code Section 66020(d)(1), notice is hereby given to the applicant that the 90-day protest
period for any fees, dedications, reservations, or other exactions included in any permit approval begins upon final
action by the City, and that any challenge must be filed within this 90-day period.
5. 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.