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Department of Planning & Development
Department of Planning & Development

Zoning Adjustments Board

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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

Zoning Adjustment Board Members:
Igor Tregub (Chairperson),  appointed by Mayor Arreguin
Denise Pinkston (Vice Chairperson), appointed by Councilmember Droste
Teresa Clarke, appointed by Councilmember Maio
John Erickson, appointed by Councilmember Davila
John Selawsky, appointed by Councilmember Bartlett
Shoshana O’Keefe, appointed by Councilmember Hahn
Charles Kahn, appointed by Councilmember Wengraf
Brazile Clark, appointed by Councilmember Worthington
Vacant, due to vacant District 4 Council seat

Public Testimony Guidelines
This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953. Any member of the public may attend this meeting. The Board Chairperson may limit the number of speakers and the length of time allowed to each speaker. To speak at a public hearing, please submit a speaker card to Planning Staff as early as possible at the meeting.

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 Supplemental Communications and Reports at the end of this Agenda for procedures.

How to Contact Us: Land Use Planning Division, Attn: Shannon Allen, (510) 981-7410, (Zoning Adjustments Board Secretary), 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704;

Preliminary Matters
Roll Call

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, the substance of the communication they must be disclosed to all interested parties in advance of any public hearing or testimony to allow rebuttal. Written ex parte communications must be forwarded to the Secretary so that they can be disclosed to the entire Board and the public.

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Matters
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, without discussion, on Agenda items for which there are no persons present who wish to speak, and no Board members who wish to discuss. The Consent Calendar may include four types of 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 will be postponed to another meeting);
(4) Applications that were withdrawn by the applicant after release of the Agenda; and
(5) Items noticed for public hearing which the Board decides to move to the Consent Calendar.

The Board Chairperson will announce any additional items proposed for the Consent Calendar at approximately 7:05 PM. Anyone present who wishes to speak on these items should raise his or her hand and advise the Chairperson, and the item(s) will be pulled from the Consent Calendar.

1. Approval of Action Minutes from March 9, 2017
Recommendation: APPROVE

2. 1290 Sixth Street – New Public Hearing
Application: Use Permit #ZP2016-0246 to expand alcohol services to include distilled spirits Incidental to food service and extend Hours of operation for an existing full service restaurant.
Zoning: MU-LI, Mixed-Use Light Industrial
CEQA Determination: Categorically exempt pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines (“Existing Facilities”).
Applicant: Lodo Rabten, 1290 Sixth street, Berkeley
Owner: Stephen E. Block, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit C, Berkeley
Staff Planner: Immanuel Bereket, (510) 981-7425
Recommendation: APPROVE Use Permit #ZP2016-0246 pursuant to Section 23B.32.040. 

3. 1255 Eastshore Highway – New Public Hearing
Application: Use Permit #ZP2016-0224 to establish automobile repair services in an existing 38,000 square foot building in the West Berkeley Manufacturing District (M). The existing building would be renovated for the project, including demolition of selected slab areas, interior wall partitions, and mezzanine space within the existing building, as well as replacement of the west façade and an extension of the driveway canopy on the north end of the building.
Zoning: Manufacturing District (M)
CEQA Determination: Categorically exempt pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines (“Existing Facilities”).
Applicant: Philip Banta, Banta Design, 6050 Hollis Street, Emeryville
Owner: Tim Southwick, 2400 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Staff Planner: Immanuel Bereket, (510) 981-7425
Recommendation: APPROVE Use Permit #ZP2016-0224 pursuant to Section 23B.32.040.

4. 2440 Valley Street – New Public Hearing
Application: Use Permit #ZP2016-0204 to construct a new 1,372 square-foot, two-story dwelling unit with a 15 feet rear yard setback where 20 feet is required. The project would increase the number of dwelling units on the site from one to two, the number of bedrooms from three to six, and would locate required off-street parking in the rear yard setback.
Zoning: R-2 – Restricted Two-Family Residential District
CEQA Determination: Categorically exempt pursuant to Sections 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) and 15332 (In-Fill Development Projects), of the CEQA Guidelines.
Applicant: Paul Wang, Paul Wang Design, 676 Alma Avenue, #307 Oakland
Owner: Ron Chisenhall and Carmen Borg, 2440 Valley Street Berkeley
Contract Planner: Sally Schifman,, (760) 517-9141
Staff Planner: Immanuel Bereket,, (510) 981-7425
Recommendation: APPROVE Use Permit #ZP2016-0204 pursuant to Section 23B.32.040. 

Discussion and Comment Items
Public meeting to solicit input and comments from the Zoning Adjustments Board, the general public and other interested parties. No action will be taken.

5.  2556 Telegraph Avenue  – The Village – Project Preview
Application: Project Preview for Use Permit 2015-0096 to (1) demolish an existing 16,000 square-foot, two-story commercial building; and (2) construct a 61,935 square-foot, eight-story, 80-foot tall, mixed-use building with 39 dwellings (including three Below Market Rate units), one ground-ground level Live/Work Unit, and 3,200 square feet of commercial space.
Zoning: C-T (Telegraph Avenue Commercial)
CEQA Determination: Studies are currently being prepared to evaluate the project’s potential environmental impacts prior to making a CEQA determination.
Applicant/Owner: Telegraph Blake, LLC, 2342 Shattuck Avenue, #171, Berkeley
Contract Planner: Steven Ross,, (510) 236-6810
Staff Planner: Immanuel Bereket, (510) 981-7425
Recommendation: Hold a Public Hearing to Solicit Comments on the Proposed Project

Action Calendar
The public may comment on each item listed on the agenda for action as the item is taken up. The Board Chairperson may, with the consent of persons representing both sides of an issue, allocate a block of time to each side to present their issue. Action items may be reordered at the discretion of the Board Chairperson with the consent of Zoning Adjustments Board.

6. 2150 Shattuck Avenue – Appeal
Application: Appeal of Design Review Committee Decision to uphold Staff Level Design Review #DRSA2016-0024 to install two signs, each sign made up of one set of channel letters with exposed neon, or comparable led lighting, located on the rooftop equipment enclosure of a building determined eligible for National Register designation on the State Historic Resources Inventory (SHRI).
Zoning: R-1A – Limited Two-Family Residential
CEQA Determination: Categorically exempt pursuant to section 15301 (“Existing Facilities”) and does not apply to any exceptions stated in section 15300.2 (“Exceptions”) of the CEQA Guidelines.
Appellant: Steve Finacom, 2308 Russell Street, Berkeley
Applicant: Ad Art, Inc., 150 Executive Park Blvd., San Francisco
Staff Planner: Anne Burns,, (510) 981-7415
Recommendation: UPHOLD Staff Level Design Review DRSA2016-0024 pursuant to Section 23E.08 and 23E.12 and subject to the attached Staff Level Design Review Conditions and DISMISS the Appeal.

All communications submitted to Zoning Adjustments Board are public record and are for information only. Other than referring an item to the Secretary for investigation and/or recommendations, no action may be taken in response any non-agenda communication.

  • Letter from Toni Mester, regarding R-1A Zoning in Berkeley, received 3/16/17.


Communications Disclaimer
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.

clip_image001.jpgAccessibility 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 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, during regular business hours.

Supplemental Communications and Reports
Items received by the deadlines for submission will be compiled and distributed as follows. If no items are received by the deadline, no supplemental packet will be compiled for said deadline. All materials will be made available via the Zoning Adjustments Board Agenda page:
Supplemental Communications and Reports 1 - All Materials submitted between noon the Thursday the week before the meeting and noon Tuesday the week of the meeting, will be made available by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday the week of the meeting.
Supplemental Communications and Reports 2 - All Materials submitted after noon on Tuesday the week of the meeting and before noon on Thursday the day of the meeting, will be made available at noon that Thursday. Any correspondence received after this deadline will be given to the Zoning Adjustment Board just prior to the meeting.
• Members of the public may submit written comments themselves at the meeting. To distribute correspondence at the meeting, please provide 15 copies and submit to the Zoning Adjustments Board Clerk. Correspondence received later, and after the meeting, will be posted to the web site following the meeting.
Please Note: You are strongly advised to submit written comments prior to noon Thursday, the meeting date, as Board members do not have an opportunity to read written materials handed out at the meeting.

Notice of Decision Requests
Written comments or a request for a Notice of Decision should be directed to the Zoning Adjustments Board Secretary at

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.

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