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Department of Planning & Development
Department of Planning & Development


Zoning Adjustments Board
Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 7:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Second Floor
Berkeley (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, you may 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 4:00 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: Aaron Sage, Zoning Adjustments Board Secretary), 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 981-7425;

Preliminary Matters:

Roll Call: Michael Alvarez Cohen (Chairperson),
appointed by Councilmember Wozniak
                  Deborah Matthews (Vice Chairperson), appointed by Mayor Bates
                  George Williams, appointed by Councilmember Capitelli 
                  Robert Allen, appointed by Councilmember Wengraf
                  Shoshana O’Keefe, appointed by Councilmember Anderson 
                  Sophie Hahn, appointed by Councilmember Worthington
                  Steven Donaldson, appointed by Councilmember Moore 
                  Prakash Pinto, appointed by Councilmember Maio 
                  Igor Tregub, 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, 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.

Preliminary Matters:

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) or withdrawn by the applicant; and (4) 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 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. 2501-2509 Haste & 2433 Telegraph Avenue – El Jardin
Use Permit #12-10000012 to demolish a 6,950 square foot retail building at 2433 Telegraph Avenue and to construct a 89,054 square foot, 69’/6-story, mixed-use building to include 79 dwelling units, 30,356 square feet of commercial floor area and no off-street parking spaces.
CEQA Action: Pending
Applicant: Kirk Peterson, Kirk E. Peterson & Associates Architects, 5253 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608
Property Owner: Ken Sarachan, 1000 Rispin Drive, Berkeley, CA 94705
Zoning: C-T, “Telegraph Avenue Commercial District”
Planner: Greg Powell,, (510) 981-7414
               Continued From:    2/27/14
               Recommendation: CONTINUE the matter to April 24, 2014.

Action Calendar:

2. 2024 Durant / 2025 Channing Way
MODUP2014-001 to modify Use Permit #12-100000017 by permitting the conversion of an approximately 500 square foot workout room on the fifth floor to a one-bedroom dwelling unit for a total of 79 dwelling units.
CEQA Action: Approved project was deemed categorically exempt pursuant to Section 15332 of the CEQA Guidelines (“In-Fill Development Projects”). As the original project impact studies assumed 96 units, but the project was ultimately approved with 78 units, the modified project with a total of 79 units still meets the requirements of Section 15332.
Applicant / Property Owner: Durant Berkeley Partners LLC; c/o The Austin Group LLC, 164 Oak Road, Alamo, CA 94507
Zoning: C-DMU – Downtown Mixed Use District Buffer
Planner: Leslie Mendez,, (510) 981-7426
               Continued From:    None
               Recommendation: APPROVE
MODUP2014-0001 pursuant to Section 23B.32.040 and subject to
                                                   the attached Findings and Conditions.

3. 524 Cragmont  
Appeal of Administrative Use Permit 2013-0159 to rebuild and expand a home destroyed by fire, involving the addition of a third story, the continuation of non-conforming setbacks in the front and east side yards, and a major residential addition (1,357 square feet) that will result in a 3,054 square-foot residence with a 402 square-foot garage.
CEQA Action: Categorically exempt pursuant to Sections 15301.d and 15303.a of the CEQA Guidelines (“Existing Facilities” and “New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures”).
Applicant: Carlos Plazola, BuildZig, 1211 Embarcadero, Suite D, Oakland, CA 94606
Property Owner: Vinco Properties, LLC, 1250-A Fairmont Drive, Suite 216, San Leandro, CA 94578
Appellants: Daniel and Sara Sanders, 540 Cragmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708 and Gil and Leslie Faust, 535 Cragmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708
Zoning: R-1H Single Family Residential-Hillside Overlay
Planner: Beth Greene,, (510) 981-7484
              Continued From:    None 
              Recommendation: UPHOLD
the Zoning Officer’s decision to approve Administrative Use Permit AUP 2013-0159, 
                                                  with modified conditions related to water features and metal roof, and DISMISS the Appeal.

4. 1535-1537 Oregon  
Use Permit #2013-0059 to construct a 1,798-square-foot, two-story, single-family dwelling (1537 Oregon Street) at the rear, and raise the existing one-story (plus basement) single-family dwelling (1535 Oregon Street) by 4 feet and have a room addition.
CEQA Action: Categorically exempt pursuant to Section 15301 and Section 15303 of the CEQA Guidelines (“Existing Facilities” and “New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures”, respectively).
Applicant/Property Owner: Brad Miller and John Gladish, P.O. Box 6114, Oakland, CA 94117
Zoning: R-2A — Restricted Multiple-Family Residential District
Planner: Hannah Young (contract planner),, 415-243-3854
            Continued From:    None 
            Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit 2013-0052 pursuant to Section 23B.32.040 and subject to the Findings 
                                                 and Conditions

5. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
    Minutes from 03/13/2014 meeting.
          Continued From:    None
          Recommendation: APPROVE


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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.

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 or if in color or photographic format. This method is strongly preferred.
• Correspondence received by 4:00 pm the Tuesday before the meeting will be posted on the Board 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 at the meeting. To distribute correspondence at the meeting, please provide 15 copies and submit to the Zoning Adjustments Board Clerk. Please be advised: You are strongly advised to submit written comments prior to the meeting date as Board members do not have an opportunity to read written materials handed out at the meeting.
• Written comments, or a request for a Notice of Decision should be directed to the Zoning Adjustments Board Secretary at: Land Use Planning Division (Attn: Aaron Sage), 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 981-7425;

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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