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Department of Planning & Development
Department of Planning & Development


Zoning Adjustments Board
Thursday, September 26, 2013 – 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 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: Terry Blount, AICP, ZAB Secretary), 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 981-7410;

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, 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 08/22/2013 meeting 
                                                   Continued From:    None
                                                   Recommendation: APPROVE

New Public Hearings:
2. 2722 Durant Avenue 
Use Permit #2013-0040 to construct a 732 square foot roof deck on an existing fraternity house.
CEQA Action: Categorically Exempt under Section §15301 ‘Existing Facilities’.
Applicant: Scott Sparling, PO Box 9013, Berkeley, CA 94709
Property Owner: Association of the Lambda Chapter Chi Phi, c/o John Christian, 475 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Zoning: R-3(H), “Multiple Family Residential District, Hillside Overlay”; Planner: Claudine Asbagh
                                                 Continued From:    None 
                                                 Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit #2013-0040 pursuant to Section
                                                                                     23B.32.040 and subject to the attached Findings and 

3. 2701 Shattuck Avenue  
Use Permit #12-10000039 to construct a 30,762 square foot, 5-story, 60-foot tall, mixed-use building to include 70 residential units, a 1,956 square foot, full serve restaurant with incidental service of beer and wine, and 35 parking spaces.
CEQA Action: Categorically Exempt under Section §15332 ‘In-Fill Development’.
Applicant: Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Axis Development Group, 580 California St., 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
Zoning: C-SA, “South Area Commercial District”; Planner: Greg Powell
                                              Continued From:    None
                                              Recommendation: HOLD
a Public Hearing, and direct the applicant to
                                                                                  REVISE the project to reduce the number of dwelling
                                                                                  units at the northeast corner of the site to provide an
                                                                                  increased setback from the residential properties to
                                                                                  the east.

4. 3120 California Street
Use Permit #2013-0028 to renovate an existing non-conforming commercial space to a new Art/Craft Studio-Live/Work Unit.
CEQA Action: Categorically Exempt under Section §15302 ‘Reconstruction of Existing Facilities’ and Section §15301 ‘Existing Facilities’.
Applicant: Kevin Mond, HDR Remodeling, 2952 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702
Property Owner: Christian Schmidt and Kirsten Koch, 3118 California St., Berkeley, CA 94702
Zoning: R-2A, “Restricted Multiple-Family Residential District”; Planner: Pamela Johnson
                                            Continued From:    None
                                            Recommendation: APPROVE
Use Permit #UP2013-0028 pursuant to Section
                                                                                23B.32.040 and subject to the attached Findings and

Appeal of Administrative Use Permit(s):

5. 48 Oakvale Avenue
Appeal of Administrative Use Permit #13-20000062
to construct an 897 sq. ft. second story addition.
CEQA Action: Categorically Exempt under Section §15301 ‘Existing Facilities’.
Applicant: Lorin Hill, Architect, 6573 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, Ca 94609
Property Owner: Heather Lord & Jason Wolenik, 48 Oakvale Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Appellant: Paula H. Skene, 52 Oakvale Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Zoning: R-1, “Single Family Residential District”; Planner: Pamela Johnson
                                           Continued From:    None
                                           Recommendation: UPHOLD
the Zoning Officer’s decision to approve
                                                                               Administrative Use Permit #13-20000062 as presented
                                                                               in Attachment 1, and DISMISS the Appeal.

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
               Berkeley NAACP Town Hall Meeting Report
B. Discussion Item
C. Business Item
D. Chairperson’s Report
E. Current Business/Committee Appointment
F. Future Agenda Items
G. Other Matters 
               Future Council Hearings on ZAB Decisions
                   i. 2227 Dwight Way, 10/29/2013
                  ii. 596 Spruce Street, 11/12/2013
                 iii. 3001 Telegraph Avenue, 11/19/2013


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. This method is strongly preferred.
• Correspondence received by 4:00 pm the 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. Please be advised: Board members do not have an opportunity to read materials distributed at the meeting. 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 ZAB Secretary at: Land Use Planning Division (Attn: Terry Blount, AICP, ZAB Secretary), 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 OR at

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 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. 


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