HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND COMMITTEE
Wednesday, January 23, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.
1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, Rm. 278
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Committee Chair, Charles Chase.
Dennis Antenore (SFPP)
Mark Ryser, (SF Beautiful)
Charles Chase (SF Heritage)
Mrs. G. Bland Platt (BOS)
Absent: Tony Irons (Mayor)
Alan Martinez (LAPB)
Joanne Sakai (SFRA)
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Pursuant to a request by Mr. Antenore that approval of the Minutes of the meeting of January 11, 2006 be deferred, the Committee agreed to reconsider the minutes at the next meeting.
3. STAFF REPORT
a. Statement of Committee scope of work.
Rich Hillis, MOEWD: agreed to add policy language to the Committee statement of purpose set forth in the Committee By-Laws.
b. Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) draft
In response to Mrs. Platt’s request for clarification of the 501 c)(3) requirement, Mr. Hillis confirmed that grantees have to be a 501 (c)(3) or work through the fiscal agency route; if consultant services are desired, then a Request for Proposals would have to be issued. Mr. Chase: Committee must decide at next meeting what services it wants performed and what the specific requirements are.
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4. PLANNING DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Mark Luellen, Planning Dept.: working with Dept. contracting person to get the Market/Octavia Survey Plan ready to present to the Civil Service Commission. Local 21 has questions re why work is being contracted out instead of hiring staff in-house.
Mr. Luellen distributed documents with information from all of the area plans.
Mr. Chase suggested that Sarah Dennis, DCP, Long Range Planning, be invited to come to the next meeting.
During Public Comment, Peter Lewis stated that his organization wants to apply for funds to complete a survey of the Mission Dolores area and apply for an historic district designation on the state and federal and possibly local government area. Mr. Joe Butler said he would like the Planning Dept. to budget for as cultural resources inventory.
Mr. Antenore: announced that Supervisor Peskin amended the Better Neighborhoods legislation to include historic surveys as part of the initial budget process.
5. ESTABLISH NEXT AGENDA
Mr, Chase asked the Committee to critique the Draft Request for Services and discuss at the next meeting. He also announced that there was a meeting with Planning Dept. IT staff and that a request is going out for Permit Tracking Improvements.
4. STAFF REPORT
Committee Administrator Jill Lerner provided the first draft of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Committee’s review. The Committee asked Staff to research whether the application process was only open to San Francisco residents. Issues of time frame, grant amounts and scoring points were discussed. Further discussion of the NOFA will take place at the next meeting.
Due to Mr. Hillis’ absence, discussion of the Statement of Committee Scope will be deferred until the next meeting.
5. PLANNING DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Mark Luellen, Planning Dept.: asked the Committee for comments on the Preservation Survey Plan and RFP distributed at the December meeting and announced that the Planning Dept. is scheduled to submit the Plan to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for review next week. Stated that the Survey Plan and RFP cannot go forward as is unless this Committee agrees to add $1, 000, 000 to the $250, 000 budgeted by Planning to fund it. If the Committee chooses not to fund the Survey Plan, the $250K will be used to fund the Market/Octavia survey.
Members of the Committee were critical of the methodology utilized in preparing the Survey Plan.
Mr. Antenore would like to see the plan concentrate on areas where the Planning Dept. has comprehensive programs and development is in progress; Mr. Luellen responded that the distributed Survey Plan was the first pass, that projects were not rated but that Landmarks Advisory Preservation Board criteria was used in developing it.
Mr. Chase: concerned that long range planning does not see the value of area plans; that it is not appropriate for Planning to solicit outside funding for projects that should be part of the department’s work plan
Mr. Antenore: would not be inappropriate for City to use supplementary funds if it prioritizes plans.
Mr. Martinez: wants to see a survey plan for the entire city without prioritizing.
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Mrs. Platt: wants to use services of a consultant to plan how surveys should go forward and wants neighborhoods to come to the Committee with requests. At this point, Mrs. Platt put forward Mr. Ryser’s motion: “The Committee recommends that in funding historic resources surveys from the City budget, the planning department give highest priority to undertaking and completing survey work first in those geographic areas in which area plans are underway, and next in those areas anticipated to be the subject to of planning efforts in the new term. In the future, area planning efforts should include historic surveys as part of the initial planning process.” Seconded by Mr. Martinez, motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Chase: Committee should go ahead with investments from fund to move a portion of Survey Plan.
Mrs. Platt: does not want to cosign at this point.
Mr. Antenore: need to get something done; if Market/Octavia can be completed now with supplementary funding, then Committee should provide the funds; moved to schedule another meeting in two weeks to determine whether Committee needs to supplement the Planning Dept.’s $250K Seconded by Mr. Martinez, motion failed.
Mrs. Platt: asked Mr. Luellen if Planning were comfortable going to HRC with the Market/Octavia Plan moved to encourage Planning to go forward with the Market/Octavia Area Plan Survey. Seconded by Mr. Chase, motion passed unanimously.
6. PUBLIC COMMENT
Ms. Inge Horton, Mr. Joe Butler and Mr. Vincent Marsh offered public comment on the Planning Department’s Survey Plan.
Mrs. Platt suggested the Committee schedule a special meeting to complete items not covered on this meeting’s agenda; members agreed and requested staff to plan a morning meeting for 1/23 or 1/25.
Mrs. Platt also announced that Supervisor Peskin contacted the Controller saying interest accruing from the Historic Preservation Fund should accrue to the fund itself and not the General Fund, and that the interest accrual should be retroactive.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.