Code Advisory Committee meeting

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

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    Members of the Code Advisory Committee will attend this meeting in-person.

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    1. Call to Order, Roll Call and confirmation of quorum.

      Members of the Code Advisory Committee:

      Stephen Harris, S.E., Chair

      Ned Fennie, A.I.A., Vice-Chair

      Gina Centoni

      Marc Cunningham

      Ira Dorter

      Henry Karnilowicz

      Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp

      Don Libbey, P.E.

      Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp

      Jim Reed

      Jonathan Rodriguez

      Brian Salyers, F.P.E.

      Tony Sanchez-Corea, III

      John Tostanoski

      Rene’ Vignos, S.E.

    2. Approval of the minutes of the Code Advisory Committee regular meeting of March 8, 2023
    3. Discussion and possible action regarding changes to Chapter 5F Building Façade Inspection and Maintenance

      Discussion and possible action regarding changes to Chapter 5F Building Façade Inspection and Maintenance – retroactive Provisions in response to recent failure of windows in high-rise buildings. (File No. 230373)

      The possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action

    4. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed ordinance amending the Planning and Building Codes

      Discussion and possible action regarding proposed ordinance amending the Planning and Building Codes to codify the annual waiver of awning replacement fees and awning fees applied for during the month of May. (File No.230212-2)

      The possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action.

    5. Review of communication items. The Committee may discuss or acknowledge communication items received for discussion.

      • Vacancy for “Member-at-Large”

      • Vacancy for “A Person Qualified in the Area of Historical Preservation”

    6. Public Comment.

      Public Comments on items not on this agenda but within the jurisdiction of the Code Advisory Committee. Comment time is limited to 3 minutes or as determined by of the Chairperson.

    7. Committee comments on items not on this agenda.
    8. Subcommittee Reports: (Discussion & possible action) (10 minutes)

      a. Housing Code Subcommittee:

      Subcommittee Chair: Henry Karnilowicz

      Subcommittee Members: Ira Dorter, Jim Reed

      b. Mechanical Electrical Plumbing & Fire Subcommittee:

      Subcommittee Chair: Jim Reed

      Subcommittee Members: Henry Karnilowicz, Brian Salyers, F.P.E., John Tostanoski

      c. Administrative & General Design and Disability Access Subcommittee:

      Subcommittee Chair: Tony Sanchez-Corea

      Subcommittee Members: Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp, Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp, Henry Karnilowicz, Jonathan Rodriguez

      d. Structural Subcommittee:

      Subcommittee Chair: Stephen Harris, S.E.

      Subcommittee Members: Rene’ Vignos, S.E., LEED A.P., Marc Cunningham, Ned Fennie, AIA, Don Libbey, P.E.

      e. Green Building Subcommittee:

      Subcommittee Chair: Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp

      Subcommittee Members: Jonathan Rodriguez, Gina Centoni, Henry Karnilowicz

    9. Committee Members and Staff’s identification agenda items for the next meeting.

      Committee Members and Staff’s identification agenda items for the next meeting, as well as current agenda items to be continued to another CAC regular meeting or special meeting, or a subcommittee meeting.

    10. Adjournment.

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023
    9:30 am

    Department of Building Inspection

    49 South Van Ness
    5th Floor, Room 578
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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    Code Advisory Committee Agenda 4-12-2023

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    Disability access for in-person meetings

    Disability access for in-person meetings

    The meeting will be held at the Department of Building Inspection, 49 South Van Ness Ave, San Francisco.

    The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at 8th (at the United Nations Plaza) and Market Streets.

    Accessible MUNI/Metro lines servicing this location are the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean view, and N-Judah at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 71-Haight, and 42-Downtown bus lines. For information about MUNI accessible services, call 415-923-6142.

    The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Accessible curbside parking spaces have been designated on the Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street perimeters of City Hall for mobility-impaired persons. There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.

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    Language access

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    Lobbying activity

    Lobbying activity

    Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance to register and report lobbying activity.

    For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, contact the Ethics Commission:

    • Mail: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102
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    Political contributions

    Political contributions

    SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.127 prohibits any person with a financial interest in certain land use matters from making a political contribution to any committee controlled by an individual currently holding, or seeking election to, the office of Mayor, Supervisor, or City Attorney.
    Solicitation or acceptance of such a contribution is also prohibited.

    Be aware that certain matters pending before or acted upon by the Building Inspection Commission may constitute land use matters under section 1.127.

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    Last updated April 7, 2023