Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

March 29, 2005

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Peter Sholtz, Kristi Halverson, Michael Kjos, Virgil Aarness, Mary Hatcher, Jeffrey Paul, and Jannina Aristy. Also present was City Planner Nancy Anderson.

  1. Call To Order
    Ms. Hatcher called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
  2. Approval of Minutes
    Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2005, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2005, special meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Business
    1. Conditional Use Permit - Mizpah Church Sign — Case No. CUP05-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed sign. Steve Thom, the pastor of Mizpah Church, appeared before the Commission. Also appearing were Randy Kelsey and Paul Johnson. Mr. Kelsey stated that the sign would be double-sided and illuminated. Mr. Thom stated that they may add another row of changeable letters and shrink the Mizpah name; the overall dimension of the sign would remain the same.
        The public hearing was opened at 6:35 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Sholtz moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:36 pm.
        Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-8, recommending approval of a conditional use permit to erect a sign at Mizpah Church. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Preliminary/Final Plat - Blake School — Case No. SUBD 05-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed plat with the Commission. Joanna Bossen, representing Blake, appeared before the Commission.
        The public hearing was opened at 6:45 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:46 pm.
        Mr. Paul moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-5, recommending approval of a preliminary/final plat for The Blake School and platting several parcels to become outlots that will be owned by the City, except for Outlot D. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Concept Review - Lake Street — Case No. ZCR05-3
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed townhouse development on Lake Street. It was noted that staff felt that there should be less townhomes constructed on the site and that the parking in the front yard needed to be removed.
        Vladimir Sivriver, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Sivriver stated that he wants to construct townhomes. The Commission discussed parking in the front yard, underground parking, the sale price, flooding, number of bedrooms, and cost of construction. The Commission looked favorably on the concept of the townhomes if the number was reduced to a maximum of seven and the parking in the front yard was removed.
    4. Zoning Amendment - Transient Merchant — Case No. ZN05-2
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed ordinance. It was noted that the City Council recently adopted an ordinance to license transient merchants only in the B-3 zoning district.
        The public hearing was opened at 7:30 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Sholtz moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:31 pm.
      Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-6, recommending adoption of Ordinance 05-947, an ordinance amendment to allow transient merchants in the B-3 zoning district. The motion was approved unanimously.
    5. Item: Review B-4 Zoning
      Ms. Anderson reviewed suggestions for the proposed B-4 zoning district. The Commission made other suggestions to add uses in the proposed B-4 zoning district. Changes will be made to the proposed ordinance for review by the Commission at the next meeting. The Commission also discussed the property at the corner of 17th Avenue and Highway 7.
  4. Adjournment
    Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.