Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

May 31, 2005

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Peter Sholtz, Kristi Halverson, Michael Kjos, Jeffrey Paul, Jannina Aristy, Virgil Aarness, and Mary Hatcher. 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 April 26, 2005, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Business
    1. TAX INCREMENT DISTRICT — Case No. ZN05-3
      Kersten Elverum explained that the City of Hopkins was proposing to modify the redevelopment plan for Redevelopment Project No. 1 and establish a new Tax Increment District No. 1-3. As a part of that process the Zoning and Planning Commission was being asked to determine whether or not the proposed redevelopment activities were in conformance with the overall redevelopment plan for the City. She explained that the proposed activities involve redevelopment of blighted properties on Block 64 in downtown Hopkins into a mix of housing and retail uses. She cited statements in the Comprehensive Plan and the Strategic Plan for Economic Development that support this redevelopment effort.
        Ms. Elverum clarified that the Commission was not being asked to approve the project or establish the district, rather to confirm that the proposed activities are consistent with the City's plan for the area.
        Ms. Halverson moved and Ms. Aristy seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-16, finding that the modification to redevelopment plan for Redevelopment Project No. 1 and the tax increment financing plan for Tax Increment District No. 1-3 conform to the general plan for the development and redevelopment of the City. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT - THERMOTECH — Case No. SUBD05-2
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed plat. Tom Lundgren, representing Thermotech, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Lundgren stated that they do have an interested party in purchasing the smaller building.
        The public hearing was opened at 6:37 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Sholtz moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:38 pm.
        Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Sholtz seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-13, recommending approval of a preliminary/final plat at 1202 and 1302 Fifth Street South. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT - ENTRANCE CANOPY — Case No. CUP05-3
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed entrance canopy. Roger Finke, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Finke reviewed the proposed entrance canopies.
        The public hearing was opened at 6:45 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Sholtz moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:46 pm.
        Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-14, recommending approval of an entrance canopy at 620 12th Avenue South. The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. CONCEPT REVIEW - OAK RIDGE PLACE II — Case No. ZCR05-4
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed condo development. Mike Halley, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Halley stated that he was purchasing the property from the School District. He also stated that the average age for the residents buying the first phase was about 70. The Commission discussed the trees, public vs. private road, slope to the pond, height of the building, and the timeline for the construction. The Commission looked favorably on the proposed development.
    5. Variance - 201 Maple Hill Road — Case No. VN05-4
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed variance. Ms. Anderson did note that another option for the Commission would be to grant a 10-foot variance so if in the future Goodrich Street was reduced to a 60-foot right-of-way, the garage would conform with a 20-foot driveway. Richard Rotnem, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Rotnem stated that the new garage wall will be in the exact place as the existing wall. Mr. Rotnem presented a petition signed by the neighbors in favor of the variance. No one in the audience spoke on this item.
        Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Kjos seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-15, recommending approval of a variance to construct a garage with a seven-foot driveway. The motion was approved unanimously.
    6. Item: Review B-4 Zoning
      The Commission reviewed the proposed B-4 zoning district. Ms. Anderson stated that at the June meeting there would be a public hearing for the proposed zoning and after the zoning was in place, the rezonings would start.
    7. Election of Officers
      Ms. Hatcher nominated Mr. Sholtz for Chair, Ms Halverson seconded the motion. There were no other nominees. Mr. Sholtz was unanimously elected Chair. Mr. Aarness nominated Ms. Aristy for vice chair, Mr. Kjos seconded the motion. There were no other nominees. Ms. Aristy was unanimously elected vice chair.
  4. Adjournment
    Mr. Paul moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.