Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

July 26, 2005

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at 7:10 pm in the Raspberry Room and Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

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

  1. Call To Order
    Mr. Sholtz called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm in the Raspberry Room.
  2. Approval of Minutes for June 28, 2005
    Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Halverson seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the June 28, 2005, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Business
    1. Concept Review For Site Plan - Block 64 — Case No. SPR05-03
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the concept for Block 64. Andy Jones, representing the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Jones reviewed the site plan with the Commission. Mr. Jones reviewed the elevations, exterior materials, parking, lighting, and trash locations with the Commission.
        At approximately 7:30 pm the Commission moved to the Council Chambers.
    2. Site Plan Review - Oak Ridge Place II — Case No. SPR05-4
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the site plan and the other items the applicant will need for this development. Tom Goodrum, John Weber and Roger Johnson, representing the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Goodrum stated that they will be able to address all the City Engineer's comments. The Commission discussed the height of the new building, the trees that would remain, and approval by the Watershed District. No one appeared at the public hearing regarding this issue.
        The public hearing was opened at 8:00 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:01 pm.
        Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-20, recommending approval of a site plan to construct a condo building on the northeast corner of the Eisenhower Community Center. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Rezoning - Oak Ridge Place II — Case No. ZN05-7
      The public hearing was opened at 8:02 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:03 pm.
        Mr. Paul moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-21, recommending approval of Ordinance 05-952, rezoning the northeast corner of the Eisenhower Community Center to R-5. The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. Variance - Lot Frontage Oak Ridge Place II — Case No. VN05-5
      Ms. Anderson stated that the City Engineer did not want a public road for this development. The proposed development will use the existing private road from Mr. Halley's first development.
        Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-23, recommending approval of a variance for a lot not to have frontage on a public right-of-way. The motion was approved unanimously.
    5. Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Oak Ridge Place II — Case No. ZN05-8
      Ms. Anderson stated that the Comprehensive Plan will have to be amended so that the zoning is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
        The public hearing was opened at 8:05 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Halverson moved and Ms. Aristy seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:06 pm.
        Mr. Paul moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-22, recommending approval of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment from Institutional to High Density Multiple family. The motion was approved unanimously.
    6. Preliminary Plat - Oak Ridge Place II — Case No. SUBD05-4
      Ms. Anderson stated that this was only the preliminary plat and they will be back for a final plat.
        The public hearing was opened at 8:07 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Halverson moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:08 pm.
        Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-24, recommending approval of a preliminary plat for Oak Ridge II condos. The motion was approved unanimously.
    7. Variance - Front Yard Interlachen Rd — Case No. VN05-6
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the variance. Mr. Narr's father appeared before the Commission. The senior Mr. Narr stated that the house was designed with the garage on the south so if there was a problem with the utility line there would only be footings on that side. Several neighbors appeared before the Commission and were concerned that the proposed home was too big and stated they were against the variance.
        Ms. Halverson moved and Ms. Aristy seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-25, recommending approval of a front yard setback variance from 30 feet to 20 feet. The motion was approved on at 3-2 vote. Mr. Aarness and Mr. Paul voting nay.
    8. Rezoning - 1710 State Highway 7 — Case No. ZN05-9
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the rezoning and various uses that will be allowed in the B-4. It was noted that an auto sales use is grandfathered and can remain.
        The public hearing was opened at 8:46 pm. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:47 pm.
        Mr. Paul moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-26, recommending approval of Ordinance 05-953, changing the zoning of 1710 State Highway 7 from B-3 to B-4. The motion was approved unanimously.
  4. Adjournment
    Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.