Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

November 29, 2005

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

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

  1. Call To Order
    Mr. Sholtz called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers.
  2. Approval of Minutes
    Ms. Hatcher moved and Mr. Aarness seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the October 25, 2005, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Business
    1. Variance - Sign Setback 530 11th Ave N — Case No. VN05-10
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed sign and stated that Public Works has recommended an additional two-foot setback for safety. The Commission discussed the additional two-foot setback.
        Mr. Paul arrived at this time.
        Jeff Johnson, representing King Technology, Inc., appeared before the Commission. Mr. Johnson brought a new sign plan that would be constructed with the five-foot setback. Mr. Johnson asked the Commission to consider the three-foot setback. The Commission supported the five-foot setback because of safety concerns.
        No one appeared at the meeting regarding this item.
        Ms. Hatcher moved and Ms. Halverson seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ05-37, recommending approval of a sign setback variance at 530 11th Ave. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Concept Review - Retail In Industrial Zoning — Case No. ZCR05-5
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed ordinance amendment. Ms. Anderson reminded the Commission this was a concept and there would be no action taken tonight. The Commission discussed parking, traffic, and use of retail in the industrial zone. Christopher Dahl, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Dahl stated that there are a lot of industrial vacancies and there has been interest in a retail use at 810 1st St S. The Commission discussed how many industrial buildings the proposed conditions would affect. Ms. Anderson stated that if a condition was that the property abuts a B-2 district, this would be the only building that would apply. The Commission was concerned with the parking and traffic, but would consider the amendment for 810 1st St because of the location of the building.
    3. Item - Review Uses For Remnant Parcels On Excelsior Boulevard
      Ms. Anderson described the parcels that will be available to the City for development. The Commission indicated that they would support rezoning to R-1-A and the construction of single family homes.
  4. Adjournment
    Mr. Paul moved and Ms. Hatcher seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.

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