Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

January 31, 2006

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Virgil Aarness, Peter Sholtz, Mary Hatcher, Jeffrey Paul, and Jannina Aristy. 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 Ms. Halverson seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the December 27, 2005, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Business
    1. Conditional Use Permit - Auto Sales — Case No. CUP06-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed expansion to the former Hopkins Honda site. John Baker, Luther’s architect, and Linda McGivney of Luther appeared before the Commission. Mr. Baker reviewed the site plan with the Commission.   
        The public hearing was opened at 6:36 p.m. At the public hearing the fence along First Street was discussed. There were differences of opinion on whether the chain link fence should stay or a new wood fence should be constructed. After considerable discussion it was determined there would be a wood fence, and it would be six feet and stepped up to eight feet going to the east. Ms. Hatcher moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:55 p.m.
        Ms. Hatcher moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-1, recommending approval of a conditional use permit for The Luther Company to expand their auto sales lot. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Site Plan Review - Luther Hopkins Dodge — Case No. SPR06-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the site plan for the expansion of the auto sales lot. John Baker, Luther’s architect, and Linda McGinty of Luther appeared before the Commission.
        The public hearing was opened at 7:13 p.m. A resident appeared and asked if this site is larger than the present Town and Country site. Ms. McGinty stated that there are more parking spaces on the former Honda site. Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Hatcher seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:14 p.m.
        Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-2, recommending approval of a site plan to include 401 and 426 Mainstreet for Luther Hopkins Dodge. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Rezoning - 415 17th Avenue N — Case No. ZN06-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed rezoning. Ms. Anderson stated that this was a less intense zoning district and such uses as a gas station and fast food restaurant are not allowed in the B-4 zoning district.
        The public hearing was opened at 7:15 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Hatcher moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:16 p.m.
        Ms. Hatcher moved and Mr. Paul seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-3, recommending approval of a rezoning at 415 17th Avenue North. The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. Concept Review - Opus Corporation/SuperValu North Annex — Case No. ZCR06-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed concept. David Menke, representing Opus Corporation, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Menke reviewed the proposed development. Mr. Menke stated that the first item to get approved would be the redevelopment agreement and after the agreement was approved they will seek PUD approval of a master plan and then site plan approval when each building was constructed.
    5. Item - Retail in Industrial Zoning Districts
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed uses for the industrial building. It was a consensus from the Planning Commission that to consider a zoning amendment to allow more retail in industrial districts, the Commission will need more information on the use.
  4. Adjournment
    Ms. Aristy moved and Ms. Hatcher seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.