Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

September 26, 2006

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members, Peter Sholtz, Kathy Newcomb, Kyle Skiermont, Bob Hatlestad, Virgil Aarness, and  Linda Flynn.  Jannina Aristy was absent. Also present was City Planner Nancy Anderson.

  1. Call To Order
    Mr. Sholtz called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers..
  2. Approval of Minutes
    Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the August 29, 2006, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 
  3. Business
    1. CASE NO. CUP06-2 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, FENCE AT 22-14TH AVENUE NORTH
      Ms. Anderson gave an overview of the fence.  Susan Parker, the applicant, appeared before the Commission.  Ms. Parker brought pictures of the fence and stated that she had a petition signed by people in favor of the fence.  Mr. Aarness was concerned that the child still could get into the front yard where there is a four-foot fence.
          The public hearing was opened at 6:50 p.m.  Gloria Hayes appeared and spoke in favor of the fence.  Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:52 p.m.
          Ms. Flynn moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-21, recommending approval of a conditional use permit for a special purpose fence at 22-14th Avenue North. The motion was approved on a 5-1 vote.  Mr. Aarness voted nay.
    2. CASE NO. SPR06-3 AMENDMENT TO SITE PLAN – WALSER
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed expansion to the sales lot.  Ms. Anderson also had a concept done by Hoisington Koegler regarding the southeast corner of Fifth and Mainstreet.  Don Schilling and Jack Shimota, representing Walser, and Linda McGinty, representing Luther, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Schilling and Mr. Shimota looked favorably on the concept by Hoisington Koegler.  Mr. Schilling and Mr. Shimota also agreed to extend the wrought iron and brick fence to the existing access point along Mainstreet. 
          The public hearing was opened at 7:30 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:31 p.m.
          Mr. Hatlestad moved and Ms. Flynn seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-22, recommending approval of a site plan for 314 Mainstreet. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. CASE NO. CUP06-3 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT – WALSER
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed expansion of the auto sales lot.  Don Schilling and Jack Shimota, representing Walser, and Linda McGinty, representing Luther, appeared before the Commission. 
          The public hearing was opened at 7:31 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Skiermont seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:32 p.m.
          Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-23, recommending approval of a conditional use permit to expand the auto sales lot at 314 Mainstreet.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. CASE NO. SPR06-4 AMENDMENT TO SITE PLAN – FORMER HOPKINS HONDA SITE
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the expansion of the site.   Don Schilling and Jack Shimota, representing Walser, and Linda McGinty, representing Luther, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Hatlestad added an additional condition that if Walser decides in the future to construct a fence along Mainstreet, the fence will be constructed of wrought iron and brick pillars, consistent with the Mainstreet theme. 
         The public hearing was opened at 7:40 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:41 p.m.
          Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Skiermont seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-24, recommending approval of a site plan to expand the auto sales lot at 499 Mainstreet. The motion was approved unanimously.
    5. CASE NO. CUP06-4 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT – FORMER HOPKINS HONDA SITE
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed expansion.  Don Schilling and Jack Shimota, representing Walser, and Linda McGinty, representing Luther, appeared before the Commission.
          The public hearing was opened at 7:45 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Ms. Flynn moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:46 p.m.
          Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-25, recommending approval of a conditional use permit for an auto sales lot at 499 Mainstreet. The motion was approved unanimously.
    6. DISCUSSION – B-4 ZONING DISTRICT
      Ms. Anderson and the Commission discussed the uses allowed in the B-4 zoning district.  The Commission noted several uses to be added to the district.  Ms. Anderson will revise the B-4 district with the added uses and the Commission will review the district next month.
    7. DISCUSSION – COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
      The Metropolitan Council is requiring all cities to update their Comprehensive Plan by June 2008.  Ms. Anderson discussed briefly that the Planning Commission will be working on the Plan in 2007.
    8. OCTOBER MEETING
      Ms. Anderson stated that the last Tuesday in October is the 31st.  Ms. Aristy will not be able to make it. The Commission discussed other possible dates and decided that the October meeting would be October 24th.
    9. TOUR 20TH AVENUE NORTH
      The Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the 20th Avenue Townhomes for a tour on October 24th.
  4. Adjournment
    Mr. Sholtz moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.