Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

December 26, 2006

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

Present were Commission Members Kathy Newcomb, Kyle Skiermont, Virgil Aarness, and Jannina Aristy.  Bob Hatlestad, Linda Flynn and Peter Sholtz were absent.

Also present were City Planner Nancy Anderson, Public Works Director Steve Stadler, Planning and Economic Director Jim Kerrigan, and City Attorney Jerry Steiner.

  1. Call To Order
    Mr. Skiermont called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
  2. Approval of Minutes
    Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Aristy seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2006, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 
  3. Business
    1. CASE NO. SPR06-6 SITE PLAN REVIEW – EXCELSIOR CROSSINGS
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed development.  David Menke, representing Opus Northwest, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Menke reviewed the site plan with the Commission.  Gene Ernest, the landscape architect for Opus, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Ernest reviewed the landscaping with the Commission.  Mr. Aarness was concerned with the pond on the south being near the trail.  John Dietrich of RLK appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Dietrich stated that there will be approximately 10 feet of landscaping before the grade change for the pond.  Jim Benshoof, the City’s traffic consultant, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Benshoof clarified and reviewed his traffic comments with the Commission. 
         The public hearing was opened at 7:10 p.m.  Firmus Opitz of 315 Monroe Avenue  Mr. Opitz was concerned with the traffic on Second Street.  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 7:18 p.m.
          Ms. Aristy moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-38, recommending approval of the site plan for Excelsior Crossings.  The motion was approved unanimously. 
    2. CASE NO. SUBD06-3 PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT– EXCELSIOR CROSSINGS
      Ms. Anderson gave an overview of the preliminary/final plat. 
         The public hearing was opened at 7:20 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 7:21 p.m.
          Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-39, recommending approval of a preliminary/final plat. The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. CASE NO. VN06-3 VACATION – EXCELSIOR CROSSINGS
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed vacation of the alley and street.
         The public hearing was opened at 7:22 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 7:23 p.m.
         Ms. Newcomb moved and Ms. Aristy seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ06-40, recommending approval of a vacation of street and alley. The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. ITEM: JUNK VEHICLES DISCUSSION
      Ms. Anderson discussed the junk cars in the B-3 zoning district. There was a discussion on how long a vehicle that is to be repaired should be allowed to be on a business property. The Commission discussed that 30 days was a reasonable time to have a car repaired. Staff will work on an ordinance.
  4. Adjournment
    Mr. Skiermont moved and Ms. Aristy seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 p.m.