Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

March 27, 2007

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Kathy Newcomb, Virgil Aarness, Bob Hatlestad, Peter Sholtz, and Kyle Skiermont. Linda Flynn 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
    Mr. Aarness moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2007, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.
      Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Aarness seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2007, special meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.
      Mr. Hatlestad arrived at this time.
  3. Business
    1. Parking Variance - Hopkins Village—CASE NO. VN07-1
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the parking variance. Ted Benson, representing Hopkins Village Apartments, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Benson stated that they have wanted to do this for a long time and now they think they have the funds to proceed. Mr. Aarness asked if they could do more landscaping. Mr. Hatlestad asked if the patio could be bigger. Funding is an issue for the project, and if there are additional funds these suggestions will be considered. No one appeared at the meeting regarding this item.
         Mr. Hatlestad moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ07-6, recommending approval of a parking variance reducing parking spaces by five at 9 Seventh Avenue South. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Zoning Amendment - Pet Grooming—CASE NO. ZN07-2
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed amendment. Laurie Stuart, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. The Commission looked favorably on the new use.
         The public hearing was opened at 6:50 p.m. Mr. Hatlestad moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:51 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing.
         Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ07-7, recommending approval of a zoning amendment to permit pet grooming as a permitted use in the B-3 zoning district.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Zoning Amendment - Junk Vehicles—CASE NO. ZN07-3
      Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed amendment.  Ms. Anderson noted that the Commission had reviewed the proposed language at the previous meetings.
          The public hearing was opened at 6:52 p.m. Greg Smith, the owner of 2011 Mainstreet, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Smith asked if the Commission would consider a longer time period than 30 days. Alexandra and Max Teplitski of 525 Mainstreet appeared before the Commission. Mr. Teplitski also asked for a longer time period than 30 days. 
         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 7:20 p.m. 
         Mr. Aarness moved and Mr. Skiermont seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ07-8, recommending adoption of Ordinance 07-986 regulating the parking of junk vehicles.  The motion was approved unanimously. 
    4. Zoning Amendment - Industrial Zoning District—CASE NO. ZN07-4
      Ms. Anderson reviewed changes with the proposed amendments with the Commission. Mr. Hatlestad wanted a junk yard removed from the conditional use section of the ordinance. The Commission concurred.
          The public hearing was opened at 7:35 p.m. 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 7:36 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing.
          Mr. Hatlestad moved and Mr. Aarness seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ07-9, recommending adoption of Ordinance 07-987 amending the industrial zoning district with the junk car use removed. The motion was approved unanimously.
  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 7:40 p.m.