A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.
Present were Commission Members Tom Jenny, Patrick Beddor, Kyle Skiermont, Linda Flynn and Bob Hatlestad. Commissioners Kate Reilly and Kathy Newcomb were absent.
Also present were staff members Nancy Anderson and Kersten Elverum.
City Attorney Jerry Steiner was also present.
Mr. Skiermont called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Mr. Beddor moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the July 29, 2008, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed amendment with the Commission.
The public hearing was opened at 6:32 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Hatlestad moved and Ms. Flynn seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:33 p.m.
Mr. Beddor moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ08-5, recommending approval of an ordinance amendment to allow animal day care within the B-3 zoning district.
Mr. Beddor left at this time.
Ms. Anderson presented the background of the parking issue for Japs-Olson.
Ms. Elverum reviewed the tax implications of a parking lot vs. a building on the property and the discussions with St. Louis Park staff.
Bob Murphy, representing Japs-Olson, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Murphy stated that in 1997 they moved from north Minneapolis. He gave the history of growth for the company and stated that they now need additional space.
Morris Sherman, the Japs-Olson, attorney appeared before the Commission. Mr. Sherman discussed the benefits to the City of Hopkins from having Japs-Olson remain at its current location with the construction of a parking lot on the Kunz Oil property.
The Commission gave the following comments:
Mr. Hatlestad volunteered to present the report to the City Council.
Mr. Skiermont 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.