Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

January 26, 2010

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Tom Jenny, Kyle Skiermont, Patrick Beddor, Bob Hatlestad, Molly Cummings, and Linda Flynn.  Kathy Newcomb was absent.

Also present was staff member Tara Beard.

Call to Order

Mr. Hatlestad called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Jenny seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the October 27, 2009, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

Mr. Jenny moved and Mr. Skiermont seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the November 24, 2009, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: Mixed Use Design Guidelines

Ms. Beard reviewed the proposed design guidelines for mixed use zoning with the Commission.   The Commission discussed and supported changes to Bicycle Parking, Building Orientation, Transparency, and Signs.  There was consensus that Travel Demand Management Plans be required at certain development thresholds and that they be used for both decreasing and increasing required parking amounts. 

Commissioners had questions about who would design and install pedestrian/streetscape improvements if they were required for new developments.  There was discussion about what amount should be charged to the developer for such projects.  The Commission requested more examples of other communities doing this and what methodology they used.

The Commission explored the idea of requiring shadow studies when developments of certain height were adjacent to or within a certain distance of certain amenities, such as natural resources, single family neighborhoods, and historic resources. 

Most Commissioners felt drive-through facilities (other than fast food) should be allowed with a conditional use permit.  The group was interested in exploring a distance rule that didn’t allow drive-throughs within a certain distance of one-another, to protect the integrity of the pedestrian realm.

Adjourn

Mr. Hatlestad moved and Mr. Beddor seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.