Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

March 30, 2010

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

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

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.

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 February 23, 2010, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

CASE NO: ZN10-1 Zoning Amendment — Signs

The Commission reviewed this item in February and continued it until March to get more information from the applicant.  The applicant provided the Commission with Minneapolis and St. Paul sign ordinances relating to electronic signs.  Mr. Cronin also provided information on where additional electronic signs can be constructed with the proposed ordinance.

Ms. Anderson went over the additional information provided.  Mike Cronin, representing Holiday Companies, and Dave Eduqist of Holiday Companies appeared before the Commission.  The Commission discussed the various signs they had observed after the February meeting.  Ms. Cummings, Mr. Skiermont, Mr. Jenny and Mr. Hatlestad were in favor of a 12-second interval for the sign changing.  Ms. Newcomb favored a 60-minute interval.

The public hearing was opened at 6:40 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Skiermont moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously.  The hearing was closed at 6:41 p.m.

Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ10-1, recommending approval of proposed Ordinance 10-1015, amending the sign ordinance to allow electronic changing signs to change every 12 seconds.  The motion was approved on a 4-1, Ms. Newcomb voting nay.

CASE NO: CUP10-1 Conditional Use Permit– Rental Operation 1702 Mainstreet

Ms. Anderson stated that the applicant has complied with the requirements.  Staff is recommending that there be a condition on the Resolution that the improvements be completed by June 1.  Todd Beugen, the applicant, Shawn Millard, representing U-Haul, and Meranda Whitaker appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Beugen stated that he could comply with the June 1 completion date.

The public hearing was opened at 7:10 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Skiermont moved and Ms. Newcomb seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously.  The hearing was closed at 7:11 p.m.

Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ10-2, recommending approval of a conditional use permit to operate a rental operation at 1702 Mainstreet.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO: ZN10-2 Rezone Former EBCO Property to Business Park

Ms. Anderson stated that this rezoning was to make the new Comprehensive Plan designation and the rezoning the same.

The public hearing was opened at 7:13 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Skiermont moved and Ms. Cummings seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The hearing was closed at 7:14 p.m.

Mr. Jenny moved and Mr. Skiermont seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ10-3, recommending approval of Ordinance 10-1016, rezoning the property at 140 Washington Avenue and 201 Third Street south from 1-2, General Industrial to Business Park.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: Mixed Use

Ms. Anderson reviewed the changes made since last month and changes to be made before next month. 

Adjourn

Mr. Skiermont moved and Mr. Jenny seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.