Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

May 31, 2011

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Molly Cummings, Doug Datta, Pat Beddor, Tom Jenny, Andrea Naef, Bob Hatlestad and Aaron Kuznia.

Also present were staff members Nancy Anderson and John Bradford.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Datta seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the April 26, 2011, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: SITE PLAN APPROVAL – 415 - 17TH AVENUE NORTH

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed redevelopment of the former Mayon Plastic building. Dave Carland and Randy Rauwerdink, representing Stonehenge USA, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Carland and Mr. Rauwerdink reviewed the development with the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 6:45 p.m. Brett Eslinger of 402 - 16th Ave N appeared before the Commission. Mr. Eslinger was concerned with the smell of the garbage. There was considerable discussion regarding the garbage. Mr. Beddor moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The hearing was closed at 7:04 p.m.

Ms. Cummings moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ11-5, recommending approval of a site plan to develop 415 - 17th Avenue North to a retail use. The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: REZONING – 525 BLAKE ROAD

Ms. Anderson reviewed the rezoning for 525 Blake Road. The public hearing was opened at 7:10 p.m.  Mark Smith appeared before the Commission. Mr. Smith would like to open a pawn shop at 525 Blake Rd. If the site were rezoned to B-4, a pawn shop would not be allowed.   Mr. Smith reviewed his operation with the Commission. There was considerable discussion regarding the operation of pawn shops. Ms. Anderson reminded the Commission the discussion for this evening was whether 525 Blake Rd is an appropriate site for B-3 uses or whether the B-4 district is more appropriate, and not about Mr. Smith’s pawn shop. The Commission felt that the site should be open for more business uses, and that it should remain B-3.

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Beddor seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The hearing was closed at 7:55 p.m.

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Jenny seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ11-6, recommending denial of a rezoning of 525 Blake Road from B-3 to B-4. The motion was approved unanimously.

TRAIL AND SIDEWALK MASTER PLAN AND COMPLETE STREETS

John Bradford, the City Engineer, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Bradford reviewed what complete streets are. The Commission identified several streets in the City where there could be pedestrian and bicycle routes.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Ms. Cummings nominated Mr. Kuznia for Chair. Mr. Hatlestad seconded the nomination. There were no other nominations for Chair. Mr. Kuznia was unanimously elected for Chair.

Mr. Kuznia nominated Ms. Cummings for Vice Chair. Mr. Hatlestad seconded the nomination. There were no other nominations for Vice Chair.  Ms. Cummings was unanimously elected for Vice Chair.

ADJOURN

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Hatlestad seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.