Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

June 26, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission members Doug Datta, Andrea Naef, Jennifer Allard, Scott Kerssen, Charles Firth and Aaron Kuznia. Andrew Fisher was absent.

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the May 29, 2012, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

CASE NO. CUP 12-2 CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT–DAYCARE

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed daycare. 

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed day car. Ms. Anderson noted that residents of the neighborhood had contacted staff regarding the day care and the biggest concern was the traffic. Rachel Sampong, representing the applicants, appeared before the Commission. Ms. Sampong stated that the day care has two vans and most children will arrive to the site in the vans. She also stated that most of the families do not have cars and work non-traditional hours, which is the reason for the extended hours of the facility. She also stated that the children will use Blake School for their playground facility.

Frances Davis, also representing the applicants, appeard before the Commission. Ms. Davis is a consultant for the applicants. Ms. Davis stated that many of the children will come from the neighborhood to the noth and could walk across the street.

The public hearing was opened at 7:11 p.m.

At the public hearing Pat Lauer of 42 Ashley appeared before the Commission. Mr. Lauer was concerned with the following:

  • Traffic
  • Pedestrian traffic and buses
  • Setback not being met
  • Noise next to residential--residents to the east will hear the noise
  • Hours of operation
  • Fire--where will the children go?
  • Trash
  • Where will people park for events?
  • Deliveries
  • Childrewn walking across the street
  • Tornado Shelter
  • Contract with Blake for play area
  • Hot meals after 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Datta moved and Ms. Allard seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:23 p.m.

The Commission discussed traffic concerns, access to the site and pedestrian traffic.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Ms. Allard seconded a motion to reopen the public hearing at 7:33 p.m. The motion was approved unanimously.

Mina Herrigan appeared at the public hearing. Ms. herrigan asked if the daycare owned the vans.

Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Kerssen moved to close the public hearing at 7:36 p.m. The motion was approved unanimously.

Mr. Kerssen indicated that he thought it was a good use. Mr. Firth was concerned with safety.

Ms. Allard moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to reopen the public hearing at 7:50 p.m. The motion was approved unanimously.

Marilyn Leadens, the owner of the property, appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Leadens asked if it could be mandatory that the day care use the vans.

Pat Lauer of 42 Ashley appeared again and was concerned with the following:

  • Setbacks
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to close the public hearing at 8:00 p.m. The motion was approved unanimously.

The Commission had a considerable discussion on the traffic and added a condition to the resolution that a traffic study be completed.

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-6, recommending approval of a conditional use permit for a daycare. The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. ZN12-2 ZONING AMENDMENTS–INTENT AND PURPOSE

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed amendments.

The public hearing was opened at 8:17 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:18 p.m.

Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-5, recommending approval of zoning amendments. The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Ms. Allard moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.