Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

July 31, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 31, 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, Aaron Kuznia. and Andrew Fisher. Charles Firth was absent.

Also present was staff members Nancy Anderson and Kersten Elverum.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Datta moved and Ms. Naef seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the June 26, 2012, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

CASE NO. SPR12-2 SITE PLAN REVIEW--PARKING LOT

Ms. Anderson reviewed the additional parking lot.  Steve Johnson, representing the applicant, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Johnson stated that the sidewalk from the existing parking lot has a slope and it became apparent that when winter came the sidewalk would be an issue.  The new parking area will also provide a drop-off for the front door.

The public hearing was opened at 6:35 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:36 p.m.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-7, recommending approval of a site plan to construct an additional parking area.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. SUBD 12-2 PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT-- KLODT DEVELOPMENT

The public hearing was opened at 7:24 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 7:25 p.m.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-9, recommending a preliminary/final plat for the Klodt Development.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. SPR12-3 SITE PLAN REVIEW--KLODT DEVELOPMENT

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed development.  John Bell, from Klodt Development, appeared before the Commission.  Dave Clark, the architect, also appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Bell and Mr. Clark gave an overview of the proposed apartments. 

The public hearing was opened at 7:26 p.m.

Luree Pearson of 750 Mainstreet appeared before the Commission. Ms. Pearson was concerned with the parking in the area.

Lee Benson of 750 Mainstreet appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Benson was concerned with the parking in the area, the light rail transit not being finished until 2018, parking for snow emergencies, and the HVAC units.

Vick Baldwin from the Elks appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Baldwin was concerned about the parking because the Elks will not be able to use the former Park Nicollet parking lot.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Fisher seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:43 p.m.

Most of the Commission’s discussion focused on the parking in the area.

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-8, recommending site plan approval for the Klodt Development.  The motion was approved on a 5-0 vote.  Ms. Naef abstained.

CASE NO. ZN12-3 REZONING--MIXED USE

Ms. Anderson stated that this site would be rezoned to mixed use and after the rezoning the Comprehensive Plan and zoning would be consistent.  John Bell, from Klodt Development, appeared before the Commission.  Dave Clark, the architect, also appeared before the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 8:03 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:04 p.m.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-10, recommending a rezoning for the Klodt Development.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. ZN12-4 REZONING--PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT OVERLAY (PUD)

Ms. Anderson stated that the PUD zoning would provide flexibility for this development.  John Bell, from Klodt Development, appeared before the Commission.  Dave Clark, the architect, also appeared before the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 8:05 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Kerssen moved and Ms. Allard seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 8:06 p.m.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-11, recommending an overlay PUD zoning for the Klodt Development.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.