Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

October 22, 2012

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Monday, October 22, 2012, at 7 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 Charles Firth. Andrew Fisher was absent.

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.

CALL TO ORDER

Mr. Kuznia called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the August 28, 2012, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

CASE NO. ZCR12-5 MAINSTREET SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

Ms. Anderson reviewed the addition to the Mainstreet School for the Arts. If the addition were to be constructed, a variance would be required because the concept was to put the addition to the lot line. Tim Dufault and Barbara Womson, representing the Mainstreet School for the Arts, appeared before the Commission. The Commission and the Park Board asked Mr. Dufault to come back with an elevation of the proposed addition and setback from Central Park.

Mr. Datta moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to continue this item to the November meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. SUBD 12-4 PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT

Ms. Anderson stated that the two parcels north of 525 Blake Road will be combined with 525 Blake to make a larger lot.

The public hearing was opened at 7:06 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. firth seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:01 p.m.

Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-16, recommending a preliminary/final plat for 525 Blake Road and 1301 Cambridge.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. ZN12-5 REZONING-PARCEL:S NORTH OF 525 BLAKE ROAD

Ms. Anderson stated that the two parcels north of 525 Blake Road would be rezoned to B-4 and the east 20 feet of 525 Blake Road would be rezoned to B-3.

The public hearing was opened at 7:08 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Firth moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:09 p.m.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-15, recommending a rezoning of part of 525 Blake Road and the two lots north of 525 Blake Road.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. SPR 12-4 SITE PLAN APPROVAL-525 BLAKE ROAD

Ms. Anderson reviewed the site plan. Ms. Anderson noted that staff and the applicant met, and two of the metal panels along Blake Road have been changed to spandrel glass. Steve Johnson, the applicant, and Jack Amdal, the architect, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Amdal reviewed the site plan. Mr. Johnson stated that he has leases for Five Guys, Sprint, Brueggers and Fanstastic Sam's. Mr. Amdal reviewed the exterior treatments with the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 7:10 p.m. Andy and Naomi Nelson of 1409 Cambridge appeared before the Commission. The Nelsons were concerned about the increased traffic on Cambridge and asked if a right turn only sign could be added. They were also concerned with the trash in the area. Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:19 p.m.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-17, recommending approval of a site plan for the redevelopment of 525 Blake Road.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. ZN12-6 PUD OVERLAY-525 BLAKE ROAD

Ms. Anderson stated that there would be a Planned Unit Development (PUD) overlay district on the proposed development.

The public hearing was opened at 7:20 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Kuznia moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:21 p.m.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-18, recommending approval of a PUD overlay zoning for 525 Blake Road.  The motion was approved unanimously.

CASE NO. ZN12-7 PARCEL DECERTIFICATION FROM DISTRICT NO. 2-11

Ms. Anderson stated that the SUPERVALU site is proposed to be removed from the TIF district, and the Commission needs to find that this modification to the tax increment financing plan conforms to the general plan for the development and redevelopment of the City.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ12-19, finding that the modification to the tax increment finance plan for Tax Increment Finance District No. 2-11 conforms to the general plan for the development and redevelopment of the City. The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.