Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

April 30, 2013

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

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

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.


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


Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Firth seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the March 26, 2013, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 


Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed day care.  Ms. Anderson noted that a traffic study had been completed for the day care use.  Osman Ibrahim, the applicant, Jason Letourneau, the architect, and Oth Loma, the day care consultant, appeared before the Commission.  The majority of the discussion focused around parking, traffic, and the play area. 

The public hearing was opened at 7:18 p.m.    David Folsted, Amy Lauer and Gretchen Marble appeared at the public hearing.  They were concerned with the following:

  • Traffic
  • Parking
  • Ages of children
  • Pedestrian walkway
  • Playground
  • Fencing
  • Signage
  • Lighting
  • Employee shifts

Bill Leadens, the owner of the property, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Leadens stated that he would be glad to meet with any of the neighbors.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Datta seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:45 p.m.

Mr. Datta moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-3, recommending approval of a day care at 8353 Excelsior Boulevard. The motion was approved on a 4-1 vote, Mr. Kuznia voting nay


Ms. Anderson asked that item be continued.  Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to continue this item.  The motion was approved unanimously. 


Mr. Kuznia moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.    The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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