Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

June 25, 2013

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, June 25, 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, Doug Datta and Scott Kerssen.  Jennifer Allard 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. Kerssen moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the May 28, 2013, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: ZN13-1 ZONING AMENDMENTS--LOADING DOCKS

Ms. Anderson explained the proposed amendments to the ordinance regarding loading docks.  The Commission reviewed the proposed amendments.

The public hearing was opened at 6:35 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 6:36 p.m.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Ms. Naef seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-6, recommending approval of the zoning amendments regarding loading docks.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: VN13-2 REAR YARD VARIANCE--6 MANITOBA ROAD

Ms. Anderson reviewed the variance with the Commission.   The Commission discussed the variance.

 Jane and David Kirshbaum, the applicants, appeared before the Commission.  The Kirshbaums spoke about wanting to build a screened porch.

Sandy Racek of 11 St. Albans appeared before the Commission.  Mrs. Racek spoke about being a good neighbor, good steward of property and the character of the neighborhood.

Sid Levin, the general contractor for the Kirshbaums, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Levin spoke about practical difficulties.

Debbie Stilman appeared before the Commission.

The Commission discussed practical difficulties at great length.  The Commission also discussed the location of the porch, if it could be constructed in another location, the neighborhood and the large lots. 

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-5, recommending approval of a variance at 6 Manitoba Road.  The motion was approved on a 4-2 vote.  Mr. Fisher and Ms. Naef voted nay.

ITEM: ZONING AMENDMENT--MASSAGE

Ms. Anderson asked that the item be continued.  Ms. Naef moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to continue this item.  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 7:35 p.m.