Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

July 30, 2013

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 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 Scott Kerssen.  Jennifer Allard and Doug Datta were 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 June 25, 2013, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: ZN13-2 ZONING AMENDMENTS

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed amendments.  Ms. Anderson noted that massage therapists would be allowed as an accessory use and brew pubs would now be allowed in the B-2 and B-3 zoning districts.

The public hearing was opened at 6:37 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  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 6:38 p.m.

Mr. Kerssen moved and Mr. Kuznia seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-7, recommending approval of various zoning amendments.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: VAC13-2 ALLEY VACATION

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed vacation with the Commission.  Ms. Anderson noted that Comcast and Excel Energy have requested easements.  Ed Stiele, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. 

The public hearing was opened at 6:45 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 6:46 p.m.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-8, recommending approval of an alley vacation west of 612-11th Avenue South.  The motion was  approved unanimously.

ITEM: VN13-3 SIGN SETBACK VARIANCE-THE DEPOT

Ms. Anderson reviewed the practical difficulties for the variance.  Bo Carlson from Three Rivers Park District appeared before the Commission.  No one appeared regarding this item.

Mr. Kuznia moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ13-9, recommending approval of a sign setback variance for The Depot Coffee House.  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 6:55 p.m.