Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

July 29, 2014

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Brian Hunke, Scott Kerssen, Matt McNeil, Mike Tait, Andrew Fisher, Jennifer Allard and Charles Firth.

Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ms. Allard moved and Mr. Fisher seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the June 24, 2014, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT-PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING (PPL)

Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the Comprehensive Plan aamendment.  The public hearing was opened at 6:48 p.m.  Don Nelson appeared at the public hearing; Mr. Nelson was concerned about the amount of apartment buildings being constructed.  Doug Holmes from Oxford Street also spoke, opposing the proposed development.   Mr. Firth moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:51 p.m.

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-2, recommending approval of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment from Low Density Residential to Mixed Use at 1202-1304 Oxford Street.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: REZONING-1202-1304 OXFORD STREET PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the rezoning from R-2 to Mixed Use.  The public hearing was opened at 6:52 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Fisher moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:53 p.m.

Mr. McNeil moved and Ms. Allard seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-3, recommending approval of a rezoning of property at 1202-1304 Oxford Street from R-2 to Mixed Use.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: REZONING PUD-1202-1304 OXFORD STREET PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Ms. Anderson reviewed the overlay with the Commission.  The public hearing was opened at 6:54 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Firth moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:55 p.m.

Mr. Fischer moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-6, recommending approval of Ordinance 14-1076, placing an overly zoning of Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Oxford Village Apartments.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT-PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Ms. Anderson stated that the six lots would be combined into one to allow for the construction of the proposed apartment building.  The public hearing was opened at 6:56 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Tait moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:57 p.m.

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-4, recommending approval of a preliminary/final plat to combine 1202-1304 Oxford Street into one lot.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: SITE PLAN APPROVAL-PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING

Ms. Anderson reviewed the development with the five actions required that night.  Chris Wilson and Matt Soucek from Project for Pride in Living and Michelle Baltus-Pribyl, their architect, appeared before the Commission.  Ms. Baltus-Pribyl reviewed the site plan with the Commission.  Mr. Kerssen noted that this proposal had been before the Commission last month for a concept review.   The Commission discussed the income requirements for the residents, bike parking, and rents. 

The public hearing was opened at 6:58 p.m.    No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Tait seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:59 p.m.

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-5, recommending approval of a site plan to construct a 51-unit apartment building at 1202-1304 Oxford Street.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: VARIANCE-PARKING SPACE SIZE ALICE SMITH ELEMENTARY

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed parking lot and the reasons for the variance.  The Commission was concerned about the removal of the sidewalk and that it might not be constructed in 2015.  No one appeared on this item.

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-7, recommending approval of a parking space size variance for a 9’ x 18’ parking space on the former Minnetonka Mills Road on the south side of Alice Smith Elementary School.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: CONCEPT FOR A NEW BUILDING AT 1609 MAINSTREET

Ms. Anderson reviewed the concept for the new building at 1609 Mainstreet.  Tim Witten, representing the property owner, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Witten reviewed the site plan with the Commission.  The Commission looked favorably on the proposed building.

ADJOURN

Ms. Allard moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

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