A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, August 26, 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, and Charles Firth. Jennifer Allard was absent
Also present was staff member Nancy Anderson.
Mr. Kerssen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Firth seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the July 29, 2014, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
Ms. Anderson reviewed the request for removing the hours of operation. Ms. Anderson stated that there have been no complaints from the neighborhood since the day care opened. Osman Ifrah, the applicant, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Ifrah explained that many of their clients work retail, and they need longer hours in the evening to serve them. Many work until 10:00 p.m. Mr. Ifrah stated they do not now nor ever intend on being open 24 hours.
The Commission discussed why this business had hours of operation when no other day care has hours of operation, nor any other businesses. The Commission noted that this business was close to a neighborhood, but it was also discussed that churches have day care and churches are in neighborhoods. Mr. Tait said he had not heard from those in opposition in the neighborhood what the objection was to eliminating the hours of operation.
The public hearing was opened at 6:40 p.m. Judy Worrell of 148 Interlachen spoke and presented a letter from several residents. Fred Berg of 1311 Preston Lane also appeared. Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 6:56 p.m.
Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Tait seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ14-8, recommending approval of an amendment to remove the hours of operation and review the hours in six months for the conditional use permit for the day care at 8353 Excelsior Boulevard. The vote was 3-3. Mr. McNeil, Mr. Kerssen, and Mr. Tait voting aye. Mr. Fisher, Mr. Firth, and Mr. Hunke voting nay.
Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the Comprehensive Plan amendment for the former landfill.
Mr. Firth moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to continue this item to the September meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
Ms. Anderson reviewed the rezoning with the Commission. Ms. Anderson asked that this item be continued to the September meeting.
Mr. Fisher moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to continue this item to the September meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Firth seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.