Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

January 27, 2015

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 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, Charles Firth, Emily Wallace-Jackson and Andrew Fisher.

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

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Firth seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the November 24, 2014, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: SITE PLAN APPROVAL – THE BLAKE SCHOOL

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed redesign of the Blake Athletic fields. Eric Meyer, representing Blake, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Meyer reviewed the issues with the existing fields and the new configuration of the fields.  Mr. Meyer also stated they hoped to start in April and be completed for the fall sports. There was considerable discussion about whether there would be a problem with home runs and balls on Blake and Excelsior.

Marc Borursky, representing Blake, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Borursky stated that if there was a problem with home runs in the future, Blake would work with the City to solve the problem.

It was also noted that the baseball field will not be lit, and the new parking area will have four downward directed lights for security.

The public hearing was opened at 6:47 p.m.  Bill Gleason of 33 Blake Road South appeared at the public hearing. Mr. Gleason was concerned with home run balls and the lighting of the parking area.  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 6:49 p.m.

Mr. Fisher moved and Mr. Tait seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-1, recommending approval of a site plan to reconfigure the athletic fields and add an approximately 70-space parking lot at The Blake School.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM:  REZONE – THE BLAKE SCHOOL

Ms. Anderson stated that this was a housekeeping type rezoning that will make the zoning the same throughout The Blake School site. 

The public hearing was opened at 7:01 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Firth moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The public hearing was closed at 7:02 p.m.

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-2, recommending approval of ordinance 15-1085, rezoning the northeast corner of 110 Blake Road South from B-3, General Business, to Institutional.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. Fisher moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

 

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