Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

May 26, 2015

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Brian Hunke, Matt McNeil, Charles Firth, Andrew Fisher, Scott Kerssen and Mike Tait. Emily Wallace-Jackson was absent.

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 Ms. Firth seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2015, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: SIGN VARIANCE – 1011 FIRST STREET SOUTH

Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the staff recommendation of denial.  Mr. Kerssen stated that the sign does not meet the criteria for granting a variance. Mr. Vaske, representing Hennepin County, appeared before the Commission. Mr. Vaske stated they wanted to replace the “For Lease” sign with the proposed sign. Ms. Anderson noted that the “For Lease” sign was an illegal sign that never got a permit and should be removed. The Commission discussed other alternatives for signage on the building. Mr. Kerssen noted that this was not the forum to solve the signage issues for the building.

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Fisher seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-10, recommending denial of a sign variance at 1011 First Street South. The motion was approved unanimously.

ELECTIONS

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to nominate Mr. Kerssen Chair. There were no other nominations. Mr. Kerssen was unanimously voted Chair.

Mr. Tait moved and Mr. Kerssen seconded a motion to nominate Mr. Hunke Vice Chair. There were no other nominations. Mr. Hunke was unanimously voted Vice Chair.

ADJOURN

Mr. Firth moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

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