Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

July 28, 2015

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Brian Hunke, Gary Newhouse, Scott Kerssen, Mike Tait, Emily Wallace-Jackson, Matt McNeil and James Warden.

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. Tait moved and Mr. Hunke seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the June 30, 2015, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: BLAKE ROAD LISC REPORT

Meg Beekman updated the Commission on the changes to the Blake Station since the report was completed. Gretchen Nichols of LISC appeared before the Commission. Ms. Nichols reviewed the process of the study.  Barbara Raye, the facilitator of the workshops, appeared before the Commission. Ms. Raye discussed the process and the evaluation responses from participants. Ann Beuch from the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative (BRCC) appeared before the Commission. Ms. Beuch talked about the engagement process to encourage attendance at the workshops and some of the key points that the community discussed during the process.

ITEM:  CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT – FAST FOOD

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed new Taco Bell restaurant.  Barb Schneider, representing Taco Bell, and Dean Madson, the architect, appeared before the Commission. Ms. Schneider and Mr. Madson reviewed the proposed Taco Bell restaurant with the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 7:40 p.m. No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Warden moved and Mr. Newhouse seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:41 p.m.

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-14, recommending a conditional use permit for a fast food restaurant at 919 Cambridge Street. The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM:  SITE PLAN APPROVAL – TACO BELL

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed new Taco Bell restaurant.  Barb Schneider, representing Taco Bell, and Dean Madson, the architect, appeared before the Commission. Ms. Schneider reviewed the site plan with the Commission. Ms. Schneider stated that they modeled the flow of the site from the Golden Valley restaurant, and at that location they get small service vehicles and they expect these vehicles at this location.  Mr. Madson reviewed the proposed Taco Bell restaurant exteriors with the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 7:42 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 7:43 p.m.

Mr. Tait moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-15, recommending approval of a site plan to construct a new Taco Bell at 919 Cambridge Street. The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Tait seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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