Zoning & Planning Commission Minutes

September 29, 2015

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, September 29, 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. McNeil moved and Ms. Wallace-Jackson seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the August 25, 2015, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

ITEM: COMPLIANCE WITH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Ms. Anderson stated that the vacated Second Street property has to be found in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan in order to be sold. 

Mr. Warden moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-18, recommending approval that Second Street South is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM:  VACATION – SECOND STREET SOUTH

Ms. Anderson reviewed the reasons for the vacation.  Tony Kuechle, representing Kelly Doran, the applicant, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Kuechle reviewed the vacation with the Commission. 

The public hearing was opened at 6:58 p.m.  Jim Hudy, the postmaster of Hopkins, appeared at the public hearing.  The postmaster was concerned about the removal of the parking on Second Street South.  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 7:02 p.m.

Mr. McNeil moved and Mr. Newhouse seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-19, recommending approval of Ordinance 15-1999, recommending the vacation of Second Street South.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: PRELIMINARY/FINAL PLAT – 810 SECOND STREET SOUTH

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed plat.  Tony Kuechle, representing the applicant, appeared before the Commission.

The public hearing was opened at 7:03 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Warden moved and Mr. Tait seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The public hearing was closed at 7:04 p.m.

Ms. Wallace-Jackson moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-20, recommending approval of a preliminary/final plat at 810 First Street South.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM:  CONCEPT REVIEW - 245-UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING

Ms. Anderson reviewed the concept plan with Commission.  Tony Kuechle, representing the applicant, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Kuechle reviewed the proposed apartment building with the Commission.    Mr. Kuechle discussed the parking areas, amenities in the building, the biking area for the public on Eighth Avenue and Excelsior Boulevard, and entrances to the building/parking areas.  No one appeared at the meeting regarding this item.

ITEM:  ORDINANCE AMENDMENT – MIXED USE

Ms. Anderson stated that the staff is amending the Mixed Use ordinance to reflect the market.  This is the second amendment made to this ordinance to refine it. 

The public hearing was opened at 7:07 p.m.  No one appeared at the public hearing.  Mr. Newhouse moved and Mr. Hunke seconded a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The public hearing was closed at 7:08 p.m.

Mr. Newhouse moved and Mr. Warden seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-21, recommending approval of Ordinance 15-2000, recommending amendments to the mixed use ordinance.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ITEM: REAR YARD VARIANCE – 145 20TH AVENUE NORTH

 Ms. Anderson reviewed the variance with the Commission.  Ms. Anderson stated that all the comments from neighbors were positive.  Christopher Polston, the applicant, appeared before the Commission.  Mr. Polston stated they would be adding two bedrooms and a bathroom.   No one appeared at the meeting regarding this item

Mr. Hunke moved and Ms. Wallace-Jackson seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-22, recommending approval a rear yard setback variance at 145 20th Avenue North.  The motion was approved on a 6-1.  Mr. Newhouse voting nay.

ITEM:  SIDE YARD VARIANCE – 241 20TH AVENUE NORTH

Ms. Anderson reviewed the proposed variance.  Ms. Anderson stated that she received positive comments for this variance.   Kevin and Julie Eiden, the applicants, appeared before the Commission.   No one appeared at the meeting regarding this item.

Mr. Newhouse moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adopt Resolution RZ15-23, recommending approval of a side yard setback variance at 241 20th Avenue North.  The motion was approved unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. Tait moved and Mr. McNeil seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

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