Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

February 23, 2016

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission was held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Brian Hunke, Scott Kerssen, Matt McNeil, Gary Newhouse, Mike Tait, Emily Wallace-Jackson and James Warden. Also present was City Planner Jason Lindahl.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Kerssen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

ADOPT AGENDA

Commissioner Warden moved, Commissioner Hunke seconded, to adopt the agenda. The motion was approved unanimously.

PRESENTATIONS

None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Wallace-Jackson seconded, to approve the minutes of the January 26, 2016, regular meeting. The motion was approved unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Request by the City of Hopkins for a Text Amendment Related to Zoning Standards for Theaters (2016-04-TA)

Mr. Lindahl gave a summary presentation to the Commission, explaining that this action will bring the Zoning Code in line with recent changes to the City Liquor licensing regulations related to Theaters. The Commission discussed the definition for theaters and the relationship between the zoning changes and the recent changes to the City's Liquor license regulations. Mr. Lindahl answered questions regarding the boundaries of the B-3 district, proximity to schools and churches and how this action applies to the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Public Hearing: Chair Kerssen opened the public hearing. No one came forward to speak. Commissioner Warden moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing closed at 6:41 p.m.

Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to adopt Planning Resolution 2016-04, recommending the City Council approve an ordinance amending Sections 515.07 and 535 of the City Code related to zoning standards for theaters. The motion was approved unanimously.

Request by the City of Hopkins for a Text Amendment Related to Zoning Standards of the Institutional District and Rezoning for the Public Works and Pavilion Properties (2016-05- TA and 2016-06-RZ)

Mr. Lindahl gave a summary presentation to the Commission, explaining that the Public Works department request for an electronic sign prompted this housekeeping item. The rezoning to Institutional is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the addition of "Public or Governmental Services" as a permitted use will provide greater consistency between the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code. The Commission asked general questions about the City's electronic sign standards, the location of the sign on the site and whether there were any concerns from neighboring residents.

Public Hearing: Chair Kerssen opened the public hearing. No one came forward to speak. Commissioner Newhouse moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to close the public hearing.

The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing closed at 6:47 p.m. Commissioner Newhouse moved Commissioner Hunke seconded, to adopt Planning Resolution 2016-05, recommending the City Council approve an ordinance amending Section 542 of the City Code related to zoning standards for the Institutional District. The motion was approved unanimously.

Commissioner Hunke moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to adopt Planning Resolution 2016-06, recommending the City Council approve an ordinance rezoning the properties at 11000 Excelsior Boulevard (Hopkins Pavilion and Public Works buildings) and 101- 11th Avenue South (Fire Station) from R-5, High Density Multifamily, to Institutional. The motion was approved unanimously.

Request by the City of Hopkins for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezoning for Land Annexed into Hopkins from St. Louis Park (2016-07-AMD and 2016-08-RZ)

Mr. Lindahl gave a summary presentation to the Commission, explaining that when properties are annexed, future land use and zoning designations must be assigned to them. The Commission discussed how to address the existing nonconforming outdoor storage and the process for amending the Comprehensive Plan.

Public Hearing: Chair Kerssen opened the public hearing. No one came forward to speak. Commissioner Warden moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to close the public hearing.

The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing closed at 7:02 p.m. Commissioner Warden moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to adopt Planning Resolution 2016-07, recommending the City Council approve a Comprehensive Plan Amendment establishing the land use designation for the properties located at 8000 and 8050 Powell Road as Mixed Use, subject to approval of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment by the Metropolitan Council. The motion was approved unanimously.

Commissioner Newhouse moved, Commissioner Hunke seconded, to adopt Planning Resolution 2016-08, recommending the City Council approve an ordinance establishing the zoning for the properties at 8000 and 8050 Powell Road as Business Park. The motion was approved unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

ADJOURN

Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Tait seconded, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

OPEN AGENDA - PUBLIC COMMENTS/CONCERNS

No one came forward to speak

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