Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

April 26, 2016

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Planning & Zoning Commission was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

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


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


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


Commissioner Gary Newhouse moved, Commissioner Emily Wallace-Jackson seconded, to approve the minutes of the March 29, 2016, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.


ITEM:  Request by Japs Olson Company for Preliminary and Final Plat Approvals

City Planner Jason Lindahl explained that the Japs Olson Company, located at 7630 Excelsior Boulevard, requested subdivision approval to combine and plat their existing properties into one parcel.  While the subject property is located in St. Louis Park, part of this process will dedicate a portion of the abutting Powell Road to the City of Hopkins.  As a result, the City of Hopkins must approve the plats.  Should the City of Hopkins approve the subdivision request, the abutting portion of Powell Road will be dedicated to Hopkins.  Staff finds the proposed preliminary and final plats in conformance with the City’s subdivision standards and recommends the City approve this request.

Commissioner Warden asked about how future street maintenance and assessments would work with this property.  Mr. Lindahl stated that the City Engineer had reviewed and approved the plats and recommends accepting dedication of Powell Road, but did not specifically comment about the questions of future maintenance or assessments.  Staff will obtain this information from the City Engineer and advise the Commission.

Chairperson Kerssen opened the public hearing on this item at 6:38 p.m.  No one came forward to comment. Commissioner Emily Wallace-Jackson moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to close the public hearing.   The hearing was closed at 6:39 p.m.

Commissioner Newhouse moved, Commissioner Hunke seconded, to adopt Resolution 2016-10, recommending the City Council approve the preliminary and final plats of Japs Olson Addition and accept dedication by easement of the abutting portion of Powell Road.  The motion was approved unanimously.


During the announcements, City Planner Lindahl updated the Planning and Zoning Commission on the following items.

  1. Planning & Zoning Commission By-Laws Update.  The City will consider updates to this document prior to the July Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
  2. 2016 Hopkins Farmers Market.  The City Council recently approved this contract and is working with the applicant to add a second Farmers Market along the Blake Road corridor.
  3. Administrative Subdivision Ordinance Amendment.  The City Council approved this item at the April 5 meeting.
  4. 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update.  Staff continues to work on the public engagement plan for the Comprehensive Plan and should have a short survey to send out to the public in the summer.
  5. Shady Oak Station Area Development Strategy.  Last month the City Council accepted this document and directed staff to begin work on drafting the zoning regulations with the City of Minnetonka.  The Planning Commission will work on this over the summer.
  6. Election of Officers.  Staff advised the Commission that they would need to elect a Chair and Vice Chair during the May meeting. 


Commissioner Newhouse moved, Commissioner Hunke seconded, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.


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