Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

November 29, 2016

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Planning & Zoning Commission was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Laura L. Daly, Kristin Hanneman, Brian Hunke, Matthew McNeil, Gary Newhouse, Emily Wallace-Jackson and James Warden.  Also present was City Planner Jason Lindahl.


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


Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Wallace-Jackson seconded to adopt the agenda. The motion was approved unanimously.




Commissioner Hanneman had a correction to the minutes.  The last line in the paragraph under 1. Medical Cannabis, should be changed to “ . . . Mr. Lindahl stated that he found no issues ” rather than “to issues.”  Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to approve the minutes of the September 27, 2016, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.




1.  2040 Comprehensive Plan Update Process

Mr. Lindahl showed the Commission the short video available at  He stated the site has links to a survey, an opportunity for feedback and to receive updates by email and basic information on why the Comp Plan is needed and the requirements.  He said the Plan should address:

  • Who are we?  2. Where are we going?  3. Where do we want to go?  4. How do we get there?  5. Are we there yet?  (Should be a way to measure.)

Mr. Lindahl talked about changing demographics, future transportation, purchasing power and methods, experience areas, shared economy, land use effects on public health and environmental, economic and societal sustainability (resilience).  He stated that the Land Planning Act requires City conformance with the Met Council’s guidance “Thrive 2040,” which refers to 1. Stewardship, 2. Prosperity, 3. Equity, 4. Livability and 5. Sustainability.  He stated the City’s approach is get ideas with a broad scope, value driven, collaborative and thematic, linking the  process to the outcome to be more engaging and useful.

Mr. Lindahl elaborated on the ways staff has engaged the public:  web site; video; survey; presentations to HBCA, MAC, HAMA, and school district diversity group; events:  Raspberry
Festival poetry wagon and family day, Farmer’s Market, Health Fair, Fire dept. open house,
announcements at Summerfest concerts and future plans for Blake Road group, and he reviewed
the responses from the survey.  

The Commission discussion included:

  • The community engagement process was planned to take place over a year—July 2016-2017. 
  • In addition to survey, staff has received comments via their attendance at many events.
  • State Representative Cheryl Youakim has been engaged in process and attended events.
  • Staff has met with school district diversity groups and should continue outreach to school district.  It was suggested that a link to the video be included in weekly, or regular, electronic letters from school principals to parents.
  • Staff has reached out to HBCA and other businesses, including Cargill.  Commissioner Warden recommended presence at Cargill’s “Lunch and Learn” voluntary, non-endorsed program, and offered to provide a contact for staff at Cargill to achieve this.
  • Mr. Lindahl agreed to add his slide presentation to City website.  He stated the next steps are retaining a consultant to coordinate the project, finalizing the steering committee with broad representation and engaging the public in ways to get a broader perspective.




Mr. Lindahl updated the Planning & Zoning Commission on the following items:

  1. The December meeting has been moved up to December 20.  The agenda will include a review of the Operations Maintenance Facility for light rail.  Project for Pride in Living  project is moving forward to close by the end of the month, and demolition should begin soon.  The Blake School acknowledged they will work to resolve home runs hit beyond their field if it becomes a problem.  Nets to capture foul balls will be installed.
  2. Mr. Lindahl found no additional information to report regarding the Taco Bell mural discussed previously.  The Committee suggested that staff view the video of the meeting and write a letter to Taco Bell asking why the mural has not been installed.
  3. Mr. McNeil asked that staff be advised that the electronic message “Learn to drive a Zamboni” at the Public Works building is misleading, and asked staff to work with Public Works to clarify the message.


Commissioner McNeil moved, Commissioner Newhouse seconded, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.


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