Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

June 27, 2017

A regular meeting of the Hopkins Planning & Zoning Commission was held on June 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Hopkins City Hall.

Present were Commission Members Laura L. Daly, Brian Hunke, 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 Daly moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to adopt the agenda.  The motion was approved unanimously.




Commissioner Warden moved, Commissioner Daly seconded, to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2017, regular meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.


1. Planning Application 2017-06-CUP, Meadowbrook Golf Course

Mr. Lindahl gave an overview of this request.  The applicant, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), requests an amendment to the existing conditional use permit for Meadowbrook Golf Course to allow placement and operation of a temporary clubhouse.  According to the applicant, a temporary clubhouse is necessary to reopen the golf course this year after the original clubhouse suffered damage from a ruptured water pipe.  The temporary clubhouse will be positioned just off the southeast edge of the parking area at a location that allows for reasonable operation of the course and significant separation from neighbors. The MPRB desires the temporary clubhouse to conveniently serve golfers until a new permanent clubhouse can be constructed. The temporary clubhouse will, in all respects, operate as the former clubhouse did. There are no new features or assets, the hours will not be increased, and the services offered will not be expanded.

Should the City approve the proposed CUP amendment, the applicant intends to place and operate the temporary clubhouse until November 1, 2019, or completion of a new permanent clubhouse, whichever comes first.  During this time, the applicant intends to plan for and construct a new permanent clubhouse.  Staff recommends approval of this request.    

Michael Schroeder, Assistant Superintendent for the MPRB, was present to answer questions.  The Commission asked general questions about the timeline for the temporary clubhouse.  Mr. Schroeder stated the MPRB wants to reopen the golf course as soon as possible and the temporary clubhouse makes that possible.  However, the MPRB intends to work toward constructing a replacement facility within the term of the CUP and hopefully sooner.

Chairperson Hunke open the public hearing at 6:45 p.m.  Mr. Lindahl noted for the Commission that he received 4 calls regarding this application and all were in support.  After seeing no one come forward, Commissioner Daly moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to close the public hearing.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting was closed at 6:48 p.m.

Commissioner Wallace-Jackson moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to adopt Planning & Zoning Resolution 2017-03, recommending the City Council amend the existing conditional use permit for Meadowbrook Golf Course allowing the placement and operation of a temporary clubhouse, subject to conditions.  The motion was approved 4-0.


1.  Planning Application 2017-05-TA,  Pawn, Coin and Currency Exchange Zoning Amendment Discussion

Mr. Lindahl gave an overview of this application.  This application was initiated by staff to review and update the zoning standards for pawnshop, currency exchange and coin dealer uses.  In January, the City Council approved a one-year moratorium to give City staff sufficient time to study these uses, evaluate various options for regulation, and protect the planning process and the health, safety and welfare of Hopkins’ citizens.  Last month, the Commission reviewed both zoning and licensing standards and directed staff to draft revised zoning standards and bring them back for further review and discussion. 

Mr. Lindahl presented revised zoning standards and took feedback from the Commission.  Mr. Lindahl detailed the purpose and standards for the zoning regulations. 

  • Purpose:
      • Establish appropriate location
      • Protect and enhance residential areas and commercial areas adjacent to residential and institutional
      • Locate in larger commercial areas
      • Along principal arterials and minor reliever roads
  • Standards:
      • Limited to the B-3 General Commercial District
      • All 3 become a conditional use in the B-3 District
      • Apply the same standards to all 3 uses
      • 1,000 feet from another similar use
      • 350 feet from residential or institutional use or district
      • Along principal arterials and minor reliever roads
      • Completely within a building
      • Transparent windows with 30% display or sign coverage
      • Conformance with license standards

The Commission was generally supportive of the proposed standards but had concerns with applying all of them to currency exchange uses and how that could limit this service within the community.  Staff agreed to do further research on the business practices for currency exchanges as well as consider separate definition for pay day lending businesses if appropriate.   




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

2040 Comprehensive Plan Update – Cultivate Hopkins.  Mr. Lindahl informed the Commission that the City Council recently approved a contract with Bolton & Menk to provide consultant services for the comprehensive plan update.  The primary contact will be Haila Maze, with assistance from Andrew Dresdnew with the Cunningham Group.  Mr. Lindahl also stated that staff was reviewing applications to serve on the comprehensive plan advisory committee and that the Planning & Zoning Commission could have up to 3 seats on the committee.  Commissioners Daly, Hunke and Warden volunteered to serve on the committee and report back to the Planning & Zoning Commission.


Commissioner Daly moved, Commissioner Warden seconded, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.


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