2012 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting

February 21, 2012

4:30 p.m. - Room 317, City Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Commissioners: President Motzenbecker, Cohen, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski – 9

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – February 9, 2012

1.   Land Sale – 1215 & 1219 Marshall St NE (Haila Maze

Review for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan the sale of 1215 & 1219 Marshall St NE for the development of office and apartments.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

2.   Land Sale – 2814 Aldrich Ave N (Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 2814 Aldrich Ave N for the rehabilitation of a single-family house.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. CenterPoint Energy (Vac-1595, Ward: 7), (Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by CenterPoint Energy to vacate portions of Aldrich Ave N and Bryant Ave N, south of Linden Ave W. The property is currently utilized by CenterPoint Energy as part of an existing parking lot for employees.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the City Council accept the findings and approve the vacation (Vacation File 1595 A and B) subject to the maintenance of an existing utility easement to the City of Minneapolis as well as the provision of easements dedicated to Xcel Energy over the entire described areas to be vacated.

2. Hennepin County (Vac-1598, Ward: 10), (Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by Hennepin County has applied to vacate the north-south alley not previously vacated adjacent to the Walker Branch, Hennepin County Library located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. The block is bounded by Hennepin Ave on the east, vacated Holmes Ave on the west, The Mall on the north and Lagoon Ave on the south.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the City Council accept the findings and approve the vacation (Vacation File 1598) subject to the provision of easements dedicated to Xcel Energy and Centurylink over the entire described area to be vacated.

3. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All), (Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

Code text - Administration

Code text - Subdivision

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20, Chapter 525 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Administration and Enforcement.

Amending Title 22, Chapter 598 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Land Subdivision.

The purpose of the amendment is to amend land use application, inspection and subdivision fees.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment to Chapter 525, Administration and Enforcement and Chapter 598, Land Subdivision. 

4. 2427 Golden Valley Rd (BZZ-5469, Ward: 5), 2427 Golden Valley Rd (Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

A. Nonconforming Use Change: Application by Michael West for a change of non-conforming use from a contractor’s office to a barber shop for an existing building at 2427 Golden Valley Rd, in the R2B Two-family District.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the change of nonconforming use from a contractor’s office to a barber shop in the R2B Two-family Residence District for the property at 2427 Golden Valley Road, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All portions of the building that contain plain face CMU shall be painted uniformly. 

  2. A minimum of three bicycle parking spaces shall be provided. 

5. City Walk Uptown (BZZ-5455 and Vac-1582, Ward: 10), 1312 Lake St W (Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

Site Plan

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum height from 4 stories to 7 stories and from 56 feet to 82 feet, 2 inches at the tallest point for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum building height from 4 stories to 7 stories and from 56 feet to 82 feet 2 inches for the property located at 1312 Lake St W, subject to the following condition:

  1. The conditional use permit shall be recorded with Hennepin County as required by Minn. Stat. 462.3595, subd. 4 before building permits may be issued or before the use or activity requiring a conditional use permit may commence. Unless extended by the zoning administrator, the conditional use permit shall expire if it is not recorded within one year of approval.

B. Variance: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement for the commercial uses from 169 to 94 spaces for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement for the commercial uses from 169 to 94 spaces located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

C. Variance: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a variance of the PO overlay district standard requiring the first floor of the building to be located not more than 8 feet from lot line adjacent to a street to allow the first floor to be setback more than 8 feet from Lake St, Girard Ave and Lagoon Ave for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance of the PO Overlay District standard requiring the first floor of the building to be located within 8 feet of a lot line adjacent to a street to allow the first floor to be set back more than 8 feet from Lake St, Girard Ave and Lagoon Ave located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W, subject to the following condition:

  1. The first floor setbacks shall be as shown on the plans.

D. Variance: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a variance of the PO overlay district standard requiring windows on a minimum of 40 percent of the first floor façade of each nonresidential use that faces a public street to allow fewer windows for uses that would face Lake St, Girard Ave and Lagoon Ave for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance of the PO Overlay District standard requiring windows on a minimum of 40 percent of the first floor façade of each nonresidential use that faces a public street to allow fewer windows for uses that would face Lake St, Girard Ave and Lagoon Ave located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W, subject to the following condition:

  1. At least 40 percent of the north wall of the “Restaurant A” tenant space facing Lagoon Avenue and the west wall of “Retail 1” tenant space facing Girard Avenue shall be glass as required by section 551.120 of the zoning code.

E. Variance: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a variance of the PO overlay district standard requiring a maximum width of a curb cut to be 20 feet to allow a 25.5 foot wide curb cut on Lagoon Ave for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance of the PO Overlay District standard requiring the maximum width of a curb cut to be 20 feet to allow a 25.5 foot wide curb cut on Lagoon Ave located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

F. Variance: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement from 15 feet to 13 feet to allow the building located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement from 15 feet to 13 feet to allow the building located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

G. Site Plan Review: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a site plan review for the property located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for site plan review for a new mixed use building with 92 dwelling units located at the property located at 1312 Lake St W, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Windows that allow views into and out of the building at eye level shall be provided on the first floor of the building facing the east lot line as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code to allow more opportunities for natural surveillance and to prevent blank, uninterrupted walls exceeding 25 feet in length that do not include architectural elements.

  2. Additional architectural elements shall be provided on the second level of the building facing the east lot line as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code to prevent a blank, uninterrupted wall exceeding 25 feet in length that does not include architectural elements.

  3. Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans.

  4. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by February 21, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

I. Vacation: Application by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group Inc., on behalf of Uptown Gassen LLC, for a vacation of 22 feet of Lagoon Avenue right-of-way currently occupied by a surface parking lot located at 1312 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the application for the vacation of 22 feet of Lagoon Ave right-of-way for the property located at 1312 Lake St W, subject to the following condition:

  1. An easement shall be reserved for Xcel Energy and Qwest.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: March 5, 2012

The President reserves the right to limit discussion on Agenda items.

Recommendations of the Planning Commission on public hearing items are only forwarded to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council for applications for rezonings, street or alley vacations, Zoning Code text amendments, and comprehensive plan amendments. Planning Commission decisions are final on all other items unless appealed.

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