2012 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting

March 5, 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 23, 2012

1.   Land Sale – 2611 Lyndale Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 2611 Lyndale Ave N for the rehabilitation of a single-family house.

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

2.   Land Sale – 424 – 31st Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 424 – 31st Ave N for the construction of a single-family house.

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

3.   Land Sale – 428 – 31st Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 428 – 31st Ave N for the construction 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. Emanuel Housing (RLS-64, Ward: 7), 822 S 3rd St (Hilary Dvorak).

Staff report

A. Registered Land Survey: Application by Bridgett Hust, with Hust Law Firm, PLLC, on behalf of RS EDEN, for a preliminary and final registered land survey for the property located at 822 S 3rd St. The purpose of the registered land survey is to create different tracts for ownership purposes.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the Registered Land Survey application for the property located at 822 S 3rd St subject to the following condition:

  1. A document that states that if the CIC is dissolved in the future, then the site will be replatted to create new tracts or lots that are in compliance with the requirements of the zoning code and subdivision ordinance shall be recorded with Hennepin County before the signed RLS will be released for recording with Hennepin County.

2. Sarah Dietrich (Vac-1530, Ward: 9) (Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by Sarah Dietrich to vacate part of an unplatted alley west of the properties of 3032, 3034 and 3038 30th Ave S. There are private garages and driveways on these properties located in the area proposed to be vacated. They will remain. The paved alley is not proposed to be vacated.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development—Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the City Council adopt the above findings and approve the vacation, subject to the retention of an easement for Xcel Energy.

3. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Vac-1599, Ward: 5) (Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for a vacation of the south half of the alley in the block bound by Girard Avenue N on the east, Irving Avenue N on the west, 22nd Avenue N on the south and 23rd Avenue N on the north. The portion of the alley proposed for vacation is adjacent to the properties located at 2200-2212 Irving Avenue N.

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 subject to the legal description prepared by Public Works and the provision of an easement to Xcel Energy and Qwest.

4. Zoning Code Map and Text Amendment(Ward: 12) (Paul Mogush).

Staff report

Code text

Parcel list

Nokomis East LRT Station Area Rezoning Study

A. Map Amendment: Amending the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 521, Zoning Districts and Maps Generally, affecting the primary and overlay zoning districts contained in Plates 34 and 40..

The purpose of the amendments is to consider rezoning of property within the study area of the Nokomis East Station Area Plan. The proposed rezoning affects primary and overlay zoning districts.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council find that obtaining consent signatures for the rezoning of properties from office-residential to commercial in the Nokomis East LRT Station Area Rezoning Study Area would be impractical and further recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning map amendment for the rezoning of parcels in the exhibits.

B. Text Amendment: Amending the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 551, Overlay Districts.

The purpose of the amendments is to consider rezoning of property within the study area of the Nokomis East Station Area Plan. The proposed rezoning affects primary and overlay zoning districts.

Recommended Motion: The Department of 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, amending chapter 551.

5. North Loop Green PUD - Dock Street Apartments (BZZ-5484, Ward: 7), 333 Washington Ave N and 328 4th St N (Hilary Dvorak).

Staff report

Site plan

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Bob Pfefferle, with Hines Northstar Crossings Limited Partnership, for a conditional use permit for a Planned Unit Development including 185 dwelling units and 3,300 square feet of ground floor commercial space for the properties located at 333 Washington Ave N and 328 4th St N.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit application for a Planned Unit Development including 185 dwelling units and 3,300 square feet of ground floor commercial space located at 333 Washington Ave N and 328 4th St N subject to the following conditions:

  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.

  2. There shall be at least four guest parking spaces provided in the building as required by section 551.765 of the zoning code.

  3. As required by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall comply with the standards for some combination of the following amenities from Table 527-1, Amenities and those proposed by the applicant totaling a minimum of 15 points: underground parking, pedestrian improvements, decorative fencing, enhanced exterior lighting, enhanced landscaping, recycling storage area and preservation of character-defining features in the historic district.

  4.  The existing chain link fence located around the chiller equipment on Outlot A shall be removed and replaced with decorative metal fencing.

  5. The owner shall provide within Dock Street Apartments secure bicycle storage in the parking garage of the building for residents. Not less than 185 racks shall be provided, which equates to one rack for each dwelling unit.

  6. The owner shall provide exterior bicycle racks for temporary parking of guests and customers of nonresidential uses near the Cedar Lake Trail connection and at the Washington Avenue plaza location.

  7. The owner/property manager shall implement a shared bicycle program for the residents of Dock Street Apartments. The building shall initially have six bicycles docked in the parking garage, which residents will be able to check out and return on an as-needed/as-available basis.

  8. The owner/property manager shall provide separate rental agreements and separately itemized charges for residential dwelling rental obligations and parking space rental obligations.

  9.  The owner will provide a connection through the Dock Street Apartment site for bicycle access to the Cedar Lake Trail for both residents and the public.

  10. The owner/property manager shall provide and maintain a connection to the Cedar Lake Trail pedestrian walkway for access by the residents and the public.

B. Site Plan Review: Application by Bob Pfefferle, with Hines Northstar Crossings Limited Partnership, for a site plan review for the properties located at 333 Washington Ave N and 328 4th St N.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the site plan review to allow a mixed use building with 185 dwelling units for the property located at 333 Washington Ave N and 328 4th St N subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, landscaping, elevation and lighting plans by the Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division.

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by March 5, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

6. Press Sure Print (BZZ-5472, Ward: 1), 600 26th Ave NE, 2604 6th St NE and 2607 6th St NE (Robb Clarksen).

Staff report

Site plan

A. Variance: Application by Ryan Politz, of RJ Marco Construction, on behalf of John Warian DBA Press Sure Print, for a variance of the surfacing requirements in Chapter 541 to permit the establishment of an off-site parking lot at 2604 6th St NE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to eliminate the surfacing requirement of 541.300 to permit the establishment of an off-site parking lot located at 2604 6th St NE.

B. Variance: Application by Ryan Politz, of RJ Marco Construction, on behalf of John Warian DBA Press Sure Print, for a variance to reduce the loading space requirement from one large loading space to one small loading space for property located at 600 26th Ave NE

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 variance to reduce the applicable loading requirement from one large to one small loading space for the property located at 600 26th Ave NE.

C. Site Plan Review: Application by Ryan Politz, of RJ Marco Construction, on behalf of John Warian DBA Press Sure Print, for a site plan review to allow a 12,000 square foot addition to an existing warehouse building located at 600 26th Ave NE.

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 site plan review to allow an addition to an existing warehouse building at 600 26th Ave NE in the I1 Light Industrial District, subject to the following conditions:

  1. CPED staff review and approval of the final site, elevations and landscaping plans.

  2. The applicant shall remove the existing curb cut along the east property line along 7th Street Northeast upon completion of the addition.

  3. The applicant shall provide the required landscaped yard and screening along 26th Avenue Northeast in a manner consistent with the standards of 530.160 (c) (2).

  4. The applicant shall provide the required landscaped yard along the right of way adjacent to 26th Avenue Northeast in a manner consistent with the standards of 530.160 (c) (2).

  5. The applicant shall revise the landscaping plan to add the minimum number of plantings pursuant to section 530.160 of the zoning code. A minimum of 8 trees and 36 shrubs are required.

  6. The proposed stormwater retention area at the south end of the site shall be designed to create an amenity consistent with sections 530.180 and 530.190 of the zoning code.

  7. The north elevation of the building shall be revised so as to emphasize the principal entrance via a combination of lighting or other architectural details such as an overhead canopy or roof.

  8. A minimum of two bicycle parking spaces shall be provided as part of this development.

  9. The applicant shall revise the lighting plan to meet the minimum standards of Chapter 535.590. Illumination shall not cause glare or light spillage in excess of one-half (1/2) footcandle measured at the closest property line of any permitted or conditional residential use. Specifically, lighting shall not spill to the adjacent residential properties to the east.

  10. The applicant shall complete the administrative review process for the accessory parking facilities located at 2604 and 2607 6th Street Northeast to ensure compliance with 530.170 (Parking and Loading Landscaping and Screening) in addition to the design and maintenance regulations of the zoning code.

  11. All site improvements shall be completed by March 5, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for noncompliance.   

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: March 26, 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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