2012 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions

Regular Meeting

July 16, 2012

4:30 p.m. - City Hall, 350 S 5th St - Room 317, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Commissioners present: President Motzenbecker, Cohen, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Mammen, Schiff and Tucker – 8

Not present: Wielinski (excused)

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – June 28, 2012

1.     Modification No. 121 to the Common Development and Redevelopment Plan and Common Tax Increment Financing Plan (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review the plan modification for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.

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

The City Planning Commission approved the staff recommendation for the above consent item.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. 606 River St Subdivision (MS-222, Ward: 7), 606 River St (Shanna Sether).

A. Minor Subdivision: Application by Marvin Liszt of Bernick Lifson P.A., on behalf of Kim Carlson and Jeanne Graham and The Landings Homeowners Association, Inc., for minor subdivision of 606 River St in the C3A Community Activity Center District, R6 Multiple Family District and MR Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the minor subdivision of 606 River St in the C3A Community Activity Center District, R6 Multiple Family District and MR Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District, subject to the following condition of approval:

  1. Parcel A shall be combined into one tax parcel with Outlot C and recorded with Hennepin County by July 16, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator.

Approved on consent 7-0.

2. 2401 and 2405 Nicollet Ave (BZZ-5595, Ward: 6), 2401 and 2405 Nicollet Ave (Joe Bernard). This item was continued from the June 25, 2012 meeting.

A. Rezoning: Application by Jim Wentzell, on behalf of Nicollet Street LLC, has submitted an application to rezone the property located at 2401 and 2405 Nicollet Ave from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to establish a Tobacco Shop.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the application for the rezoning of 2401 and 2405 Nicollet Ave from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.

Approved on consent 7-0.

3. Holiday Stationstore #332 (BZZ-5625, Ward: 12), 4601 Hiawatha Ave (Aly Pennucci).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by David Edquist, onbehalf of Holiday Stationstores, Inc., for a conditional use permit to allow a dynamic sign on an existing monument sign accessory to an automobile convenience facility on the property located at 4601 Hiawatha Ave in the C3A Community Activity Center District, the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District, AP Airport Overlay District and the SH Shoreland Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow a 32 square foot dynamic sign on the property located at 4601 Hiawatha Ave 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. The sign message shall remain static for a period of not less than sixty (60) seconds. The transition from one (1) message to the next shall be direct and immediate, without any special effects.

  3. The dynamic sign shall have a pitch of not greater than twenty (20) millimeters between each pixel. Special effects, including but not limited to dissolving, fading, scrolling, starbursts and wiping shall be prohibited.

  4. Between sunrise and sunset the maximum luminance shall be five thousand (5,000) nits and between sunset and sunrise the maximum luminance shall be five hundred (500) nits. The sign shall be equipped with an automatic dimmer control or other mechanism that automatically controls the sign's brightness to comply with this requirement.

  5. The sign shall be turned off when the business is not open.

  6. The trim lighting around the sign shall be eliminated. 

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

4. 3128 E 25th St (BZZ-5622, Ward: 2), 3128 E 25th St (Kimberly Holien).

A. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Matthew Buzzard for an expansion of non-conforming use to allow for a dormer addition to an existing half story of a non-conforming duplex at 3128 E 25th St, in the R1A, Single-family district.    

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and continued the application for an expansion of a legal nonconforming use for the property located at 3128 E 25th St to the July 30, 2012 City Planning Commission meeting.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

5. 1101 University (BZZ-5611, Ward: 3), 1101 University Ave SE (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle with Doran Development LLC for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement by 27.7 percent for a new multiple-family dwelling with 101 dwelling units located at the property of 1101 University Ave SE.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission approved the variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement by 27.7 percent located at the property located at 1101 University Ave SE, based on the following findings:

  1. The University district is trying to encourage a variety of unit sizes.

  2. The minimum lot area tends to discriminate against smaller units that are more affordable.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

B. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle with Doran Development LLC for a variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 113 to 79 spaces for the property located at 1101 University Ave SE.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission approved the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 113 to 79 spaces at the property of 1101 University Ave SE, based on the following findings:

  1. The ground water levels are a unique, practical difficulty resulting in the elimination of the second level of underground parking that was originally anticipated.

  2. Providing ground level parking uses would eliminate spaces with active uses.

  3. A variance of this size has been granted in other locations within Minneapolis.

  4. One-way streets disqualify the applicant for the transit service incentives for being within 300 feet of a transit stop with midday service of 30 minutes or less.

  5. The inclusion of onsite shared vehicles would reduce a fair amount of the parking demand.

  6. Granting the variance will not be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public and would not contribute to congestion.

And subject to the following condition:

  1. The applicant shall work with staff to provide two shared vehicles that are accessible to tenants. They shall also work with staff to try to make them available to the public.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

6. 600 5th St N (BZZ-5616, Ward: 5), 600 5th St N (Aly Pennucci).

A. Variance: Application by Pete Keely, on behalf of 600 5th Street LLC, for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from the required 15 feet to 2 feet for residential windows for a 6-story, mixed use building with 78 dwelling units at 600 5th St N, in the B4S-1, Downtown Service District and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay District:

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback for a wall with residential windows from the required 15 feet to 2 feet for the property located at 600 5th St N subject to the following condition:

  1. The building setbacks, as shown on the plans submitted as part of the application, shall be provided.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

B. Variance: Application by Pete Keely, on behalf of 600 5th Street LLC, for a variance to reduce the south interior side yard setback from 15 feet to 3 feet for residential windows for a 6-story, mixed use building with 78 dwelling units at 600 5th St N, in the B4S-1, Downtown Service District and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay District:

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the south interior side yard setback for a wall with residential windows from 15 feet to 3 feet for the property located at 600 5th St N subject to the following condition:

  1. The building setbacks, as shown on the plans submitted as part of the application, shall be provided.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.

The motion carried 7-0.

C. Variance: Application by Pete Keely, on behalf of 600 5th Street LLC, for a variance to reduce the rear yard setback from the required 15 feet to 3 feet for residential windows for a 6-story, mixed use building with 78 dwelling units at 600 5th St N, in the B4S-1, Downtown Service District and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay District:

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the rear yard setback for a wall with residential windows from 15 feet to 3 feet for the property located at 600 5th St N subject to the following condition:

  1. The building setbacks, as shown on the plans submitted as part of the application, shall be provided.
Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.
The motion carried 7-0.

D. Site Plan Review: Application by Pete Keely, on behalf of 600 5th Street LLC, for a site plan review for a 6-story, mixed use building with 78 dwelling units at 600 5th St N, in the B4S-1, Downtown Service District and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay District:

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review application for a mixed-use development with 78 residential dwelling units for the property located at 600 5th St N, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All site improvements shall be completed by July 16, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  2. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, landscaping and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

  3. No shelving, signage, merchandise, newspaper racks or other mechanisms shall be placed in front of the required ground level transparent windows as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.

  4. As a crime prevention design element, gates shall be installed to restrict access between the proposed building and the adjacent buildings.

  5. A minimum of two visitor parking spaces for the residential portion of the building shall be designated within the parking area, in compliance with §541.170 of the zoning code.  

  6. The applicant will work with Fulton Brewery to determine snow load issues and requirements along with any reasonable accommodations to be made to remedy the issues.

  7. If the restaurant patron is not secured for the space allocated for restaurant seating, then the space shall become a pocket park available for public and private use to keep with the spirit and intent of the alternative compliance.

  8. The applicant will provide street trees that take into account city standards as well as explore the North Loop Street Tree Plan standards to be put in place when acceptable by The Interchange and the City Public Works Department.

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.
The motion carried 7-0.

7. Walker Library (BZZ-5623, Ward: 10), 2880 Hennepin Ave (Becca Farrar).

A. Variance: Application by VJA Architects, Inc., on behalf of Hennepin County, for a variance of the front yard setback requirement along the east property line adjacent to Hennepin Ave from 20 feet to approximately 6 feet for the first 40 feet from north to south for the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. The setback applies due to the R1A (Single-family) zoning of the Mall on the abutting property to the north.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance of the front yard setback requirement along the east property line adjacent to Hennepin Avenue from 20 feet to approximately 16 feet for the building wall and to allow a canopy extension to zero feet for the first 40 feet from north to south on the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave.

Aye: Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen; Kronzer and Huynh recused.

The motion carried 5-0.

B. Variance: Application by VJA Architects, Inc., on behalf of Hennepin County, for a variance of the interior side yard setback adjacent to the north property line for the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. 

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance of the interior side yard setback adjacent to the north property line from 7 feet to 5 feet for the building wall and to allow fixed bicycle racks on the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave.

Aye: Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen; Kronzer and Huynh recused.

The motion carried 5-0.

C. Variance: Application by VJA Architects, Inc., on behalf of Hennepin County, for a variance of the building placement provision in the PO (Pedestrian-Oriented Overlay) district to allow a setback greater than 8 feet for the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. 

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance of the building placement provision in the PO (Pedestrian Oriented) Overlay District to allow a setback of up to approximately 16 feet along Hennepin Ave on the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. 

Aye: Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen; Kronzer and Huynh recused.

The motion carried 5-0.

D. Variance: Application by VJA Architects, Inc., on behalf of Hennepin County, for a variance to allow a driveway in the required rear yard setback along the west property line for the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave. 

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to allow a driveway and retaining wall up to the west property line in the required rear yard setback on the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave.

Aye: Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen; Kronzer and Huynh recused.

The motion carried 5-0.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by VJA Architects, Inc., on behalf of Hennepin County, for a site plan review to allow for the construction of the new single-story, 14,680 square foot Walker Library. The property is zoned C3A (Community Activity Center) district and is located in the Hennepin and Lake area PO (Pedestrian-Oriented Overlay) district at 2880 Hennepin Ave. 

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application to allow for the construction of a new single-story, 14,680 square foot Walker Library on the property located at 2880 Hennepin Ave subject to the following conditions:

  1. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans.

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by July 16, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. Street trees shall be added along the Lagoon Ave streetscape in the same spacing and dimensional pattern of the boulevard trees/treatment that is present along Hennepin Ave.

  4. The applicant shall work with staff to incorporate the bus stop located at the intersection of Hennepin and Lagoon into the façade of the building or closer to the building.  

Aye: Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen; Kronzer and Huynh recused.

The motion carried 5-0.

8. Stadium Village University Ave Station Area Plan (Ward: 2), (Haila Maze).

A. Station Area Plan: Considering adoption of the Stadium Village University Avenue Station Area Plan documents.

The purpose of the small area plan document is to provide greater detail for public and private land investment and development in the areas around the Stadium Village and Prospect Park LRT stations in Southeast Minneapolis. The project area for the plan is located between the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus and the St Paul boundary, focused on the LRT corridor and station areas.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the Stadium Village University Avenue Station Area Plan document to the July 30th Planning Commission meeting.    

Aye: Kronzer, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker, Luepke-Pier and Cohen.
The motion carried 7-0.

Commission Business

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is July 19, 2012.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 6:39 p.m.

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: July 30, 2012

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