2012 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions

Regular Meeting

December 3, 2012

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

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

Not present: Kronzer (excused)

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of Actions from the November 13, 2012 meeting

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the November 13, 2012 meeting.

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – November 15, 2012

None. The next Planning Commission Committee of the Whole meeting is December 6, 2012.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. A Mill Artist Lofts (PL-263, Ward: 3), 100 3rd Ave SE, 300 2nd St SE and 400 2nd St SE (aka 301 Main St SE) (Jim Voll).

A. Plat: Application by BNC Bank and Minneapolis Leased Housing Associates IV, Limited Partnership, for a final plat for property located at 100 3rd Ave SE, 300 2nd St SE, and 400 2nd St SE (also known as 301 Main St SE).

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the final subdivision plat for property located at100 3rd Ave SE, 300 2nd St SE, and 400 2nd St SE (also known as 301 Main St SE) subject to the following condition:

  1. Outlots A and B are part of the approved planned unit development and may not be removed from the planned unit development without an amendment to the planned unit development.

Approved on consent 5-0; Kronzer absent; Cohen, Huynh and Motzenbecker recused.

2. Calhoun Square (PL-178, Ward: 10), 1301, 1311, 1323, 1401 and 1409 W Lake St, 3008 and 3012 Fremont Ave S and 3003, 3027, 3037, 3043 and 3045 Hennepin Ave (Hilary Dvorak).

A. Plat: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP., on behalf of ROF Calhoun Square LLC, for a final plat for property located at 1301, 1311, 1323, 1401 and 1409 W Lake St, 3008 and 3012 Fremont Ave S and 3003, 3027, 3037, 3043 and 3045 Hennepin Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the final plat application for the property located at 1301, 1311, 1323, 1401 and 1409 W Lake St, 3008 and 3012 Fremont Ave S and 3003, 3027, 3037, 3043 and 3045 Hennepin Ave.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

3. Plaza Seven Horizontal RLS (RLS-69, Ward: 7), 45 S 7th St (Shanna Sether).

A. Registered Land Survey: Application by Debra Altschuler of Fredrikson and Byron, P.A., on behalf of Plaza Seven, LLC, for a Registered Land Surveys (RLS) for Plaza Seven located at 45 7th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District, NM Nicollet Mall Overlay District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District. The purpose of RLS-69 is to create separate tracts at the ground level of the existing building.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the preliminary and final Registered Land Survey application for Plaza Seven located at 45 7th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, subject to the following condition of approval:

  1. This action of the Planning Commission shall be recorded with Hennepin County at or prior to such time as the signed RLS is presented for recording with Hennepin County.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

4. Plaza Seven Horizontal RLS (RLS-70, Ward: 7), 45 S 7th St (Shanna Sether).

A. Registered Land Survey: Application by Debra Altschuler of Fredrikson and Byron, P.A., on behalf of Plaza Seven, LLC, for a Registered Land Surveys (RLS) for Plaza Seven located at 45 7th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District, NM Nicollet Mall Overlay District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District. The purpose of RLS-70 is to create separate tracts for the office, hotel and retail uses in the existing building.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the preliminary and final Registered Land Survey application for Plaza Seven located at 45 7th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval:

  1. This RLS creates certain tracts (namely, Tracts R and U) that, if separately redeveloped, would not meet the requirements of the zoning and subdivision ordinances for street frontage at ground level. Approval of this RLS does not constitute approval for the separate redevelopment of any tract if such tract does not comply with applicable zoning and subdivision ordinances.

  2. This action of the Planning Commission shall be recorded with Hennepin County at or prior to such time as the signed RLS is presented for recording with Hennepin County.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

5. Paulie’s Automotive (BZZ-5857, Ward: 4), 3958 Washington Ave N (Kimberly Holien).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Paul Koland for a conditional use permit for minor auto repair in the I2 district located at 3958 Washington Ave N.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and returned the application for a conditional use permit for a minor automobile repair use for the property located at 3958 Washington Ave N, at the request of the applicant.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

B. Site Plan Review: Application by Paul Koland for a site plan review for property located at 3958 Washington Ave N.

Action: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission returned the site plan review application for a minor automobile repair use in an existing building at 3958 Washington Ave N, at the request of the applicant.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

6. The Malt Shop (BZZ-5580, Ward: 13), 809 W 50th St (Becca Farrar).

A. Rezoning: Application by Richard Henke for a petition to rezone the property located at 809 W 50th St from the R1 (Single-family) District to the C1 (Neighborhood Commercial) District in order to legalize the existing nonconforming commercial use of the property as the Malt Shop. The applicant further proposes to convert the basement to a banquet room for the facility.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning petition to change the zoning classification of the property located at 809 W 50th St from the R1(Single-family) District to the C1 (Neighborhood Commercial) District.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

7. Mozaic Mixed-Use Development (BZZ-5846, Ward: 10), 2900 Fremont Ave S (1320 Lagoon Ave) (Becca Farrar).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by The Ackerberg Group to amend the previously approved Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to modify the approved master sign plan for the Mozaic development located on the properties at 2900 Fremont Ave S (1320 Lagoon Ave).

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application to amend the previously approved conditional use permit application for the Mozaic Planned Unit Development to modify the approved master sign plan on the property located 2900 Fremont Ave S (1320 Lagoon 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. As previously required (BZZ-4954) by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall include the following amenities from Table 527-1: proposed plaza, living wall system, enhanced exterior lighting, and recycling storage area.; and as required by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall also include the following amenities: a new Midtown Greenway bridge and ramp. 

  3. As previously required for the master sign plan (BZZ-5443) by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall include the following amenities from Table 527-1: art feature and reflective roof.

  4. All new signs shall relate in size, shape, material, color, illumination and character to the function and architectural character of the building.

  5. A total of three freestanding/monument signs shall be permitted on the premises. The proposed Mozaic monument identification sign shall not exceed 25 feet in height. The freestanding parking sign on Fremont Avenue South shall not exceed 8 feet in height. The freestanding parking sign on Lagoon Avenue South shall not exceed 12 feet in height.

  6. A total of three projecting signs shall be permitted on the premises per the specifications noted in the staff report.

  7. A total of eight wall signs shall be permitted on the premises per the specifications noted in the staff report.

  8. Backlit signs are prohibited.

Approved on consent 5-0; Kronzer absent; Cohen, Huynh and Motzenbecker recused.

8. City Place Lofts (BZZ-5852, Ward: 7), 730 Hennepin Ave (Aly Pennucci).

A. Site Plan Revew: Application by Ryan DuPuis of Kass Wilson Architects, on behalf of Eriksson Commercial Real Estate, for a site plan review to convert the existing building located at 730 Hennepin Ave to 55 dwelling units and ground floor commercial space in the B4S-2 Downtown Service District and the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for site plan review for the property located at 730 Hennepin Ave, subject to the following conditions:

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

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 3, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. A minimum of 28 bicycle parking spaces shall be provided.

Approved on consent 6-0; Kronzer absent; Tucker recused.

9. 1501 Lowry Ave N (BZZ-5854, Ward: 5), 1501 Lowry Ave N (Kimberly Holien).

A. Nonconforming Use Change: Application by Yang Xiong has submitted an application for a change of non-conforming use from a grocery store to a drug store (pharmacy) at 1501 Lowry Ave N, in the R4, Multiple-family district. 

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the change of nonconforming use from a grocery store to a drug store in the R4, Multiple-family Residential District for the property at 1501 Lowry Ave N.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

10. Ceresota Building Residential Development (BZZ-5851, Ward: 7), 512 2nd St S (Aaron Hanauer).

A. Site Plan Review: Application by Ken Piper with Tanek, Inc, on behalf of Ceresota Mill Limited Partnership, for a site plan review application to allow for a 117-unit residential conversion (formerly office space) at 512 2nd St S in the C3A Community Activity Center District, DH Downtown Height Overlay District, DP/Downtown Parking Overlay District, and MR Miss River Critical Area Overlay.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application for the property located at 512 2nd St S subject to the following conditions:

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

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 3, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. Lighting levels shall meet the requirements outlined in Section 535.590 of the zoning code.

  4. Installation and maintenance of all landscape materials shall comply with the standards outlined in Section 530.210 of the zoning code.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

11. 3605 4th Ave S (BZZ-5849, Ward: 8), 3605 4th Ave S (Shanna Sether).

A. Rezoning: Application by Alioune Thiam for a rezoning petition to change the zoning classification for the property located at 3605 4th Ave S from R1A Single-Family District and R2B Two-Family District to R3 Multiple Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning petition to change the zoning classification for 3605 4th Ave S from R1A Single-Family District and R2B Two-Family District to R3 Multiple Family District.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

B. Variance: Application by Alioune Thiam for a variance to reduce the minimum north interior side yard setback for an existing multiple-family dwelling with three units from 7 feet to approximately 4.3 feet to allow for the existing structure located at 3605 4th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum north interior side yard setback for an existing multiple-family dwelling with three units from 7 feet to approximately 4.3 feet to allow for the existing structure located at 3605 4th Ave S (Parcel B), subject to the following conditions: 

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

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 3, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

C. Variance: Application by Alioune Thiam for a variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 36th St E from 20 feet to 8 feet to allow for the construction of a new two-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 3605 4th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 36th St E from 20 feet to 8 feet to allow for the construction of a new two-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 3605 4th Ave S (Parcel A), subject to the following conditions: 

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

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 3, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

12. Hi-Lake Triangle (BZZ-5643 and Vac-1604, Ward: 9), 2230 E Lake St (Becca Farrar).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an increase in the allowable height in the C2 District from 4 stories or 56 feet to 6 stories or approximately 70 feet for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum permitted height of a new mixed-use building in the C2 District from 4 stories or 56 feet to 6 stories or approximately 70 feet on the property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

B. Variance: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a variance of the maximum allowable front yard setback of 8 feet for building placement in the Pedestrian-Oriented (PO) Overlay District for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application to allow a variance of the maximum allowable front yard setback of 8 feet for building placement in the Pedestrian-Oriented (PO) Overlay District on the property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

C. Variance: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a variance of the off-street parking requirement for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application to allow a variance to reduce the off-street parking requirement for the residential component of the development on the property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

D. Variance: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a variance to allow more compact parking spaces for the commercial use than allowed within the proposed surface parking lot for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application for a variance to allow more compact parking spaces for the commercial use than allowed within the proposed surface parking lot on the property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

E. Variance: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a variance of the drive-aisle requirement within the proposed surface parking lot for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application to allow a for a variance of the drive-aisle requirement within the proposed surface parking lot on the property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

F. Site Plan Review: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a site plan review for a new 6 story mixed-use building that includes 5,762 square feet of ground level commercial space and 64 residential dwelling units on property located in the C2 District and the PO Overlay District for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the site plan review application for a new 6-story, 70-foot tall, mixed-use development that includes 5,762 square feet of ground level commercial space and 64 residential dwelling units on property located at 2230 E Lake St to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

G. Vacation: Application by Collage Architects, LLC, on behalf of Wellington Management, for an alley vacation for the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

Action: The City Planning Commission continued the vacation application (Vacation File 1604) to the January 7, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent.

13. Yinghua Academy Addition (BZZ-5841, Ward: 1), 1616 Buchanan St NE (Kimberly Holien).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by J. Kou Vang, on behalf of the Charter School Development Corp, for a conditional use permit to allow an expansion of an existing K-12 school in the R1A district located at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow an addition to an existing K-12 school for the property at 1616 Buchanan St NE, 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.

  2. Applicant shall work with staff to explore a drop-off plan that utilizes all adjacent streets to alleviate congestion. 

  3. The applicant shall participate in the Metro Transit Metropass program. This shall be implemented within two years.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Tucker

Nay: Mammen

Motion passed 5-1; Wielinski recused.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by J. Kou Vang, on behalf of the Charter School Development Corp, for a conditional use permit to increase the height of the building in the R1A district from 2.5 stories or 35 feet to 3 stories or 42 feet for property located at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to increase the height of a building in the R1A district from 2.5 stories or 35 feet to 3 stories or 42 feet for the property at 1616 Buchanan St NE, 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.   

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Tucker

Nay: Mammen

Motion passed 5-1; Wielinski recused.

C. Variance: Application by J. Kou Vang, on behalf of the Charter School Development Corp, for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio in the R1A district from .5 to .81 for property located at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from .5 to .81 for the property at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Tucker

Nay: Mammen

Motion passed 5-1; Wielinski recused.

D. Variance: Application by J. Kou Vang, on behalf of the Charter School Development Corp, for a variance to increase the maximum impervious surface in the R1A district from 65 percent to 72.2 percent for property located at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to increase the maximum impervious surface coverage from 65 percent to 72.2 percent for the property at 1616 Buchanan St NE. 

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Tucker

Nay: Mammen

Motion passed 5-1; Wielinski recused.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by J. Kou Vang, on behalf of the Charter School Development Corp, for a site plan review for property located at 1616 Buchanan St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review application for a 38,500 square foot addition to an existing building at 1616 Buchanan St NE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All site improvements shall be completed by December 3, 2014, 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. All elevations of the addition shall be revised to include a material change, recess, projection or other architectural element to eliminate any blank walls in excess of 25 feet, in compliance with Section 530.120 of the zoning code. The width of said material change or architectural element shall match the width of the window bands in the existing building. 

  4. The proposed precast concrete panels shall include a decorative finish. 

  5. The existing mechanical equipment in the northeast corner of the building shall be screened in compliance with Section 535.70 of the zoning code. 

  6. Two small loading spaces with proper access and room for maneuvering shall be provided on site, in compliance with Section 541.480 of the zoning code.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Tucker

Nay: Mammen

Motion passed 5-1; Wielinski recused.

14. Install This Sign and Awning, Co.  (BZZ-5856, Ward: 4), 4831-35 Lyndale Ave N (Kimberly Holien).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Paul Miller of Install This for a conditional use permit to allow a 990 square foot building addition to a contractor’s office at 4831-35 Lyndale Ave N, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow an expansion of a contractor’s office for the property located at 4831-35 Lyndale Ave 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. A trash enclosure consistent with Section 535.80 shall be required to screen the refuse storage container.

  3. The vinyl siding proposed on the addition shall be replaced with cement board, brick or an alternate durable material that is consistent with the character of the existing building.

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

Motion passed 7-0.

B. Variance: Application by Paul Miller of Install This for a variance to the enclosed building requirement to allow for a storage container on site at 4831-35 Lyndale Ave N, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission approved the variance to the enclosed building requirement for the property at 4831-35 Lyndale Ave N, based on the following findings:

  1. Would improve the appearance of the property by allowing for storage of exterior materials.

  2. The property is being used in a reasonable manner.

  3. Does not alter the essential character of the locality.

And subject to the following condition:

  1. Applicant shall add a screening fence on the south side of the storage container, extending from the addition toward the alley on the interior of the property. Said fence shall be designed to be graffiti-proof, including alternating boards.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Luepke-Pier, Mammen, Schiff and Wielinski

Nay: Tucker

Motion passed 6-1.

15. The 155 (BZZ-5829 and PL-271, Ward: 3), 312 Central Ave SE (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Rezoning: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a petition to rezone the property located at 312 Central Ave SE from C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to C3A Community Activity Center District (no change to the overlay districts is proposed) to allow a new 6-story mixed use building with 81 dwelling units.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the petition to rezone the property of 312 Central Ave SE from C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to C3A Community Activity Center District.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a conditional use permit for a planned unit development for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow a planned unit development for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE, 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. As required by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall comply with the standards for the following amenities from Table 527-1, Amenities and those proposed by the applicant totaling a minimum of 20 points: Reflective Roof, Shared Vehicle, Enhanced Exterior Lighting, Enhanced Landscaping, Recycling Storage Area, Green Roof, Plaza, Living Wall System, Decorative Fencing, and Pet Exercise Area.

  3. For the pet exercise area amenity, walkways at least four feet in width and exclusive of the ventilation grates shall provide access to the dog run.   

  4. Applicant will work with staff, in consultation with the neighborhood, to increase public access to the plaza.

  5. The applicant shall implement all amenities as required by section 527.120 of the zoning code by December 3, 2014.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

C. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for an expansion of nonconforming use to allow relocation of the bank drive-through lanes for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the expansion of a nonconforming use to allow relocation of the bank drive-through lanes for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

D. Variance: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the north lot line from 15 feet to 14.5 feet to allow the building for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the north lot line from 15 feet to 14.5 feet to allow the building for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE has been withdrawn.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

E. Variance: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the north lot line to allow a transformer and generator for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the north lot line to allow a transformer and generator for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE, subject to the following condition:

  1. The equipment pad shall be set back at least 10 feet from the lot line adjacent to 2nd Ave SE and additional landscaping shall be provided between the street and the screen fence to further minimize the visual impact of the mechanical equipment.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

F. Variance: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a variance to increase the maximum height of a fence from 6 feet to 8 feet 4 inches to allow a transformer and generator screen for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings above and approved the variance to increase the maximum height of a fence from 6 feet to 8 feet 4 inches to allow a transformer and generator screen for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

G. Variance: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standard to increase the maximum driveway width from 20 feet to 27.5 feet for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standard to increase the maximum driveway width from 20 feet to 27.5 feet for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

H. Variance: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a variance of the plaza standard requiring enhanced interaction with occupants of adjacent buildings and uses for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission approved the variance of the plaza standard requiring enhanced interaction with occupants of adjacent buildings and uses for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE, based on the following findings:

  1. Multiple access opportunities for the community and on-site uses are proposed that enhance interaction with the plaza.

  2. The balconies over the space will enhance the vitality of the space and reinforce the public nature of the space.

  3. Proposed lighting and seating should enhance safety and visibility in the plaza.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

I. Site Plan Review: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a site plan review for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for site plan review for a new building with 81 dwelling units for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE, subject to the following conditions:

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

  2. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by December 3, 2014, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. The area between the dog run and the north lot line shall be landscaped with turf grass, native grasses or other flowering plants, vines, shrubs or trees as required by section 530.160 of the zoning code.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

J. Plat: Application by Wes Pfeifer with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Ivy Properties, for a plat for property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the preliminary plat for the property located at 312 Central Ave SE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski

Motion passed 6-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

16. 315 27th Avenue SE (BZZ-5848, Ward: 2), 315 27th Ave SE (Kimberly Holien).

A. Rezoning: Application by Carol Lansing, on behalf of CPM Development, for a rezoning from I1, Light Industrial to C4, General Commercial district, retaining the PO and UA Overlay districts for the property located at 315 27th Ave SE, in the I1, Light Industrial district, PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district and UA, University Area Overlay district.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommends that the City Council adopt the findings and deny the application for rezoning from the I1, Light Industrial district to the C4, General Commercial district for the property located at 315 27th Ave SE. 

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff and Wielinski

Motion passed 5-0; Motzenbecker recused ; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Carol Lansing, on behalf of CPM Development, for a conditional use permit for a blood/plasma collection facility located at 315 27th Ave SE, in the I1, Light Industrial district, PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district and UA, University Area Overlay district.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and denied the application for a conditional use permit for a blood/plasma collection center for the property located at 315 27th Ave SE.

Aye: Cohen, Huynh, Mammen, Schiff and Wielinski

Motion passed 5-0; Motzenbecker recused ; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

17. UTEC Mixed-Use (PL-267, Ward: 3), 1313 5th St SE (Kimberly Holien).

A. Plat: Application by Jared Schenk of GEM Realty Capital for a final plat for property located at 1313 5th St SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the final plat for the property located at 1313 5th St SE.

Approved on consent 7-0; Kronzer absent; Cohen and Motzenbecker recused.

Commission Business

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is December 6, 2012.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: January 7, 2013

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

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