2013 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting

January 7, 2013

4:30 p.m. - City Hall, 350 S 5th St - Room 317, 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 Actions from the December 3, 2012 meeting

Approval of Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – December 6, 2012

None. The next Committee of the Whole meeting will be January 10, 2013.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. 12th Ave Daycare (BZZ-5877, Ward: 8), 3621-37 11th Ave S (Aly Pennucci).  

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Rick Lavelle of Reprise Design, on behalf of the Church of the Holy Name, for a conditional use permit to establish a childcare center within an existing building, at 3621-37 11th Ave S, in the R2B Two-family Residence District.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit for a child care center at the property of 3621-37 11th Ave S, 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 two years of approval.
  2. The use shall comply with the child care center development standards required by section 536.20 of the zoning code, and applicable signage standards in Chapter 543 of the zoning code.

B. Variance: Application by Rick Lavelle of Reprise Design, on behalf of the Church of the Holy Name, for a variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement from 21 spaces to 15 spaces for property located at 3621-37 11th Ave S, in the R2B Two-family Residence District.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement from 21 spaces to 15 spaces and in lieu thereof approve a variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement from 19 spaces to 15 spaces for a child care center at the property of 3621-37 11th Ave S, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Two designated drop-off spaces shall be provided as approved by Public Works, as specified in Chapter 541, Off-street Parking and Loading. 
  2. A minimum of five (5) bicycle parking spaces shall be provided. The bicycle parking shall be located to the side of the building outside of all required yards or in the right-of-way if approved by Public Works.

2. Joyce Preschool - Park (BZZ-5886, Ward: 8), 3400 Park Ave (Aly Pennucci). 

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Carolyn Van Nelson, on behalf of the Joyce Preschool, for a conditional use permit to establish a childcare center within the existing church, at 3400 Park Ave, in the R2B Two-family Residence District.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit for a child care center at the property of 3400 Park 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 two years of approval.
  2. Two drop-off spaces shall be provided as required by Table 541-1 of the zoning code.
  3. The use shall comply with the child care center development standards required by section 536.20 of the zoning code, and applicable signage standards in Chapter 543 of the zoning code.
  4. A minimum of three (3) bicycle parking spaces shall be provided. The bicycle parking shall be located outside of all required yards or in the right-of-way if approved by Public Works.
  5. The outdoor play area shall be located outside of all required yards and shall be screened by a six (6) foot tall solid wood fence.
  6. Approval of the final site plan by the Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division.

3. The Walkway—Uptown (BZZ-5875, Ward: 10), 1312 Lake St W (Janelle Widmeier).  

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by BKV Group, Inc, on behalf of Uptown Gassen, LLC, has applied to amend the conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of a building to 84 feet 8 inches from the previously approved 82 feet 2 inches for a mixed use building located at the property of 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 amendment to the conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of a building to 84 feet 8 inches from the previously approved 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.

4. Junction Flats (BZZ-5868, Ward: 5), 643 5th St N (Janelle Widmeier).  

Staff report

Site plan

A. Site Plan Review: Application by ESG Architects, on behalf of Trammell Crow Company, for a site plan review to allow a new multiple-family dwelling with 182 dwelling units for the property located at 643 5th 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 application for a multiple-family dwelling with 182 units for the property located at 643 5th St N, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final building elevations, floor, site, landscape and plaza plans.
  2. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by January 7, 2015, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. Additional architectural elements shall be incorporated to emphasize the main entrance as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  4. Additional architectural elements shall be incorporated on the first floor of the west wall facing 7th Ave N to prevent a blank, uninterrupted wall that exceeds 25 feet in width as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.

5. Goodwill Store (BZZ-5882, Ward: 11), 6015, 6023 and 6029 Nicollet Ave S (Becca Farrar).  

Staff report

Site plan

A. Site Plan Review: Application by DJR Architecture, on behalf of Wellington Management, for a site plan review for a new two-story, 20,922 square foot secondhand goods store on the properties located at 6015, 6023 and 6029 Nicollet Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the site plan review application for a new two-story, approximately 20,922 square foot secondhand goods store on the properties located at 6015, 6023, and 6029 Nicollet Ave S subject to the following conditions:

  1. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans before building permits may be issued.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by January 7, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. A final merchandising plan for the building shall be provided for review and approval. No shelving, signage, merchandise, newspaper racks or other mechanisms shall be placed in front of the required ground level transparent windows.
  4. Separate permits shall be submitted for the proposed on premise signs.
  5. All parking spaces shall be located within 50 feet of an on-site deciduous tree per Section 530.170 of the Zoning Code.

6. The Franklin Center (BZZ-5883, Ward: 6), 1124 E Franklin Ave (aka 1115 19th St E) (Kimberly Holien). 

Staff report

Site plan

A. Variance: Application by Susan Hewitt for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback from 20 feet to zero to allow a two-story commercial building to be known as The Franklin Center at 1124 Franklin Ave E, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district, NP, North Phillips Overlay District and PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the required east front yard setback from 20 feet to 0 feet for the property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E.

B. Variance: Application by Susan Hewitt for a variance to reduce the required north interior side yard setback from seven feet to zero to allow a transformer, trash/recycling facilities and walkways greater than four feet in width located at 1124 Franklin Ave E, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district, NP, North Phillips Overlay District and PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the north side yard setback from 7 feet to 0 feet for the for the property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E.

C. Variance: Application by Susan Hewitt for a variance to reduce the off-street vehicle parking requirement from 10 spaces to zero for property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district, NP, North Phillips Overlay District and PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement from 10 spaces to zero spaces the property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E, subject to the following condition:

  1. A minimum of 28 bicycle parking spaces shall be provided that meet the standards for short-term bicycle parking.

D. Variance: Application by Susan Hewitt for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio in the C1 district from 1.7 to 1.77 for property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district, NP, North Phillips Overlay District and PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 1.7 to 1.77 for the property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by Susan Hewitt for a site plan review for property located at 1124 Franklin Ave E, in the C1, Neighborhood Commercial district, NP, North Phillips Overlay District and PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the site plan review application for a two-story commercial building with four tenant spaces at the property of 1124 Franklin Ave E, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All site improvements shall be completed by January 7, 2015, 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 similar fixtures shall be placed in front of the required ground level transparent windows.
  4. The west elevation 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.
  5. The entrance vestibule on the south elevation shall be revised so that the door faces the street, in accordance with Section 530.110 of the zoning code.

7. Trinity First Lutheran Church (BZZ-5892, Ward: 6), 1115 19th St E (Kimberly Holien). 

Staff report

A. Variance: Application by Susan Hewitt has submitted an application for a variance to reduce the south side yard setback requirement from five feet to zero for an existing surface parking lot at 1115 19th St E, in the R2B, Two-family district and the NP, North Phillips Overlay district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the south side yard setback from 5 feet to 0 feet for the property located at 1115 19th St E subject to the following condition: 

  1. A landscaped yard a minimum of seven feet in width shall be provided between the southernmost row of parking stalls and the street, consistent with Section 530.170 of the zoning code. 

8. 621 15th Ave SE (BZZ-5876, Ward: 3), 621-629 15th Ave SE; 1416 7th St SE (Aly Pennucci).  

Staff report

Site plan

A. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along 15th Ave SE from 15 feet to 11 feet and along 7th St SE from 15 feet to 7 feet for the building and open front porches at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE, in the R5 Multiple Family Residence District and the UA University Area Overlay District.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 15th Ave SE from 15 feet to 11 feet and along 7th St SE from 15 feet to 7 feet for the building and open front porches for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE, subject to the following condition:

  1. Egress window wells located in the required yards shall not exceed 16 square feet in area.

B. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard setback along the south property line from 11 feet to 7 feet for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the variance to reduce the interior side yard setback along the south property line from 11 feet to 9 feet for the building for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE, subject to the following condition:

  1. Egress window wells located in the required yard shall not exceed 16 square feet in area.

C. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard setback along the west property line from 5 feet to 2.5 feet for the accessory parking area for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the variance to reduce the interior side yard setback along the west property line from 5 feet to 2.5 feet for the accessory parking area for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

D. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 17 to 16 spaces for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 17 to 16 spaces for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

E. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to increase the percentage of required parking spaces that may be satisfied by providing compact spaces from 25 percent to approximately 53 percent for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the variance to increase the percentage of required parking spaces that may be satisfied by providing compact spaces from 25 percent to approximately 53 percent for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

F. Variance: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a variance to increase the height of the fence along 7th St SE in the required front yard from 3 feet to 6 feet for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission deny the variance to increase the height of the fence along 7th St SE in the required front yard from 3 feet to 6 feet for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

G. Site Plan Review: Application by William Wells, on behalf of Dinkytown Rentals, LLC, for a site plan review for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for site plan review for a new multiple-family dwelling with 12 units for the property located at 621-629 15th Ave SE and 1416 7th St SE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. A minimum of 108 square feet of windows shall be provided on the first floor wall of the elevation facing the parking area.
  2. Cement board siding (panel or lap) shall not exceed more than 30 percent coverage on any single exterior elevation of the proposed building and all materials shall be distributed more or less evenly between all of the facades.
  3. Fences located in the required front yard shall not exceed three (3) feet in height, or four (4) feet in height if constructed of open, decorative, ornamental fencing materials that are less than sixty (60) percent opaque. Fences located in the required interior side yard shall not exceed six (6) feet in height.
  4. Landscaped areas not covered with turf grass, native grasses or other perennial flowering plants, vines, mulch, shrubs, trees or edible landscaping shall be covered would wood mulch or other similar materials. Rock mulch shall not be used.
  5. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans.
  6. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by January 7, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

9. Hi-Lake Triangle (BZZ-5643 and Vac-1604, Ward: 9), 2230 E Lake St (Becca Farrar).  This item was continued from the December 3, 2012 meeting.

Staff report

Site plan

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.

Recommended Motion:  The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve 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 subject to the following condition of approval:

  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 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.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve 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.

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.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application to allow a variance to reduce the off-street parking requirement for the residential component of the development from 58 spaces to 18 spaces on the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

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.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division has returned 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.

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.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approvethe application to allow a variance of the drive-aisle requirement from 22 feet to approximately 20 feet for two-way traffic within the proposed surface parking lot on the property located at 2230 E Lake St.

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.

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 application for a new 6-story, 70-foot tall, mixed-use development that includes 5,554 square feet of ground level commercial space and 64 residential dwelling units on property located at 2230 E Lake St subject to the following conditions of approval:

  1. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans. 
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by January 7, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. Cement board panels/siding shall not exceed more than 30% coverage on any single elevation of the proposed building.
  4. The residential component of the west ground level elevation shall meet the 20% window requirement.
  5. The striped transition area within the parking lot shall be landscaped.
  6. Additional canopy trees shall be installed within the landscape islands in the parking lot.
  7. Lighting shall flank all walkways that lead to the residential entrances on site.

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.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the City Council adopt the findings and approve the vacation application (Vacation File 1604) subject to the provision of easements to the City of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy and the following conditions of approval:

  1. A quit claim deed shall transfer ownership of the entire vacated alley to the underlying property owner prior to permit issuance.
  2. All easements between the adjoining property owners shall be recorded for off-street parking, trash, loading, maintenance and fire access as applicable.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: January 22, 2013

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

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