2013 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions

Regular Meeting

April 8, 2013

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

Commissioners present: President Tucker, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski – 6

Not present: Cohen (excused) and Schiff

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to Order

Approval of Actions from the March 25, 2013 meeting

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the March 25, 2013 meeting.

Action Items – March 28, 2013

1.   Land Sales – 2111 6th St N, 2605 Colfax Ave N, and 2810 Emerson Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan the sale of 2111 6th St N, 2605 Colfax Ave N, and 2810 Emerson Ave N for the rehabilitation of two-family homes.

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 item.

2.   Land Sales – 3963 Colfax Ave N, 3637 Emerson Ave N, 3319 Fremont Ave N, 1317 Sheridan Ave N, and 4150 Upton Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan the sale of 3963 Colfax Ave N, 3637 Emerson Ave N, 3319 Fremont Ave N, 1317 Sheridan Ave N, and 4150 Upton Ave N for the construction of single-family homes.

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 item.

Public Hearings

1. 4312 Upton Ave S (BZZ-5973, Ward: 13), 4312 Upton Ave S (Aly Pennucci).

A. Site Plan Review: Application by John Gross, of 43 Upton, LLC, has submitted an application for site plan review for a 2,050 square foot one story addition to the property located at 4312 Upton Ave S, in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and the LH Linden Hills Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for site plan review for the property located at 4312 Upton Ave S, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, and site plans.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by April 8, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The final landscaping plan shall be modified to comply with the parking and loading landscaping and screening requirements outlined Section 530.170 of the Zoning Code and that the screening consists of hedges or a combination of hedges and a decorative wall or fence.
  4. No shelving, signage, merchandise, newspaper racks or other mechanisms shall be placed in front of any ground level transparent windows.
  5. All signs require separate permits from the Zoning Office and must comply with Chapter 543 of the Zoning Code.
  6. Applicant shall work with staff to eliminate the curbing in the parking lot along the east property line.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

2. 301 Walnut (BZZ-5981, Ward: 2), 700 Washington Ave SE (aka 301 Walnut St SE) (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Rezoning: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a petition to rezone the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE from C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to C3A Community Activity Center District.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the petition to rezone the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE from C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to C3A Community Activity Center District.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum building height from 4 stories, 56 feet to 6 stories, 81 feet for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow an increase in height from 4 stories, 56 feet to 6 stories, 81 feet for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE, 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 two years of approval.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

C. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement by 12.3 percent for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement by 12.3 percent for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

D. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 4.32 to 4.77 for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 4.32 to 4.77 for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

E. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District building placement standard to allow the first floor of the building to be set back more than 8 feet from a lot line adjacent to a street where a greater yard is not required for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District building placement standard to allow the first floor of the building to be set back more than 8 feet from a lot line adjacent to a street where a greater yard is not required for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.  

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

F. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to reduce the front yard requirement adjacent to Walnut Street from 15 feet (for the first 40 feet from the south lot line) to 2 feet to allow the building and a transformer for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard requirement adjacent to Walnut Street from 15 feet (for the first 40 feet from the south lot line) to 2 feet to allow the building and a transformer for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

G. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the south lot line from 15 feet to 0 feet to allow the building for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the south lot line from 15 feet to 0 feet to allow the building for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

H. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the east lot line from 15 feet to 9.3 feet to allow walls with residential windows for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the east lot line from 15 feet to 9.3 feet to allow walls with residential windows for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

I. Variance: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement from 88 to 49 spaces (0.5 spaces per dwelling unit and 0.31 spaces per bedroom are proposed) for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement from 88 spaces to 49 spaces for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

J. Site Plan Review: Application by Carol Lansing with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on behalf of Daniel Oberpriller, CPM Development LLC, for a site plan review for the property located at 700 Washington Ave SE.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review application for a mixed-use development with 98 dwelling units on the properties 700 Washington Ave SE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All site improvements shall be completed by May 10, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  2. CPED 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 windows as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  4. Mechanical equipment shall be screened as required by section 535.70 of the zoning code.  

Aye: Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Recused: Huynh

3. South Quarter (BZZ-5968, PL-275 and Vac-1613, Ward: 6), 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave (Hilary Dvorak).

A. Rezoning: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a rezoning of the properties located at 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave from the C1, Neighborhood Commercial District to the R6, 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 of the property located at 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave from the C1, Neighborhood Commercial District to the R6, Multiple-family District.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a conditional use permit for Phase IV of the Franklin-Portland Planned Unit Development which includes 90 dwelling units in two new buildings for properties located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit application for Phase Four of the Franklin-Portland Planned Unit Development which includes 90 dwelling units in two new buildings located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin 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. 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 37 points: The site amenities include The site amenities include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), garden(s) or on-site food production, outdoor open space, outdoor children’s play area, reflective roof, decorative fencing, enhanced landscaping, enhanced stormwater management, heated drives or sidewalks and a new bus shelter on Franklin Avenue.
  3. The applicant shall submit the LEED checklist and documentation, approved by a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), that shows that the project will comply with LEED Silver requirements prior to building permits being issued.
  4. The applicant shall submit a roof plan indicating the extent of the reflective roofing material prior to building permits being issued. The reflective roofing materials shall cover a minimum of 75 percent of the total roof surface and have a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) equal to or greater than the values as required by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for low-sloped and steep-sloped roofs.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

C. Variance: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a variance to increase fence height in the required front yard along both Portland Ave and 5th Ave S from the permitted four feet to eight feet for properties located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance application to increase the fence height in the required front yard along both Portland Ave and 5th Ave S from the permitted four feet to eight feet for the property located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave subject to the following condition:

  1. The area between the fence and the public sidewalk along 5th Ave S shall be landscaped.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

D. Site Plan Review: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a site plan review for an approximately 148,000 square foot residential development for properties located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application for an approximately 148,000 square foot residential development located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, landscaping, elevation and lighting plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by April 8, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

E. Plat: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a preliminary and final plat (PL-275) for properties located at 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the preliminary plat application for the property located 501 and 515 E 19th St, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920 and 1928 Portland Ave, 1919, 1921, 1923 and 1925 5th Ave S and 500 and 510 E Franklin Ave.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

F. Vacation: Application by John Errigo with Aeon, on behalf of Franklin Portland Gateway Phase IV LP, for a vacation (Vac 1613) of the public alley located on the block bounded by E Franklin Ave, 5th Ave S, E 19th St and Portland Ave.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the vacation application for all of the dedicated alley in Block 1 of A.M. Jerome’s Addition bounded by Franklin Ave, 5th Ave S, E 19th St and Portland Ave, subject to the retention of an easement in favor of Comcast and CenturyLink.

Approved on consent 4-0; Luepke-Pier not present for the vote.

Recused: Huynh

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

4. 6th Street Northeast Redevelopment (BZZ-5964, Ward: 3), 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE (Aaron Hanauer).

A. Rezoning: Application by Maureen Michalski on behalf of Farrington Properties, Inc. for a petition to rezone the property located at 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE from the C2 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District. The Pedestrian-Oriented Overlay District will be maintained.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the petition to rezone the property of 519 Central Ave NEand 514 1st Ave NE from C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to C3A Community Activity Center District.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Maureen Michalski on behalf of Farrington Properties, Inc. for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum permitted height of a mixed-use building from 4 stories or 56 feet to approximately 7 stories or 81 feet at the tallest point for the property located at 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow an increase in height from four stories or 56 feet to approximately seven stories or 81 feet at the tallest point for the properties located at 519 Central Ave NE and 514 1st Ave NE 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 year of approval.
  2. Only the southeast and southwest portions of the building shown on the submitted plans for this review are allowed to be seven stories in height.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer and Luepke-Pier

Nay: Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

C. Variance: Application by Maureen Michalski on behalf of Farrington Properties, Inc. for a variance to reduce the setback along the southeast interior side yard from 15 feet to 0 feet at the closest point for the property located at 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the interior side yard from 15 feet to 5 feet at the closest point for the properties located at 519 Central Ave NE and 514 1st Ave NE subject to the following condition of approval:

  1. The setback reductions delineated on the final plans shall match the submitted plans.
  2. The applicant shall conduct a structural survey by an agreed to qualified third party on all buildings on this block, following the industry standard process and techniques for such survey.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer and Luepke-Pier

Nay: Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

D. Variance: Application by Maureen Michalski on behalf of Farrington Properties, Inc. for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 287 square feet per dwelling unit to 282 square feet per dwelling unit for the property located at 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to allow the reduction in minimum lot area requirement from 287 square feet per dwelling unit to 282 square feet per dwelling unit (1.7 percent lot area variance) for the properties located at 519 Central Ave NE and 514 1st Ave NE.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer and Luepke-Pier

Nay: Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

E. Site Plan Review: Application by Maureen Michalski on behalf of Farrington Properties, Inc. for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 287 square feet per dwelling unit to 282 square feet per dwelling unit for the property located at 514 1st Ave NE/519-523 Central Ave NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application for the property located at 519 Central Ave NE and 514 1st Ave NE 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.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by May 10, 2015, 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. The animal run shall be fenced or otherwise enclosed to keep the animals confined to the designated area.
  5. The applicant shall provide a total of 21 bicycle parking spaces for the commercial establishment and at least half 50 percent shall meet the standards for short term parking outlined in Section 541.180(a)(1).
  6. First floor or ground floor windows shall have clear or lightly tinted glass with a visible light transmittance ratio of six-tenths (0.6) or higher.
  7. For the first floor commercial establishments, shelving, mechanical equipment or other similar fixtures shall not block views into and out of the building in the area between four (4) and seven (7) feet above the adjacent grade. However, window area in excess of the minimum required area shall not be required to allow views into and out of the building.
  8. Decorative metal grills shall be installed within the parking garage window openings on 1st Avenue Northeast that allow for clear views in and out. 
  9. The applicant shall work with staff to assure there are durable materials, which may include Nichiha or stucco, on all upper floors of the building street facing façade. Cement board siding facing the interior of the site is not to exceed 50% of the interior façade.

Aye: Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Wielinski

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

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

A. Text Amendment: Application by Amending Title 20, Chapter 520 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Introductory Provisions.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 536 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Specific Development Standards.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 541 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Off-street Parking and Loading.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 547 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Office Residence Districts.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 548 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Commercial Districts.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 549 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Downtown Districts.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 550 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Industrial Districts.

The purpose of the amendment is to amend regulations for blood/plasma collection facilities.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending chapters 536, 547, 548 and 549. The City Planning Commission further recommended that Chapters 522, 541 and 550 be returned to the author.

Approved on consent 4-1 (Nay: Wielinski)

Absent: Cohen and Schiff

Commission Business

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is April 11, 2013.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: April 22, 2013

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

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