2013 Meeting Schedule
Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions
Regular Meeting
August 26, 2013
4:30 p.m. - City Hall, 350 S 5th St - Room 317, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Commissioners present: President Tucker, Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff– 8
Not present: Slack (excused) and Wielinski (excused)
Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710
Call to Order
Approval of Actions from the August 12, 2013 meeting
The Planning Commission approved the actions from the August 12, 2013 meeting
Approval of Agenda
Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – August 15, 2013
None. The next Committee of the Whole meeting is August 29, 2013.
Public Hearings
1. Five15 On the Park (formerly Currie Park Lofts) (PL-273, Ward: 2), 1500, 1506 and 1514 6th St S; 1500, 1501, 1506, 1507, and 1515 5th St S; 1505 4th St S (Becca Farrar).
A. Plat: Application by Bianca Fine, on behalf of Currie Park Developments, LLC, for a final plat and the drainage and utility variance for the properties located at 1500, 1506 and 1514 6th St S; 1500, 1501, 1506, 1507, and 1515 5th St S; 1505 4th St S.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the final plat application and the drainage and utility variance for the properties located at 1500, 1506 and 1514 6th St S; 1500, 1501, 1506, 1507, and 1515 5th St S; 1505 4th St S.
Approved on consent 7-0.
2. 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S (Vac-1623, Ward: 7), 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S (Janelle Widmeier).
A. Vacation: Application by The City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development to vacate the remaining no outlet alley adjacent to the property of 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the alley vacation to the to the Planning Commission meeting of September 16, 2013.
Approved on consent 7-0.
3. 3328-30 18th Ave S (BZZ-6170, Ward: 9), 3328-30 18th Ave S (Kimberly Holien).
A. Rezoning: Application by Mina and Gregory Lierwood to rezone the property at 3328-30 18th Ave S from the R2B, Two-family district to the R3, Multiple-family district to legally establish an existing third dwelling unit.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the application for rezoning from the R2B (Two-family) District to the R3 (Multiple-family) District for the property at 3328-30 18th Ave S, based on the following findings:
  1. The rezoning is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan as it would allow for a mix of residential densities one block from a community corridor.
  2. It is in the public interest to provide a diverse range of housing types, including smaller units such as this.
  3. The project’s parking can be accommodated on-site with the proposed three units.
  4. It is apparent that third dwelling unit had existed prior to 1963.
Aye: Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff
Nay: Brown
4. River of Life Lutheran Church Overnight Shelter (BZZ-6177, Ward: 5), 1110 22nd Ave N/2200 Fremont Ave N (Hilary Dvorak).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Allysen Hoberg with St. Stephen’s Human Services for a conditional use permit to operate an overnight shelter at the existing River of Live Church located at 1110 22nd Ave N and 2200 Fremont Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit application to allow an overnight shelter accessory to a religious institution place of assembly located at 1110 22nd Ave N/2200 Fremont 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. The use shall comply with the standards for overnight shelters required by section 537.110 of the zoning code.
  3. The required management plan shall be updated yearly and copies shall be provided to adjacent property owners and to The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development. At minimum, the management plan shall include the following:
a.     A security plan that includes the hours of operation, the hours guests can arrive, details on shelter security and police monitoring, and a security plan that addresses lighting, cameras and littering in the alley.
b.    A communication plan that includes details on who to call with concerns, documentation of issues that arise, and monthly meetings to discuss shelter operations.
c.     A building and grounds plan that includes frequency for trash and recycling pick-up and lighting in the alley.
  1. The shelter shall not use or participate in the lottery system for placing guests at this shelter.
  2. The shelter shall operate yearly from November 1st through May 15th.
  3. Trash shall be picked up at least two times per week when the shelter is in operation.
  4. When going outdoors for air or smoking breaks, shelter staff and guests shall remain to the front of the church along 22nd Ave N and shall not assemble in the alley or to the side of the church.
  5. No personal belongings shall be stored outside of the building. Guests shall be provided space to store any personal belongings within the shelter space.
Approved on consent 7-0.
5. Restoration, Counseling & Community Services (RCCS) (BZZ-6178, Ward: 4), 800 42nd Ave N and 4217 Aldrich Ave N (Janelle Widmeier).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Restoration, Counseling and Community Services, LLC for a conditional use permit to allow a developmental achievement center located at the property of 800 42nd Ave N and 4217 Aldrich Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow a developmental achievement center located at the property of 800 42nd Ave N and 4217 Aldrich 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 two years of approval.
  2. Permission for two on-street drop-off spaces shall be obtained from the city engineer as required by Table 541-1 of the zoning code, unless a variance is applied for and granted.
  3. At least 4 bicycle parking spaces shall be provided and shall comply with the standards of section 541.180 of the zoning code.
  4. To the extent practical, landscaping, screening and curbing shall be provided in the parking areas as required by sections 530.170 and 530.230 of the zoning code.
  5. The refuse container shall be screened as required by section 535.80 of the zoning code.
  6. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final floor, site and landscape plans.
  7. Site improvements required by the zoning code or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by August 26, 2015, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on consent 7-0.
6. 810 6th St SE (BZZ-6125, Ward: 3), 810 6th St SE (Janelle Widmeier).
A. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by The One Tree Group, on behalf of Marsh Rentals LLC, for an expansion of nonconforming use to allow attic space to be finished for living space in an existing legal triplex located at 810 6th St SE within the R2B Two-family District.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for an expansion of a legal nonconforming use to allow attic space to be finished for living space of a triplex within the R2B Two-family District located at the property of 810 6th St SE, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The total number of bedrooms shall not exceed 10.
  2. At least two long-term bicycle parking spaces shall be provided as required by section 541.180 of the zoning code.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer and Schiff
Nay: Luepke-Pier
7. 501 15th Avenue (BZZ-6152, Ward: 3), 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE (Janelle Widmeier).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a conditional use permit amendment to increase the maximum allowed height from the previously approved 56 feet, 8 inches to 58 feet, 9 inches for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit amendment to increase the maximum allowed height from the previously approved 56 feet, 8 inches to 58 feet, 9 inches for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St 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.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a variance to reduce the required west interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 5 feet for the second floor of the building for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the required west interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 5 feet for the second floor of the building for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE.
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Variance: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a variance to reduce the required north rear yard setback from 13 feet to 5 feet for the first through fifth floors of the building for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the required north rear yard setback from 13 feet to 5 feet for the first through fifth floors of the building for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE.
Approved on consent 7-0.
D. Variance: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a variance to increase the maximum allowed lot coverage from the previously approved 81 percent to 81.3 percent for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to increase the maximum allowed lot coverage from the previously approved 81 percent to 81.3 percent for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE.
Approved on consent 7-0.
E. Variance: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a variance to increase the maximum impervious surface requirement from 85 to 87 percent for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to increase the maximum impervious surface requirement from 85 to 87 percent for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE.
Approved on consent 7-0.
F. Site Plan Review: Application by DJR Architecture Inc, on behalf of Rusty Turpen, for a site plan review amendment for a 5-story addition with 13 new dwelling units for the property located at 1423 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review amendment for a 5-story addition with 13 new dwelling units for the property located at 501 15th Ave SE/1423 5th St SE, subject to the following conditions:
  1. All site improvements shall be completed by August 26, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  2. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans before building permits may be issued.
  3. Additional architectural elements shall be provided on the east fourth floor building elevation to prevent blank, uninterrupted walls that do not include windows, entries, recesses or projections or other architectural elements that exceed 25 feet in length as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  4. Additional landscaping (shrubs, turf grass, native grasses or perennials) shall be provided between the building and the rear lot line and in the areas between the existing buildings.
  5. Landscaped areas not covered with turf grass, native grasses or other perennial flowering plants, vines, mulch, shrubs, trees or edible landscaping shall be covered with wood mulch. Rock mulch shall not be used.
  6. The existing buildings shall be repaired and renovated as needed so the existing building is compatible with the new addition. This shall include repairing or replacing existing porches, steps, entry doors, alcoves and windows, providing fencing in compliance with the zoning code along 15th Avenue Southeast, repairing or rebuilding cornices and tuck pointing existing brick exteriors as noted on the elevations.
Approved on consent 7-0.
8. Bassett Bluff (BZZ-6189 and PL-278, Ward: 7), 296 Vincent Ave N (Shanna Sether).
A. Variance: Application by Eric Rogers of Bryn Mawr Residential for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Vincent Ave N from the setback established by the adjacent structure to the north from approximately 63 feet to 20 feet to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling on proposed Lot 1 located at 296 Vincent Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Vincent Ave N from the setback established by the adjacent structure to the north from approximately 54.3 feet to 25 feet to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling on proposed Lot 1, located at 296 Vincent Ave N in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions: 
  1. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by August 26, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff
B. Variance: Application by Eric Rogers of Bryn Mawr Residential for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Vincent Ave N from the setback established by the adjacent structure to the north from approximately 63 feet to 13.2 feet to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling on proposed Lot 2 located at 296 Vincent Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the to reduce the required front yard setback along Vincent Avenue North from the setback established by the adjacent structure to the north from approximately 40.4 feet to 25 feet to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling on proposed Lot 2, located at 296 Vincent Ave N in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions: 
  1. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by August 26, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff
C. Variance: Application by Eric Rogers of Bryn Mawr Residential for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 12,000 square feet to approximately 9,100 square feet to allow for an existing duplex on proposed Lot 3 located at 296 Vincent Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 12,000 square feet to approximately 9,100 square feet to allow for an existing duplex on proposed Lot 3 located at 296 Vincent Ave N in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff
D. Plat: Application by Eric Rogers of Bryn Mawr Residential for a preliminary and final plat that would create 4 parcels from one parcel located at 296 Vincent Ave N.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the preliminary and final plat that would create four parcels from one parcel located at 296 Vincent Ave N.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Schiff
9. Crooked Pint Ale House (BZZ-6181, Ward: 10), 4000 Lyndale Ave S (Hilary Dvorak).
A. Variance: Application by James Smart with Smart Associates, on behalf of Paul Dzubnar, for a variance to reduce the off street parking from 14 to 0 for the property located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the variance application to reduce the off street parking from 14 to 0 for the property located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by James Smart with Smart Associates, on behalf of Paul Dzubnar, for a variance of the front yard setback from 20 feet to 3 feet to allow the building and to 0 feet to allow an 8.2 foot wide walkway for the first 40 feet north of the south property line for the property located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the variance application to reduce the front yard setback from 20 feet to 3 feet to allow the building and to 0 feet to allow an 8.2 foot wide walkway for the first 40 feet north of the south property line for the property located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Site Plan Review: Application by James Smart with Smart Associates, on behalf of Paul Dzubnar, for a site plan review for a 3,838 square foot addition to an existing building. The building will contain two commercial spaces; one of the spaces will be occupied by a restaurant located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the site plan review application for a 3,838 square foot addition to an existing building located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
10. Fox Sports North Dynamic Sign (BZZ-6168, Ward: 7), 19 8th St S (Shanna Sether).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Chuck Hesse of Nordquist Sign,on behalf of Zeller Realty Group, for a conditional use permit t to allow for a new dynamic wall sign for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application for a conditional use permit to allow for a new dynamic wall sign for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, one-cycle to the September 16, 2013, city planning commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by Chuck Hesse of Nordquist Sign,on behalf of Zeller Realty Group, for a variance to increase the maximum height of a dynamic sign from 14 feet to 25 feet for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application for a to increase the maximum height of a new dynamic sign from 14 feet to 25 feet for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, one-cycle to the September 16, 2013, city planning commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Variance: Application by Chuck Hesse of Nordquist Sign,on behalf of Zeller Realty Group, for a variance to increase the maximum area of a dynamic sign from 32 square feet to 105 square feet for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application for a to increase the maximum area of a new dynamic sign from 32 feet to 105 square feet for LaSalle Plaza at 19 8th St S in the B4-2 Downtown Business District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, one-cycle to the September 16, 2013, city planning commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
11. Edison North Parking Lot Improvement Project (BZZ-6163 and Vac-1616, Ward: 1), 2200 Quincy St NE (Hilary Dvorak).
A. Variance: Application by John Slack with Stantec, on behalf of the Board of Education, for a variance to reduce the width of the drive aisle in the parking lot located at 2200 Quincy St NE from the required 22 feet to zero feet for a portion of the spaces that would utilize the proposed public alley for maneuvering purposes.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the variance application to reduce the width of the drive aisle in the parking lot from the required 22 feet to zero feet for a portion of the spaces that would utilize the proposed public alley for maneuvering purposes for the property located at 2200 Quincy St NE to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by John Slack with Stantec, on behalf of the Board of Education, for a variance to reduce the rear yard setback from the required 5 feet to zero feet for property located at 2200 Quincy St NE.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the variance to reduce the rear yard setback from the required 5 feet to zero feet for the property located at 2200 Quincy St NE to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Variance: Application by John Slack with Stantec, on behalf of the Board of Education, for a variance to reduce the landscaped yard along the rear property line from the required 7 feet to zero feet for property located at 2200 Quincy St NE.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the variance to reduce the landscaped yard along the rear property line from the required 7 feet to zero feet for the property located at 2200 Quincy Street Northeast to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
D. Vacation: Application by John Slack with Stantec, on behalf of the Board of Education, for an alley vacation – the south 30 feet of the dedicated alley in Block 18, East Side Addition to Minneapolis. The block is bounded by Quincy St NE, Monroe St NE, 22nd Ave NE and 23rd Ave NE.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the application to vacate the south 30 feet of the dedicated alley in Block 18, East Side Addition to Minneapolis (the block is bounded by Quincy St NE, Monroe St NE, 22nd Ave NE and 23rd Ave NE) to the September 16, 2013, City Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 7-0.
12. 304 Lake Street East Redevelopment (BZZ-6185, Ward: 6), 304 E Lake St, 2933 and 2937 3rd Ave S (Kimberly Holien).
A. Rezoning: Application by Daniel Oberpriller for a rezoning from the C4, General Commercial and OR2, High Density Office Residence districts to the OR3, Institutional Office Residence district for the properties located at 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S, in the C4, General Commercial and OR2, High Density Office Residence districts.
Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the application for rezoning from OR2, High-density Office Residence district to OR3, Institutional Office Residence district for the properties at 2933-37 3rd Ave S, and rezoning from the C4, General Commercial district to OR3, Institutional Office Residence district for the property at 304 E Lake St.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by Daniel Oberpriller for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along 3rd Ave S from 26.5 feet (established) to five feet for the properties located at 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the required west front yard setback from 26.5 feet to five feet for the properties at 2933-37 3rd Ave S and 304 E Lake St.  
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Variance: Application by Daniel Oberpriller for a variance to reduce the south corner side yard setback from 10 feet to zero for the properties located at 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the south corner side yard setback from 10 feet to zero for properties at 2933-37 3rd Ave S and 304 E Lake St.
Approved on consent 7-0.
D. Variance: Application by Daniel Oberpriller for a variance to reduce the east rear yard setback from seven to one foot for a trash enclosure for the properties located at 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the east rear yard setback from seven feet to one foot for the properties located at 2933-37 3rd Ave S and 304 E Lake St. .
Approved on consent 7-0.
E. Site Plan Review: Application by Daniel Oberpriller for a site plan review for a new 12,236 square foot building for the properties located at 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S.
Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review application for a blood/plasma collection facility on the properties 304 E Lake St and 2933-37 3rd Ave S, subject to the following conditions:
  1. All site improvements shall be completed by August 26, 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 transparent windows.
  4. The east 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 amount of fiber cement on the street-facing elevations shall be limited to a maximum of 30 percent.
  6. A minimum of three 4’ x 4’ clerestory windows shall be added to the north elevation, in accordance with Section 530.120 of the zoning code. 
  7. The alley access shall be closed in accordance with Section 530.150 of the zoning code.
  8. A landscaped yard a minimum of five feet in width with plantings a minimum of three feet in height shall be provided in lieu of the curb cut to the alley. 
  9. An additional deciduous tree shall be required within the parking area so that all parking spaces are within 50 feet of the center of an on-site deciduous tree, in compliance with Section 530.170 of the zoning code. 
  10. A minimum of 16 short-term bicycle parking spaces be provided on-site or within the right-of-way adjacent to the site. 
Approved on consent 7-0.
13. Hampton Inn and Suites (BZZ-6166, Ward: 7), 19 8th St N (Kimberly Holien).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Nate Gundrum of Mortenson Development for a conditional use permit to allow two wall signs notwithstanding the height and area limits for signs in the Downtown Districts. One of the wall signs will be approximately 168 square feet in area and 108’11” feet in height. The other wall sign will be approximately 126 square feet in area and 98 feet in height for the property located at 19 8th St N, 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 conditional use permit to increase the height of one wall sign from 28 feet to 108’11” feet and to increase the height of a second wall sign from 28 feet to 98 feet for property located at 19 8th St N, 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.
Approved on consent 7-0.
B. Variance: Application by Nate Gundrum of Mortenson Development for a variance to allow a wall sign to be placed on a non-primary building wall for the property located at 19 8th St N, in the B4S-2 Downtown Service district and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay district.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the staff findings and approved the variance to allow for a new wall sign located on a non-primary building wall for the property located at 19 8th St N, subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. Approval of the sign permit by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Approved on consent 7-0.
C. Variance: Application by Nate Gundrum of Mortenson Development for a variance to increase the size of a sign on a non-primary building wall from zero square feet to 126 square feet for the property located at 19 8th St N, in the B4S-2 Downtown Service district and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay district.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum area of a new wall sign from 0 square feet to approximately 126 square feet for the property located at 19 8th St N, subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. Approval of the sign permit by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Approved on consent 7-0.
D. Site Plan Review: Application by Nate Gundrum of Mortenson Development for a site plan review for the property located at 19 8th St N.
Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review application for a hotel with 224 rooms on the property at 19 8th St N, subject to the following conditions:
  1. All site improvements shall be completed by August 26, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  2. CPED Staff shall review and approve 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. Floors 2-9 of the southwest 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 dark stucco bands on the southwest elevation shall be replaced with metal panel so that this side wall is similar to and compatible with the front elevation, in compliance with Section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  6. Windows shall be provided for a minimum of 30 percent of the ground floor of the west elevation, in compliance with Section 530.120 (2) of the zoning code. 
  7. A decorative metal screen shall be placed around the transformer that complies with the standards in Section 535.70 of the zoning code. 
Approved on consent 7-0.
Commission Business
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is August 29, 2013.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 6:03 p.m.
Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: September 16, 2013
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