2013 Meeting Schedule
Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda
Regular Meeting
September 16, 2013
4:30 p.m. - City Hall, 350 S 5th St - Room 317, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Commissioners: President Tucker, Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski – 10
Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710
Call to Order
Approval of Actions from the August 26, 2013 meeting
Approval of Agenda
Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – August 29, 2013
None. The next Committee of the Whole meeting is September 19, 2013.
Public Hearings
Introduction to the Public Hearing
Public Hearing
1. 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S (Vac-1623, Ward: 7), 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S (Janelle Widmeier).  This item was continued from the August 26, 2013 meeting.
Staff report
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission continue the alley vacation to the to the Planning Commission meeting of October 28, 2013.
2. Crooked Pint Ale House (BZZ-6181, Ward: 10), 4000 Lyndale Ave S (Hilary Dvorak). This item was continued from the August 26, 2013 meeting.
Staff report
Site plan
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance application to reduce the off street parking from 13 to 0 for the property located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S subject to the following condition:
  1. A minimum of six bicycle parking spaces shall be provided.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance 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.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the site plan review application for a 3,838 square foot addition to an existing building located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S 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 September 16, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. Additional plant materials, including additional varieties, shall be included in the final landscaping plan in order to help screen the blank walls of the existing building on the north and south sides and to help screen the trash enclosure and walkway leading to it.
  4. A decorative fence, similar to what will be located around the patio, shall be installed in the front yard along the west property line. The fence shall not be taller than 4 feet.
3. Fox Sports North Dynamic Sign (BZZ-6168, Ward: 7), 19 8th St S (Shanna Sether). This item was continued from the August 26, 2013 meeting.
Staff report
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings and deny the 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.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings and deny the variance 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.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings and deny 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.
4. Edison North Parking Lot Improvement Project (BZZ-6163 and Vac-1616, Ward: 1), 2200 Quincy St NE (Hilary Dvorak). This item was continued from the August 26, 2013 meeting.
Staff report
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance application to reduce the width of the drive aisle in the parking lot from the required 22 feet to 0 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.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approvethe variance to reduce the rear yard setback from the required 5 feet to 0 feet for the property located at 2200 Quincy St NE.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance to reduce the landscaped yard along the rear property line from the required 7 feet to 0 feet for the property located at 2200 Quincy St NE subject to the following condition:
  1. The west end of each parking row shall be landscaped per the requirements of Section 530.170(d) of the zoning code.
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.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development has no recommendation on the petition to vacate the south 20 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).
5. The Cameron (BZZ-6179, Ward: 5), 756 N 4th St (Janelle Widmeier).  
Staff report
Site plan
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Creamette Building LLC for a conditional use permit amendment for a parking lot in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District for the property located at 756 N 4th St.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development Department recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to allow a 33 space accessory parking lot in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District for the property located at 756 4th 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.
B. Variance: Application by Creamette Building LLC for a variance to increase the maximum number of allowed spaces in a parking lot in the DP overlay district from 20 to 33 for the property located at 756 N 4th St.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance to increase the maximum number of spaces allowed in an accessory parking lot in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District from 20 to 33 for the property located at 756 4th St N.
C. Site Plan Review: Application by Creamette Building LLC for a site plan review for the property located at 756 N 4th St.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for site plan review to allow a multiple-family dwelling with 44 units for the property located at 756 4th St N, subject to the following conditions:
  1. As an alternative to providing a principal entrance facing 4th St N required by section 530.110 of the zoning code, the applicant shall install enhanced landscaping, including increased seasonal interest, number and variety of plants, in the areas adjacent to the walkway leading to the main entrance and between the parking area and the street.
  2. Two ornamental trees shall be provided in the required landscaped yards between the parking area and the street to meet the tree requirement in section 530.170 of the zoning code
  3. Bicycle parking shall be provided as required by section 541.180 of the zoning code.
  4. The size of the units shall comply with the requirements of section 535.90 of the zoning code.
  5. The freestanding sign shall comply with the applicable requirements of Chapter 543, On-Premise Signs.
  6. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final building elevations, floor, site, lighting, and landscape plans.
  7. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by September 16, 2015, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
6. 301 Washington Apartments(BZZ-6212, Ward: 7), 301 Washington Ave S (Kimberly Holien).  
Staff report
Site plan
A. Variance: Application by Alatus Washington, LLC for a variance to reduce the south rear yard setback from 15 feet to approximately 5 feet to allow for residential windows for property located at 301 Washington Ave S.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the south rear side yard setback from the required 15 feet to five feet for residential windows for the property located at 301 Washington Ave S subject to the following condition:
  1. The building setbacks, as shown on the plans submitted as part of the application shall be provided.
B. Site Plan Review: Application by Alatus Washington, LLC for a site plan review for the construction of a 13-story mixed use building with 320 dwelling units and two ground floor commercial spaces at 301 Washington Ave S, in the B4-1 Downtown Business district and the DP, Downtown Parking Overlay district.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the site plan review application for a mixed-use development with 320 residential dwelling units for the property located at 301 Washington Avenue S, subject to the following conditions:
  1. All site improvements shall be completed by September 16, 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 mechanisms shall be placed in front of the required ground level transparent windows.
  4. A minimum of six visitor parking spaces for the residential portion of the building shall be designated within the parking area, in compliance with 541.170 of the zoning code. 
  5. An additional column shall be added to the first floor of the south elevation in a manner that eliminates all blank, uninterrupted walls in excess of 25 feet, in compliance with Section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  6. Short-term parking in the porte cochere shall be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes and signage shall be placed within the porte cochere accordingly. 
7. Loring Park Master Plan (Ward: 5 and 7) (Beth Elliott).  
Loring Park Neighborhood Master Plan
Staff report
Public Realm Improvements Map, Land Use-Built Form Districts Map, Land Use Plan Map and Built Form Plan Map
A. Master Plan: Considering adoption of the Loring Park Neighborhood Master Plan. The Loring Park Neighborhood Master Plan is a long-range planning document that provides greater detail for public and private land investment and development in the Loring Park neighborhood.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the Loring Park Neighborhood Master Plan as an articulation of and amendment to the policies found in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and direct staff to begin a rezoning study to implement the adopted policy with these changes:
  1. Add a sentence to the end of policy 2.14: Nightclubs, however, should continue to be prohibited along Nicollet Avenue south of Grant Street.
  2. Eliminate the yellow hatch marks on Yale Place, Spruce Street, and Hawthorne Avenue from the Land Use Plan map.
  3. Add language to the final sentence in policy 2.24 to clarify that all applicable policies for the Loring Hill Design Guidelines have been brought into the plan as follows: The wording of this master plan takes precedence and all applicable policies have been added to the plan without a requirement to refer back to the guidelines document itself.
  4.  Clarify the paragraph on Foundation in policy 2.26: The appearance of future renovation or redevelopment in the Loring Hill district should be consistent with the Loring Hill Design Guidelines as interpreted through included in this neighborhood plan.
  5. Clarify the paragraph on Relationship of Buildings to Street in policy 2.26: To enhance the walking environment, frontage design and the relationship of buildings to the public sidewalk and street should follow the principles established in section 2.6 of the Loring Hill Design Guidelines this plan.
  6. Eliminate the paragraph on Architectural Standards in policy 2.26 as it requires the reader to seek reference from the Loring Hill Design Guidelines document when all applicable sections should be in the plan.
  7. In the Public Realm chapter on page 10, add this sentence to the introductory paragraph under the Streets section: While recommendations provide a certain level of specificity, the City may need to achieve the intent of the plan through design solutions that serve current best practices and implementation practicality.
  8. Because road functional classifications are set at the State level, eliminate policy 4.7 that requests a reclassification of Oak Grove Street in this plan.
Commission Business
Adjournment
Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: September 30, 2013
The President reserves the right to limit discussion on Agenda items.
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