2013 Meeting Schedule
Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions
Regular Meeting
September 30, 2013
4:30 p.m. - City Hall, 350 S 5th St - Room 317, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Commissioners present: President Tucker, Brown, Cohen, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Slack and Wielinski – 8
Not present: Gagnon (excused) and Schiff (excused)
Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710
Call to Order
Approval of Actions from the September 16, 2013 meeting
The Planning Commission approved the actions from the September 16, 2013 meeting.
Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – September 19, 2013
None. The next Committee of the Whole meeting is October 3, 2013.
Public Hearings
1. Honest-1 Auto Repair (BZZ-6232, Ward: 11), 5940 Portland Ave (Aaron Hanauer).
A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Randall Rada for a conditional use permit to allow for an addition to a minor auto repair facility in the C1/Neighborhood Commercial District at 5940 Portland Ave S
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit application to allow an expansion of a minor automobile repair facility at 5940 Portland 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. The use shall comply with the Specific Development Standards as outlined in Section 536.20 of the Zoning Code.
Approved on consent 6-0.
Absent: Gagnon, Luepke-Pier and Schiff.
B. Site Plan Review: Application by Randall Rada for a site plan review for the property located at 5940 Portland Ave S
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application to allow an expansion to a minor automobile repair facility at 5940 Portland Ave subject to the following conditions:
  1. CPED Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans. Per Section 541.380, required parking spaces, driveways, access aisles and landscaping shall not be used for the purpose of snow storage.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by September 30, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The proposed exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) proposed for the building is not approved. In its place a durable material shall be provided. Durable materials include masonry, brick, stone, stucco, wood, or metal.
  4. All windows shall have clear or lightly tinted glass with a visible light transmittance ratio of 0.6 or higher. The applicant shall have a glazing percentage of 23 percent on the 60th St E elevation.
  5. All parking spaces and aisles shall be clearly marked on the pavement, using paint or other marking devices approved by the city engineer. The markings shall conform to the approved parking plan and be maintained in a clearly legible condition. The site shall have a painted pedestrian walkway leading from the main door to the parking spaces along 60th St E and Portland Ave.
  6. The applicant shall plant a minimum of 28 shrubs evenly distributed along Portland Ave and 60th St E and that the remainder of the landscaped area shall be covered with cedar chip mulch, turf grass, native grasses or other perennial flowering plants. In addition, the applicant shall install a decorative metal fence between three and four feet in height along along Portland Ave and 60th St E. The applicant shall also maintain the existing four elm trees if they are healthy. Installation and maintenance of all landscape materials shall comply with the standards outlined in section 530.210.
  7. The area enclosed by wood fencing shall be kept up in an orderly manner and outdoor storage of automotive parts or storage of junk vehicles is prohibited.
Approved on consent 6-0.
Absent: Gagnon, Luepke-Pier and Schiff.
2. Surly Brewing Company (BZZ-6240, Ward: 2), 520 and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE (Becca Farrar).
A. Variance: Application by HGA, on behalf of Surly Brewing Company, for a variance of the maximum allowable size of food and beverages uses in the I2 District in order to exceed 5,000 square feet for the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance of the maximum allowable size of food and beverages uses in the I2 District in order to exceed 5,000 square feet on the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE. 
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Slack and Wielinski
Absent: Gagnon and Schiff
Recused: Huynh
B. Variance: Application by HGA, on behalf of Surly Brewing Company, for a variance of the minimum off-street parking requirement for the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE.
Action: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance of the off-street parking requirement from 461 spaces to 182 spaces on the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. No less than 100 bicycle parking spaces shall be provided on-site.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Slack and Wielinski
Absent: Gagnon and Schiff
Recused: Huynh
C. Site Plan Review: Application by HGA, on behalf of Surly Brewing Company, for a site plan review to allow for the construction of a 48,200 square feet destination brewery that includes an 18,000 square foot beer production area, beer hall and tap room (with a capacity of 300 individuals), restaurant space (with a capacity of 100 individuals), event space (with a capacity of 150 individuals), an outdoor beer garden (with a capacity of 300 individuals) as well as offices, a sales shop, and a satellite food/beer building for the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE. The property is zoned I2 (Medium Industrial) District and is located in the UA (University Area) Overlay District and the northeast corner of the property is located in the SH (Shoreland Overlay) District.
Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application to allow for the construction of a 48,790 square feet destination brewery on the properties located at 520, and 522 ½ Malcolm Ave SE and 3171 5th St SE subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. 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 September 30, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. A lighting plan shall be provided in compliance with Chapters 535 and 541 of the Zoning Code. The parking lot shall be adequately lit.
  4. All signs require separate permits from the Zoning Office and must comply with Chapter 543 of the Zoning Code.
  5. The entrance vestibule located on the west elevation shall be composed primarily of glass.
  6. The applicant will work with staff to modify the drop-off driveway so it shall not consist of any plain solid surface material, such as asphalt or concrete. In addition, it shall not be comprised of any materials such as gravel, bituminous material, pavement or packed earth. Staff will also work with the applicant to improve the material quality of the drop-off area in terms of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle movements.
  7. Decorative metal fencing shall be installed along the entire length of 5th St SE.
  8. A minimum of a 6-foot wide sidewalk shall be installed along 5th St SE from the corner to the first driveway and a 4-foot wide sidewalk shall extend east of the first driveway to the eastern edge of the property.
  9. The applicant will work with staff to create a center island that shall be no smaller in square footage than what is currently shown in the plan and cannot consist of plain solid surface materials. Enhanced landscaping and sculpture elements are encouraged. The landscape plan shall be modified to comply with the quantity requirements as required in Section 530.160 of the Zoning Code.
Aye: Brown, Cohen, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Slack and Wielinski
Absent: Gagnon and Schiff
Recused: Huynh
3. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All) (Erik Nilsson).
A. Text Amendment: Application by Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:
Amending Chapter 520 related to Zoning Code: Introductory Provisions
Amending Chapter 525 related to Zoning Code: Administration and Enforcement
Amending Chapter 543 related to Zoning Code: On-Premise Signs
Amending Chapter 544 related to Zoning Code: Off-Premise Advertising Signs and Billboards
Amending Title 22 and Title 23 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:
Amending Chapter 598 relating to Land Subdivision: Land Subdivision Regulations.
Amending Chapter 599 relating to Heritage Preservation: Heritage Preservation Regulations.
The purpose of the amendment is to change personnel titles to reflect the departmental reorganization.
Action: The City Planning Commission recommends that the City Council approve the zoning code text amendment, amending chapters 520, 525, 543, 544, as well as corresponding amendments to chapter 598 (Subdivision Regulations) and chapter 599 (Heritage Preservation Regulations).
Approved on consent 6-0.
Absent: Gagnon, Luepke-Pier and Schiff.
4. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All) (Becca Farrar).
A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code, as follows:
Amending Chapter 520 related to Zoning Code:  Introductory Provisions;
Amending Chapter 536 related to Zoning Code:  Specific Development Standards;
Amending Chapter 547 related to Zoning Code:  Office Residence Districts;
Amending Chapter 548 related to Zoning Code:  Commercial Districts;
Amending Chapter 549 related to Zoning Code:  Downtown Districts;
Amending Chapter 550 related to Zoning Code:  Industrial Districts;
Amending Chapter 551 related to Zoning Code:  Overlay Districts.
The purpose of the amendment is to revise regulations related to sports and health facilities.
Action: The City Planning Commission continued the zoning code text amendment to the October 15, 2013, Planning Commission meeting.
Approved on consent 6-0.
Absent: Gagnon, Luepke-Pier and Schiff.
Commission Business
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is October 3, 2013.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 5:56 p.m.
Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: October 15, 2013
The President reserves the right to limit discussion on Agenda items.
Recommendations of the Planning Commission on public hearing items are only forwarded to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council for applications for rezonings, street or alley vacations, Zoning Code text amendments, and comprehensive plan amendments. Planning Commission decisions are final on all other items unless appealed.
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