2013 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions

Regular Meeting

December 2, 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, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski – 10

Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710

Call to Order

Approval of Actions from the November 12, 2013 meeting

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the November 2, 2013 meeting.

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – November 14, 2013

1.   Appointments to the Board of Adjustment (Staff: Shanna Sether)

Consider the following appointment to the Board of Adjustment: Jacob Saufley – term to expire December 31, 2014; Consider the following reappointment to the Board of Adjustment: Ami Thompson – term to expire December 31, 2015; Consider the following reappointments to the Board of Adjustment for terms to expire December 31, 2016: John Finlayson, Sean Cahill and Daniel Ogiba.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the appointments to the Board of Adjustment.

2.   Public Land Sale – 3216 30th Ave S (Staff: Paul Mogush)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 3216 30th Ave S for use as a single-family home.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the staff recommendation.

3.   Long-Term Land Lease – 1000-1028 2nd St S (Staff: Beth Elliott)

Review for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan the long-term lease of the City portion of Gold Medal Park at 1000-1028 2nd Street South for its continued use as a park.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the staff recommendation.

4.   Establishment of the Ryan Project/Downtown East Industrial Development District (Staff: Beth Elliott)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the staff recommendation.

5.   Location and Design Review (Staff: Beth Elliott)

Downtown East park and parking facility.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the staff recommendation.

Public Hearings

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, September 16 and October 28, 2013 meetings.

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 first Planning Commission meeting of 2014, tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2014.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

2. 1215-1219 Marshall St NE (Vac-1628, Ward: 3), 1215-1219 Marshall St NE (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Vacation: Application by Acre Land Surveying, Inc., on behalf of Everwood Development LLC, to vacate a drainage easement and two utility easements within the property of 1215-1219 Marshall St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the easement vacations.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

3. 821 7th St SE (MS-231, Ward: 3), 821 7th St SE (Shanna Sether).

A. Minor Subdivision: Application by Blake Jackson and John Pemble have submitted an application for a minor subdivision to create two lots located at 821 7th St SE in the R2B Two-Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the minor subdivision to create two lots located at 821 7th St SE in the R2B Two-Family District.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

4. 1936 Fremont Ave S (BZZ-6277, Ward: 7), 1936 Fremont Ave S (Janelle Widmeier). This item was continued from the November 12, 2013 meeting.

A. Rezoning: Application by Shree Investments LLC to rezone the property located at 1936 Fremont Ave S from the R2B Two-family District to the R3 Multiple-family District to legalize a third dwelling unit.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the rezoning petition to change the zoning classification of the property located at 1936 Fremont Ave S from the R2B Two-family District to the R3 Multiple-family District in order to allow for the conversion of an existing duplex into a triplex, based on the following findings:

  1. Parking issues are not unique to this area and the parking area on the site can accommodate up to 4 parking spaces.  Further, more density supports public transit.
  2. The rezoning would result in smaller units on the property, which increases the affordability and diversity of the City’s housing stock.
  3. There is R4 zoning across the street and triplexes on both sides of this property; therefore the proposed zoning is compatible with surrounding uses and zoning.
  4. By expanding the housing stock in a way that recognizes housing that has already existed on the site, the amendment is in the public interest and is not solely for the interest of a single property owner.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Abstain: Luepke-Pier

5. 325 Ridgewood Ave (BZZ-6317, Ward: 6), 325 Ridgewood Ave (Aaron Hanauer).

A. Rezoning: Application by Ray Kasemkhani and Naya Dubanaeva submitted a petition to rezone the property located at 325 Ridgewood Ave from the OR2/High Density Office Residence District to the OR1/Neighborhood Office Residence District to allow for a single-family residence.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning of the property located at 325 Ridgewood Ave from the OR2/High Density Office District to the OR1/Neighborhood Office Residence District.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

6. Solar Arts Building (BZZ-6336, Ward: 1), 711 15th Ave NE, 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE (Shanna Sether).

A. Rezoning: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a petition to rezone 1529 1/2 and 1531 Monroe St NE from R2B Two-Family District to R2B Two-Family District and TP Transitional Parking Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the petition to rezone 1529 1/2 and 1531 Monroe St NE to add the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a conditional use permit to allow a surface parking lot located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE serving customers and employees of the Solar Arts Building located at 711 15th Ave NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow a surface parking lot located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE serving customers and employees of the Solar Arts Building located at 711 15th Ave NE., subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, landscape and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 2, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. 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.
  4. The use of the parking lot shall be restricted to the parking of passenger automobiles only. No commercial vehicles shall be parked or stored.
  5. The parking lot shall at no time be used for outdoor sales, display or storage.
  6. Each entrance to and exit from such parking lot shall be located at least twenty (20) feet from any adjacent property located in a residence or office residence district. Signage shall be provided directing one-way traffic through the parking lot.
  7. The parking lot shall be landscaped and screened pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 530, Site Plan Review.
  8. Screening, not less than 3 feet in height and less than 60% opaque is required along Monroe St NE and along the north and south property interior property line in the required front yard. Screening, not less than 6 feet high and 95% opaque, is required for the remainder of the south property line and along the rear yard.
  9. The applicant shall provide a three-foot high hedge and four-foot high ornamental fence along the south property line in the required front yard as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code. Along the south property line in the required interior and rear yards, a six-foot high hedge and six-foot high ornamental shall be provided as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  10. The applicant shall provide a 6-foot high vinyl-coated, along the north and east property lines when the existing chain link fence along the north and east property lines is in need of repair or replacement.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

C. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance to reduce the front yard requirement along Monroe St NE from 20 feet to approximately 4 feet to allow for a new surface parking located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard requirement along Monroe St NE from 20 feet to 7 feet to allow for a new surface parking located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

D. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the width of the parking not exceed seventy-five (75) feet for the properties located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the width of the parking not exceed seventy-five (75) feet.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

E. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the parking lot be closed with a secured gate or other appropriate mechanism between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for the properties located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the parking lot be closed with a secured gate or other appropriate mechanism between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for the properties located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

F. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the parking lot for properties located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE be landscaped and screened pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 530, Site Plan Review.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and denied the variance of the Transitional Parking Overlay District standards requiring that the parking lot be landscaped and screened pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 530, Site Plan Review.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

G. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum amount of impervious surface allowed in the R2B district to allow for a new surface parking lot located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum amount of impervious surface allowed in the R2B district to allow for a new surface parking lot located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe Street NE.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

H. Variance: Application by Donna Sanders, on behalf of AL Tigers, LLC, for a variance to reduce the required off-street parking requirement to allow for a new reception or meeting hall within an existing building located at 1529 ½ and 1531 Monroe St NE.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the required off-street parking requirement from 162 spaces to 110 spaces, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final Travel Demand Management Plan by the Departments of Community Planning and Economic Development and Public Works.
  2. Bicycle racks shall be provided to accommodate no fewer than twenty-four (24) bicycles on the property. The applicant shall provide wayfinding signage directing bicyclists to the bicycle parking. 

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff and Slack

Abstain: Wielinski

7. Hiawatha Academies—Northrop School (BZZ-6297, Ward: 11), 1611 46th St E (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by U+B Architecture & Design Inc, on behalf of Charter Schools Development Corporation, for a conditional use permit to allow an expansion of a grade school located at 1611 46th St E.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit to allow an expansion of a grade school located at the property of 1611 46th St E, 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

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

B. Site Plan Review: Application by U+B Architecture & Design Inc, on behalf of Charter Schools Development Corporation, for a site plan review to allow a 15,380 square foot building addition to a grade school located at 1611 46th St E.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for site plan review to allow a 15,380 square foot building addition for the property located at 1611 46th St E, subject to the following conditions:

  1. At least 10 percent of the ground floor wall of the addition facing 17th Ave, measured between 2 and 10 feet above the adjacent grade, shall be windows as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  2. At least 10 percent of the upper floor wall of the addition facing 17th Ave shall be windows as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  3. As an alternative to providing all required trees on-site, the applicant, in consultation with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, shall install boulevard trees where there are gaps in the tree canopy adjacent to 16th Ave and 17th Ave.
  4. Screening that complies with the requirements of section 530.170 of the zoning code shall be provided between the parking area and 46th St E.
  5. At least two canopy trees shall be provided in the landscaped yard between the parking area and 46th St E as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  6. The applicant shall provide an alternate type of shrub for the bird’s nest spruce shrubs where they are proposed to screen the parking areas.  The alternate shrub type shall comply with the screening and landscaping requirements of sections 530.170 and 530.210 of the zoning code.
  7. The width of the new curb cut on 17th Ave S shall not exceed 25 feet in width as required by section 541.240 of the zoning code.
  8. Signage shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 543 of the zoning code.  The applicant shall obtain sign permits from the Zoning Office.
  9. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final site, landscaping, lighting, building elevations, and floor plans.
  10. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by December 2, 2015, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

8. Yusuf Center (BZZ-6269, Ward: 8), 331 and 341 E Lake St and 3009 and 3013 Clinton Ave S (Shanna Sether).

A. Site Plan Review: Application by Scott Nelson, of DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Kolar Center, LLC, for a site plan review application to allow for an addition connecting two existing commercial and mixed use buildings located at 331 and 341 E Lake St in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District. Accessory parking for the project area will be provided at 3009 and 3013 Clinton Ave S in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application to allow for an addition connecting two existing commercial and mixed use buildings located at 331 and 341 E Lake St in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, where accessory parking for the project area will be provided at 3009 and 3013 Clinton Ave S in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, subject to the following conditions: 

  1. Approval of the final site, landscape, floor and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 2, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The applicant shall provide a master sign plan for the properties.
  4. Signage shall be provided directing one-way traffic through the parking lot.
  5. The applicant shall provide a consistent ornamental fencing material around the perimeter of the parking lot.
  6. The applicant shall provide wayfinding signage directing bicycle traffic to the bicycle parking located at the rear of the building.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

9. 42 Dight Lofts (BZZ-6323, Ward: 12), 4136, 4140 and 4152 Dight Ave (Aaron Hanauer).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Bruce Knutson, on behalf of TTCP, LLC/Power Line Inc., for a conditional use permit to allow for the construction of two multi-family buildings with a total of 12 units at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave in the R5/Multiple-Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit for a 12-unit cluster development located at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight 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. An easement shall be submitted guaranteeing perpetual vehicular access to the site across the property to the south of the cluster development. Evidence of such easement shall be submitted to CPED prior to the issuance of a building permit.
  3. Prior to issuance of building permits, all land proposed for the cluster development shall be platted or replatted into one or more lots suitable for cluster development, and as such shall comply with all of the applicable requirements contained in Chapter 598, Land Subdivision Regulations.
  4. The applicant must comply with all relevant ordinances and best management practices related to erosion control and construction site management.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Bruce Knutson, on behalf of TTCP, LLC/Power Line Inc., for a conditional use permit to increase the height of the buildings in the cluster development from 2.5 stories to 4 stories at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use to increase the height of the buildings in the cluster development from 2.5 stories to 4 stories at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

C. Variance: Application by Bruce Knutson, on behalf of TTCP, LLC/Power Line Inc., for a variance to reduce the front yard setback from 15 feet to 1’-3” for the properties located at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave in the R5/Multiple-Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance application to reduce the front yard setback from 15 feet to 1’-3” for the proposed cluster development at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave, subject to the following condition:

  1. An encroachment permit is received from the applicant from Public Works for the proposed landing and stairs.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

D. Variance: Application by Bruce Knutson, on behalf of TTCP, LLC/Power Line Inc., for a variance to reduce the interior side yard setback from 11 feet to 5 feet  for the properties located at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave in the R5/Multiple-Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance application to reduce the south interior side yard setback from 11 feet to 0 feet for the proposed cluster development at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

E. Site Plan Review: Application by Bruce Knutson, on behalf of TTCP, LLC/Power Line Inc., for a site plan review for the properties located at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave in the R5/Multiple-Family District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for site plan review for a 12-unit cluster development at 4136, 4140, and 4152 Dight Ave, subject to the following conditions:

  1. CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans. 
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by December 2, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. Blank, uninterrupted walls that do not include windows, entries, recesses or projections, or other architectural elements, shall not exceed twenty-five (25) feet in length as required by Section 530.120 of the zoning code except on the south elevations. The applicant shall provide additional glazing.
  4. Exterior lighting shall be reviewed and approved by CPED staff prior to obtaining a building permit.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

10. National Marrow Donor Program Headquarters (BZZ-6316 and Vac-1625, Ward: 7), 524 5th St N (Hilary Dvorak).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Brandon Champeau with United Properties for a conditional use permit to allow 2 wall signs that are over 120 square feet and located higher than 28 feet on the building wall located at 524 5th St N.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit application to allow 1 wall sign that is over 120 square feet and located higher than 28 feet on the building wall located at 524 5th St 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. There shall be no sign located on the north building wall facing the Warehouse Historic District.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Recused: Huynh

B. Variance: Application by Brandon Champeau with United Properties for a variance to reduce the loading requirement from 3 large spaces to 1 large space and 1 small space for the property located at 524 5th St N.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance application to reduce the loading requirement from 3 large spaces to 1 large space and 1 small space for the property located at 524 5th St N.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Recused: Huynh

C. Site Plan Review: Application by Brandon Champeau with United Properties for a site plan review for a new approximately 293,000 square foot office building located at 524 5th St N.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application for a new approximately 293,000 square foot office building located at 524 5th St N 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 December 2, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. 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.
  4. As part of the floor area ratio increase authorized by Chapter 549 of the zoning code, the applicant shall provide information pertaining to the capital cost of the project, information pertaining to the art piece that will be located on site and information pertaining to where the art piece will be located prior to the issuance of building permits.  The art shall be maintained in good order for the life of the principal structure.
  5. The applicant shall continue to explore the use of metal instead of the smaller pieces of granite for inclusion along the ground floor and/or 1st floor facing 5th St N.  If this is not possible CPED is recommending that the joint lines be of a depth that provide the appearance of movement along the building wall.
  6. The illuminated translucent glass wall around the rooftop mechanical equipment shall not be used for signage purposes.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Recused: Huynh

D. Vacation: Application by Brandon Champeau with United Properties for a vacation (Vac1625) of the southwesterly 4 feet of the alley as dedicated in Block 7, Bradford & Lewis Addition.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the vacation application of the southwesterly 4 feet of the alley as dedicated in Block 7, Bradford & Lewis Addition, subject to the retention of an easement in favor of Xcel Energy.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Recused: Huynh

11. 4525-4529 France Ave S (BZZ-6286, Ward: 13), 4525-4529 France Ave S (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Rezoning: Application by ESG Architects, on behalf of France Development LLP, for a petition to rezone the property of 4525 France Ave from C1 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to R5 Multiple-family District to allow a 3-story multiple-family dwelling with 31 units and 41 parking spaces.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the petition to rezone the property of 4525 France Ave S from C1 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to R5 Multiple-family District.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

Nay: Gagnon

B. Variance: Application by ESG Architects, on behalf of France Development LLP, for a variance to reduce the front yard requirement to allow the proposed building, balconies, patios, canopy, and transformer for the properties located at 4525-4529 France Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard requirement adjacent to France Avenue South to allow the proposed building, balcony, canopy, and transformer locations for the properties located at 4525 and 4529 France Ave S.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

C. Variance: Application by ESG Architects, on behalf of France Development LLP, for a variance to reduce the minimum drive aisle requirement from 22 feet to 2 feet for the properties located at 4525-4529 France Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum drive aisle requirement from 22 feet to 2 feet for the properties located at 4525 and 4529 France Ave S, subject to the following condition:

  1. The width of the surface parking spaces shall not be less than 10 feet to allow adequate room for maneuvering.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

D. Site Plan Review: Application by ESG Architects, on behalf of France Development LLP, for a site pla review for the properties located at 4525-4529 France Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission approved the site plan review for a new 3-story multiple-family dwelling with 31 units for the properties located at 4525 and 4529 France Ave S, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final site, landscape, floor, building elevation, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by January 24, 2016, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Schiff, Slack and Wielinski

12. MoZaic East (BZZ-6322, Ward: 10), 1320 Lagoon Ave, 1350 Lagoon Ave and 2900 Fremont Ave S (Hilary Dvorak).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Justin Fincher with The Ackerberg Group for a conditional use permit for Phase III of a Planned Unit Development that includes a new 186,000 square foot office building with 9,500 square feet of ground floor restaurant/commercial space and 40 underground parking spaces for the properties located at 1320 Lagoon Ave, 1350 Lagoon Ave and 2900 Fremont Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit application for Phase III of a Planned Unit Development that includes a new 186,000 square foot office building with 9,500 square feet of ground floor restaurant/commercial space and 40 underground parking spaces located at 1320 Lagoon Ave, 1350 Lagoon Ave and 2900 Fremont 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. 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 totaling a minimum of 10 points: pedestrian improvements, water feature, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), plaza, and public art.
  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 certification requirements prior to building permits being issued.
  4. The applicant shall provide information pertaining to the capital cost of the project, information pertaining to the art pieces that will be located on site and information pertaining to where the art pieces will be located prior to the issuance of building permits.  The art shall be maintained in good order for the life of the principal structure.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

B. Site Plan Review: Application by Justin Fincher with The Ackerberg Group for a site plan review for the properties located at 1320 Lagoon Ave, 1350 Lagoon Ave and 2900 Fremont Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application for a planned unit development located at 1320 Lagoon Ave, 1350 Lagoon Ave and 2900 Fremont 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. The photo-screened glass clad walls shall not be used for signage purposes.
  3. 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.
  4. Not less than 10 of the required bicycle parking spaces shall meet the requirements for long-term parking.
  5. All lighting shall comply with the regulations of Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability and Chapter 541, Off-Street Parking and Loading.
  6. All site improvements shall be completed by December 2, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

13. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All) (Brad Ellis).

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 520 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Introductory Provisions. 

Chapter 525 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Administration and Enforcement. 

Chapter 535 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Regulations of General Applicability.

Chapter 536 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Specific Development Standards. 

Chapter 541 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Off-Street Parking and Loading. 

Chapter 548 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Commercial Districts. 

Chapter 549 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Downtown Districts. 

Chapter 550 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Industrial Districts. 

Chapter 551 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Overlay Districts. 

The purpose of the amendment is to change regulations pertaining to massage.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending chapters 520, 548, and 549. The City Planning Commission further recommended that Chapters 525, 535, 536, 541, 550, and 551 be returned to the author.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

14. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All) (Steve Poor).

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 520 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Introductory Provisions. 

Chapter 543 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  On-Premise Signs.

Chapter 551 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code:  Overlay Districts. 

The purpose of the amendment is to change regulations pertaining to roof mounted signs in the Nicollet Mall Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending chapter 551. The City Planning Commission further recommended that Chapters 520 and 543 be returned to the author.

Approved on consent 7-0

Absent: Huynh and Luepke-Pier

15. Linden Hills Small Area Plan (Ward: 13) (Brian Schaffer).

A. Small Area Plan: Consider adoption of the Linden Hills Small Area Plan.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the Linden Hills Small Area Plan as an articulation of, and amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and direct staff to undertake a rezoning study to implement the adopted policies with these modifications and clarifications:

  1. Remove “(measured from the curb level)” from recommendations in the top two bullet points of Building Height & Length on page 46 of the LHSAP.
  2. Remove references to maximum height in feet from the LHSAP.
  3. In the modulation section, suggest staff use a range of feet or describe it in words that reference existing context, but remove exact feet from the definition. Better explain the term and concept of modulation.   

Aye: Brown, Cohen, Gagnon, Huynh, Kronzer, Schiff and Slack

Nay: Luepke-Pier

Commission Business

The next City Planning Commission meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2014.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: TBD

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