2014 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Actions

Regular Meeting

May 19, 2014

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

Commissioners present: President Tucker, Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack – 7

Not present: Gisselman (excused) and Luepke-Pier (excused)

Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710

Call to Order

Approval of Actions from the May 5, 2014 meeting

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the May 5, 2014 meeting.

Approval of Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – May 8, 2014

The City Planning Commission finds that the following projects are consistent with the comprehensive plan, with no further review required.

Project

Title

PV054

8th St S (Hennepin Ave to Chicago Ave)

PV103

61st St W (Lyndale Ave S to Nicollet Ave S)

PV104

ADA Ramp Replacement Program

TR025

Sign Replacement Program

The City Planning Commission finds that the following projects are consistent with the comprehensive plan, with additional review required when more project details are available.

Project

Title

PV101

29th St W Pedestrian Connection

TR024

Pedestrian Level Lighting Program

WTR18

Water Distribution Facility

Public Hearings

1. 300 2nd St S and 333 1st St S (Vac-1623, Ward: 7), (Janelle Widmeier).  This item was continued from the August 26, September 16, October 28 and December 2, 2013, January 13 and March 24, 2014 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 City Planning Commission meeting of June 9, 2014.

Approved on consent 5-0.

Absent: Bender, Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

2.  Corky’s Towing (BZZ-6531, Ward: 4), 4040 Washington Ave N (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Corky’s Towing for a conditional use permit to allow a towing service for the property located at 4040 Washington Ave N.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow a towing service for the property located at 4040 Washington 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. The site improvements required by the City Planning Commission for BZZ-3512 shall be implemented.
  3. Site improvements shall be completed by May 19, 2015, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Approved on consent 6-0.

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

3.  Jim Hamilton Custom Woodworking (BZZ-6521, Ward: 12), 3959 28th Ave S aka 2800 40th St (Janelle Widmeier).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Laura and James Hamilton for a conditional use permit to allow limited production and processing of wood furniture and cabinets for the property located at 3959 28th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow limited production and processing of wood furniture and cabinets in the existing building for the property located at 3959 28th 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. The refuse container storage location shall not be located in a required yard and shall be screened as required by section 535.80 of the zoning code.

Approved on consent 6-0.

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

4.  Southeast Homes Inc (BZZ-6502, Ward: 9), 2732 Bloomington Ave S (Robb Clarksen).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Abah Mohamed, on behalf of Southeast Homes, Inc. for a conditional use permit to expand an existing Community Residential Facility, currently serving up to 6 persons, to serve up to 9 people in an existing building at 2732 Bloomington Ave in the R4 Multiple family Residence district.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow the expansion of an existing Community Residential Facility serving 6 persons to serve a total of 9 persons at 2732 Bloomington 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 applicant shall comply with the specific development standards of chapter 536 of the zoning code, including the requirement that on-site services shall be for residents of the facility only, except where part of a regimen of scheduled post-residential treatment.
  3. The applicant shall provide bicycle parking facilities in a suitable location on the site or within the building to comply with zoning regulations for congregate living uses. The zoning code requires 3 bicycle parking spaces for this use – two for the existing development and one additional space for the proposed expansion. 
  4. The applicant shall obtain an amendment to the existing licensure by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services upon establishment of the proposed use.
  5. The applicant shall perform necessary repairs to the gate and maintenance of the existing chain link fence in the front yard.

Approved on consent 6-0.

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

5.  Bassett’s Creek Cell Tower (BZZ-6518, Ward: 7), 256 Upton Ave S (Joe Giant).

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Steve Stulz, on behalf of AT&T, for a conditional use permit to allow for a 75-foot monopole communication tower at 256 Upton Ave S in the R1 Single Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit for the construction and maintenance of a 75-foot telecommunications tower for the property located at 252 Upton Ave S.

  1. The conditional use permit shall be recorded with Hennepin County as required by Minn. Stat. 462.3595, subdivision. 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. CPED Planning staff review and approval of the final site and landscaping plans.
  3. The light that is being replaced, to the greatest extent possible, must match the height, luminescence, and intensity as the light that is being lost.
  4. No additional antennas may be mounted on the exterior of the tower in the future.
  5. The equipment shelter will be painted to match the school.
  6. The tower will be painted to match the color of the existing light pole in the parking lot.
  7. The applicant shall screen the equipment shelter. The applicant shall submit a screening and landscaping plan that shows the location, size, quantity, and type of landscape materials used to screen the equipment shelter. Landscape materials shall be capable of screening the shelter all year. One (1) row of evergreen shrubs or trees capable of forming a continuous hedge at least six (6) feet in height within two (2) years of planting shall be provided to effectively screen the shelter.

Aye: Bender, Brown, Kronzer and Slack

Nay: Forney and Gagnon

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Steve Stulz, on behalf of AT&T, for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of a structure located in the SH Shoreland Overlay District from 35 feet to 75 feet for the property located at 256 Upton Ave S in the R1 Single Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the conditional use permit at 252 Upton Ave S to increase the maximum height in the Shoreland Overlay District from 35 feet to 75 feet, subject to the following condition:

  1. The conditional use permit shall be recorded with Hennepin County as required by Minn. Stat. 462.3595, subdivision. 4 before building permits may be issued or before the use or activity requiring a conditional use permit may commence. Unless extended by the zoning administrator, the conditional use permit shall expire if it is not recorded within two years of approval.

Aye: Bender, Brown, Kronzer and Slack

Nay: Forney and Gagnon

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

6.  Village Market (BZZ-6475 and Vac-1614, Ward: 6), 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S, 2218-20 10th Ave S, 1000 E 24th St and 2321 10th Ave S (Hilary Dvorak). This item was continued from the April 23, 2014 meeting.

A. Rezoning: Application by Scott Nelson, DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Omar Sabri and Eagle Management, for a rezoning to add the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District to 2218 10th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning petition to add the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District to the property located at 2218 10th Ave S.

Aye: Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Scott Nelson, DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Omar Sabri and Eagle Management, for a conditional use permit for a parking lot in the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District for properties located at 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S, 2218-20 10th Ave S, 1000 E 24th St and 2321 10th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow a parking lot in the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District at the property located at 2218 10th Ave S, subject to the following condition:

  1. The conditional use permit shall be recorded with Hennepin County as required by Minn. Stat. 462.3595, subd. 4 before building permits may be issued or before the use or activity requiring a conditional use permit may commence. Unless extended by the zoning administrator, the conditional use permit shall expire if it is not recorded within two years of approval.

Aye: Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

C. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Scott Nelson, DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Omar Sabri and Eagle Management, for an expansion of a non-conforming use to add approximately 12,000 square feet of floor area to an existing shopping center in the I1 Light Industrial zoning district for properties located at 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S, 2218-20 10th Ave S, 1000 E 24th St and 2321 10th Ave S.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission denied the expansion of a nonconforming use application to add approximately 8,805 square feet of floor area to an existing shopping center in the I1 Light Industrial zoning district located at 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S and 2218-20 10th Ave S, based on the following findings:

  1. The expansion could contribute to existing livability issues, including littering, loitering and property damage problems.
  2. Nearby residents demonstrated evidence of significant traffic congestion and circulation impacts associated with the existing use, including bicycle and pedestrian safety problems caused by double-parking in public streets.
  3. The applicant is lacking a completed Travel Demand Management Plan, which would potentially address the traffic and circulation problems demonstrated by nearby residents and that would address finding #3 in the application for expansion of a nonconforming use.  

Aye: Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

D. Site Plan Review: Application by Scott Nelson, DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Omar Sabri and Eagle Management, for a site plan review for properties located at 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S, 2218-20 10th Ave S, 1000 E 24th St and 2321 10th Ave S.

Action: The City Planning Commission adopted the findings and approved the site plan review application to allow for an 8,805 square foot addition to an existing shopping center at the properties located at 912 E 24th St, 2301 Elliot Ave S and 2218-20 10th Ave S, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site plan, landscaping plan, elevations and lighting plan by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by June 27, 2016, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The building entrance located on the north side of the building near Elliot Ave S shall be connected to the public sidewalk via a walkway at least four feet in width and a minimum of three feet away from the building.
  4. The gate located on the north side of the parking lot shall remain locked except for when snow plowing activities need to occur.
  5. There shall be at least 15 trees and 76 shrubs provided on the site as required by section 530.160 of the zoning code.
  6. Screening that is three feet in height and not less than 60 percent opaque shall be installed along 10th Avenue South and Elliot Avenue South as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  7. A minimum of 10 trees shall be planted along 10th Ave S and a minimum of two trees shall be planted along Elliot Avenue South as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  8. The driveway shall be reduced at least three-and-a-half feet in width so the landscaped yard on the northeast side of the parking lot, south of the proposed alley, is a minimum of seven feet in width as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  9. Screening that is six feet in height and not less than 95 percent opaque shall be installed along the north property line as required by section 530.170 of the zoning code.
  10. The existing six-foot tall solid wood fence along the north property line shall be repaired per the fence plan submitted as part of this application.
  11. The refuse and recycling containers shall be enclosed as required by section 535.80 of the zoning code.
  12. The mechanical equipment shall be screened as required by section 535.70 of the zoning code.
  13. Permanent trash receptacles shall be located near each of the building entrances.
  14. Chain-link fencing shall not be allowed on the site, existing or proposed.
  15. All site lighting shall be full cutoff fixtures. 

Aye: Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

E. Vacation: Application by Scott Nelson, DJR Architecture, Inc., on behalf of Omar Sabri and Eagle Management, for an Alley Vacation 1614 – vacating and replacing the alley in Block 2, Chicago Ave 2nd Addition, bounded by Elliot Ave, 10th Ave S, E 24th St and E 22nd S.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the findings and approve the vacation of part of the alley partly dedicated in Block 2, Chicago Avenue 2nd Addition, and partly deeded in said addition, bounded by 10th Ave. S., Elliot Ave. S., and 24th St. E subject to the retention of easements by CenturyLink, Xcel Energy and Comcast.

Aye: Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Kronzer and Slack

Absent: Gisselman and Luepke-Pier

Commission Business

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is May 22, 2014.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: June 9, 2014

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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