2014 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting

September 15, 2014

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

Commissioners: President Tucker, Bender, Brown, Forney, Gagnon, Gisselman, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier and Slack – 9

Committee Clerk: Lisa Kusz (612) 673-3710

Call to Order

Approval of Actions from the August 25, 2014 meeting

Approval of Agenda

Public Hearings

1. Cedar Cultural Center Plaza (Vac-1635, Ward: 6) (Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. to vacate a street/sidewalk easement abutting the Cedar Cultural Center, located at 416 Cedar Ave, in the west right-of-way of the 400 block of Cedar Ave.  The easement was acquired by the City of Minneapolis in 1973 with the creation of the transit bay (see attached map).

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and continue  Vacation File -1635, to the October 14, 2014, meeting.

2. Vacation 1636 (Ward: 1) (Shanna Sether).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by Amy Moore with Special School District No. 1 to vacate 3 feet of an existing street easement for Quincy Street NE, adjacent to the east property lines of 1100 – 1112 Quincy St NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the vacation of the East 3 feet of the West 122 feet of Lots 1-15, B.F. Nelson’s Addition, bounded by Broadway St. NE, Jackson St. NE, Quincy St. NE, Monroe St. NE and 15th St. NE.

3. Omar’s Auto Repair (BZZ-6703, Ward: 10), 118-122 E Lake St (Mei-Ling Anderson).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Omar Omar for a conditional use permit for a minor automobile facility in the C2-Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District located at 118-122 E Lake St to allow a minor automobile repair facility in an existing building.

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 conditional use permit to allow minor automobile repair facility at the properties located at 118 and 122 E Lake St, 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. Site Plan Review: Application by Omar Omar for a site plan review for the property located at 118-122 E Lake St.

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 to allow an automobile services use in an existing building at the properties located at 118 and 122 E Lake St, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, elevation, floor, and landscaping plans by CPED.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by September 15, 2016, unless extended by the zoning administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. All signs shall comply with Chapter 543 of the Zoning Code. All existing signage and awnings shall be removed and all new signage shall require a separate permit from CPED.
  4. The applicant shall provide a four-foot wide walkway through painted stripes and/or by moving the wheel stops along the west side of the existing building in order to connect the parking area to the principal entrance on East Lake Street.
  5. The applicant shall provide no less than 246 square feet of total landscaped area and two canopy trees on site by replacing one of the stalls in the northeast portion of the parking area with a landscaped tree island and increasing the width of the landscaped area along East Lake Street.
  6. The applicant shall provide additional shrubs and landscaping details in all landscaped areas to demonstrate compliance with the landscape material standards in Chapter 530, Site Plan Review.
  7. The applicant shall provide additional lights on the east building elevation to increase opportunities for natural surveillance.
  8. The south parking lot frontage shall comply with the screening requirements in Chapter 530, Site Plan Review.

4. Neighborhood Health Source Clinic and Corporate Offices (BZZ-6732, Ward: 1), 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE (Lisa Steiner).

Staff report

A. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to increase the maximum size of a commercial use in the C1 District from 8,000 square feet to approximately 13,756 square feet for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

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 increase the maximum size of a commercial use in the C1 District from 8,000 square feet to approximately 13,756 square feet at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

B. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement from 19 spaces to 16 spaces for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

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 minimum off-street parking requirement from 19 spaces to 16 spaces at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE, subject to the following condition:

  1. A minimum of seven (7) bicycle parking spaces shall be provided to qualify for the bicycle incentive.

C. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance of the Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standards to increase the allowed maximum setback from 8 feet to approximately 9 feet 8 inches for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance of the Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standards to increase the maximum allowed setback from 8 feet to approximately 9 feet 8 inches at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

D. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to allow a wall sign to be located on a non-primary building wall (the north elevation) for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to allow a wall sign to be located on a non-primary building wall at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

E. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to increase the maximum area of a wall sign on a non-primary building wall (the north elevation) from 0 square feet to approximately 55 square feet for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to increase the maximum area of a wall sign on a non-primary building wall from 0 square feet to approximately 55 square feet at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

F. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to increase the maximum area per sign from 45 square feet to approximately 55 feet on the north elevation for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to increase the maximum area per sign from 45 square feet to approximately 55 square feet on the north elevation at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

G. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a variance to increase the maximum area per sign from 45 square feet to approximately 83 square feet on the south elevation for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to increase the maximum area per sign from 45 square feet to approximately 83 feet on the south elevation at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

H. Variance: Application by Landform, on behalf of Neighborhood Health Source, for a site plan review for the property located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE.

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 to allow a new approximately 13,756 two-story building and accessory parking lot at the properties located at 2301 Central Ave NE and 949 23rd Ave NE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, elevation, floor, landscaping, and lighting plans by CPED.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by September 15, 2016, unless extended by the zoning administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. No portion of the building walls along Central Avenue NE or 23rd Ave NE shall be further than 8 feet from the property line.
  4. At least 10% of the east elevation shall incorporate brick.
  5. Trash containers shall be enclosed on all four sides with screening compatible with the principal structure not less than two feet higher than the refuse container.
  6. All mechanical equipment shall be screened per section 535.70 of the zoning code.
  7. All signs shall comply with Chapter 541 of the zoning code. All new signage requires a separate permit from CPED.

5. Kraus Anderson Corporate Headquarters (BZZ-6715 and PL-285, Ward: 7), 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S (Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for an amendment to the existing CUP to allow parking in the DP Overlay District (in areas on the site where no parking is currently located) for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a conditional use permit to allow parking in the DP Overlay District on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

B. Variance: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a variance of the minimum FAR requirement in the B4N District from 2.0 to .73 for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to allow a reduction in the minimum FAR requirement in the B4N District from 2.0 to .73 on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

C. Variance: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a variance to allow an accessory parking lot to exceed 20 spaces for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to allow an accessory parking lot to exceed 20 spaces in the DP Overlay District on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

D. Variance: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a variance of the parking maximum based on the gross square footage of the proposed building from 80 to 206 spaces (45 underground and 161 surface parking stalls) for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance of the parking maximum based on the gross square footage of the proposed building from 80 to 206 spaces on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

E. Variance: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a variance to allow a proposed wall sign to exceed the maximum height permitted in the B4N District of 28 feet for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance to allow one wall sign to exceed the maximum height permitted in the B4N District of 28 feet on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

F. Variance: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a variance of the mechanical screening requirement for rooftop mechanical units for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for a variance of the mechanical screening requirement for rooftop mechanical units on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

G. Site Plan Review: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a site plan review to allow for the construction of a new 4-story, approximately 80,000 square foot office building with 161 surface parking stalls on a full city block. The property is zoned B4N (Downtown Neighborhood) District and is located in the DP (Downtown Parking) Overlay District and is located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the site plan review application to allow for the construction of a new 4-story, approximately 80,000 square foot office building with 161 surface parking stalls on the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

H. Plat: Application by Pope Architects, on behalf of Kraus Anderson, for a preliminary and final plat for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the Preliminary and Final Plat application for the properties located at 501, 507, 515 and 523 8th St S, 502 and 518 9th St S, and 811 5th Ave S.

6. Nicollet Island East Bank Small Area Plan (Ward: 3) (Haila Maze).

Staff report

Nicollet Island East Bank Small Area Plan

A. Small Area Plan: Considering adoption of the Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Small Area Plan.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council approve the Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Small Area Plan and amend the policy guidance for the area into the City’s comprehensive plan with the following conditions:

  1. The comprehensive plan amendment is subject to final review and approval by the Metropolitan Council.
  2. Additional transportation planning and design work will be necessary for development and implementation of the Nicollet-Central Streetcar. The features and recommendations of this Department of Community Planning and Economic Development plan will be referenced in that planning process and reevaluated in conjunction with the larger project. They may be adjusted, refined, or updated if necessary.
  3. The features and recommendations of this plan will be used to guide preparation of an updated comprehensive plan in upcoming years. As with all small area plans, features and recommendations of this plan will be reevaluated and may be adjusted or updated in the next update to the Comprehensive Plan.

7. St. Anthony East Neighborhood Small Area Plan (Ward: 3) (Haila Maze).

Staff report

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Small Area Plan

A. Small Area Plan: Considering adoption of the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Small Area Plan.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council approve the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Small Area Plan and amend the policy guidance for the area into the City’s existing comprehensive plan with the following conditions:

  1. The comprehensive plan amendment is subject to final review and approval by the Metropolitan Council.
  2. Additional transportation planning and design work will be necessary for development and implementation of the Nicollet-Central Streetcar. The features and recommendations of this plan will be referenced in that planning process and reevaluated in conjunction with the larger project. They may be adjusted, refined, or updated if necessary.
  3. The features and recommendations of this plan will be used to guide preparation of an updated comprehensive plan in upcoming years. As with all small area plans, features and recommendations of this plan will be reevaluated and may be adjusted or updated in the next update to the Comprehensive Plan.

8. Sheridan Neighborhood Small Area Plan (Ward: 3) (Haila Maze).

Staff report

Sheridan Neighborhood Small Area Plan

A. Small Area Plan: Considering adoption of the Sheridan Neighborhood Small Area Plan.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council approve the Sheridan Neighborhood Small Area Plan and amend the policy guidance for the area into the City’s existing comprehensive plan with the following conditions:

  1. The comprehensive plan amendment is subject to final review and approval by the Metropolitan Council.
  2. The features and recommendations of this plan will be used to guide preparation of an updated comprehensive plan in upcoming years.  As with all small area plans, features and recommendations of this plan will be reevaluated and may be adjusted or updated in the next update to the Comprehensive Plan.

9. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All) (Lisa Steiner).

Staff report and code text

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

Amending Chapter 548 related to Zoning Code: Commercial Districts

The purpose of the amendment is to amend regulations pertaining to secondhand goods in the C3A Community Activity Center District.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending Chapter 548.

10. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: 1, 2, 3 and 6) (Jason Wittenberg).

Staff report and code text

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20, Chapter 551 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code: Overlay Districts, to revise off-street parking requirements in the University Area Overlay District. 

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending Chapter 551.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: September 29, 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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