MINNEAPOLIS CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA: AUGUST 3, 2015

4:30 p.m. | City Hall, Room 317 | 350 South 5th Street | Minneapolis, MN 55415

Committee Clerk

Lisa Kusz - 612.673.3710

Commissioners

Matthew Brown, President  |  John Slack, Vice President  |  Alissa Luepke Pier, Secretary

Lisa Bender  |  Meg Forney  |  Rebecca Gagnon  |  Ben Gisselman  |  Ryan Kronzer  |  Theodore Tucker

CALL TO ORDER

APPROVAL OF ACTIONS FROM THE JULY 20, 2015, MEETING

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS - JULY 23, 2015

A.   Public Land Sale: 3600 10th Ave S (Approval)

Staff report by Paul Mogush

Recommended Motion: Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 3600 10th Ave S for development of a single family home.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

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1.    Partial alley vacation, Ward 1

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, Vac-1644

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Joseph Vinar.

A.   Vacate part of the alley in the vicinity of 33rd Ave NE and Taylor St NE. This item was continued from the July 16 and July 20, 2015 meetings.

Recommended Motion: Approve the vacation (Vacation file 1644) of part of the alley in the vicinity of 33rd Ave NE and Taylor St NE, subject to the provision of easements to Xcel Energy and Comcast.

2.    2720 University Ave SE, Ward 2

Staff report by Kimberly Holien, BZZ-7260   

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Carol Lansing.

A.   Rezoning.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a rezoning from the OR2, High Density Office Residence District to the C2, Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District. 

3.    5140 Lyndale Ave S, Ward 13

Staff report by Shanna Sether, BZZ-7270 and MS-239        

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Shannon and Laurence Johnson.

A.   Variance to reduce the minimum required south interior side yard.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance to reduce the minimum south interior side yard from 7 feet to approximately 3 feet for an existing structure.

B.   Variance to reduce the minimum lot width.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance to reduce the minimum lot width for proposed Parcel B from 50 feet to 47 feet.

C.   Minor subdivision.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a minor subdivision that would create two lots at 5140 Lyndale Ave S, including a variance of the lot width standards of the subdivision regulations to reduce the minimum lot width of the proposed lots, where there is no alley present.

4.    Marissa’s Cooler, 2728-2750 Nicollet Ave, 2741 Blaisdell Ave S and 10 W 28th St, Ward 10

Staff report by Shanna Sether, BZZ-7289      

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Clarison Dutra.

A.   Variance to reduce the required off-street loading requirement.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance to reduce the minimum off-street loading requirement from one small loading space to none for an existing grocery store.

B.   Variance of the overlay standards.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District Standards to allow less than 40% windows within the new addition and less than 30% landscaping, subject to the following conditions:

1.     The applicant shall provide a unique brick pattern or architectural recesses or projections to create visual interest in the proposed addition.

2.     The applicant shall remove all of the signage in the windows of the storage area and relocate the signage in the bakery as to not block views into and out of the building in the area between four (4) and seven (7) feet above the adjacent grade facing 28th St W to ensure natural surveillance of the site.

3.     The applicant shall remove the curb cut and provide a landscaped yard and restore the landscaped boulevard.

C.   Site Plan Review.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for site plan review to allow for an addition to an existing commercial building, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.     The applicant shall provide a unique brick pattern, architectural recesses or projections to create visual interest in the proposed addition.

2.     The applicant shall remove the curb cut and provide a landscaped yard and restore the landscaped boulevard.

3.     The applicant shall remove all of the signage in the windows of the storage area facing 28th St W to ensure natural surveillance of the site.

4.     The applicant shall remove signage that exceeds thirty (30) percent of the window area, whether attached to the window or not, and shall not block views into and out of the building in the area between four (4) and seven (7) feet above the adjacent grade.

5.     The dumpsters, grease barrels and recycling materials shall be screen from view, consistent with section 535.80 of the zoning code.

6.     All mechanical equipment shall be arranged so as to minimize visual impact by using screening consistent with section 535.70 of the zoning code.

7.     Lighting shall comply with section 535.590 of the zoning code.

8.     Department of Community Planning and Economic Development staff review and approval of the final building elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans.

9.     Site improvements approved in 2004 that were required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by November1, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

10.  Site improvements for the new landscaped yard at the south end of the site shall be completed by August 3, 2017, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

5.    Temple Israel Education and Lobby Expansion, 2324 Emerson Ave S, Ward 7

Staff report by Rebecca Farrar, BZZ-7228

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by HGA, on behalf of Temple Israel.

A.   Amend the conditional use permit for the existing pre-school.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a preschool, 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.   Amend the conditional use permit for the existing K-8 school.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a K-8 school, 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.

C.   Variance of the front yard setback requirement along the west property line adjacent to Fremont Ave S.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance of the front yard setback requirement along the west property line adjacent to Fremont Ave S to allow a 15 foot, 3 inch wide stair encroachment and playground equipment.

D.   Variance of the interior side yard setback requirement.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance of the interior side yard setback requirement from 11 feet to approximately 3 feet for the building wall as well as for a dumpster encroachment.

E.    Variance to allow a taller fence in the required front yard along the west property line adjacent to Fremont Ave.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance to allow a retaining wall and fence to be 9 feet, 1 inch at the tallest point in the required front yard along the west property line adjacent to Fremont Ave, subject to the following conditions:

1.     The fence/retaining wall shall not exceed 9 feet, 1 inch in height and the opacity of the fence shall not be increased beyond 80%.

2.     The applicant shall work with Staff on the final design of the proposed fence/retaining wall located along Fremont Ave S.

F.    Variance of the off-street parking requirement.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance of the off-street parking requirement from 114 to 105 spaces.

G.   Site Plan Review to allow a building addition.

Recommended motion: Approve the application to allow an approximately 27,260 square foot building addition that includes new spaces for the preschool, K-9 school and entrance lobby functions, subject to the following conditions:

1.     All site improvements shall be completed by August 3, 2017, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for noncompliance.

2.     Approval of the final site, elevation, and landscaping plans by CPED.

3.     A minimum of 23 canopy trees and 17 ornamental trees shall be planted on site.

4.     Ornamental trees shall be planted in the landscape area adjacent to Fremont Avenue South at a spacing of 30 linear feet.

5.     Ornamental trees shall be planted in the landscape area adjacent to the public alley.

6.     The lighting plan shall be modified to eliminate spillover onto adjacent properties. All lighting will need to be downcast and shielded to avoid undue glare. All lighting shall comply with Chapters 535 and 541.

7.     A minimum of 15 bicycle parking spaces shall be located on site.

6.    602 Apartments, 602 and 602 ½ N 1st St, Ward 3

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, BZZ-7238       

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Curt Gunsbury.

A.   Conditional use permit to increase the height of the building.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a conditional use permit to increase the height of the building from 6 stories/84 feet to 9 stories/94 feet, 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 to increase the allowed floor area ration (FAR).

Recommended motion: Approve the variance application to increase the allowed Floor Area Ratio from 4.8 to 5.31.

C.   Variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement.

Recommended motion: Return the variance application to reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement.

D.   Variances to reduce the interior and rear yard setbacks.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance application to reduce the interior and rear yard setbacks from 15 feet to 0 feet.

E.    Site plan review for a new 9-story, 71 unit residential building.

Recommended motion: Approve the site plan application for a new 9-story, 71 unit residential building, 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 July 20, 2017, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

7.    Handicraft Building City Apartments, 89-91 10th St S and 1016 Marquette Ave, Ward 7

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, BZZ-7170 and Vac-1643

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Gretchen Camp with BKV Group, on behalf of Village Green Companies.

A.   Variance to reduce the width of the drive aisle.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance application to reduce the width of the drive aisle from 22 feet to 0 feet, subject to the following condition:

1.     A series of bollards shall be installed along the south and southeast sides of the Handicraft Guild Building in order to protect it from being damaged by maneuvering vehicles.

B.   Variance to reduce the south interior side yard setback.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance application to reduce the south interior side yard setback from 15 feet to one foot for residential windows facing the property line.

C.   Site plan review for an 18-story, 293 unit residential building with ground floor commercial space.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a 20-story, 293 unit residential building with ground floor commercial space, 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 September 11, 2017, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

3.     The generators, transformer and any other proposed mechanical equipment shall be screened per the requirements of Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability.

4.     EIFS shall not be used as an exterior building material.

5.     The primary material on the lower two stories of the proposed building shall be brick on all four sides.

6.     There shall be at least four bicycle parking spaces provided along South 10th Street.

7.     There shall be at least two bicycle parking spaces provided in the building for the office uses.

8.     The top floor on the west elevation shall be designed so there aren’t any blank walls over 25 feet in length as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.

D.   Vacation of air rights over the public alley.

Recommended motion: Approve the application to vacate the air rights over part of the alley in Block 13 of Snyder & Company’s Addition.

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NEXT REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING: August 17, 2015

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