MINNEAPOLIS CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA: MAY 21, 2018

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  |  Alissa Luepke-Pier, Vice President  |  Sam Rockwell, Secretary

Jean Coleman  |  Jono Cowgill  |  Kim Ellison  |  Ryan Kronzer  |  Nick Magrino  |  Jeremy Schroeder  |  Amy Sweasy

CALL TO ORDER

APPROVAL OF ACTIONS FROM THE MAY 7, 2018 MEETING

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The commission may take action on items as part of a consent agenda at the beginning of the meeting. In these instances, the commission president will open the public hearing at the beginning of the meeting and will ask whether anyone would like to provide testimony or express concerns about items recommended for the consent agenda. If you plan to speak to an issue on the agenda, it is recommended that you arrive at the meeting at 4:30 or contact the assigned city staff person in advance. Please contact CPED staff with any questions that you have about the consent agenda.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS – MAY 10, 2018

1.       Land Sales – 2630 8th St S

Staff report by Wes Durham

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

2.       Land Sales – 513 19th Ave S

Staff report by Wes Durham

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

3.       Land Sales – 3201 Bryant Ave N

Staff report by Wes Durham

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

4.       Land Sales – 1405 16th Ave N

Staff report by Wes Durham

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

5.       Land Sale – 2806 Park Ave S

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

6.       Location and Design Review – Office Building/Public Service Center

Staff report by Wes Durham

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

7.       44th and Penn Ave N Redevelopment Plan

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

Recommended motion: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

PUBLIC HEARING

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1.       Minneapolis Convention Center, Ward 7

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, Vac1689

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

A.      Vacation.

Recommended motion: Continue indefinitely the application to vacate right-of-way vacation left unvacated in the Minneapolis Convention Center expansion project.

2.       Kraus Anderson Block RLS, 501 and 523 S 8th St, 817 and 823 5th Ave S, and 816 Portland Ave, Ward 7

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN6457

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

A.      Registered Land Survey.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a registered land survey, subject to the following conditions:

1.       This action of the Planning Commission shall be recorded with Hennepin County at or prior to such time as the signed RLS is presented for recording with Hennepin County.

3.       4322-4324 Lyndale Ave S, Ward 13

Staff report by Janelle Widmeier, PLAN6442

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

A.      Expansion of a nonconforming use.

Recommended motion: Approve the expansion of a nonconforming use application to allow a rear and side addition to a two-family dwelling located in the R1A Single-family District.

B.      Variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard requirement adjacent to the south lot line.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard requirement adjacent to the south lot line from 8 feet to 7.3 feet to allow for an addition.

C.      Variance to reduce the minimum rear yard requirement adjacent to the west lot line.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum rear yard requirement adjacent to the west lot line from 7 feet to 5 feet to allow for an addition.

4.       Ken &Norm’s Cooler Addition Resubmission, 4801 Chicago Ave, Ward 11

Staff report by Shanna Sether, PLAN6436

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

A.      Conditional use permit amendment.

Recommended motion: Approve an amendment to the conditional use permit, 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 provide a minimum of 150 square feet of landscaping and a minimum of a 3-foot high physical barrier between the sidewalk and parking lot between the two existing curb cuts along 48th St E and Chicago Ave.

3.       The applicant shall provide a site plan with a parking layout that prevents vehicles from maneuvering on the public sidewalk.

5.       208 Oliver Ave S, Ward 7

Staff report by Janelle Widmeier, PLAN6449

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

A.      Rezoning.

Recommended motion: Approve the petition to rezone the southern portion of the property of 208 Oliver Ave S from R1A Single-family District to R2B Two-family District.            

6.       Freedom Works, 2900 Fremont Ave N, 2912 Fremont Ave N, 2929 Emerson Ave N, 2950 Emerson Ave N, 2911 Emerson Ave N, 2915 Emerson Ave N and 2917 Emerson Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN6382

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Freedom Works, Inc.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow a 72-bed supportive housing use to locate in the existing building located at 2912 Fremont Avenue North, 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 at least three species of shrubs planted in addition to the grasses along Emerson Ave N, as required by section 530.170 of the zoning ordinance.

3.       There shall be at least 15 trees planted between the property line and the parking lot along Emerson Ave N, as required by section 530.170 of the zoning ordinance.

4.       The plant materials, and the installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

5.       The landscaped yard between the property line and the parking lot along Emerson Ave N shall be covered in turf grass, as required by section 530.180 of the zoning ordinance.

7.       Lakeside Self-Storage, 434 Lakeside Ave, Ward 5

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN6414

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application b Jacobs Management Corp.

A.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a renovation and addition to an existing warehouse building to establish a self-storage facility, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by May 31, 2020, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       All mechanical equipment shall be screened to meet the requirement of chapter 535 of the zoning code.

4.       The applicant shall establish a principal entrance to the office use that faces the front property line along Lakeside Avenue, connected via a clear pathway to the public right-of-way.

5.       The applicant shall plant additional landscaping along the south wall to mitigate the blank wall condition.

6.       The applicant shall relocate a proposed tree planting or plant an additional tree in the required yard between the parking area and the street on the Lakeside Ave frontage.

7.       Any refuse storage located outside of the principal structure shall be screened to meet the requirements of chapter 535 of the zoning code.

8.       Minneapolis Impound Facility, 50 Dupont Ave N and 100 Irving Ave N, Ward 7

This item was continued from the May 7, 2018 meeting.

Staff report by Janelle Widmeier, PLAN6181

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by City of Minneapolis Finance and Property Services.

A.      Nonconforming use expansion.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 25, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

B.      Variance.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 25, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

C.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 25, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

9.       Graze Food Hall, 525 3rd St N, Ward 3

This item was continued from the May 7, 2018 meeting.

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN6275

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

A.      Conditional use permit to allow an amendment to the PUD.

Recommended motion: Approve the application to allow an amendment to the PUD, 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 reduce the minimum floor area ratio from 2.0 to 0.78.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a variance to reduce the minimum floor area ratio from 2.0 to 0.78.

C.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Approve the application for a new two-story shopping center, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by May 21, 2020, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       The plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

4.       The final plans shall demonstrate the orientation of the bicycle parking to ensure that bicycles will not obstruct the public sidewalk.

5.       The final plans shall be revised to demonstrate how all building entrances and walkways will be lit to maintain a minimum acceptable level of security while not creating glare or excessive lighting of the site to comply with sections 530.130 and 530.260 of the zoning code.

6.       The mechanical screening shall comply with the screening requirements in section 535.70 of the zoning code.

7.       The refuse screening shall comply with the screening requirements in section 535.80 of the zoning code.

8.       The fence shall comply with the fence requirements in Chapter 535.

9.       The final plans shall be revised to eliminate blank walls on the second floor of the west elevation that exceed 25 feet.

10.   The building materials on the north elevation shall be revised to comply with the City’s durability standards and that the revision shall emphasize a horizontal delineation between materials.

11.   The building’s materials shall be revised to demonstrate no more than three exterior materials on any one elevation.

10.   Apt on Essex – East, 2628 Essex St SE, Ward 2

Staff report by Shanna Sether, PLAN6450

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

A.      Variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along Essex St SE.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

B.      Variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 27th Ave SE.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

C.      Variance to reduce the minimum rear setback.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

D.      Variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard setback.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

E.       Variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

F.       Variance to increase the maximum number of compact parking stalls.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

G.     Variance to reduce the minimum distance between a parking space and the principal structure.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

H.     Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission public hearing.

11.   NorthPoint Expansion, 1319 and 1349 Penn Ave N, 2210 Plymouth Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Shanna Sether, PLAN6381

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Collaborative Design Group, Inc.

A.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback along Penn Ave N.

Recommended motion: Deny the variance to reduce the front yard setback along Penn Ave N from 15 ft. to 13 ft. 8 in. to allow for the north parking area.

B.      Variance to decrease the corner side yard setback along 14th Ave N.

Recommended motion: Deny the variance to reduce the corner side yard setback along 14th Ave N from 8 ft. to 4 ft. 8 in. to allow for the north parking area.

C.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback along Queen Ave N.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the front yard setback along Queen Ave N from 15 ft. to 8 ft. for the proposed plaza and to 7 ft. for the loading area, subject to the following conditions:

1.       The applicant shall provide a minimum of a 3 ft. tall, vegetative screen to buffer the plaza from the front property line along Queen Ave N.

2.       The applicant shall provide a minimum of a 6 ft. tall, vegetative screen to buffer the loading area from the front property line along Queen Ave N. 

3.       The plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

D.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback along Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended motion: Deny the variance to reduce the front yard setback along Penn Ave N from 15 ft. to 2 ft. 6 in. to allow for the south parking area.

E.       Variance for parking location.

Recommended motion: Approve the variance to allow parking to be located between the principal structure and the front lot line along Plymouth Ave N, subject to the following conditions:

1.       The applicant shall provide no more than eight drop-off spaces in the queue, four parking stalls and four short-term parking stalls.

2.       The applicant shall provide a minimum of a 3 ft. tall, vegetative screen, to buffer the parking area from the front property line along Plymouth Ave N. 

F.       Variance of plaza standards.

Recommended motion: Return the variance of the plaza standards.

G.     Site Plan Review.

Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for additions to an existing community center, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by May 21, 2020, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       The plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

4.       The applicant shall construct the proposed first floor of the addition at the south end of the building 15 feet from the front property lines along Plymouth and Penn Aves N per section 530.110(a) of the zoning code.

5.       The applicant shall provide a principal entrance within 15 feet of the intersection of Penn and Plymouth Aves N.

6.       The applicant shall relocate the north principal entrance from facing the north parking lot to face Penn Ave N.

7.       The proposed additions shall not have blank, uninterrupted that exceed 25 feet in length.

8.       The parking and loading area facing Plymouth Ave N, Penn Ave N, 14th Ave N and Queen Ave N shall have an on-site landscaped yard of at least seven feet in width.

9.       The parking and loading area facing Plymouth Ave N, Penn Ave N, 14th Ave N and Queen Ave N shall be screened by a masonry wall, fence, berm, hedge, or combination, three ft. in height and at least 60 percent opaque .

10.   The applicant shall provide at least one tree provided for each 25 linear feet, or fraction thereof, of parking or loading area frontage.

12.   Karmel Square Addition, 2910 Pillsbury Ave, Ward 10

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN6480

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

A.      Expansion of nonconforming use.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

B.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

13.   U-Haul Moving and Storage at Hiawatha, 4225 and 4251 Hiawatha Ave, Ward 12

This item was continued from the May 23, 2018 meeting.

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN3683

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

A.      Conditional use permit.

Recommended motion: Deny the conditional use permit to allow truck and trailer rental in the I1 Light Industrial District.

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

Recommended motion: Deny the conditional use permit to increase the height of the building from 4 stories/56 feet to 5 stories/65 feet.

C.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Deny the site plan review or a new, 129,000 square foot self-service storage building.

14.   1717 Central Avenue Apartments, 1717 Central Ave NE, Ward 1

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN6416

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

A.      Conditional use permit.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

B.      Variance.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

C.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

15.   Thrivent Corporate Office, 501-529 6th St S and 600-610 Portland Ave S, Ward 7

Staff report by Stephanie Rouse, PLAN6273

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

A.      Conditional use permit for loading and passenger loading in the Downtown Parking Overlay District.

Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow loading and passenger loading in the Downtown Parking Overlay District, 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 curb cuts on Portland Ave S and 5th Ave S shall be reduced to no greater than 20 feet wide.

B.      Conditional use permit for wall signs.

Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow three wall signs exceeding the height limit and one exceeding the area allowed in the B4S district, 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.       All signs must comply with the sign lighting standards of 543.200 which prohibit backlit signs.

C.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new 8-story office building, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by May 21, 2020, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       The plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

4.       The accessible ramp shall be relocated to the north end of the plaza for a more direct path to the entrance.

5.       The proposed skyways shall meet the skyway standards in Chapter 535-Regulations of General Applicability. Specifically, the proposed skyways shall maintain a clearly identified pedestrian access point. Furthermore, the project shall include interior and exterior signage as outlined in Section 535.920-Development standards for all permitted skyways. Finally, the skyway shall remain open during the hours required by Section 535.920 of the zoning code

16.   12th St Apartments, 228 12th St S, Ward 7

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN6439

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

A.      Site plan review.

Recommended motion: Continue the application to the June 11, 2018, City Planning Commission meeting.

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NEXT REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING: JUNE 11, 2018

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