Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

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Regular Meeting

February 17, 2009

4:30 p.m. - Room 317, City Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Commissioners: President Motzenbecker, Gorecki, Huynh, LaShomb, Luepke-Pier, Nordyke, Norkus-Crampton, Schiff, Tucker and Williams – 10

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – February 5, 2009

A. Lot sale – 523 Morgan Ave N ( Tom Leighton )

Recommended Action: Approve staff report – Property to be sold to the owner of the adjacent property (525 Morgan Ave N) for an expanded lot and is consistent with the Minneapolis Plan.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. John Bergin (Vac-1555, Ward: 6), ( Shanna Sether).

Staff report

A. Vacation: Application by John Bergin, on behalf of Excelsior Development, LLC, to grant the City of Minneapolis a 10 foot by 10 foot corner cut at the southeast corner of 2301 Elliot Ave and to request a vacation of an alley easement and a portion of the existing alley north of the property located at 912 E 24th St.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the vacation and proposed corner-cut easement.

2. Lowry Apartments (BZZ-4296, Ward: 1), 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE and 947, 949, 953 and 955 Lowry Ave NE ( Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Rezoning: Application by DJR Architecture Inc., on behalf of Lowry Apartments Limited Partnership, for a petition to rezone the subject parcels from the R5 (Multiple-family) district to the C1 (Neighborhood Commercial) district.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning petition to change the zoning classification of the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk Street NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE from the R5 district to the C1 district.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by DJR Architecture Inc., on behalf of Lowry Apartments Limited Partnership, for a conditional use permit to allow 31 residential dwelling units for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to allow 31 dwelling units on the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE 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 one year of approval.

C. Conditional Use Permit: Application by DJR Architecture Inc., on behalf of Lowry Apartments Limited Partnership, for a conditional use permit to allow an increase in the maximum allowable height to 4 stories or 44 feet for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to allow an increase in height to 4 stories or 44 feet for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE 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 one year of approval.

D. Variance: Application by DJR Architecture Inc., on behalf of Lowry Apartments Limited Partnership, for a variance to reduce the required interior side yard setback along the west property line adjacent to the alley from 11 feet to 2 feet for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the required interior side yard along the west property line adjacent to the alley from 11 feet to 2 feet at the closest point for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by DJR Architecture Inc., on behalf of Lowry Apartments Limited Partnership, for a site plan review for a 4-story, mixed-use development with 31 dwelling units and approximately 6,500 square feet of ground level commercial space fronting on Lowry Avenue NE for the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the site plan review application for a mixed-use development with 31 residential dwelling units and approximately 6,500 square feet of ground level commercial on the properties located at 2500 and 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953, and 955 Lowry Ave NE subject to the following conditions:

  1. All site improvements shall be completed by March 27, 2010, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  2. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, landscaping and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.
  3. The bicycle racks for the commercial component of the development shall be installed consistent with the bicycle parking location requirements as stated in Section 541.180(b)(1).
  4. All commercial ground level windows must be transparent (non-reflective) as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code. No shelving, signage, merchandise, newspaper racks or other mechanisms shall be placed in front of the required ground level transparent windows on the north, south and east elevations of the structure.
  5. Any changes to the site plan as a result of Preliminary Development Review may result in another public hearing by the City Planning Commission if the Zoning Administrator deems such changes significant under sections 525.360 and 530.100 of the Zoning Code.

3. 15 th Ave SE Urban Design Plan (Ward: 3), ( Joe Bernard). This item was continued from the February 2, 2009 meeting.

Staff report

A. Design Plan: The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood recently completed planning work regarding direction for specific redevelopment sites along three and a half blocks of 15th Ave SE. The purpose of this document is to articulate to the development community and potential implementation partners the community expectations for new, aggressive, high-quality development on 15th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council approve the 15th Avenue SE Urban Design Plan document and amend the policy guidance for the area into the City’s comprehensive plan.

4. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All), ( Kimberly Holien). This item was continued from the January 5, 2009 meeting. This item was continued from the February 2, 2009 meeting.

Staff report

Code text

Code text

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20, Chapter 525 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Administration and Enforcement.

Amending Title 20, Chapter 535 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to the Zoning Code: Regulations of General Applicability.

The purpose of the amendment is to establish regulations and development standards for plazas and to authorize a variance from those development standards.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment.

5. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All), ( Amanda Arnold).

Staff report

Code text

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20, Chapter 546 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code: (Residence Districts)

Amending Title 20, Chapter 547 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code: (Office Residence Districts)

Amending Title 20, Chapter 548 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code: (Commercial Districts)

The purpose of the amendment is to increase allowable residential densities in several multi-family residence and commercial zoning districts (R3, R4, R5, C1, C2, C3S) to better align with adopted policy. The amendment would also increase the maximum floor area ratio (the ratio of the building size to lot size) in one commercial district, C3S.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning code text amendment, amending chapters 546 and 548. Staff further recommends that Chapters 547 and 551 be returned to the author.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: March 2, 2009.

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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