Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

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Regular Meeting

July 13, 2009

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

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

Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – June 25, 2009

None. The next meeting will be July 16, 2009.

Action Item

  1. Approve written reasons for denial of the conditional use permit for the property located at 419 5th St N (aka 505 6th Ave N) from the June 22, 2009 CPC meeting.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. Hillcrest Development (MS-196, Ward: 1), 701 Arthur St NE ( Jim Voll).

Staff report

A. Minor Subdivision: Application by Hillcrest Development for a minor subdivision to allow the creation of two parcels out of one parcel located at 701 Arthur St NE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the minor subdivision application for property located at 701 Arthur St NE.

2. Lyndale Express Liquor Store (BZZ-4426, Ward: 6), 2801 Lyndale Ave S ( Becca Farrar). This item was continued from the June 22, 2009 meeting.

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Architron, Ltd., on behalf of A & M Development Corporation, for a conditional use permit to allow a liquor store in the C2 (Neighborhood Corridor Commercial) district within the existing Lyndale Express automobile convenience facility located at 2801 Lyndale Ave S.

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 for a liquor store, off sale, within the existing Lyndale Express automobile convenience facility on the property located at 2801 Lyndale 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 one year of approval.
  2. The street-facing entrance on Lyndale Avenue South must be operable and must serve as the principal entry to the proposed liquor store.
  3. Compliance with the specific development standards for a liquor store, off-sale, as defined by Chapter 536.20 of the Zoning Code.
  4. Compliance with the window sign provision as stated in Chapter 543.350 of the Zoning Code.
  5. Review and approval of a new floor plan/merchandising plan showing shelving and cooler locations. No shelving, equipment or other mechanisms shall block views into and out of the building.

3. Mis Ninos (BZZ-4409, Ward: 8), 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S ( Becca Farrar).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Aspen Builders, on behalf of Natalie Lopez, for a conditional use permit for an Early Childhood Learning Center for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S.

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 early childhood learning center on the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932 and 3936 Nicollet 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 one year of approval.
  2. The applicant shall receive approval for two on-street drop-off spaces.

B. Variance: Application by Aspen Builders, on behalf of Natalie Lopez, for a variance of the front yard setback requirement in the R2B (Two-family) district from 20 feet to approximately 6 feet for the proposed structure and to allow parking in the required front yard as well for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S.

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 of the front yard setback requirement along the east property line adjacent to Nicollet Ave from approximately 20 feet to 6 feet for the proposed structure as well as to allow the proposed surface parking for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932 and 3936 Nicollet Ave.

C. Variance: Application by Aspen Builders, on behalf of Natalie Lopez, for a variance of the minimum lot area requirement for an Early Childhood Learning Center in the R2B district from 20,000 square feet to 14,290 square feet for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S.

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 of the minimum lot area requirement for an early childhood learning center in the R2B district from 20,000 square feet to 14,290 square feet for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932 and 3936 Nicollet Ave.

D. Variance: Application by Aspen Builders, on behalf of Natalie Lopez, for a variance of the off-street parking requirement for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S.

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 of the off-street parking requirement from 4 to 2 for the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932 and 3936 Nicollet Ave subject to the following condition:

  1. A minimum of four (4) bicycle parking spaces shall be installed on the premises as required by Section 541.220 of the Zoning Code.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by Aspen Builders, on behalf of Natalie Lopez, for a site plan review for a 7,144 square foot, single-story Early Childhood Learning Center in the R2B district located at 3924, 3928, 3932, and 3936 Nicollet Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development– Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the site plan review application for a 7,144 square foot early childhood learning center on the properties located at 3924, 3928, 3932 and 3936 Nicollet Ave subject to the following conditions:

  1. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation and landscaping plans.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by July 13, 2010, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. All ground level windows must be transparent (non-reflective) as required by Section 530.120 of the Zoning Code.
  4. Final plans shall incorporate landscaping and screening requirements in compliance with Section 530.170(b) of the Zoning Code.
  5. Additional shrubs shall be planted along the north property line.

4. Wabun Park (BZZ-4412, Ward: 12), 4901 46 th Ave S ( Hilary Dvorak).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by John Monnens with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for a conditional use permit to allow development of a road, parking lot, maintenance building, two picnic shelters and other park structures on a steep slope or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope in the SH Shoreland and MR Mississippi River Overlay Districts located at 4901 46th Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit application to allow development of a road, parking lots, maintenance building, two picnic shelters and other park structures on a steep slope or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope in the SH Shoreland and MR Mississippi River Overlay Districts located at 4901 46th 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 one year of approval.

5. Tom Thueson (BZZ-4430, Ward: 11), 5937 Nicollet Ave ( Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

A. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Tom Thueson, on behalf of Jerry’s Enterprises, Inc., for an expansion of nonconforming use to increase the height of an existing freestanding sign adjacent to I-35W from 35 feet to 50 feet located at the property of 5937 Nicollet Ave.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department—Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the application for an expansion of a legal nonconforming use to increase the height of a freestanding sign from 35 feet to 50 feet located at the property of 5937 Nicollet Ave.

6. Lupe Property Company (BZZ-4406, Ward: 7), 129 Plymouth Ave N ( Hilary Dvorak).

Staff report

A. Rezoning: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a rezoning from the I1 District to the C2 District and to remove the Industrial Living Overlay District for property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the Minneapolis City Council adopt the findings and deny the application to rezone the property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N from the I1 Light Industrial District to the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District and to remove the IL Industrial Living Overlay District.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a conditional use permit to allow a fast food restaurant within the C2 District for property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the conditional use permit to allow a fast food restaurant within the C2 District located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

C. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a conditional use permit to allow a shopping center within the C2 District for property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the conditional use permit to allow a shopping center within the C2 District located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

D. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a conditional use permit to allow an accessory parking lot within the DP Overlay District for property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the conditional use permit to allow an accessory parking lot within the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

E. Variance: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a variance to exceed 20 surface parking spaces within the DP Overlay District for property located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the variance to exceed 20 surface parking spaces within the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District to 22 surface parking spaces located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

F. Site Plan Review: Application by Lupe Property Company, LLC for a site plan review for a new principal non-residential building located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the site plan review for a new principal non-residential building located at 129 Plymouth Ave N.

7. Sydney Apartments / Dinky Dome Redevelopment (BZZ-4429 and MS-195, Ward: 2), 1500-1506 4th St SE & 306-316 15th Ave SE ( Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a conditional use permit to allow 125 dwelling units for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to allow 125 dwelling units for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE, 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.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a conditional use permit to increase the height from 4 stories, 56 feet to 6 stories, 72 feet for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum allowed height of a building from 4 stories to 6 stories and from 56 feet to 72 feet for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE, 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 one year of approval.
  2. All work on the Dinky Dome shall meet the Secretary of the Interiors standards for rehabilitation. Community Planning and Economic Development Department—Planning Division staff shall review and review the final plans for the Dinky Dome.

C. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the east property line from 15 feet to 12.5 ft. to allow the building for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the interior side yard adjacent to the southeasterly property line from 15 feet to 12.5 feet to allow the building for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE.

D. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the east property line from 5 feet to 0 feet to allow a driveway and drive aisle for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to reduce the interior side yard adjacent to the southeasterly property line from 5 feet to 0 feet to allow a driveway and drive aisle for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE.

E. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a variance to reduce the required front yard adjacent to 4 th St SE to allow a walkway wider than 6 feet in width and an area well grate for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The application for a variance to reduce the front yard requirement adjacent to 4th Street from 15 feet to 0 feet to allow a walkway wider than 6 feet in width and an area well grate has been withdrawn.

F. Variance: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum size of a retail use in the C3A district from 8,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a variance to increase the maximum floor area of a retail use in the C3A district from 8,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Nonresidential windows shall be transparent. No shelving, signage, merchandise, newspaper racks, mechanical equipment or other mechanisms shall be placed in front of the windows that blocks views into and out of the building at eye level (eye level shall refer to the area 4 to 7 feet above the sidewalk level and the area 4 to 7 feet above the first floor level).
  2. In the window areas above and below eye level, window signs shall not exceed 30 percent of the window area as required by section 543.350 of the zoning code.

G. Site Plan Review: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a site plan review for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for site plan review for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final elevations, site and landscape plans.
  2. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by July 13, 2010, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. Windows as required by section 530.120 for residential uses shall be added on the first floor south wall facing the loading area.
  4. Nonresidential windows shall have clear or lightly tinted glass with a visible light transmittance ratio of 0.6 or greater as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code. The transparency and visible light transmittance ratio shall be identified on final and building construction plans.
  5. Nonresidential windows facing 4th Street shall comply with the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District window requirements in section 551.120 of the zoning code.
  6. The area to the east of the residence vestibule between the addition and the Dinky Dome shall include crime prevention site design elements, including installation of a decorative, transparent fence with a gate at the east end of the space and lighting that does not cause glare, as required by section 530.260 of the zoning code.
  7. Mechanical equipment shall be screened as required by section 535.70 of the zoning code.

Bicycle racks, including bicycles attached to them, installed in or adjacent to the street right-of-way shall leave at least eight feet of clear pedestrian passage, unless a greater width is required by the Public Works Department.

H. Minor Subdivision: Application by Jim LaValle, on behalf of Doran University, LLC, for a minor subdivision for the properties located at 1500-1506 4 th St SE & 306-316 15 th Ave SE.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for a minor subdivision for the properties located at 1500-1506 4th St SE and 310-316 15th Ave SE.

8. Lake and Knox Office-Retail (BZZ-4443, Ward: 10), 1728 Lake St W ( Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by CPM Development for a conditional use permit to increase the height in the C1 and Shoreland Overlay districts from 2.5 stories or 35 feet to 4 stories and 45.5 feet for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit to increase the height of the building located in the C1 and SH (Shoreland) Overlay Districts from the permitted 2.5 stories/35 feet to 4 stories/45.5 feet for the property located at 1728 Lake St W, 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.

B. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to reduce the front yard setbacks for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance application to reduce the front yard setbacks along Knox Ave S and Lake St W from the required 15 feet to 2 feet along the Knox Ave frontage and 2.5 feet along the Lake St frontage, for the property located at 1728 Lake St W.

C. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to reduce the side yard setbacks for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance application to reduce the interior side yard setbacks from 11 feet to 0 feet for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

D. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the variance to increase the maximum FAR from 1.7 (2.38 with bonuses) to 2.75, for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by CPM Development for a site plan review for property located at 1728 Lake St W.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the site plan review for a new mixed use building for property located at 1728 Lake St W, subject to the following conditions:

  1. CPED planning staff review and approval of the final site plan, lighting plan, landscaping plan, and elevations before permits may be issued.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by July 13, 2010 (unless extended by the Zoning Administrator) or permits may be revoked for noncompliance.
  3. Vertical elements or other architectural details shall be added to break up the blank wall on the east elevation during the winter months.
  4. The site plan shall be revised to provide a minimum landscaped area equivalent to 20 percent of the site not occupied by buildings, as required by Section 530.160 of the Zoning Code.
  5. The planter boxes on the west side of the site require an encroachment permit from Public Works.
  6. The applicant shall be required to submit a lease agreement to ensure that the off-site vehicle parking will be available on the adjacent properties long-term.
  7. All lighting shall be required to comply with Chapters 535 and 541 of the Zoning Code.
  8. No fewer than 5 bicycle parking spaces shall be provided and shall meet the minimum requirements for short term bicycle parking. The bicycle parking may be located in the public right-of-way adjacent to the site with permission of the city engineer.

9. Lake and Knox Apartments (BZZ-4442, Ward: 10), 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W, 2915 Knox Ave S ( Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

A. Rezoning: Application by CPM Development for a rezoning to apply the Transitional Parking (TP) Overlay District at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

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 petition to rezone the properties of 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S to add the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District.

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by CPM Development for a conditional use permit to allow 65 dwelling units in the R6 district at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the conditional use permit to allow 65 dwelling units in the R6 District for the property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox 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 one year of approval.

C. Conditional Use Permit: Application by CPM Development for a conditional use permit to increase the height in the Shoreland Overlay district from 2.5 stories or 35 feet to 5 stories, 56 feet at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the conditional use permit to increase the height of the building located in the SH (Shoreland) Overlay District from the permitted 2.5 stories/35 feet to 5 stories/56 feet for the property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S and in lieu thereof the Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve a conditional use permit to increase the height of the building located in the SH (Shoreland) Overlay District from the permitted 2.5 stories/35 feet to 4 stories/45.5 feet for the property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox 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 one year of approval.

D. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to reduce the front yard setbacks at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the variance application to reduce the front yard setback along Knox Ave S from 23 feet to 5 feet and reduce the front yard setback along Lake St W from the required 30 feet to 4 feet, for the property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

E. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to reduce the east interior side yard setbacks at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the variance application to reduce the east interior side yard setbacks from 13 feet to 3 feet, and in lieu thereof Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve a variance to reduce the east interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 6 feet for property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

F. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setbacks at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 1 foot for property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S, subject to the following condition:

  1. The building wall shall maintain a setback of at least four feet along the north property line.

G. Variance: Application by CPM Development for a variance to decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling unit at the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and deny the variance to decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling unit from 400 square feet (341 square feet with a bonus) to 289 square feet, for property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

F. Site Plan Review: Application by CPM Development for a site plan review for the properties of 1716, 1720, 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Department - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the site plan review for a new 65-unit residential building for property located at 1716, 1720 and 1724 Lake St W and 2915 Knox Ave S, subject to the following conditions:

  1. CPED planning staff review and approval of the final site plan, lighting plan, landscaping plan, and elevations before permits may be issued.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by July 13, 2010 (unless extended by the Zoning Administrator) or permits may be revoked for noncompliance.
  3. A minimum of one trash receptacle and one recycling receptacle shall be required within the plaza.
  4. The plaza shall be maintained in good order by the property owner for the life of the plaza. Proper maintenance shall include, but not be limited to, snow and ice removal, annual maintenance of vegetation and green space and annual inspection and repair and/or replacement of furnishings.
  5. All lighting shall be required to comply with Chapters 535 and 541 of the Zoning Code.

10. Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment (Wards: 3, 4 and 5), ( Tom Leighton . This item was continued from the May 18, June 8, and June 22, 2009 meetings.

Staff report

Code Text

Code Text

West Broadway Proposed Zoning

A. Text Amendment: Amending Chapter 521, Zoning Districts and Maps and amending Chapter 551, Overlay Districts

The purpose of the amendments is to make zoning map and ordinance changes to support the land use guidance in the City Council approved plan, West Broadway Alive: A Revitalization Plan for North Minneapolis’s Main Street.

Proposed changes to the zoning of property would affect the primary zoning of property in the West Broadway corridor as well as applicable overlay districts, including establishment of a new West Broadway Overlay District.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council find that obtaining consent signatures for the rezoning of 800 W Broadway, 2329 W Broadway, and 1912 4th St would be impractical; and further recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt the findings and approve the zoning map changes as illustrated in the "Proposed Zoning" map and detailed in the "Proposed Zoning Changes" table, and the zoning code text amendments, amending Chapters 521 and 551 of the City’s Zoning Code.

11. Zoning Code Text Amendment (Ward: All), ( Haila Maze).

Staff report

Code text

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code, as follows:

Amending Chapter 520 related to Zoning Code: Introductory Provisions

Amending Chapter 525 related to Zoning Code: Administration and Enforcement

Amending Chapter 530 related to Zoning Code: Site Plan Review

Amending Chapter 535 related to Zoning Code: Regulations of General Applicability

The proposed text amendments are intended to enhance general regulations, permitted encroachments, and incentives related to the administrative site plan review process for 1-4 unit residential structures.

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 530 and 535. Staff further recommends that chapters 520 and 525 be returned to author.

12. Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment (Wards: 1, 2 and 3), ( Haila Maze).

Staff report

Code text

A. Text Amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code, as follows:

Amending Chapter 521 related to Zoning Code: Zoning Districts and Maps Generally

Amending Chapter 551 related to Zoning Code: Overlay Districts

The purpose of these proposed map and text amendments are in response to the University District Moratorium and the recommendations of the University Alliance Zoning and Planning Regulatory Review task force. The intent is to add a University Area Overlay District that acknowledges the demands placed on land uses near major educational centers.

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 proposed zoning code map and text amendments, amending chapters 521 and 551 as illustrated in the "Proposed Zoning" map and detailed in the "Parcels Proposed for Inclusion in the University Area Overlay District" table.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: July 27, 2009

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