Zoning & Planning Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

Thursday, August 6, 2009

9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall

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Committee Members: Council Members Schiff, Remington, Goodman, Samuels,
Gordon, Colvin Roy (quorum 4)

Council Committee Coordinator: Anissa Hollingshead (612) 673-2296

Public Hearings

1. HERC (419 5th Street N, aka 505 6th Avenue N):

Appeal filed by Covanta Energy, on behalf of Hennepin County Environmental Services, from the decision of the City Planning Commission, notwithstanding the recommendation of staff, denying application for an amended conditional use permit for the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center to allow for the facility to process at its designed capacity of 1,212 tons of waste per day (Ward 5).

Action Taken at Z&P 7/23/2009: Continued One Cycle Until 8/6/2009

Action Taken: Postponed 2 cycles to 9/3/2009

2. Cub Foods (5937 Nicollet Avenue S):

Appeal filed by Tom Thueson, on behalf of Jerry's Foods, from the decision of the Planning Commission denying an application for an expansion of nonconforming use to increase the height of an existing freestanding sign from 35 to 50 feet (Ward 11).

Action Taken: Sent Forward without recommendation

3. Sydney Apartments/Dinky Dome Redevelopment (1500-1506 4th Street SE & 306-316 15th Avenue SE):

Appeal filed by Ryan Ahlberg, on behalf of Northwestern Chi Psi Educational Foundation, Inc., from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for:

a) Conditional Use Permit to allow 125 dwelling units;

b) Conditional Use Permit to increase the maximum allowed height of a building from 4 stories to 6 stories, and from 56 to 72 feet, subject to conditions;

c) Variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the east property line from 15 to 12.5 feet;

d) Variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement adjacent to the southeasterly property line from 5 feet to 0 feet to allow a driveway and drive aisle;

e) Variance to increase the maximum size of a retail use in the C3A district from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, subject to conditions;

f) Site Plan Review for the subject properties, subject to conditions; and

g) Minor Subdivision for the subject properties (Ward 2).

Action Taken: Applications for variances (c, d, e) withdrawn by the applicant, and not before the committee for consideration.

Appeal denied, and applications for conditional use permits, site plan review, and minor subdivision (a,b,f,g) approved.

4. Lake and Knox Apartments (1716, 1720, 1724 Lake Street W & 2915 Knox Avenue S):

a) Appeal filed by Nancy Ward, et al, from the decision of the City Planning Commission granting applications for:

1) Conditional Use Permit to allow 65 dwelling units in the R6 district;

2) Conditional Use Permit to increase the height of the building in the Shoreland Overlay District from 2.5 stories/35 feet to 5 stories/56 feet;

3) Variance to reduce the front yard setback along Knox Avenue S from 23 feet to 5 feet, and to reduce the front yard setback along Lake Street W from 30 feet to 4 feet;

4) Variance to reduce the east interior side yard setbacks from 13 feet to 6 feet;

5) Variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 1 foot;

6) Variance to decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling unit from 400 square feet to 289 square feet; and

7) Site Plan Review for a new 65-unit residential building, subject to conditions.

b) Consider recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve petition by CPM Development to rezone the properties to apply the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District, to allow for the provision of parking for a new mixed-use building at the corner of Lake Street W and Knox Avenue S.

c) Lake and Knox Office-Retail (1728 Lake Street W):

Appeal filed by Nancy Ward, et al, from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for:

1) Conditional Use Permit to increase the height of the building located in the C1 and SH Overlay Districts from 2.5 stoires/35 feet to 4 stories/45.5 feet;

2) Variance to reduce the front yard setbacks along Knox Avenue S from 15 feet to 2 feet, and along Lake Street W from 15 feet to 2.5 feet;

3) Variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 1.7 to 2.75; and

4) Site Plan Review for a new mixed use building, subject to conditions (Ward 10).

Actions Taken:

a) Appeal denied, and applications approved. Staff directed to draft findings in support of approval of 2) conditional use permit to increase the height to 5 stories, 56 feet, and 6) variance to decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling to 289 square feet.

b) Rezoning Approved.

c) Appeal denied, and applications approved. Staff directed to draft findings in support of approval of 3) variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio to 2.75.

Consent Items

5. Lupe Property Company (129 Plymouth Avenue N):

Approve petition, notwithstanding the recommendation of staff, to rezone the property from I1 to the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, and to remove the IL Industrial Living Overlay District, to allow for a shopping center (Ward 7).

Action Taken: Postponed 1 cycle to 8/20/2009

6. West Broadway Alive! Zoning Changes (Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment):

a) Approve ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding making zoning map and ordinance changes to support the land use guidance in the City Council approved plan, West Broadway Alive!, as follows:

1) Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps; and

2) Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts.

b) Find that obtaining consent signatures for the rezoning of 800 W Broadway, 2329 W Broadway, and 1912 4th Street would be impractical, and approve the proposed zoning changes (Wards 3, 4, 5) .

Action Taken: Approved

7. 1-4 Unit Site Plan Review Standards (Zoning Code Text Amendment):

a) Approve ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding enhancing general regulations, permitted encroachments, and incentives related to the administrative site plan review process for 1-4 unit residential structures, as follows:

1) Chapter 530 relating to Site Plan Review; and

2) Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability.

b) Return Chapters 520 and 525 to author.

Action Taken: Approved

8. University Area Overlay District (Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment):

Approve ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding adding a University Area Overlay District that acknowledges the demands placed on land uses near major educational centers, as follows:

a) Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps Generally; and

b) Chapter 551 relating to Overlay District.

Action Taken: Approved as amended

9. University Business Center (2635 4th Street SE):

Approve petition to rezone the property to add the IL Industrial Living Overlay District, to allow for a martial arts school (Ward 2).

Action Taken: Approved

10. Enclosed Parking Requirements (Zoning Code Text Amendment):

Consider recommendation of the Planning Commission, notwithstanding the recommendation of staff, that ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding requiring the provision of enclosed parking with new single- and two-family dwellings, not be adopted and returned to author, as follows:

a) Chapter 525 relating to Zoning Code: Administration and Enforcement;

b) Chapter 530 relating to Zoning Code: Site Plan Review;

c) Chapter 535 relating to Zoning Code: Regulations of General Applicability; and

d) Chapter 541 relating to Zoning Code: Off-Street Parking and Loading.

Action Taken: Postponed 1 cycle to 8/20/2009

11. Small Area Plans Implementation (Zoning Code Text & Map Amendment):

Subject matter of ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, (to rezone select parcels and amend the boundaries of overlay districts as an implementation step following the adoption of several small area plans):
a. Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps Generally; and

b. Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts.

Recommended Action/Action Taken: Referred to CPED/Planning Division

Discussion Items

12. Karmel Village (2848 Pleasant Ave & 2825 Grand Ave S):

Appeal filed by Leo Whitebird from the decision of the City Planning Commission granting an application for a conditional use permit and site plan review to increase the size of the building addition for the development at the subject property previously approved by the City council in March of 2008 by approximately 26,000 feet. (Ward 6).

Action Taken: Postponed 1 cycle to 8/20/2009

13. Stone Arch Phase II (600 Main Street SE):

Appeal filed by Call Your Bluff Development, LLC, and Bluff Street Development, LLC, from the decision of the Planning Commission denying applications for a) a conditional use permit for 79 dwelling units, b) a conditional use permit to increase the height to 6 stories or 70 feet from 4 stories or 56 feet in the I2 Industrial Overlay District, c) a variance to reduce the minimum lot area per dwelling unit by 30 percent, and d) a site plan review application, all to allow for a 79 unit residential building (Ward 3).

Action Taken: Postponed 2 cycles to 9/3/2009

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Next Regular Z&P Meeting: August 20, 2009

Next City Council Meeting: August 14, 2009

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