Zoning & Planning Committee Agenda 

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting
September 13, 2012
9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall

NOTE: All cellular telephones and electronic devices to be switched to a non-audible function during Council and Committee meetings.

Present:  Committee Members Schiff, Tuthill, Goodman, Gordon, Johnson, Reich (quorum 4)

Council Committee Coordinator: Jackie Hanson (612) 673-2046


Referred by City Planning Commission 8/13/2012
Planning Commission RCA; Planning Commission Minutes

 1.  Film, Video and Audio Production Use Standards (Zoning Code Text Amendment):
      Approve ordinance amending Title 20, Chapter 536 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code: Specific Development Standards, establishing an exception to the minimum window requirement for film, video, and audio production uses. (Schiff; Introduced 6/15/2012)

      Staff Report:  Film/Video/Audio Use Standards Staff Report; Film/Video/Audio Use Standards Ordn

Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Currency Exchange Regulations (Zoning Code Text Amendment):
      Approve ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, revising regulations for currency exchanges, as follows:
      a) Chapter 520 relating to Introductory Provisions.
b) Chapter 536 relating to Specific Development Standards.
      c) Chapter 541 relating to Off-Street Parking and Loading.
      d) Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts.
e) Chapter 549 relating to Downtown Districts. (Schiff; Introduced 10/21/2011)

      Staff Report:  Currency Exchange Regulations Staff Report; Currency Exchange Regulations Ordn

Action Taken:  Approved.

Referred by City Planning Commission 8/27/2012
Planning Commission RCA; Planning Commission Minutes

 3.  Grandma's Associates LLC, 2nd St S and 19th Ave S:
      Approve application to vacate a City sewer easement located at the southwest corner of the intersection of 2nd St S and 19th Ave S (Ward 2).

      Staff Report:  Grandma's Associates Vacation Staff Report; Grandma's Associates Vacation Resolution

Action Taken:  Approved.

Referred by Heritage Preservation Commission 7/24/2012
Heritage Preservation Commission RCA

 4.  Heritage Preservation Regulations:
      Ordinance amending Title 23, Chapter 599 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Heritage Preservation:  Heritage Preservation Regulations, extending the length of time for which a decision from the Zoning Administrator, Planning Director, Heritage Preservation Commission or City Council is valid. (Schiff; Introduced 5/25/2012)

      Staff Report:  HPC Regulations Staff Report; HPC Regulations Ordn

Action Taken:  Approved.

Public Hearing

Appeal from the Decision of the Planning Commission 8/13/2012

 5.  WaHu Student Housing, 1016, 1024 and 1032 Washington Ave SE, 1025 Delaware St SE, and 2408 University Ave SE:
      Appeal filed by Hossein Azhakh, on behalf of H.A. Properties, LLC and Caspian Bistro, Inc, from the decision of the Planning Commission granting the following land use applications associated with a new 6 and 11-story mixed use development that includes 333 residential dwelling units with 790 bedrooms and approximately 30,500 square feet of ground level commercial/retail space:
      a) Conditional Use Permit to increase the maximum permitted height of a mixed use building from 4 stories or 56 feet to approximately 11 stories or 132 feet at the tallest point.
      b) Variance to increase the maximum permitted Floor Area Ratio from 4.32 to 5.14.
      c) Variance to reduce the setback along the east interior side yard from 15 feet to 0 feet at the closest point. (Ward 2).

Action Taken:  Appeal denied relating to items “a” and “b” and adopted staff findings.  Sent forward to City Council without recommendation item “c”.

      Not part of the appeal: 
      d)  Approve petition to rezone the property at 1016 Washington Ave SE from the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District, retaining the Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District and the University Area Overlay District.

      Staff Report:  WaHu Student Housing RCA; WaHu Student Housing CPC Minutes

Action Taken:  Approved.


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

Next Committee Meeting:  September 27, 2012

Committee actions referred to the next Council Meeting:  September 21, 2012

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