Zoning & Planning Committee Agenda 

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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.

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

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


Referred by Planning Commission 3/25/2013
Planning Commission RCA; Planning Commission Minutes

 1.  Above the Falls Master Plan Update:
      Approve the Above the Falls Plan Update document and amend the policy guidance for the area into the City's comprehensive plan, as amended by the Planning Commission. (Wards 1, 3, 4, and 5)

      Staff Report:  Above the Falls-RPT; Above the Falls Project Website

Prior Action Taken:  Postponed
      Action Taken:  Approved as amended to:
      a) amend the language in the Implementation chapter regarding allowing industrial uses to remain until acquired for park, including the following changes to text:

·         Add to the Zoning Implementation Step in the table on page 182:
Consistent with city policy, split zoning should not be applied to parcels where a portion is guided for park, and remainder for something else. The zoning change, if needed, should happen at the time the property is purchased and subdivided as part of the parkland development process. Until land is acquired for park purposes, applications for expansion or modification of existing uses or for change to another use allowed under the existing zoning should not be considered to be inconsistent with park development guidance in the comprehensive plan or master plan.
·         Add to the discussion of the subsequent rezoning study on page 198:
With this in mind, the plan proposes a more limited scope for the subsequent rezoning study:
·         For areas identified as “business park” on the future land use map, investigate the creation of a new business park zoning district or altering controls in existing industrial districts, which focus development on high value job-generating redevelopment. These areas may also be identified as priorities for public assistance to new development.
·         For areas identified as “industrial” on the future land use map, maintain existing zoning but consider downzoning to lighter industrial in areas immediately conflicting with existing or potential mixed use or residential areas.
·         For areas identified as “park,” allow existing zoning to remain, but consider downzoning when land transitions to park use.
·         For areas identified as “mixed use,” allow existing zoning to remain in the interim, but permit rezoning to residential or mixed use development once conditions for the Vision Plan are met (see Vision Plan section).
·         Until land is acquired for park purposes, applications for expansion or modification of existing uses or for change to another use allowed under the existing zoning should not be considered to be inconsistent with park development guidance in the comprehensive plan or master plan
       b) add additional language regarding scope of the rezoning study to address design issues.
Amend page 198 of the plan with the following language, just above the “Public Acquisition…” caption:
 The rezoning study should also include a review of the basic zoning tools impacting the riverfront district, including site plan review standards, Mississippi River Critical Area and Shoreland overlay standards, and the standards of those Zoning Districts found within the study area. If appropriate, the rezoning study might propose refinements to these zoning standards to bring them more in line with the goals of the Above the Falls Master Plan.

       Staff directed to come back before the City Council final vote on this item on June 14 with maps that match the maps currently on file at the Metropolitan Council.

Referred by Planning Commission 5/6/2013

 2.  628 University Avenue SE:
      Approve, notwithstanding the recommendation of staff, the petition to rezone the property from the R5 to the R6 Multiple-family district and adopt the findings of the Planning Commission.

       Staff Report: 628 University-RCA; 628 University-RPT; 628 University-MIN
Action Taken:  Approved

Quasi-Judicial Hearing Item

*Note this item is not a public hearing, but an opportunity will be provided for a representative of the petitioner requesting the determination to address the committee

Submitted by the Community Planning & Economic Development Department

 3.  5th Street SE Mixed Use (1300-1322 5th Street SE and 425 14th Avenue SE):
      Determination of the need for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed mixed-use project in response to a citizen petition filed with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. (Ward 3)

      Staff Report: 5th St SE EAW Petition-RCAEAW Petition-RPT; Proposed FOF
       Action Taken:  Petition denied

Public Hearing

 4.  Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis (1221 Nicollet Mall and 1226 Marquette Avenue):
      Application for an interim use permit to allow a 53 space temporary surface parking lot (adding a proposed 21 additional spaces to 32 existing spaces) on the subject properties.

      Staff Report: Interim Use Permit-RCA; Interim Use Permit-RPT
       Action Taken:  Approved

Postponed Item

 5.  Five15 On the Park (formerly Currie Park Lofts) (1500, 1506 & 1514 6th St N; 1500, 1501, 1506, 1507 & 1515 5th St S; and 1505 & 1509 4th St S):
      Appeal filed by Mohamed Abdullahi from the decision of the Planning Commission granting the following land use applications:
      a) Conditional use permit for Phase I of a two-phase Planned Unit Development with an alternative request for yards;
      b) Variance of the interior/rear yard setbacks along the north property lines;
      c) Variance of the interior/rear yard setbacks along the east property lines;
      d) Variance to allow a child care center in excess of 2,000 square feet at approximately 3,000 square feet;
      e) Variance of the Pedestrian-Oriented Overlay District standards pertaining to curb cut width from 20 feet to 24 feet;
      f) Variance of the loading requirement to allow one small loading space; 
      g) Site Plan Review for a new six-story mixed-use development that includes 260 dwelling units with a total of 271 bedrooms and approximately 6,000 square feet of ground level neighborhood-serving retail spaces; and
      h) Preliminary plat for the subject properties (Ward 2).    

      Staff Report: Five15 On the Park-RCA; Five15 On the Park-RPT; CPC Minutes
      Action Taken at Z&P 4/4/2013:  Appeal denied and land use applications approved
      Action Taken by the City Council 4/12/2013: Referred item back to the Zoning & Planning Committee for the determination of the need for an EAW
      Action Taken at Z&P 4/18/2013: Land use applications postponed until completion of an EAW.

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

Committee actions referred to the next Council Meeting:  Friday, June 14, 2013

Next Committee Meeting:  Thursday, June 20, 2013

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