Zoning & Planning Committee Agenda
Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
Regular Meeting
December 9, 2013 – 9:30 a.m.
Room 317, City Hall
 
Members Present: Gary Schiff (Chair), Lisa Goodman, Cam Gordon, Barbara Johnson, Meg Tuthill
Members Absent: Kevin Reich
Consent
1.   2014 Heritage Preservation Commission Appointments:
Approve the following appointments to the Heritage Preservation Commission:
a)    Paul Bengtson (Ward 1), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
b)    Ginny Lackovic (Ward 2), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
c)    Ian Stade (Ward 12), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
Staff Report: HPC Appointments RCA
Action Taken: Approved
2.   2014 Zoning Board of Adjustment Appointments:
Approve the following appointments to the Zoning Board of Adjustment:
a)    Ami Thompson (Ward 2), term to run 1/1/2013-12/31/2015
b)    Daniel Ogiba (Ward 7), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
c)    Sean Cahill (Ward 10), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
d)    Jacob Saufley (Ward 10), term to run 1/1/2013-12/31/2014
e)    John Finlayson (Ward 13), term to run 1/1/2014-12/31/2016
Staff Report: BOA Appointments RCA
Action Taken: Approved
3.   Roof-mounted Signage Amendments (Zoning Code Text Amendments):
Subject matter of the following ordinance amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances: Chapter 551 related to the Zoning Code: Overlay Districts.
Return Chapters 520 and 543 to the author.
Staff Reports: Signage Amendment RCA, Signage Amendment RPT, Signage Amendment ORD
Action Taken: Approved
4.   Massage Amendments (Zoning Code Text Amendments):
Subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:
a)    Chapter 520 related to the Zoning Code: Introductory Provisions
b)   Chapter 548 related to the Zoning Code: Commercial Districts
c)   Chapter 549 related to the Zoning Code: Downtown Districts
Return Chapters 525, 535, 536, 541, 550, and 551 to the author.
Staff Reports: Massage Amendment RCA, Massage Amendment RPT, Massage Amendment ORD
Action Taken: Approved
5.   Land Subdivision Regulations (Zoning Code Text Amendments):
Subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances: Chapter 598 related to Land Subdivision: Land Subdivision Regulations, for the purpose of streamlining and simplifying subdivision and platting regulations.
Staff Reports: Subdivision Amendment RCA, Subdivision Amendment RPT, Subdivision Amendment ORD
Action Taken: Approved
6.   Zoning Code Text Amendments:
Subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances for the purpose of improving customer service, implementing numerous technical changes and ensuring more effective alignment with policy objectives:
a)   Chapter 520 relating to Introductory Provisions
b)   Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps Generally
c)   Chapter 525 relating to Administration and Enforcement
d)   Chapter 527 relating to Planning Unit Development
e)   Chapter 530 relating to Site Plan Review
f)    Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability
g)   Chapter 537 relating to Accessory Uses and Structures
h)   Chapter 541 relating to Off-Street Parking and Loading
i)    Chapter 543 relating to On-Premise Signs
j)    Chapter 546 relating to Residence Districts
k)   Chapter 547 relating to Office Residence Districts
l)    Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts
m) Chapter 549 relating to Downtown Districts
n)   Chapter 550 relating to Industrial Districts
o)   Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts
Return Chapters 529, 531, 536, and 544 to the author.
Staff Reports: Text Amendment RCA, Text Amendment RPT, Text Amendment ORDS
Action Taken: Approved
7.   1215-1219 Marshall Street NE:
Petition by Acre Land Surveying, Inc., on behalf of Everwood Development LLC, to vacate a drainage easement and two utility easements within the property located at 1215-1219 Marshall Street NE (Ward 3).
Staff Reports: Marshall Vac RCA, Marshall Vac RPT, Marshall Vac RESO
Action Taken: Approved
8.   2535 Aldrich Avenue South:
Petition by Paul Halvorson to rezone from R2B Two-family District to the R3 Multiple-family district to legalize a third dwelling unit in the residential structure at 2535 Aldrich Avenue south (Ward 10).
Staff Reports: Aldrich Ave RCA, Aldrich Ave MINS
Action Taken: Denied
9.   2529 13th Avenue South and 1308 26th Street East:
Petition by The Banyan Foundation to rezone the property located at 2529 13th Avenue South and 1308 26th Street from the R2B Two-family District to the OR2/High Density Office Residence District to allow for the construction of a community center (Ward 9).
Staff Reports: 13th Ave RCA, 13th Ave RPT
Action Taken: Approved
10. 325 Ridgewood Avenue:
Petition by Ray Kasemkhani and Naya Dubanaeva to rezone the property located at 325 Ridgewood Avenue from the OR2/High Density Office Residence District to the OR1/Neighborhood Office Residence District to allow for a single-family residence (Ward 6).
Staff Reports: Ridgewood RCA, Ridgewood RPT
Action Taken: Approved
11. 1936 Fremont Avenue South:
Petition by Shree Investments LLC to rezone the property located at 1936 Fremont Avenue South from the R2B Two-family District to the R3 Multiple-family District to legalize a third dwelling unit (Ward 7).
Staff Reports: Fremont RCA, Fremont RPT
Action Taken: Denied
12. Linden Hills Small Area Plan:
Consider adoption of the Linden Hills Small Area Plan as an articulation of, and amendment to, the Comprehensive Plan, and direct staff to undertake a rezoning study to implement the adopted policies with these modifications and clarifications (Ward 13):
1)   Remove “(measured from the curb level)” from recommendations in the top two bullet points of Building Height & Length on page 46 of LHSAP.
2)   Remove references to maximum height in feet from the LHSAP.
3)   In the modulation section, suggest staff use a range of feet or describe it in words that reference existing context, but remove exact feet from the definition. Better explain the term and concept of modulation.
Staff Reports:LHSAP RCA, LHSAP RPT, LHSAP presentation, LHSAP CPED Response
Action Taken: Approved as amended with the following staff directive brought forward by Council member Goodman as follows: Encourage overall building heights and floor-to-floor heights that reflect the adjacent architectural context and encourage buildings that are shorter than the current Zoning Code maximums for 3 and 4 story buildings (42 feet and 56 feet respectively) in the Linden Hills Small Area Plan.
Public Hearing
Appeal from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (11/7/2013)
13. 3408 East Lake Street:
Appeal filed by Don Gerberding of Master Properties on behalf of Lake Ltd, of the Decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment denying a variance of the screening and landscaping requirements of a proposed accessory surface parking lot located at 3408 Lake Street East in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District (Ward 9).
Staff Reports: 3408 E Lake RCA, 3408 E Lake RPT, 3408 E Lake MINS
Action Taken: Approved with the following amendment: The two parking spaces located closest to the building on the NE corner of the parking lot be designated as drop off only.
Appeal from the Heritage Preservation Commission (11/19/2013)
14. Star Tribune Building, 425 Portland Avenue:
Appeal filed by Ryan Companies US, Inc., of the Decision of the Heritage Preservation Commission denying the Demolition of a Historic Resource application of the Star Tribune Building located at 425 Portland Avenue (Ward 7).
Staff Reports: 425 Portland RCA, 425 Portland RPT, 425 Portland MINS
Action Taken: Approved with the following amendments: 1) At the developer's expense, the developer shall ensure the six stone medallions are safely removed and stored. A plan to display the stone medallions in Minneapolis shall be submitted to HPC staff by 12/31/2014; and 2) The developer shall commission a historian who meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards in History to document the history of the Star Tribune Building.
Appeal from the City Planning Commission (10/28/2013)
15. Downtown East Phase I Development (627, 701, 713, and 719 3rd Street South, 500, 501, 521, 628, 700, 716, and 728 4th Street South, 301, 329, 416, and 425 Portland Avenue, 520 5th Street South, and 350 Park Avenue).
Appeal filed by Rick Collins, VP of Development with Ryan Companies US, Inc., of the decision of the City Planning Commission associated with the approvals for the conditional use permit and site plan review applications for the Downtown East Phase I development located at 627, 701, 713, and 719 3rd Street South, 500, 501, 521, 628, 700, 716, and 728 4th Street South, 301, 329, 416, and 425 Portland Avenue, 520 5th Street South, and 350 Park Avenue (Ward 7).
Staff Reports: Downtown East RCA, Downtown East RPT, Downtown East MINS
Action Taken: Approved with the following amendments: 1) Roof signage appeal is denied; 2) Moving the 3rd Street South signage to the East and West sides of the two Wells Fargo Buildings is approved (total of 4 signs); and 3) Setback shall be 15 feet from the back of the curb to the building along 5th Street South. Applicant will work with staff on landscaping questions and to pursue the feasibility of a boulevard down South 5th Street, consistent with Park Board standards.
 
Next Committee Meeting: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Committee actions will be referred to the next Council Meeting: December 13, 2013
Committee Coordinator email: Councilcommitteecoordinators@minneapolismn.gov
 
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