2012 Meeting Schedule

Minneapolis City Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting

April 9, 2012
4:30 p.m. - Room 317, City Hall,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Commissioners: President Motzenbecker, Cohen, Huynh, Kronzer, Luepke-Pier, Mammen, Schiff, Tucker and Wielinski – 9
Committee Clerk: Lisa Baldwin (612) 673-3710

Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Committee of the Whole Consent Agenda – March 29, 2012

1.   Land Sale – 1600 Upton Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 1600 Upton Ave N for the rehabilitation of a single-family house.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

2.   Land Sale – 2627 Fremont Ave N (Staff: Jim Voll)

Review for consistency with the comprehensive plan the sale of 2627 Fremont Ave N for the construction of a single-family house.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

3.   Location and Design Review – (Staff: Joe Bernard)

PV057  Nicollet Ave reconstruction from Lake St E to 40th St E.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

4.   520 Second Street SE Tax Increment Financing Plan, Modification No. 11 to the Holmes Urban Renewal Plan, and Modification No. 120 to the Common Development and Redevelopment Plan and Common TIF Plan (Staff: Haila Maze)

Review for Comprehensive Plan consistency a proposed TIF district to facilitate the development of a six-story, 91-unit affordable rental apartment project at 520 Second Street SE in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood.

Recommended Action: Approve the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan.

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1. Gay 90’s Storefront (BZZ-5376, Ward: 7), 400 Hennepin Ave (Aly Pennucci). This item was continued from the March 26, 2012 meeting.

Staff report

A. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Dan Kaufman, on behalf of PJH Properties LLC, for an expansion/alteration of a nonconforming use to replace the existing 160 square foot projecting sign with a 160 square foot projecting sign with LED lighting and add a 30 foot by 12 foot canopy with a 105 square foot sign and two (2) 28.3 square foot dynamic signs on the property located at 400 Hennepin Ave in the B4S2 Downtown Service District and the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development - Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the expansion of nonconforming use to replace the existing 160 square foot projecting sign with a 78 square foot projecting sign with LED lighting and deny the expansion of nonconforming use application to add a 30 foot by 12 foot canopy with a 105 square foot sign and two (2) 28.3 square foot dynamic signs and in lieu thereof approve an expansion of nonconforming use to allow a 30 foot by 12 foot canopy with signs on each plane on the property located at 400 Hennepin Ave in the B4S2 Downtown Service District and the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The total sign area on the property shall not exceed 294.6square feet.

  2. New or replacement signs shall not be attached to the roof of the building.

  3. No additional dynamic signs shall be installed. The existing dynamic projecting sign (with flashing lights) may be replaced.

  4. The canopy shall be installed above an existing or new public entryway.

  5. The façade shall be improved so that the siding materials on the main level along Hennepin Ave and 4th St N shall be painted uniformly and maintenance on the other exterior materials completed.

  6. Windows shall be installed along Hennepin Avenue and 4th St N to meet the requirements of Section 530.120 of the zoning code.

  7. The windows on the second level shall be free of clutter visible from the street.

  8. Approval of the final sign and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division. No signs shall be installed without first obtaining a sign permit.

2. 1024 E 38th St (BZZ-5481, Ward: 8), 1024 E 38th St (Kimberly Holien).

Staff report

A. Rezoning: Application by Kim Bartmann for a rezoning from the R2B Two-family District to the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to allow a restaurant use within the existing building at 1024 E 38th St, in the R2B Two-family District.

Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission and the City Council adopt the findings and approve the rezoning from the R2B, Two-family Residential District to the C1, Neighborhood Commercial District for the property located at 1024 E 38th St. 

B. Conditional Use Permit: Application by Kim Bartmann for a conditional use permit for a freestanding solar energy system for the property located at 1024 E 38th St, in the R2B Two-family District.

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 for a freestanding solar energy system for the property located at 1024 E 38th St, 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. Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans.

  3. The north elevation of the building addition shall be revised to include a material change, recess, projection or other architectural element to eliminate any blank walls in excess of 25 feet, in compliance with Section 530.120 of the zoning code.

  4. A landscaped yard a minimum of seven feet in width containing plantings a minimum of three feet in height and 60 percent opaque shall be provided for the length of the west edge of the parking lot, in accordance with Section 530.170 of the zoning code. 

  5. Screening a minimum of three feet in height and 60 percent opaque shall be provided along the west and north property lines to buffer the outdoor patio space from the adjacent residential uses. 

  6. The two westernmost parking stalls shall be removed to comply with the maximum parking requirement in Table 541-1 of the zoning code and to provide the required landscaped yard per Section 530.170 of the zoning code. 

  7. The loading space on the east side of the building shall be removed from the final site plan in compliance with the yard requirements in Section 548.140 of the zoning code. 

  8. A minimum of three bicycle parking spaces shall be provided, in accordance with Table 541-3 of the zoning code.

3. Orchestra Hall (BZZ-5501, Ward: 7), 1100 Marquette Ave (Becca Farrar).

Staff report

Site plan

A.Variance: Application by Nelson Tietz Hoye, on behalf of the Minnesota Orchestra Association and Orchestra Hall for a variance of the development standards for plazas for the property located at 1100 Marquette Ave.

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 vary the plaza standards pertaining to seating and encroachments on the property located at 1100 Marquette Ave.

B. Site Plan Review: Application by Nelson Tietz Hoye, on behalf of the Minnesota Orchestra Association and Orchestra Hall for a site plan review to allow an expanded building footprint of approximately 11,564 square feet and an increase in the overall gross floor area of the structure of approximately 29,837 square feet. The proposal would include an enlarged lobby along 11th St S, a City Room (3,600 square feet) that would extend towards Nicollet Mall, interior and exterior building renovations, modifications to the exterior plaza area and a new drop-off along 11th St S. The property is zoned B4S-2 (Downtown Service) District and is located in the DP (Downtown Parking) and NM (Nicollet Mall) Overlay Districts.

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 site plan review to allow an approximately 29,837 square foot addition located on the property at 1100 Marquette Ave subject to the following conditions:

  1. Planning Staff review and approval of the final site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans.

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by April 9, 2013, unless extended by teh Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. All required ground level windows must be transparent (non-reflective) as required by Section 530.120 of the Zoning Code.

  4. The plaz shall be maintained in good order by the property ownder for the life of the plaza/buliding.  Propert maintenance shall include, but not be limited to, snow and ice removal, annual maintenance of vegetation and greenspace and annual inspection and repair and/or replacement of furnishings.

4. Touchstone Supportive Housing and Wellness Center (BZZ-5497 and MS-218, Ward: 2), 2304-2312 Snelling Ave (Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

Site plan

A. Conditional Use Permit: Application by David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a conditional use permit to allow 40 assisted living units for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 40 units of assisted living for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave, 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 David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a variance of the development standard for assisted living facilities requiring on-site services shall be for residents of the facility only to allow services to be provided to nonresidents in the clinic located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 of the development standard for assisted living facilities requiring on-site services shall be for residents of the facility only to allow services to be provided to nonresidents in the clinic located at the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

C. Variance: Application by David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standard requiring the first floor of a building to be located within 8 feet of an adjacent street to allow part of the first floor to be located 60 to 99 feet from 24th St for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standard requiring the first floor of a building to be located within 8 feet of an adjacent street to allow part of the first floor to be located 60 to 99 feet from 24th St located at the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave, subject to the following condition:

  1. The first floor setbacks shall be as shown on the plans.

D.Variance: Application by David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the west lot line from 11 feet to 0 feet to allow building walls with residential windows for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the west lot line from 11 feet to 0 feet to allow building walls with residential windows located at the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

E. Site Plan Review: Application by David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a site plan review for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 a new mixed use building located at the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final elevations, floor, site, lighting and landscape plans.

  2. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by April 9, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. Rock mulch shall not be used.

F. Minor Subdivision: Application by David Miller with UrbanWorks Architecture, on behalf of Project for Pride in Living, for a minor subdivision for the property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave.

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 property located at 2304-2312 Snelling Ave, subject to the following condition:

  1. That portion of the existing building in proposed Parcel A shall be demolished before the resolution of the City Planning Commission action approving the subdivision is recorded with Hennepin County.

5. Karmel Plaza (BZZ-5482, Ward: 6), 2910 Pillsbury Ave (Janelle Widmeier).

Staff report

Site plan

A. Nonconforming Use Expansion: Application by Basim Sabri, on behalf of Karmel Properties, LLC, for an expansion of a nonconforming use for a shopping center for the property located at 2910 Pillsbury Ave S.

Recommended Motion: The Community Planning and Economic Development Planning Division recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt the findings and approve the application for an expansion of a legal nonconforming use for additions to the shopping center located at 2910 Pillsbury Ave S, subject to the following condition:

  1. No new tenant spaces shall be created. The additions shall be directly connected to existing tenant spaces with openings to allow access between the new and existing spaces.

B. Site Plan Review: Application by Basim Sabri, on behalf of Karmel Properties, LLC, for a site plan review amendment for the property located at 2910 Pillsbury 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 application for a site plan review amendment to allow first floor additions to the shopping center and a third story addition for self-service storage for the property located at 2910 Pillsbury Avenue South, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Unless otherwise authorized or required by the City Planning Commission, the conditions of approval for BZZ-1361 and BZZ-4801 shall remain in effect.

  2. A principal common entrance shall be provided adjacent to Pillsbury Avenue that will allow direct access to the Pillsbury Avenue public sidewalk via a walkway at least four feet in width as required by sections 530.110 and 530.130 of the zoning code.

  3. The third floor shall be set back one structural bay, or approximately 20 feet, so that the shadow on the Midtown Greenway is no more than the current two-story building.

  4. Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final building elevation, floor, site and landscape plans.

  5. Site improvements required by Chapter 530 or by the City Planning Commission shall be completed by April 9, 2013, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

6. Izzy’s Ice Cream (BZZ-5498, Ward: 7), 1100 2nd St S (Hilary Dvorak).

Staff report

Site plan

A. Site Plan Review: Application by Jeff Sommers, River Road Holdings, LLC, for a site plan review for a new 5,125 square foot building located at 1100 2nd St 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 for a new 5,125 square foot building located at 1100 2nd St S subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the final site, landscaping, elevation and lighting plans by the Community Planning and Economic Development Department – Planning Division.

  2. All site improvements shall be completed by April 9, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

  3. A non-permanent bicycle rack shall be provided in the driveway area when the movable tables and chairs are made available. The bicycle rack should accommodate a minimum of 10 bicycles.

B. Plat: Application by Jeff Sommers, River Road Holdings, LLC, for a preliminary and final plat for property located at 1100 2nd St 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 preliminary and final plat application for the property located 1100 2nd St S.

Commission Business

Adjournment

Next Regular Planning Commission Meeting: April 23, 2012
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