MINNEAPOLIS CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING ACTIONS: SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

4:30 p.m. | City Hall, Room 317 | 350 South 5th Street | Minneapolis, MN 55415

Committee Clerk

Lisa Kusz - 612.673.3710

Commissioners present

Matthew Brown, President  |  John Slack, Vice President  |  Alissa Luepke Pier, Secretary

Lisa Bender  |  Rebecca Gagnon  |  Nick Magrino  |  Sam Rockwell  |  Scott Vreeland

Commissioners absent

Ryan Kronzer  |  Amy Sweasy 

CALL TO ORDER

APPROVAL OF ACTIONS FROM THE AUGUST 28, 2017 MEETING

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the August 28, 2017 meeting.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS – AUGUST 30, 2017

1.       Land Sales – 314 36th Ave N and 1610 Oak Park Ave N

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

Action: Approved the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

2.       Land Sale – 4238 Fremont Ave N

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

Action: Approved the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

3.       Land Sale – 3431 Colfax Ave N

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

Action: Approved the staff report – the item is consistent with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

PUBLIC HEARING

1.       Vac1664, Ward 10

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, Vac1664

A.      Vacation.

Action: Continued the vacation of the north 120 feet of the alley in Block 7, Excelsior Addition, bounded by the Midtown Greenway on the north, W Lake St, on the south, Garfield Ave S on the west and Harriet Ave on the east to the October 2, 2017 meeting.

2.       Vac1686, Ward 11

This item was continued from the July 31, 2017 meeting.

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, Vac1686

A.      Right-of-way vacation.

Action: Continued the vacation of the south 60 feet of the north 120 feet of the alley in Block 4, Chicago Avenue Highlands Addition to Minneapolis to the October 16, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

3.       1500 Nicollet, 11 W 15th St and 1500, 1510, 1518, 1538, and 1544 Nicollet Ave, Ward 7

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN4207

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Minneapolis Leased Housing Associates IX, LLLP.

B.      Final plat.

Action: Approved the preliminary plat.

Approved on consent 7-0

4.       Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Ave S, Ward 9

This item was continued from the July 31, August 14, and August 28, 2017 meetings.

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN4573

A.      Rezoning.

Action: Withdrawn

B.      Conditional Use Permit.

Action: Withdrawn

C.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback.

Action: Withdrawn

D.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback.

Action: Withdrawn

E.       Site Plan Review.

Action: Withdrawn

5.       38th Street Station (Phase 1), 3752 Hiawatha Ave, 2922 & 2924 38th St E, and 3731-3805 29th Ave S, Ward 12

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN4622

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Tony Kriha of The Lander Group.

A.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the petition to rezone the properties at 3752 Hiawatha Ave, 2922-2924 38th St E, and 3731-3805 29th Ave S for a planned unit development.

1.       The western portion of 3752 Hiawatha Ave, 2922 38th St E, the southern portion of 2924 38th St E, 3749-3757 29th Ave S, and 3805 29th Ave S from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District, retaining the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

2.       3731 29th Ave S from the R5 Multiple-Family District to the C3A Community Activity Center District, retaining the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

3.       3733-3745 29th Ave S from the R4 Multiple-Family District to the C3A Community Activity Center District, retaining the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

B.      Conditional Use Permit for a Planned Unit Development.

Action: Approve the application to allow a planned unit development in the C3A Community Activity Center District, 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 two years of approval.

2.       The art feature shall be maintained in good order for the life of the principal structure. In addition, the art shall be valued at not less than one-fourth of one (1) percent of the capital cost of the principal structure

3.       The applicant shall submit a plaza plan that meets the requirements of section 535.800 and 535.810 of the zoning code.

4.       All final plans shall remove any visual references to fencing between the property line adjacent to 38th St E and the building.

5.       All site plans shall be revised to indicate the location of the water feature.

6.       A minimum of 126 linear feet of seating shall be provided within the plaza, including a minimum of 25 linear feet of fixed seats, a minimum of 25 linear feet of seats with backs, which may be fixed or movable, and a minimum of 32 linear feet of moveable chairs. At least two (2) different types of seating shall be provided and all seating shall be accessible and of appropriate ergonomic design.

7.       The applicant shall obtain encroachment permits for all encroachments within the public right-of-way.

8.       A minimum of three (3) trash receptacles and three (3) recycling receptacles shall be provided within the plaza.

9.       The plaza shall be maintained in good order by the property owner for the life of the plaza. Proper maintenance shall include, but not be limited to, snow and ice removal, annual maintenance of vegetation and green space and annual inspection and repair and/or replacement of furnishings. Minimum landscaping and seating requirements shall be maintained for the life of the plaza.

10.   The plaza shall be open to the public during daylight hours.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

C.      Variance to reduce the minimum windows requirement.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Planning Commission approved the variance to reduce the minimum windows requirement from 40 percent to 9 percent in the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District, based on the following findings:

1.       The interior seating and dining tables for the proposed ground floor tenant would be incompatible with windows that are two (2) feet above the adjacent grade.

2.       The variance is reasonable, provided that the bottom of all windows will not be not more than 30 inches above the adjacent grade.

3.       The proposed variance will not alter the essential character of the locality or be injurious to the use or enjoyment of other property in the vicinity.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

D.      Variance to reduce the minimum floor area ratio requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum floor area ratio requirement from 1.0 to 0.8 in the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

E.       Site Plan Review.

Action: Approve the application for a three-story commercial building, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by October 20, 2019, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       The applicant shall submit final lighting plan which demonstrates compliance with section 535.590 prior to the issuance of building permits.

4.       Lighting shall be provided at all building entrances to provide a minimum acceptable level of security.

5.       All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.

6.       At least one principal entrance to the ground floor retail space shall be defined by an architectural feature.

7.       The final elevations shall be updated to specify all exterior materials, including those underlying the art feature.

8.       The east elevation shall be revised to eliminate any blank, uninterrupted walls exceeding 25 feet in length.

9.       All ground floor windows facing a public street shall allow views into and out of the building between four (4) and seven (7) feet above the adjacent grade. Required nonresidential windows shall not be blocked by fixtures in the required window area, and the visible light transmittance of the windows shall be 0.6 or greater as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.

10.   Each individual ground-level tenant shall be required to provide a minimum of 40 percent windows between 30 inches and ten (10) feet above the adjacent grade for all elevations facing a public street.

11.   The final site and floor plans shall indicate the location of refuse, recycling, and compost containers, and all containers shall comply with the screening requirements of section 535.80.

12.   The final plans shall be revised to include at least one (1) long-term bicycle parking space as well as at least four (4) bicycle parking spaces within 50 feet of the entrance to the ground floor retail use.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

F.       Preliminary/Final Plat.

Action: Approved the application for a preliminary and final plat to combine several underlying plats into one, and to create a new public street named 30th Ave S.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

6.       3100 Lake Street Apartments, 3100 W Lake St, Ward 7

This item was continued from the August 14, 2017 meeting.

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN4673

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Jeff Dawson with 3100 MSP, LLC.

A.      Conditional use permit for a Planned Unit Development.

Action: Approved the application to allow a modification to an existing Planned Unit Development, 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 two years of approval.

2.       As required by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall comply with the standards for underground parking, a reflective roof, a pet exercise area and a recycling storage area totaling a minimum of 15 points.

3.       There shall be at least two bollard-style lights in or immediately adjacent to the pet exercise area.

4.       There shall be at least one trash receptacle be installed near the pet exercise area.

5.       There shall be a continuous accessible walkway that leads from the public sidewalk along West Lake Street to the existing residential building on the site.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, and Slack

Nay: Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

B.      Site plan review for a new 200-unit residential building.

Action: Approved the application for a new 200-unit residential building, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by September 18, 2019, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

2.       CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       No more than 75 percent of the north elevation shall be clad in stucco.

4.       There shall be a continuous accessible walkway that leads from the public sidewalk along West Lake Street to the existing residential building on the site.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, and Slack

Nay: Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

7.       Target Field Station Mixed Use Project, 505 6th Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN4938

A.      Variance of the dynamic changeable copy sign regulations.

Action: Continued the application of the dynamic changeable copy sign regulations to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

B.      Variance of projecting sign height.

Action: Continued the application of projecting sign height to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

C.      Variance of projecting sign size.

Action: Continued the application of projecting sign size to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

D.      Variance of wall sign height.

Action: Continued the application of wall sign height, subject to the following conditions:

E.       Variance to allow signs on a non-primary building wall.

Action: Continued the application to allow signs on a non-primary building wall to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

F.       Variance of maximum sign allowance.

Action: Continued the application of maximum sign allowance to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

G.     Variance to reduce off-street loading.

Action: Continued the application to reduce off-street loading to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

H.      Site Plan Review.

Action: Continued the application for site plan review to the October 2, 2017, City Planning Commission meeting.

8.       Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

Staff report by Alyssa Brandt

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings.

A.      Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 535 Communication towers, antennas, and base units

 

The purpose of the amendment is to revise regulations for telecommunications facilities to bring the zoning code into conformance with recent changes in State legislation and to provide general updates in line with changing technology.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the text amendment to revise regulations related to telecommunications towers, antennas, and base units.

 

Chapter 535 related to the Zoning Code: Regulations of General Applicability

Approved on consent 7-0

9.       Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

Staff report by Steve Poor

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings.

A.      Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 525  Administration And Enforcement

Chapter 544  Off-Premise Signs And Billboards

 

The purpose of the amendment is to revise the off-premise advertising requirements, related to the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the text amendment to enlarge the Downtown Entertainment Billboard District and remove the restrictions of City financing of billboards, striking proposed changes to section 544.90.

 

The City Planning Commission further recommended that the City Council return amendments to Chapter 525 to the author.

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

10.   Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

Staff report by Peter Crandall

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings.

A.      Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 530 Site Plan Review

 

The purpose of this amendment is to amend the site plan review standards and regulations for exterior building materials on multi-family, mixed-use, commercial and industrial development projects.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the text amendment to amend the site plan review standards and regulations for exterior building materials on multi-family, commercial, and industrial development projects.

 

Chapter 530 Site Plan Review

Aye: Bender, Luepke-Pier, Magrino, Rockwell, Slack, and Vreeland

Absent: Gagnon, Kronzer, and Sweasy

COMMISSION BUSINESS

COMMISSION UPDATES

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is September 19, 2017.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING: OCTOBER 2, 2017

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