MINNEAPOLIS CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING ACTIONS: NOVEMBER 13, 2018

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

Committee Clerk

Lisa Kusz - 612.673.3710

Commissioners present

Alissa Luepke-Pier, Vice President  |  Sam Rockwell, Secretary

Ryan Kronzer  |  Nick Magrino  |  Jeremy Schroeder  |  Amy Sweasy

Commissioners absent

Matthew Brown, President  |  Jean Coleman  |  Jono Cowgill  |  Kim Ellison

CALL TO ORDER

APPROVAL OF ACTIONS FROM THE NOVEMBER 5, 2018 MEETING

The Planning Commission approved the actions from the November 5, 2018 meeting.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS – NOVEMBER 1, 2018

1.       Land Acquisition – 19 E 26th St

Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

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

2.       Land Sales – 2709 Humboldt Ave N, 2206 James Ave N, 3519 Oliver Ave N, and 3633 Oliver 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.       415 and 501 Royalston Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Shanna Sether, PLAN7693

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Loucks Associates.

A.      Registered Land Survey.

Action: Approved the application for a preliminary and final registered land survey, subject to the following condition:

1.       This action of the Planning Commission shall be recorded with Hennepin County at or prior to such time as the signed RLS is presented for recording with Hennepin County.

Approved on consent 6-0

2.       Sharing and Caring Hands, 401 N 7th St, Ward 5

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN7584

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Sharing and Caring Hands, Inc.

A.      Preliminary and final plat.

Action: Approved the application for a preliminary and final plat.

Approved on consent 5-0 (Kronzer recused)

3.       Abdulle Cluster Development, 415 and 417 Taylor St NE, Ward 3

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN6856

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Ben Akhigbe.

A.      Final plat.

Action: Approved the application for a final plat, subject to the following conditions:

1.       This action of the Planning Commission shall be recorded with Hennepin County at or prior to such time as the signed plat is presented for recording with Hennepin County

2.       As required by section 598.260 of the subdivision ordinance, a deed restriction designating the following shall be recorded with the final plat:

a.       The relationship between all common spaces and each individual lot (rights in the common spaces and proportionate ownership accruing to the individual lot).

b.       Provision for access to each lot that does not have frontage on a public street.

c.       A requirement that an owners' association be created. The duties and responsibilities of the owners' association shall include maintaining the elements of the planned unit development or cluster development as authorized under the zoning ordinance or other applicable regulations.

d.       A provision that the taxes, special assessments, and other charges and fees that would normally be levied against the common spaces shall be levied against the individual lot occupied or to be occupied by buildings in direct proportion to the interest that is stated in the deed restriction and shall provide that such levies shall be a lien against the individual lots.

e.       A requirement that any disposition of any of the common property situated within the planned unit development or cluster development shall not be made without the prior approval of the planning commission.

Approved on consent 6-0

4.       Freedom Works, 2912 Fremont Ave N and 2929 Emerson Ave N, Ward 6

This item was continued from the October 1, 2018 meeting.

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN7382

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Freedom Works, Inc.

B.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow a 108-bed supportive housing use to locate in the existing building located at 2912 Fremont Ave N and a 72-bed supportive housing use to locate in the existing building located at 2929 Emerson Ave N, 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.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

3.       There shall be at least three species of shrubs planted in addition to the grasses along Emerson Ave N, as required by section 530.170 of the zoning ordinance.

4.       There shall be at least 15 trees planted between the property line and the parking lot along Emerson Ave N, as required by section 530.170 of the zoning ordinance.

5.       The plant materials, and the installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

6.       The landscaped yard between the property line and the parking lot along Emerson Ave N shall be covered in turf grass, as required by section 530.180 of the zoning ordinance.

Approved on consent 6-0

5.       River of Life Church Rezoning, 2200 and 2201 Fremont Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7724

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Maureen Warren.

A.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the application to rezone the properties at 2200 and 2201 Fremont Ave N from the R2B Two-Family District to the OR2 High Density Office Residence District.

Approved on consent 6-0

6.       Turning Point Assisted Living, 1500 Golden Valley Rd, Ward 5

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7725

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Denetrick Powers.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow an assisted living facility, 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 parking lot on site shall be landscaped and screened with a masonry wall, fence, berm or hedge or combination thereof that forms a screen three-feet in height and not less than sixty percent opaque to comply with section 530.170 of the zoning code.

3.       The applicant shall plant at least one tree for each twenty-five linear feet or fraction thereof of parking lot frontage to comply with section 530.170 of the zoning code.

4.       All mechanical equipment shall be screened to comply with section 535.70 of the zoning code.

5.       All refuse and recycling containers located on site shall be screened to comply with section 535.80 of the zoning code.

Approved on consent 6-0

7.       1305-07 2nd Ave N, Ward 5

Staff report by Shanna Sether, PLAN7623

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Ryan Burnet.

A.      Nonconforming use change.

Action: Approved the change of a nonconforming use from an industrial art studio to an office, subject to the following conditions:

1.       Parking spaces shall not be located in the required front yard along Girard Ave N.

2.       The parking lot shall be screened as required by section 530.170(b)(2) of the zoning code.

 Approved on consent 6-0

8.       Catholic Charities SWLRT Modifications, 165, 173, and 177 Glenwood Ave, Ward 5

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN7585 and Vac-1701

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Catholic Charities.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to expand a surface parking lot located in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay 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.       There shall be no more than 57 spaces in the surface parking lot.

Approved on consent 6-0 (Kronzer recused)

B.      Variance.

Action: Approved the variance to increase the number of parking spaces in the surface parking lot located in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District from 53 spaces to 57 spaces.

Approved on consent 6-0 (Kronzer recused)

C.      Preliminary and final plat.

Action: Approved the preliminary and final plat application.

Approved on consent 6-0 (Kronzer recused)

D.      Vacation.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the vacation of the easterly 18.00 feet of Tract A subject to the retention of easements in favor of the City of Minneapolis.

Approved on consent 6-0 (Kronzer recused)

9.       McDonald’s Dynamic Sign, 4121 Hiawatha Ave, Ward 12

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7738

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Kevin Shay.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow a dynamic, 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 sign face of the dynamic sign shall be screened from the Hiawatha Ave right-of-way by eight arborvitae trees.

3.       Approval of the final site and sign plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Variance to the dynamic sign standards.

Action: Approved the application for a variance to decrease the minimum static message duration from 60 seconds to 7.5 seconds, subject to the following conditions:

1.       The sign face of the dynamic sign shall be screened from the Hiawatha Ave right-of-way by eight arborvitae trees.

2.       Approval of the final site and sign plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Approved on consent 6-0

C.      Variance to the dynamic sign standards.

Action: Approved the application for a variance of the dynamic sign standards to allow a dynamic sign closer than one hundred feet from the nearest residence district property line, subject to the following conditions:

1.       The sign face of the dynamic sign shall be screened from the Hiawatha Ave right-of-way by eight arborvitae trees.

2.       Approval of the final site and sign plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Approved on consent 6-0

D.      Variance to increase the number of freestanding signs.

Action: Approved the application for a variance to increase the maximum number of freestanding signs on the site from three to four, subject to the following conditions:

1.       The sign face of the menu boards and the presell board shall be screened from the Hiawatha Ave right-of-way by eight arborvitae trees.

2.       Approval of the final site and sign plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

Approved on consent 6-0

10.   4435 Lyndale Ave N, Ward 4

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7622

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Withdrawn.

B.      Variance to the dynamic sign standards.

Action: Withdrawn.

C.      Variance to allow more than one freestanding sign.

Action: Withdrawn.

11.   2733 Park Ave, Ward 6

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN7722

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Daniel Oberpriller.

A.      Variance.

Action: Approved the variance to decrease the minimum front yard setback along Columbus Ave S from 51 feet to 16 feet and to allow patios that exceed 50 square feet in area.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new 2 story 10-unit townhome development, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by January 18, 2020, 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 screen all on-site mechanical equipment to meet the standards of chapter 535 of the zoning code.

4.       The applicant shall explore opportunities for onsite infiltration of stormwater from the surface parking lot, including but not limited to discontinuous curbing and rain gardens.

Approved on consent 6-0

C.      Minor subdivision.

Action: Approved the application for a minor subdivision.

Approved on consent 6-0

12.   2637 and 2645 1st Ave S, Ward 10

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN7701

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by North Bay Companies.

A.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the petition to rezone the property at 2637 1st Ave S from R2B to R5.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the petition to rezone the property at 2645 1st Ave S from OR1 to R5.

Approved on consent 6-0

C.      Conditional Use Permit to increase the maximum building height.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to increase the maximum building height in the R5 district from 4 stories, 56 feet to 5 stories, 56 feet, 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.

Approved on consent 6-0

D.      Variance to decrease the front yard setback.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 1st Ave S from 15 feet to 10 feet.

Approved on consent 6-0

E.       Variance to decrease the corner side yard setback.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum corner side yard setback along 1st Ave S from 15 feet to 10 feet.

Approved on consent 6-0

F.       Variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement from 26 to 23 spaces, subject to the following condition:

1.       The applicant shall provide at least 3 visitor bicycle parking spaces either on site or in the public right of way.

Approved on consent 6-0

G.      Site Plan Review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new 5 story 51-unit residential building, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by January 18th, 2020, 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 provide a photometric lighting plan that meets the standards of chapter 535 of the ordinance.

4.       The applicant shall screen all on site mechanical equipment to meet the standards of chapter 535 of the ordinance.

5.       The applicant shall install architectural awnings over the principal entrances for the walk-up residential units.

Approved on consent 6-0

13.   809 E Lake St, Ward 9

Staff report by Aaron Hanauer, PLAN7668

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by North Bay Companies.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow a five story/68-foot tall building, 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.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review to allow for the proposed five-story, 48-unit mixed-use building with 4,010 square feet of ground floor commercial, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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 provide documentation of a cross access easement agreement with neighboring property owner(s) prior to building permit issuance.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

14.   Marcy Open School Addition, 307-323 4th St SE and 414 3rd Ave SE, Ward 3

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7289

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Withdrawn.

B.      Variance.

Action: Withdrawn.

C.      Site plan review.

Action: Withdrawn.

15.   9th Street Flats, 334 9th St SE, Ward 3

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN7606

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Michael Margulies of Valerian LLC.

A.      Variance to reduce the minimum front yard requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum front yard requirement adjacent to 9th St SE from 30 feet to between 16.5 and 27.5 feet.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard requirement along the west property line from 11 feet to 5 feet.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new, multiple-family dwelling with 15 dwelling units, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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.       All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.

4.       A lighting plan showing footcandles to the nearest property line shall be submitted prior to the issuance of final permits.

5.       The maximum width of the driveway shall be 16 feet.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

16.   815-821 6th Ave SE, Ward 3

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN7676

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Scott Nelson.

A.      Conditional Use Permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of a building from 4 stories/56 feet to 5 stories/56 feet, 1 inch, 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 two years of approval.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio.

Action: Denied the variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 2.0 to 2.1.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 25 to 23 spaces.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

D.      Variance to reduce the minimum front yard requirement.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum front yard requirement adjacent to 6th Ave SE from 15 ft. to 7 ft. to allow ground floor patios exceeding 50 square feet.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

E.       Site Plan Review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new, multiple-family building with 51 dwelling units, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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 project shall provide lighting on site, at all building entrances, and along walkways that maintains a minimum acceptable level of security while not creating glare or excessive lighting of the site.

4.       The surface parking frontage adjacent to the west and south property lines shall contain a four-foot tall screen, as proposed.

5.       The final plans be revised to include a bike rail along the stairway connecting the bike room to the alley.

6.       The applicant shall design curbing around the surface parking area so that there is additional opportunity for on-site filtration toward the central lawn area.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

17.   934 and 938 15th Ave SE, Ward 2

Staff report by Lindsey Wallace, PLAN7745

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Scott Nelson.

A.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the application for a rezoning from the R2B Two-Family District to the R4 Multiple-Family District.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Conditional use permit to allow a cluster development.

Action: Approved the application for a conditional use permit to allow a cluster development, 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 two years of approval.

Approved on consent 6-0

C.      Conditional use permit to increase the maximum allowed height.

Action: Approved the application for a conditional use permit to increase the maximum allowed height from 2.5 stories and 35 feet to 3 stories and 31.5 feet, 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 two years of approval.

Approved on consent 6-0

D.      Variance to decrease the minimum parking requirement.

Action: Approved the application for a variance to decrease the minimum parking requirement from 24 spaces to 17 spaces.

Approved on consent 6-0

E.       Site Plan Review.

Action: Approved the application for a new cluster development with 12 dwelling units, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by January 25, 2021, 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 plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

4.       The final plans shall be revised to demonstrate how all building entrances and walkways will be lit to maintain a minimum acceptable level of security while not creating glare or excessive lighting of the site to comply with sections 530.130 and 530.260 of the zoning code.

5.       The parking area shall be screened from residence districts to the north, south, and east with screening that is at least ninety-five percent opaque to comply with section 530.160 of the zoning code.

6.       The landscaped yards to the north, south, and east of the parking area shall be at least five feet in width and shall contain trees and shrubs to comply with section 530.160 of the zoning code.

7.       Each proposed surface parking lot shall be located within 50 feet of the center of an on-site deciduous tree.

8.       The applicant shall explore on-site water retention within the proposed landscaped buffers.

9.       The air conditioning units shall be screened from adjacent residential uses to comply with section 535.70 of the zoning code.

Approved on consent 6-0

18.   1101 Hennepin Ave E, Ward 1

Staff report by Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN7675

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Scott Nelson.

A.      Rezoning.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the petition to add the IL Industrial Living Overlay District to the existing I1 Light Industrial District and DP Downtown Parking Overlay District.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Conditional Use Permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to increase the maximum height of a building above 4 stories/56 feet, whichever is less, to 5 stories/64 feet, 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 two years of approval.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Conditional Use Permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow dwelling units in the IL Industrial Living Overlay District, 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 two years of approval.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

D.      Variance.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement for the residential uses from 28 to 25 spaces, subject to the following condition:

1.       No fewer than four (4) short-term bicycle parking and four (4) vehicle parking spaces shall be provided for the non-residential use.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

E.       Variance.

Action: Approved the variance to increase the percentage of required parking spaces that may be satisfied with compact parking spaces from 25 percent (6 spaces) to 56 percent (14 spaces).

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

F.       Site Plan Review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new, mixed-use building with 56 dwelling units and 4,000 square feet of non-residential space, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by December 7, 2020, 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. The applicant shall submit a lighting plan that demonstrates compliance with the requirements of section 535.590. The project shall provide lighting at all building entrances, and along walkways that maintains a minimum acceptable level of security while not creating glare or excessive lighting of the site

3.       All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.

4.       The applicant shall provide proof of an access easement agreement with the property owner to the east.

5.       The final plans be revised to show compliance with the fence height maximum of six feet per the requirements listed in section 535.420 of the zoning code.

6.       No fewer than four (4) shrubs shall be provided in the required landscaped area along the south parking lot frontage to comply with the minimum landscaping requirements of the section 530.160 of the zoning code.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

19.   501 7th St S, Ward 7

Staff report by Janelle Widmeier, PLAN7593

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by A. Hamilton, LLC.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow an accessory surface parking lot with 20 spaces in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District, 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 two years of approval.

2.       The parking lot shall not contain more than 20 spaces.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new mixed-use building with 150 dwelling units and approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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.       Required nonresidential windows shall have clear or lightly tinted glass with a visible light transmittance ratio of six-tenths (0.6) or higher as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.  Further, shelving, mechanical equipment, and other similar fixtures shall allow views into and out of the building between four and seven feet above the adjacent grade. 

4.       The applicant shall explore opportunities for on-site retention and filtration of stormwater on the south side of the parking lot as required by section 530.230 of the zoning code.

5.       At least 3 visitor parking spaces shall be provided as required by section 541.170 of the zoning code.

6.       At least 3 bicycle parking spaces, including not less than 2 short-term bicycle parking spaces, shall be provided for the restaurant as required by section 541.180 of the zoning code.  Providing additional short-term bicycle parking is encouraged.

7.       Mechanical equipment shall be screened as required by section 535.70 of the zoning code.

Approved on consent 6-0

20.   8th Street Apartments, 813 Portland Ave, Ward 7

Staff report by Peter Crandall, PLAN7615

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by Jaci Obst Bell.

A.      Conditional use permit to allow for surface parking.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow a surface parking lot with 18 spaces in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District., 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 two years of approval.

Approved on consent 6-0

B.      Conditional use permit to allow an increase in height.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow an increase in height from 10 stories, 140 feet to 18 stories, 179 feet in the B4N District, 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 two years of approval.

Approved on consent 6-0

C.      Change of nonconforming use.

Action: Approved the change of a nonconforming use application to allow the relocation of an existing drive up ATM.

Approved on consent 6-0

D.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a mixed-use development with 350 residential units, and 5,500 square feet of ground floor retail, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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 plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

4.       All on site mechanical equipment shall be screened to meet the minimum requirements of chapter 535 of the zoning code.

5.       The applicant shall provide a photometric lighting plan that demonstrates compliance with chapter 535 and 530 of the zoning code.

6.       The applicant shall implement signage designating the required loading area.

Approved on consent 6-0

21.   240 Hennepin Ave Tower and Plat, 240, 248, and 258 Hennepin Ave, 18 3rd St N, and 17 Washington Ave, Ward 3

Staff report by Janelle Widmeier, PLAN7708

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by 240 Hennepin Property Owner, LLC for the properties located at 240 and 258 Hennepin Ave.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to allow an accessory surface parking lot with 10 spaces in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay 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.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Variance.

Action: Approved the variance to reduce the minimum loading requirement from 3 small spaces to one small space.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Site Plan Review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new mixed-use building with 355 dwelling units and approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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, floor, elevation, landscaping, and lighting plans before building permits may be issued.

3.       The first, second, and third floor walls adjacent to the enclosed parking and ramps facing the interior lot lines shall contain sufficient architectural elements to prevent blank walls exceeding 25 feet in width as required by section 530.120 of the zoning code.  Recesses and projections used to meet this requirement shall not be less than 4 inches.

4.       The plant materials, and installation and maintenance of the plant materials, shall comply with sections 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

5.       On the interior facing side of the building, the applicant shall explore ways to prevent crime in these areas.

6.       At least 8 visitor parking spaces shall be provided as required by section 541.170 of the zoning code.

7.       Mechanical equipment shall be screened as required by section 535.70 of the zoning code.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by North Loop Land Co, LLC for the properties located at 240, 248, and 258 Hennepin Ave, 18 3rd St N, and 17 Washington Ave N.

      D. Preliminary and Final Plat.

Action: Approved the application for a plat to create 3 parcels.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

22.   Gateway Mixed-Use Development, 30 S 3rd St, Ward 3

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN7658

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by United Properties.

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit for a Planned Unit Development for a mixed-use development including office space, commercial space, a hotel, dwelling units and structured parking, 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 plaza, decorative or pervious surface for on-site parking and loading areas, drives, driveways, and walkways, enhanced exterior lighting, enhanced landscaping, heated drives or sidewalks, recycling storage area and dedication of public easement and construction of below grade infrastructure to support future streetcar construction totaling a minimum of 15 points.

3.       No wall sign shall be located higher than 50 feet above grade.

4.       For the plaza amenity, a decorative art-inspired drinking fountain and moveable seating exceeding 25 percent of the minimum seating requirement shall be provided.

5.       In the pre-streetcar plaza design, eight trash receptacles shall be provided. In the post-streetcar plaza design, four trash receptacles shall be provided.

6.       The building shall be designed without the vertical vehicle ramp (at Washington and Hennepin) down to the below grade parking at the north end of the porte cochere and be replaced with a sidewalk and accessible plaza space.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Nay: Rockwell

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Variance.

Action: Approved the variance of the NM Nicollet Mall Overlay District standards, subject to the following condition:

1.       At least 38 percent of the ground floor located within the NM Nicollet Mall Overlay District shall be dedicated for retail uses.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a mixed-use development including office space, commercial space, a hotel, dwelling units and structured parking, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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.       There shall be a principal entrance with an architectural canopy or awning to the branch bank retail space from the outside of the building within approximately 60 feet of the property line at Hennepin and Washington Avenues.  This entrance shall be outside of the streetcar easement.

4.       The final lighting plan shall conform to the standards of Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability.

5.       For the plaza amenity, a decorative art-inspired drinking fountain and moveable seating exceeding 25 percent of the minimum seating requirement shall be provided.

6.       In the pre-streetcar plaza design, eight trash receptacles shall be provided. In the post-streetcar plaza design, four trash receptacles shall be provided.

7.       Unless a variance is granted from the skyway standards, skyways shall comply with the standards of Chapter 535, Article VIII.

8.       The building shall be designed with no blank, uninterrupted walls exceeding 25 feet in length.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

D.      Preliminary and final plat.

Action: Approved the application for a registered land survey.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

23.   240 Park Ave, Ward 3

Staff report by Hilary Dvorak, PLAN7692

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings for the applications by…

A.      Conditional use permit.

Action: Approved the conditional use permit to increase the height of the building in the B4N Downtown Neighborhood District from 10 stories or 140 feet to 18 stories or 188 feet, 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 two years of approval.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

B.      Variance.

Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the City Planning Commission approved the variance to reduce the west interior side yard setback from 10 feet to 7 feet, subject to the following condition:

1.       The applicant shall notch the southwest corner of the building approximately eight feet to the east and 18 feet to the north.

and based on the following findings:

1.       The property owner proposes to use the property in a reasonable manner.

2.       This project will be keeping with the spirit and intent of the ordinance. By providing a notch out, it will help with sunlight and views.

3.       The proposed variance will not alter the essential character or be injurious to the use or enjoyment of other property in the vicinity. By providing a notch out, the adjacent building is gaining more of a view and more sunlight than it otherwise would.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

C.      Site plan review.

Action: Approved the site plan review for a new 205-unit, multiple-family residential building with ground floor commercial space, subject to the following conditions:

1.       All site improvements shall be completed by November 13, 2020, 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 final lighting plan shall conform to the standards of Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

D.      Preliminary and final plat.

Action: Approved the application for a preliminary and final plat.

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

24.   Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

Staff report by Shanna Sether

The City Planning Commission adopted staff findings to amend Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, as follows, and further recommended that Chapter 521, Chapter 525, Chapter 527, Chapter 530, Chapter 536, Chapter 537, Chapter 541, Chapter 546, Chapter 547, Chapter 548, Chapter 549, Chapter 550 and Chapter 551 be returned to the author:

A.      Text amendment.

Action: The City Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the text amendment to add regulations related to inclusionary housing.

Chapter 520 Introductory Provisions

Chapter 535 Regulations of General Applicability

Aye: Kronzer, Magrino, Rockwell, Schroeder, and Sweasy

Nay: Magrino

Absent: Brown, Coleman, Cowgill, and Ellison

COMMISSION BUSINESS

COMMISSION UPDATES

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is November 15, 2018.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

NEXT REGULAR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING: DECEMBER 3, 2018

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