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Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting
February 10, 2020 - 4:30 pm
Room 317, City Hall
Members: Sam Rockwell (President), Alissa Luepke-Pier (Vice-President), Chris Meyer (MPRB Commissioner), Matthew Brown, Kim Ellison, Ryan Kronzer, Alyssa Olson, Jeremy Schroeder, and Amy Sweasy (Quorum: 5)
Staff: Lisa Kusz

Call To Order

  1. Roll Call.
    Adoption of the agenda.
    Acceptance of minutes

Public Hearing

  1. Banaadir South Middle School, 2526 27th Ave S, Ward 2

    City Staff: Aaron Hanauer, PLAN10399

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Minnesota Technology Education Corp. and Mutual

    Management Company.

    A.Nonconforming use expansion.

    Recommended motion: Approve the expansion of a nonconforming use application for a new

    playground, subject to the following conditions:

    1. The fence is not greater than five feet in height and if a chain link fence is used, it shall be vinyl coated.

    2. To comply with Section 530.130- Pedestrian access, a clear walkway shall connect 27th Ave S to the main building entrance on the northern side of the building. Said walkway shall be a minimum of four (4) feet in width.

    3. To come closer into compliance with Section 530.150 – Vehicular access, one-way traffic for vehicles entering the site on the north and south sides of the building shall be implemented. In addition, signage shall be installed, and pavement painted indicating the one-way traffic flow.

    4. To comply with Section 530.170-Parking and loading landscaping and screening, the area between the proposed playground and the northern curb cut to 27th Ave shall be converted to a landscaped area/greenspace.

    813 12th Ave SE, Ward 3

    City Staff: Andrew Frenz, PLAN10365

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by 813 12th Ave SE, LLC.

    A. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the front yard setback from 15 feet to 12 feet.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the off-street parking requirement from ten spaces to four spaces.

    C. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new 2.5-story multiple-family dwelling with four units, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by February 10, 2022, 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 section 530.200 and 530.210 of the zoning code.

    4. The building shall comply with the exterior building materials standards. Wood and wood-based siding shall not constitute greater than 75 percent of any building elevation.

    5. The lower portion of the first floor south elevation of the building shall be clad in a highly-durable exterior material such as a stone or brick veneer.

    6. The walkway along the south side of the building shall be extended to connect to the public sidewalk and the surface parking area, and shall be widened to four feet in width, except adjacent to the side entrance landing.

    7. The proposed electrical transformer shall not be located in any required yard.

    8. Screening of at least 60 percent opacity that is at least as tall as the mechanical equipment shall be installed between the mechanical equipment and the north property line.

    9. The applicant shall prepare a lighting plan demonstrating compliance with section 535.590 of the zoning code, limiting illumination at adjacent residential property lines to 0.5 footcandles or less.

    Art & Architecture Building Development, 3326, 3338, and 3350 University Ave SE, Ward 2

    City Staff: Peter Crandall, PLAN10414

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Vermillion Development.

    A. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit for revision to a previously approved Planned Unit Development for a new 14-story mixed use 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.

    2. Per their voluntary agreement, the applicant will provide off street parking spaces to the neighboring residents who live on Prospect Terrace.

    3. The applicant shall work with Public Works staff and neighbors to explore making all parking on Prospect Terrace permit parking only, 24 hours of the day, 7 days of the week.

    4. The applicant shall provide CPED staff with a detailed design of properly engineered retaining walls in compliance with the Minnesota Building Code constructed to provide adequate drainage and soil retention at the rear of the site adjacent to the neighboring residential properties.

    5. Parking garage exhaust ventilation will ventilate north and northwest towards University Avenue and will not ventilate to the rear toward residential properties.

    6. As required by section 527.120 of the zoning code, the development shall comply with the standards for active liner uses, conservation of the built environment, plaza standards, art features, pet exercise, and a recycling storage area from Table 527-1, Amenities totaling a minimum of 25 points.

    7. The mechanicals to the south of the building shall be located as far away from neighboring residential properties, shall be enclosed and shall have structured and planted screening elements to reduce noise.

    8. The applicant shall strive to achieve LEED standards or similar contemporary sustainable guidelines for the construction process, the building materials and operation.

    9. The developer shall work with the property owners of directly adjacent property to implement screening and other measures to reduce the visual impact of the proposed 14-story mixed use building.

    B. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new 14-story mixed use development with 256 dwelling units and approximately 27,500 square feet of commercial space, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by February 10, 2022, 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 proposed on-site mechanical equipment shall be screened to meet the requirements of chapter 535.

    4. All proposed on-site fencing shall meet the requirements of chapter 535.

    5. The applicant shall provide a clear and well-lit walkway of at least 4 feet in width along the Prospect Terrace elevation connecting all building entrances to the public right of way.

    6. The applicant shall submit a master sign plan prior to issuance of a building permit showing compliance with chapter 543 of the zoning code.

    7. The applicant shall provide a final photometric lighting plan showing location, type, and luminance of all proposed exterior lighting fixtures and demonstrating compliance with chapters 530 and 535 of the zoning code.

    3801 Hiawatha Apartments, 3801 and 3845 Hiawatha Ave, Ward 12

    City Staff: Aaron Hanauer, PLAN10238

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Base Camp Properties and DJR Architecture.

    A. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow a new mixed-use building with 102 residential units and 2,200 square 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.

    2. To further encourage use of transit and serve as a project amenity, a real time transit screen shall be installed near the corner of 38th and Hiawatha and/or within the residential lobby or commercial establishment.

    3. To qualify for 10 amenity points, the applicant shall maintain their plans to provide the pedestrian improvements, reflective roof, decorative fencing that is a majority metal and a maximum of four feet in height, enhanced exterior lighting that is evenly placed along the perimeter of the building, pet exercise area that is a minimum of 12 feet by 60, and recycling storage area as proposed.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to allow for the reduction of the size of the one-bedroom apartments below 500 square feet.

    C. Variance.

    Recommended motion: The variance to increase the setback for a building in the PO, Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District has been withdrawn.

    D. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new mixed-use building with 102 residential units and 2,200 square feet, subject to the following conditions:

    1. To comply with Section 530.120 – Building design, the windows are required to be clear or tinted glass with a visible light transmittance ratio of six-tenths (0.6) or higher that face a public street or onsite parking area. Furthermore, all proposed 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.

    2. To comply with Section 530.120 – Building design, no portion of the building shall have blank, uninterrupted walls that exceed twenty-five (25) feet in length.

    3. All site improvements shall be completed by February 10, 2022, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

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

    5. All signs shall comply with Chapter 543 of the zoning code. All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.

    Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

    City Staff: Andrew Liska

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission and City Council adopt staff findings to amend Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.

    A. Text amendment: Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code as follows:

    Chapter 525 Administration and Enforcement

    Chapter 537 Accessory Uses and Structures

    The purpose of the amendment is to revise regulations governing the height of accessory structures. Specifically, the amendment would increase allowed garage height and accessory dwelling unit height as of right, regardless of the height of the principal structure. Additional changes are proposed to definitions and authorizing variance height to exceed the height of the principal structure.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the text amendment to revise accessory structure height.

    Chapter 525 Administration and Enforcement

    Chapter 537 Accessory Uses and Structures

    Duffey Lofts, 500, 506, and 528 Washington Ave N, Ward 3

    This item was continued from the January 27, 2020 meeting.

    City Staff: Hilary Dvorak, PLAN10215

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Duffey Cedar Property Owner LLC.

    A. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the off-street loading requirement from two small spaces to one small space.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum dwelling unit size from the minimum 500 square feet to 468 square feet.

    C. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review convert the existing buildings into a mixed-use development including 188 dwelling units and 24,000 square feet of commercial space, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by February 10, 2022, 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.

    Currie Park, 404 and 420 15th Ave S; 1417 S 5th St, Ward 6

    City Staff: Hilary Dvorak, Vac1703

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

    A. Vacation.

    Recommended motion: Approve the vacation of a utility easement over the northeasterly 55 feet of the southwesterly 80 feet of vacated S 5th St, Atwaters Addition to the Town of Minneapolis, as depicted on survey, subject to the retention of easements in favor of the City of Minneapolis and CenturyLink.

    3115 E 42nd St, Ward 12

    This item was continued from the January 27, 2020 meeting.

    City Staff: Hilary Dvorak, PLAN10284

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Mark Roos with Lake Harriet Development, LLC.

    A. Rezoning.

    Recommended motion: Approve the petition to rezone the property from R1A Multiple-family District to R5 Multiple-family District.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 32nd Ave S from 26 feet to 18 feet for the building.

    C. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to reduce the front yard setback along E 42nd St from 15 feet to four feet for the building.

    D. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the rear yard setback from five feet to two feet for a transformer.

    E. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum dwelling unit size from the minimum 500 square feet to 461 square feet.

    F. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new 30-unit residential building, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by February 10, 2022, 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.

    4. The walkway from the rear entrance shall lead directly to the public sidewalk along E 42nd St.

    5. The applicant shall work with CPED staff on the location of the proposed landscaping to better complement the site.

    6. In lieu of a second canopy tree on the site, an additional either evergreen shrubs and 12 additional perennials shall be planted on the site.

Announcements

  1. Announcements from CPED staff.

Adjournment


Next Planning Commission meeting : Feb 24, 2020

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