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Agenda

Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting
September 5, 2023 - 4:30 pm
Room 317, City Hall
Members: Alyssa Olson (President), Bill Baxley (Vice-President), Becky Alper, Joseph Campbell, Angela Conley, Joyner Emerick, Keith Ford, Emily Koski, Aneesha Marwah, and Christopher Meyer (Quorum: 5)
Staff: Rachel Blanford

Call To Order

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

Consent

  1. Land Sale – 1828 Dupont Ave N (Denial)
    Staff report by Rattana Sengsoulichanh

    Review for consistency with Minneapolis 2040 the sale of 1828 Dupont Ave N for the use as an accessory parking lot.

    Land Sale – 1860 28th St E and 2717 Longfellow Ave (Approval)
    Staff report by Jim Voll

    Review the sale of 1860 28th St E and 2717 Longfellow Ave for use as a community-owned urban farm for consistency with the Minneapolis 2040 plan.

    Land Sale – 2931 - 2937 Bloomington Ave (Approval)
    Staff report by Madel Mouta

    Review the sale of 2931-37 Bloomington Ave for the interim use as a community garden for consistency with the Minneapolis 2040 plan.

Public Hearing

  1. 3145 Columbia Ave NE and 3134 California St NE, Ward 1
    City Staff:
    Aaron Hanauer, PLAN16731

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by WSB and Cue Properties for the properties located at 3145 Columbia Avenue and 3134 California St NE:

    A. Site Plan Review.

    Recommended motion: The City Planning Commission approves the site plan review for a 138,260-square-foot warehouse addition, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by September 5, 2025, 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 the tax parcel division, combination, or lot line adjustment request form to CPED and submit proof of the filing with Hennepin County.
    4. All signs shall comply with Chapter 560 of the zoning code. All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.
    5. Mechanical equipment shall comply with Section 550.80 – Screening of mechanical equipment.
    6. As a form of alternative compliance to Section 550.570 – Windows, windows shall be included on the north elevation as proposed.
    7. As a form of alternative compliance to Section 550.680 – General landscaping and screening, the project site shall maintain a minimum of 35,875 ft. of landscape area.
    8. As a form of alternative compliance to the number of onsite canopy trees (Section 550.680 – General landscaping and screening), a minimum of 16 ornamental trees and 10 canopy trees shall be planted.
    9. As a form of alternative compliance to the number of onsite shrubs (Section 550.680 – General landscaping and screening), a minimum of 182 shrubs, 15 decorative grasses, and 94 flowering plants shall be planted.
    10. The applicant shall meet the requirements for a minor Travel Demand Management Plan.

    1901 49th Ave N,  Ward 4
    City Staff: 
    Andrew Frenz, PLAN15846

    This item was continued from the July 17th CPC meeting

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the application by Owens Corning for the property located at 1901 49th Avenue North:

    A. Expansion of a Nonconforming Use.

    Recommended motion: The City Planning Commission approves the expansion of a nonconforming use application to install a bulk materials storage tank and make associated modifications to a general industrial use (asphalt shingle mill), subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by September 5, 2025, 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 existing asphalt storage tank proposed for removal shall be fully decommissioned and removed from the property prior to the proposed sealant storage tank being placed into service.

    3561 Minnehaha Ave, Ward 12
    City Staff: 
    Lindsey Silas, PLAN16662

    The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) recommends that the City Planning Commission adopt staff findings for the applications by Cody Fischer for the property located at 3561 Minnehaha Ave:

    A. Variance.

    Recommended motion: The City Planning Commission approves the variance for a variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 36th Street East from 15 feet to 10 feet for the building, two feet for a pergola, and one foot for patios.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended motion: The City Planning Commission approves the variance for a variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard setback along the east property line from nine feet to four feet, 10 inches.

    C. Site Plan Review.

    Recommended motion: The City Planning Commission approves the site plan review for a new five-story, mixed-use building, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by September 5, 2025, 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 signs shall comply with Chapter 560 of the zoning code. All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.
    4. The applicant shall work with staff to ensure that the northwest and northeast elevations feature horizontally oriented materials that mitigate the increased height of the building.
    5. Except as allowed by the affordable housing premium, all premiums shall be maintained for the life of the principal structure. The length of compliance with the affordable housing premium shall be as required by the Unified Housing Policy.
    6. The applicant shall submit a photometric lighting plan demonstrating compliance with Chapter 550 and Chapter 555 of the zoning code. The lighting plan shall show that all walkways would be well-lit.
    7. All mechanical equipment, including electrical transformers, shall be screened to comply with section 550.80 of the zoning code.
    8. The final plans shall demonstrate that the project will comply with the additional landscaping requirements in sections 530.180, 530.190, 530.200, and 530.210 of the zoning code.

Adjournment

Next Planning Commission meeting : Sep 18, 2023