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Planning Commission Agenda

Regular Meeting
January 25, 2021 - 4:30 pm
Online Meeting
Members Present: Sam Rockwell (President), Alissa Luepke-Pier (Vice-President), Kimberly Caprini, Raya Esmaeili, Aneesha Marwah, Chris Meyer, Alyssa Olson, Jeremy Schroeder, and Amy Sweasy (Quorum: 5)
Staff: Rachel Blanford

Call To Order

  1. Roll Call.
    Quorum Present
    Adoption of the agenda.
    Action Taken: Adopted
    Acceptance of minutes

    Action Taken: Accepted

Public Hearing

  1. 400 2nd St NE, Ward 3

    City Staff: Lindsey Silas, PLAN11936

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

    A. Variance.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum interior side yard setback along the south property line from 5 feet to 3 feet, 8 inches for mechanical equipment, subject to the following condition:

    1. The mechanical equipment shall be screened to comply with section 535.70 of the zoning code.
    Action Taken: Approved

    Foundry 19, 655 19th Ave NE, Ward 1

    City Staff: Lindsey Silas, PLAN11363

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

    A. Rezoning.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the petition to rezone the property at 655 19th Ave NE to add the Industrial Living Overlay District.

    B. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow dwelling units in the 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.

    C. Variance.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum parking requirement from 180 to 89, subject to the following condition:

    1. The applicant shall submit an event parking management plan to Public Works and CPED. The applicant shall comply with the criteria laid out in the event parking management plan.
    2. The landscaping around the surface parking lot shall be as shown in the submitted landscaping plan.
    Action Taken: Approved

    Portland and Washington Mixed-Use, 240 Portland Ave; 500-530 3rd St S, Ward 3

    City Staff: Mei-Ling Smith, PLAN11992

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

    A. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit amendment to allow a 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. The plaza shall meet the minimum requirements in section 535.810 of the zoning code, as proposed, and shall be maintained in good order by the property owner for the life of the plaza.
    3. The plans shall be updated to provide no fewer than one bicycle parking space per dwelling unit.

    B. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit amendment to allow a fire station, 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.

    C. Conditional use permit.

    Recommended motion: Approve the conditional use permit to allow a surface parking lot 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.

    D. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance to increase the number of surface parking spaces in the DP Downtown Parking Overlay District from 20 to 27.

    E. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new, 21-story tower with 228 dwelling units and 5,400 square feet of commercial space, a 6-story residential building with 90 dwelling units, and a fire station, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by January 25, 2023, 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 543 of the zoning code. All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.
    4. This project is subject to Inclusionary Zoning requirements unless it qualifies for an exemption. A fully executed Inclusionary Zoning Compliance Plan will be required before a commercial building permit will be issued.
    5. Unless exempt, all final site plan approvals subject to conditions of inclusionary housing shall be filed with the Office of the Hennepin County Recorder or Registrar of Titles and evidence of proper filing shall be submitted to the zoning administrator prior to the issuance of any building permits.
    6. The lighting plan shall show footcandles at the nearest property and curb lines to demonstrate compliance with section 535.590 of the zoning code. The project shall provide lighting at all building entrances, and along walkways to maintains a minimum acceptable level of security while not creating glare or excessive lighting of the site.
    7. The applicant shall work with CPED and Public Works staff to integrate additional strategies to provide a clear visual separation between the interior porte-cochere, the curb cut, and the public sidewalk that mitigate the impact of the vehicle access and drop-off off of Portland Ave, and the decorative paving plan shall be implemented as proposed.
    8. The fire station garage doors shall be transparent, as proposed.
    9. The final plans shall be revised so that the ground floor of the accessory parking garage shall have commercial, residential, office, or hotel uses between the ground floor of the parking garage and the public sidewalk except where frontage is needed to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to the facility.
    Action Taken: Approved

    U.S. Bank, 919 E Lake St, Ward 9

    City Staff: Hilary Dvorak, PLAN12008

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

    A. Alteration of a nonconforming use.

    Recommended motion: Approve the alteration of a nonconforming use application for a nonconforming drive-through with six lanes.

    B. Alteration of a nonconforming use - signage.

    Recommended motion: Approve the alteration of a nonconforming use application for two nonconforming signs to allow a 15-foot tall monument sign that is 90 square feet in size and a five-foot tall monument sign that is 17 square feet in size, subject to the following condition:

    1. The overall height of the main identification monument sign shall be no taller than 12 feet.

    C. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standards regarding building placement to increase the maximum setback along Elliot Ave from eight feet to 137 feet and to increase the maximum setback along E Lake St from eight feet to 18 feet.

    D. Variance.

    Recommended motion: Approve the variance of the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District standards regarding building facade to reduce the minimum glazing requirement along 10th Avenue South from 40 percent to one percent, subject to the following condition:

    1. The applicant shall work with staff to provide a minimum of ten percent, or 42 square feet, of glazing on the east wall of the building. For purposes of this condition, the bottom of any window used to satisfy the ground floor window requirement may be located more than two feet above the adjacent grade.

    E. Site plan review.

    Recommended motion: Approve the site plan review for a new 5,938 square foot bank with six drive-through lanes, subject to the following conditions:

    1. All site improvements shall be completed by January 25, 2023, 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. There shall be no film applied to the large expanse of windows along E Lake St in order to maintain compliance with Section 530.120 and Section 551.120 of the zoning code.
    5. The applicant shall work with staff to provide a minimum of ten percent, or 42 square feet, of glazing on the east wall of the building. For purposes of this condition, the bottom of any window used to satisfy the ground floor window requirement may be located more than two feet above the adjacent grade.
    6. The final lighting plan shall conform to the standards of Chapter 535, Regulations of General Applicability.
    Action Taken: Approved as Amended

    200 Central Ave SE; 113 2nd St SE, Ward 3

    This item was continued from the January 11, 2021 meeting.

    City Staff: Peter Crandall, PLAN11945

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

    A. Variance.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the variance to reduce the minimum vehicle parking requirement from 238 spaces to 222 spaces.

    B. Variance.

    Recommended Motion: Return the variance to reduce the minimum bicycle parking requirement from 463 spaces to 364 spaces.

    C. Site plan review.

    Recommended Motion: Approve the site plan review amendment revising previous approvals for a new 28-story mixed use building with 3,800 square feet of commercial space, subject to the following conditions:

    1. A building permit shall be obtained and construction underway by July 7, 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 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 543 of the zoning code. All signage requires a separate permit from CPED.
    5. The applicant shall revise plans to comply with minimum bicycle parking requirements under the University Area Overlay.
    6. All exterior mechanical equipment shall be screened to meet the standards of chapter 535.
    7. The applicant shall provide a photometric lighting plan that details all proposed exterior lighting and that meets the standards of chapter 530 and 535.
    8. The applicant shall provide pedestrian-scale lighting along the public street facing elevations.
    9. The plans shall be revised to meet the minimum bicycle parking requirement. 
    Action Taken: Approved as Amended

    Zoning Code Text Amendment, All Wards

    City Staff: Andrew Frenz

    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, as follows, and further recommends that Chapter 525 be returned to the author.

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

    Chapter 537 Accessory Uses and Structures

    The purpose of the amendment is to eliminate the owner-occupancy requirement for certain accessory dwelling units. 

    Recommended Motion: Approve the text amendment to amend regulations related to accessory dwelling units.

    Action Taken: Approved

Election

  1. Receive nominations for Executive Committee members.
    Action Taken: Received and filed

Adjournment


Next Planning Commission meeting: Feb 8, 2021

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