PLANNING & ZONING - April 1, 2014

Date: 
April 1, 2014

CITY OF SAINT PETER
MINUTES OF THE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
SAINT PETER COMMUNITY CENTER – GOVERNORS ROOM
April 1, 2014


A rescheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 5:30 pm by Chairperson Jerry Harty.  Commission members present were Harty, Chuck Zieman, John Kvamme and Cole Turrittin.  Absent were members Chelsea Alger, Joey Hulsebus, and Eil Hoehn.  City staff present was Director of Community Development Russ Wille, Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton, and Public Works Director Lewis Giesking.  Visitors present were Frank Dojinsky 2047 Pratt Circle, Carol Dozinksy 2047 Pratt Circle, Joyce Olson 2051 Pratt Circle, Sam Browman 2049 Pratt Circle, Donald Fosburgh 2055 Pratt Circle,, and Dave Thompson 2057 Pratt Circle.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Turritin to approve the agenda as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to approve the minutes of the March 4, 2014, meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Welco West No. 2

Chairperson Harty opened the public hearing at 5:37 pm.  

Wille read a letter from Carolyn O'Grady and Jim Bonilla explaining why they are not in support of a three-story development project, negative effects of light pollution, and wanting landcaping on the eastern edge that abuts Nicollet Avenue.

Wille explained that Welco West subdivision, which was initially constructed by Westerman Lumber Co., experienced bankruptcy before the project was completed and the property was soon subject to tax forfeiture.  Wille said the City of Saint Peter negotiated the acquisition of the defunct subdivision from Nicollet County and solicited development proposals from area contractors and realtors. 

The City received two proposals and determined that the Michael and Julie Drummer proposal was most desirable because it addressed the housing needs of the community as determined in the 2012 Housing Study.  The City Council has sold the property to the Drummers for redevelopment.

Wille stated that the existing plat would not accommodate the revised development plan created by the Drummers.  He indicated that it is necessary and appropriate to provide for the re-platting to allow for an alternative development of the subdivision.

Wille stated the Drummers intend to construct 12 townhome units significantly similar to the existing townhomes constructed the Westerman Lumber Co.  This area would not need to be re-platted.  

Wille stated with the exception of the far southern portion of the existing subdivision. The balance of Welco West would need to be re-platted to accommodate the construction of single-family homes.  Drummer also intends to construct a 40 unit multi-family residential structure in Block 4.  Wille stated that if Drummer wanted to change from multi-family to single family homes, a new development agreement would need to be executed.

A single Outlot will remain north of Meridian Street in order to construct a temporary stormwater basin.  Once the City is able to site a permanent, regional stormwater basin, the pond on Outlot C could be abandoned and platted for development of a second 40 unit structure.

The public hearing closed at 5:40.

Right-of-Way Plat 3

The public hearing opened at 5:40

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has planned for the reconstruction of Highway 169.  To help manage traffic control within the Old Minnesota Avenue and Saint Julien intersection the City has planned for the construction of a roundabout.  

Wille stated that additional land is necessary to accommodate the designed improvement.  He indicated that the City would need to purchase land from the land owners adjacent to the intersection.  Wille said that up to this point, the City has been unable to negotiate with some of the property owners located on the corner.

Jeff Domras of Bolton and Menk said that a roundabout allows for easy driving for semi’s.

The public hearing closed at 5:46.

Welco West No. 2

Wille said the three story multi-family units meet the City standards as well as the lighting.  He assured the guests that the landscaping would be tastefully done.

Discussion continued regarding the lighting.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2014-03 entitled, “Resolution Recommending Approval Of The Final Plat Of Welco West No. 2 Subdivision”.  With all members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2014-04 entitled, “Resolution Recommending Approval Of The Final Plat Of Welco West No. 2 Subdivision”.  With all members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted

Right-of-Way Plat 3

A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2014-05 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Adoption Of City Of Saint Peter Road Right Of Way Plat No. 3”.  With all members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.