Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes - June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013

CITY OF SAINT PETER

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

SAINT PETER COMMUNITY CENTER – GOVERNORS ROOM

October 1, 2013

 The regular scheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Joey Hulsebus.  Commission members present were Hulsebus, Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, John Kvamme, Cole Turrittin, and Eli Hoehn.  Absent was Chelsea Alger.  City staff present was Director of Community Development Russ Wille, Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Certified Professional Midwife Erika Urban and Joe Urban.  

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

 APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Hoehn to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

 Birthing Center Ordinance Amendment

 Erika Urban, A certified Professional Midwife, attended a previous Planning & Zoning meeting and expressed her interest in establishing a birthing center in a residence in proximity to the former Saint Peter Community Hospital block.  Wille indicated that at the present time, a birthing center was not a use contemplated within the roster of use classifications.

 At the previous Planning Commission meeting, Wille was directed to prepare an ordinance for the Commission’s consideration which would establish a birthing center use classification.  The Commission suggested that once the use classification was established, birthing centers should be allowed as a conditional with the R-2, R-3, RP-1, C-3, C-4 and C-5 zoning districts.

 Discussion was held.  It was noted that a birthing center cannot be a residence or a hospital.

 A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to introduce Resolution No. 2013-09 entitled, “A Resolution Recommending That The City Council Amend Saint Peter City Code, Chapter 24, To Establish A Birthing Center Use Classification And Allowing For Development Of Such As A Conditional Use In Various Zoning Districts” with the correction of the typo “R-2 to R-3”.   All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

 Brammer Alley Vacation

 Wille stated that Leila Brammer (129 South Seventh Street), has submitted a request to vacate the portion of the east-west alley in Block 104, Patch’s Addition to the City of Saint Peter lying adjacent to Lots 10 & 11 Patch’s Addition.  Wille indicated that the requested vacation is outside of the Amended Plat which is within the jurisdiction of the City.

Brammer is also seeking to vacate the remainder of the east-west alley within Block 104 Patch’s Addition.   He stated that the remainder of the alley is located in the Amended Plat, which the City has no jurisdiction.  Wille said the vacation is being sought from the other owners of property within Block 104, Patch’s Addition.  He indicated that 100% of the property owners within the block need to sign the petition to vacate the alley and it is their responsibility to have it recorded.

 Wille said the Petitioner was previously granted a deed to the north six (6) feet of the east-west alley within Block104, Patch’s Addition.  Title objections to the Petitioner’s ownership of said portion of the alley have been raised indicating that the alley had not been properly vacated.  Brammer is seeking to vacate the alley to provide clear title.

 Zieman asked if it was a valid petition if Brammer no longer owned the home, as the home was for sale and may have been sold.  Wille will check with the realtor that had the home listed.

 A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2013-10 entitled, “Resolution Recommending That The City Council Approve The Petition To Vacate That Portion Of The East-West Alley in Block 104, Patch’s Addition To The City Of Saint Peter Lying Adjacent To Lots 10 & 11, Block 104, Patch’s Addition” subject to the verification of ownership and the signed petition by the new owner if applicable.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

 REPORTS

 Welco West (Westerman Lumber) – Wille reported that Request For Proposal (RFP) have been mailed to builders.

 Roundabout – The decision has been made to construct a roundabout at Old Minnesota and St. Julien.  Zieman suggested that the City provide an opportunity for the elderly and others to familiarize themselves with roundabouts.

 Former Julee’s Jewelry – Heather Beran will be moving her salon into the former Julee’s Jewelry.

 ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Turrittin to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.

  

  CITY OF SAINT PETER

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

SAINT PETER COMMUNITY CENTER – GOVERNORS ROOM

June 5, 2013

The regular scheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Joey Hulsebus.  Commission members present were Joey Hulsebus, Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, John Kvamme, Cole Turrittin and Chelsea Alger (5:32).  Absent was Eil Hoehn.  City staff present was Director of Community Development Russ Wille, Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton, and Public Works Director Lewis Giesking.  Visitor present was County Administrator Ryan Krosch.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Chairperson Alger arrived and chaired the remaining of the meeting.

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Hulsebus to approve the minutes of the March 5, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Nicollet County – Rezoning Request

Wille stated that Nicollet County has petitioned to rezone a portion of their two block campus.  He indicated that the County has obtained ownership of the theater property located at the corner of South Minnesota Avenue and Walnut Street and plans to demolish the structure.  The theater portion of the property will be used for off-street parking.  A new office building will be constructed towards the rear of the property to house County operations. 

Wille indicated the County “campus” is predominately zoned (CBD) Central Business District.  The east half of Block 199 fronting Front Street is currently zoned (RP-1) Residential/Professional Office.  The County Board has petitioned to rezone the RP-1 zoned land to CBD which would allow for the continued development of the two block campus as desired.

County Administrator Ryan Krosch reviewed the project.  He stated the new 45,000 - 48,000 square foot, two-story building, with a basement, will be located at the rear of the property to promote traffic flow from Walnut to Front Street.  Wille indicated that the HPC will need to review the materials to be used on the outside of the building.  He also stated that the decorative fence in the front of the lot will need to be extended to the end of the property.  Wille encouraged Krosch to contact I & S Engineering to work closely with Public Works regarding the stormwater plan.      

A motion was made by Hulsebus, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2013-06 entitled, “Resolution Recommending An Amendment To Saint Peter City Code Chapter 23 By Rezoning A Tract Of Land From (RP-1) Residential/Professional Office To The (CBD) Central Business District”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Gateway Overlay – Expand

Wille stated that the Gateway Overlay zoning district was adopted in 2007.  At that time the parcels lying west of Old Minnesota Avenue were not included in the Gateway Overlay district.  Wille explained that as the City Council was discussing the pending Shopko development, they indicated a desire to amend the Zoning Map to apply the Gateway Overlay standards to the remaining Northern Con-Agg property abutting the Shopko site and Hallett’s Pond (west side of Old Minnesota Avenue).

Wille said he would also like to see all of the C-4 parcels from Union Street to St. Julien added. After discussion, the Commission decided they would also like to include Carquest and Skrove’s Automotive.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Hulsebus to table the item until the July meeting at such time all of the legal descriptions can be included in the resolution.  All members voting aye, the Motion carried.

Gardner Road – Annexation

Lorene Gardner and Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC) have petitioned to annex their property into the City of Saint Peter.  Will stated the GAC property consists of the balance of the Arboretum immediately adjacent to the existing corporate city limits.  The Gardner property is described as the right-of-way of the gravel drive known as Gardner Road.

Wille explained that the annexation would allow for the City’s reconstruction of Gardner Road and the construction of a pedestrian/bike path on the GAC property parallel to the new roadway.  It is the intent that the City would reconstruct Gardner Road as an “urban segment” including a hard surfaced road with complete curb and gutter.

A motion was made by Turrittin, seconded by Harty in introduce Resolution No. 2013 – 07 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Annexation And Zoning Designation of Tracts Of Land Owned by Lorene Gardner And Gustavus Adolphus College”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Ewing Street-Vacation

Wille stated that Roger and Barbara Nelson and Darwin and Carla Bruns have petitioned for the partial vacation of Ewing Street between the north-south alley lying in Block 27, Skaro & Evenson Addition and North Fifth Street.  He indicated they are seeking the vacation of the North 44 feet and the South 20 feet of the r-o-w.  The resulting vacation would maintain a 16 foot travelable portion of the roadway to provide access to the north-south alley.

Wille explained that the City Council had previously acted to vacate Ewing Street but due to administrative errors and a former Mayor’s refusal to execute the plat as ordered by the Council, the vacation was never recorded as required by Statute.

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Zieman, to introduce Resolution No. 2013-08 entitled, “Resolution Recommending That The City Council Approve The Partial Vacation Of The North 44 Feet And The South 20 Feet Of The Ewing Street Right-Of-Way Between The North-South Alley In Block 27, Skaro 7 Evenson Addition And The North Fifth Street Right-Of-Way.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

REPORTS

Comprehensive Planning

Wille reported that the Land Use Map is not done as it did not work out as planned with the Intern that would take on the project.

Outlot A Hallet Pond – Addition

Wille stated that Northern Con-Agg has expressed an interest in marketing the property behind Shopko for multi-family use (Outlot A) because of the lack of exposure of the lot to be able to market it as a retail space.

Kvamme liked the idea as far as employees being able to walk to their job but also felt it was a down fall as the city has limited highway commercial place to market.

Zieman commented that may create an opportunity for handicap units. 

Alger felt it would be better to wait and see if businesses are attracted to the area once the Shopko development has been completed for a while.

Members asked Wille to invite the owner of the property and their realtor to attend the next meeting.

Former Clinic on Sunrise Drive

Wille stated that Drummer may have purchased the former clinic on Sunrise Drive and and adjoining 4.4 acres.  His long term plan is to develop housing and use the former clinic as a gathering space/offices for the development.

City/School Meeting

Kvamme mentioned that a subcommittee of the City Council and School District have met several times and had discussion regarding the property the school district bought to potentially construct a new school west of Sunrise Drive.

Members agreed that the Commission should discuss density west of Sunrise Drive, at a future meeting. 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Hulsebus, seconded by Zieman to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

SAINT PETER COMMUNITY CENTER – GOVERNORS ROOM

March 5, 2013

 

 A rescheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Community Development Director Russ Wille.  Commission members present were Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, 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 City Engineer Jeff Domras of Bolton & Menk.  Visitors present were Richard Anderson of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), Jorge Lopez of SWMHP, Jesse Schott of Paulsen Architect, and Danny Umhoefer of RW Carlstrom.  Also present were Joey Dobie, Stu Douglas, Gardell Harms, Nate Vetter, Ron Sack, Dustin Prochaska and Tricia Bergesen

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turrittin to approve the minutes of the February 19, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Old Hospital Property – Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Review & Comment

Wille stated SWMHP has applied for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the construction of a 40 unit multi-family residential development (two, twenty unit apartment buildings).

Wille stated that the zoning ordinance requires 1 ½ on-site, parking spaces per residential unit (60 off-street stalls).  Wille indicated that 78 stalls are planned within a secure underground parking lot, thirty-nine under each apartment structure.  He also indicated there will be 47 parallel parking spots available along the perimeter curb line of the block.  In order to preserve the width of drive lanes on South Seventh Street, it is proposed that the east curb line of the street be altered and indented.  Wille also said that SWMHP will be purchasing an 8,036 square foot parcel within the parking lot situated on the south side of Park Row Street for added parking.

Kvamme felt that altering the curb for parking would only make South Seventh Street a more attractive route.  He suggested the curb line not be altered.  Zieman and Alger disagreed.

Wille indicated that access to the underground parking structure is planned to be located mid-block off of Park Row.  He stated that the surface parking lot on the south side of Park Row is planned via the existing curb cut.

The Department of Public Works has reviewed the utility plan for the development.  Wille said it has been determined that the existing water and wastewater system is sufficient for the Park Row Development.  He indicated that the owner of the building will be required to meet the rules and regulations of the City of Saint Peter, as well as those of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  The owner will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any necessary permits issued by the regulation agencies.

Wille stated that the owner will be required to contract with a licensed waste hauler to dispose of the solid waste generated by the residents.  Wille said the garbage receptacle for the resident’s use will be located on the south side of the building, accessed from the driveway off of Park Row, and will be screened from view and located within a garbage corral.

Brian Paulsen of Paulsen Architects reviewed the layout of the future development.  He spoke about the interior courtyard, the rain gardens that will be located on private property inside the sidewalk, and lighting. 

Alger left the meeting at 6:11 pm.

Harty asked what the depth of the rain gardens would be.  Paulsen stated the gardens are not intended for a retention pond.    

Hoehn said the project was aesthetically pleasing.  Harty thought the development was very nice.  Turrittin felt the interior courtyard was a very nice bonus.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to introduce Resolution No. 2013-05 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Conditional Approval Of A Conditional Use Permit Application Submitted By The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership To Allow For The Residential Development Of The Property Under The Terms Of A Residential Planned Unit Development”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m. 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

 

SAINT PETER COMMUNITY CENTER – GOVERNORS ROOM

February 19, 2013

A rescheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Community Development Director Russ Wille.  Commission members present were Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, 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 City Engineer Jeff Domras of Bolton & Menk.  Visitors present were Richard Anderson of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), Jorge Lopez of SWMHP, Jesse Schott of Paulsen Architect, and Danny Umhoefer of RW Carlstrom.  Also present were Joey Dobie, Stu Douglas, Gardell Harms, Nate Vetter, Ron Sack, Dustin Prochaska and Tricia Bergesen

OATH OF OFFICE

Community Development Director Wille administered the Oath of Office to new member Cole Turrittin.

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Election of Officers

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Kvamme to appoint Chelsea Alger as Chairperson.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.  A motion was made by Zieman,s seconded by Harty to appoint Kvamme as Vice Chairperson.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Old Hospital Property – Designate RPUD Overlay – Public Hearing

Vice Chairperson Kvamme opened the public hearing at 7:07 pm.

Wille stated that the City Council has been negotiating the sale of the former hospital property to SWMHP for future residential development.  Wille indicated that the property is currently zoned (R-2) One & Two Family Residential.  He stated that in order to provide greater flexibility in the design of future residential development, the City Council and SWMNP are seeking to apply the (RPUD) Residential Planned Unit Development overlay designation to the block. 

Wille said that the RPUD designation would allow for single family, duplex or multi-family development.  He also stated that the site would have to be under single ownership and the land a minimum of 2 acres.

The RPUD designation is the first step towards the development of a site plan, utility design, lighting plan, landscape plan and blue prints necessary to begin construction. Wille said that the developer would need to submit the appropriate plans, diagrams and renderings necessary to consider the particular residential development utilizing the Conditional Use Permit process.  

Wille stated that once the developer has completed the plans, a second public hearing will be held for citizen input regarding the developers plan.  Neighbors within 350’ will again be notified of the public hearing by postcard.

Nate Vetter, 706 Broadway Avenue, asked when the project would begin construction and if the residents in the surrounding area would be accommodated with road closures, utilities, etc.  Wille stated that construction would probably begin in late spring and take approximately 10 months to complete.  He stated the contractor/City would try to provide advance notice of street closures and utility disruptions.

Vetter also asked if a petition against the RPUD were to be submitted, where it would be returned to.  Wille said it should be submitted to the City Administrator’s office.

Joey Dobie, 210 N Washington Avenue, expressed his concern whether his home value would change and whether his taxes would increase.

Kvamme closed the public hearing at 7:29 pm.

Washington Link – Road R/O.W. Plat – Public Hearing

Kvamme opened the public hearing at 7:30 pm.

Wille stated that the realignment of Washington Avenue will necessitate the acquisition of a number of private properties.  He stated that one single-family home and several mobile homes within the Summit Community will need to be acquired to accommodate the realignment. 

Wille explained that once the construction project is completed, access to Dodd Avenue (State Highway #22 North) will be closed at Oxford Street and North Fifth Street.  In order to provide vehicular access to the Daun Addition from the realigned Washington Avenue, it is proposed that a new roadway be constructed for a length of one block.

Wille stated that upon the completion of the realignment, Washington Avenue will be abandoned between Davis Street and North Sunrise Drive.  He indicated that the city will maintain ownership of the currtent right-of-way and easements.  A pedestrian/bike trail is being designed within the right of way which will be abandoned.  The project will require the reconstruction and realignment of Howard Street which provides vehicular access to the Lampert Heights Subdivision.

Jeff Domras of Bolton & Menk identified the physical features of the proposed project including right-of-way width, design speeds, underground utilities and drainage.  He also discussed alterations to the accesses to the Summit Community, Daun Addition, Lampert Addition and Dodd Avenue.

Dustin Prochaska, 1734 North Fifth Street, stated he agreed with the project.  He asked about the timeline.  Wille stated that construction will begin late this summer and may carry over into 2014.  He stated that the North Fifth Street closure will be the last portion of the construction project.

Kvamme closed the public hearing at 7:47 pm

Gateway Overlay – Amend Regulations – Public Hearing

Kvamme opened the public hearing at 7:48 pm

Wille stated that the City Council adopted the (GO) Gateway Overlay District in December, 2007 after the development of the Dollar General Store.  He said that the GO is intended to promote high quality development within the Highway No. 169 corridor.

Wille said the current ordinance had been interpreted to require the application of the district regulations upon the redevelopment of properties within the GO district.  Redevelopment of the property was then determined to be triggered upon a change in use of the property.    He indicated that there was a deficiency in the Zoning Ordinance which did not address change in Use Classification of property.  He said that there are currently 9 – 10 buildings that do not meet the GO standards. 

Kvamme closed the public hearing at 7:52 pm

Old Hospital Property

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to introduce Resolution No. 2013-01 entitled, “A Resolution Recommending That The Saint Peter City Council Approve The Rezoning Of Block 83, Skaro & Evenson Addition From (R-2) One & Two Family Residential To A (RPUD) Residental Planned Unit Development Overlay”.  All Members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Washington Link

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Turrittin to introduce Resolution No. 2013-02 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Adoption Of City Of Saint Peter Road Right Of Way Plat No. 2”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Gateway Overlay

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to introduce Resolution No. 2013-03 entitled, “A Resolution Recommending That The City Council Amend Saint Peter City Code, Section 24-439 To Apply The Regulations Of The (GO) Gateway Overlay District Upon A Change In Use Classification Of The Property”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Ewing Street Vacation

Wille stated that Leon & Debra Tellijohn and Michael & Alison Hermanson have petitioned for the vacation of Ewing Street between the north-south alley lying in Block 27, Skaro & Evenson Addition and North Washington Avenue.

Wille explained that the City Council had previously acted to vacate Ewing Street but the former Mayor refused to execute the plat as ordered by the Council.  The vacation was never recorded as required by Statute.  He indicated that the City’s engineering documents and maps in our possession show a vacated Ewing Street.

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Turrittin to introduce Resolution No. 2013-04 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Vacation Of Ewing Street Between The North-South Alley Lying In Block 27, Skaro & Evenson Addition And North Washington Avenue”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Reports

Andresen Subdivision – Wille stated that in 1990 the City Council approved the final plat of Andresen Subdivision but that the final plat was never recorded with Nicollet County.  Wille stated that the City will need to obtain the Andresen property for the Washington Link project.

Gateway Overlay  -  Kvamme stated that the City Council has discussed their interest in extending the gateway district west towards Hallets Pond.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Zieman to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.