March 5, 2015



March 5, 2015


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors' Room of the Community Center on March 5, 2015.  A quorum present, Chairperson Jerry Harty called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  The following members were present:  Commissioners Jerry Harty, Joe Urban, Joey Hulsebus and Chuck Zieman.  The following official was present: Community Development Director Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitor present was Brad DeVos. 

Approval of Agenda – A motion was made by Hulsebus, seconded by Zieman, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Urban to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2015 regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting with a change to delete Joey Hulsebus as being present at the February meeting. With all members in favor of the correction, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the February 4, 2015 regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is contained in the Community Development book entitled Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes. 

Conditional Use Permit/Vertical Growth (Sam & Abe’s) (622 Sunrise)

Vertical Growth has submitted an application in order to obtain approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow a Daycare Service (General) at 622 Sunrise Drive.  The daycare operations would be identified as Sam & Abe’s Daycare.

The building in which the daycare would be located was the former ISJ-Mayo Sunrise Clinic operations.  The parcel of land contains 152,454 square feet of land and is zoned (C-5), (General) Business/Professional Office.  The existing structure on the property contains 11,322 square feet of floor space.  The daycare would occupy one-half of the building (5,427 square feet).  The remainder of the structure would remain vacant until a tenant or alternative use would be established.

Wille distributed a copy of the floor plan to Commission Members.

The proposed use would provide child care services to more than 7 children at one time, therefore the use would be considered to be daycare services (General).  Daycare Services (General) is listed as a Conditional Use within the (C-5) Business/Professional Office zoning district.

Wille indicated that the zoning ordinance requires that the Daycare Services (General) provide a minimum of six off-street parking spaces.  He stated the parking exceeds the minimum required.

Wille reviewed the criteria for a Conditional Use Permit and found nothing that would prohibit the issuance of the permit.  He recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the request and make a recommendation to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Commission recommended that Wille recommend to the Board of Zoning Appeals that a fenced in play area be included in the plans.

Zieman asked who the individuals are that were behind the entities.  Wille said Jeff Lucas of Alliance Contracting is part of the ownership group who also owns the Sam & Abe’s operations in Mankato.

If approved, Wille stated the daycare would open as soon as possible.

A motion was made by Hulsebus, seconded by Urban to introduce Resolution No. 2015-03 entitled, “Resolution Recommending The Unconditional Approval Of A Conditional Use Permit Application Submitted By Vertical Growth To Allow For The Establishment Of Daycare Services (General) At 622 North Sunrise Drive”.  With all members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.


Wille reported that the intern working on the Comprehensive Plan sent the electronic files to him and he will be putting together the plan.

Wille stated there is a proposed strip mall that may locate out in the Shopko area.

Wille said that Holiday bought 50’ of land north of their property.  He indicated that they plan to use the land as a roadway for the tanker trucks to enter/exit the Holiday property.


There being no further business, a motion was made by Hulsebus, seconded by Urban, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.