Minutes - August 5, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:35 PM

District 10 Community Council

Land Use Committee

Monday, August 5, 2013

Street Car Station




Members Present: Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Chris Harkness, Bill Sylvester and Tom Eyre

  Absent: Curt Stock

 Staff Present: Ted Blank

 Call to Order:  Kim Moon called the called to order at 7:01 p.m. 

 Adoption of Agenda: Motion to approve the agenda (Harkness-Eyre). Passed.

 Approval of Minutes: Motion: Approve the minutes of the 7/1/13 meeting. (Harkness-Eyre) Passed.

 Chair Report: Parks and Rec is having a networking event on Wednesday, August 14th.  It is a citywide event.

 O’Reilly Auto Parts:- Brian J. Niehaus, Project Lead CMA Architecture, was present. He is project manager for O'Reilly Automotive. The process to obtain permits from the City is nearing completion. There is an issue about rezoning some land at the rear of the property. It is currently zoned as parking-only. A portion of the proposed building will be set on this section of the property. Another issue is the curb cut to the parking lot off Larpenteur. It is the old Huron Boulevard and is currently 30' wide. The City wants it reduced to 24'. O'Reilly wants it kept at 30' in order for semi delivery trucks to be able to enter. A neighbor has complained about the current fence. It is falling down in places. Mr. Niehaus indicated there are no plans to replace the fence. Kim Moon pointed out that he is concerned about the noise from the delivery trucks, which will deliver between midnight and 6:00 a.m., as well as declining property values due to the fence that is falling down. It was suggested that the boundary contain both a fence and shrubbery and possibly a berm. Mr. Neihaus said he would take the suggestion to O'Reilly management, but money is a concern. Kim mentioned that inclusion of a sidewalk along Larpenteur. Mr.Neihaus pointed out that the site plans do contain a sidewalk. We discussed lighting to make sure lights don't shine into traffic on Larpenteur or into neighboring homes. O'Reily has closed on the property and is the current owner. Kim will send Mr. Niehaus an email in order to get the date of the BZA hearing. There was a discussion about stormwater run-off, because there is frequent flooding of Larpenteur just to the east (at Fernwood).

        Motion: (Sylvester-Harkness) Passed.  Approve a letter of support with following details:

·         There is a sidewalk included in the plans

·         We support O’Reilly’s request for a 30' wide curb cut

·         This committee wants the fence replaced and shrubs added between the fence and residential properties on the south and east sides of the property

·         This committee wants assurance that exterior lights are designed so they don't shine into residential property

·         We support rezone the parking-only area into commercial


Como Elementary School Sign: Tom Parent, Facility Planning Manager, Saint Paul Public Schools, was present to talk about the proposed sign at Como Park Elementary and the recent communication between their office and district councils. Mr. Parent apologized for recent problems with communication. Mr. Parent reviewed the work that has been done at the Como Elementary site this summer. The parking lots have been repaved. Storm water management has been improved. One of the curb cuts to Grotto has been removed. The proposed digital sign was discussed. The proposal is for an electronic sign which does not scroll. The Land Use Committee is still not in favor of the electronic nature of the sign.

 New Business: None

 Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

 Next Meeting: The next meeting is Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Street Station.

 Future Meeting Dates (Mondays at 7:00 at the Street Car Station unless noted otherwise): 9/30, 11/4, 12/2

 Minutes recorded by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Committee Member

These minutes are not official until approved.

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