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                                  Monday, July 16, 2007

A regular Planning Commission meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Elroy
Frank

The following members were present: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
The following members were absent: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac
The following advisory members were present: Weber, Schultz, Schoonhoven

Under the procedures established by the Commission on October 1, 1973, the minutes of the June 18,
2007 meeting were approved.

1. Public Hearing –Conditional Use & Subdivision Ordinance Applications – Dick & Pam Telkamp
   “Telkamp Addition”

   The applicant is requesting to plat three existing rental duplexes into six townhome units in the R-3,
   “Medium Density Residential” zoning district. The property is located at 315 Spruce Street and is
   legally described as “Holes 2nd Addition” N 125’ of Lots 2 & 3 Blk 2 Ex N 47’ of Lot 2 & E 30’ of
   Lot 3, Alexandria City (Ward 3).

   Assistant City Planner Martin Schultz reviewed the request with the Commission. Since it appears
   this application meets or exceeds the relevant provisions of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, staff
   recommends approval of Conditional Use Application (C-07-010) for townhomes in the R-3 district
   subject to the Findings of Fact and conditions as noted. Staff also recommends approval of
   Subdivision Ordinance Application (SA-07-007) for “Telkamp Addition” subject to the conditions as
   noted.

   Mr. Schultz introduced the applicant Dick Telkamp. Mr. Telkamp purchased the property back in
   1988 and proceeded to use the homes as rental property. After working with City staff, the
   construction of six townhomes began. Mr. Telkamp is currently renting out five of the townhomes,
   with the sixth nearing completion of construction. His intention is to continue renting out the
   property, but wants the option to sell them individually in the future.

   Mr. Schultz indicated that a park dedication fee of $2,500 would be required with this plat. Mr.
   Schultz has also consulted with the building department to make sure the proper building codes have
   been followed. In meeting with the building inspectors, no retrofitting would be necessary to allow
   individual owner occupancy of the townhomes.

   Tim Schoonhoven, City Engineer, has visited the site to inspect for drainage. The buildings are in and
   a few things need to be finished up including paving and a retaining wall. Mr. Schoonhoven has no
   issues, but will go out once again when the work is completed. He sees no outstanding drainage
   issues.

   Mr. Telkamp indicated that he thought it was unusual to have more than one dwelling unit per parcel.
   Is it possible that the property was charged with two sewer connection fees? Mr. Schultz will go back
   to check the records. If in fact two connection fees were charged, the park dedication fee would be
   reduced from $2,500 to $2,000.

   Vice Chairperson Frank opened the hearing for public comment.



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   Hearing no comments from the public, Vice Chairperson Frank closed the public hearing.

   A motion was made by Osterberg and seconded by Nielson to approve the Conditional Use
   application (C-07-010) submitted by Dick & Pam Telkamp based on the following Findings of Fact:

   1. The request is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan = High Density Residential
   2. The request meets land area, setback, shoreland, floodplain and wetland requirements. Front and
      rear setbacks of 30-feet, side setbacks of 10-feet and no disturbance to wetland.
   3. The request will not depreciate the surrounding area.
   4. The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area with B-1 and R-2 zoning
      adjacent.
   5. The existing or proposed utilities in Spruce Street are adequate to accommodate the request.
   6. Existing streets are Spruce Street.
   7. The request will not place any undue financial burdens on the City.

   AND, the following conditions:

   1. Two (2) parking stalls are required per unit.
   2. Utility connections per ALP and ALASD requirements.
   3. City Engineer shall review site to confirm adequacy of drainage.

   The motion carried by the following vote:

                  YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
                  NO: None
              ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

   A motion was made by Nielson and seconded by Osterberg to approve the Subdivision Ordinance
   application (SA-07-007) submitted by Dick & Pam Telkamp based on the following conditions:

   1. Payment of an agreed upon park contribution fee prior to release of the final plat for recording.
   2. Title opinion to be submitted with final plat for review by City Attorney.

   The motion carried by the following vote:

                  YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
                  NO: None
              ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

2. Old & Other Business

   A. Conditional Use Process

   Since time allowed, Commissioner Parrott asked for a brief synopsis of the conditional use process.
   Mr. Schultz gave a brief explanation. It is not mandatory that all conditional use applications be
   approved. The Planning Commission needs to make sure that the conditional use fits with the
   character of the neighborhood. The process also allows for the Planning Commission to set conditions
   above and beyond the City code standards.


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3. Public Hearing – Conditional Use & Subdivision Ordinance Applications – Michael & Amy Hanson

   The applicant is requesting to replat property and to allow a conditional use permit for the
   construction of two (2) townhomes in an R-1, “Single Family Residential” zoning district. The
   property is located at 1206 6th Avenue East and is legally described as “Holes Addition” W 75’ of
   Lots 1 & 2 Blk 30 & E 10’ of Vac’d Alley Abutting, Alexandria City (Ward 3). There is currently a
   single-family home and a detached garage on the property. The remainder of the block consists of
   single-family homes.

   Assistant City Planner Martin Schultz reviewed the request with the Commission. Since it appears
   this application meets or exceeds the relevant provisions of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, staff
   recommends approval of Conditional Use Application (C-07-011) for townhomes in the R-1 zoning
   district based upon the Findings of Fact and subject to the conditions as noted. Staff also
   recommends approval of Subdivision Ordinance Application (SA-07-008) for “Hanson Townhomes”
   subject to the conditions as noted.

   Mr. Schultz introduced Dick Telkamp, representative for the Hanson’s. The property was purchased
   many years ago and the house used as a rental. The house is going to be torn down and two one-level
   townhomes will be constructed. Mr. Telkamp is in agreement with the City staff and the
   recommendation for an internal driveway to eliminate the need for backing out into the street. Mr.
   Telkamp believes the townhomes will fit the area very well.

   Mr. Schultz confirmed the density requirements are 4,000 square feet per townhome. The property
   has over 9,000 square feet, thus only allowing for a maximum of two to be constructed. Since this
   replat would take an existing parcel and split it into two for sale lots and one common lot, a park
   dedication fee of $500 would be required. A final site plan would need to be reviewed with the new
   proposed driveway layout.

   Mr. Schoonhoven indicated no problems with drainage. It currently drains to the south and then to the
   east. The front would drain out to Sixth Avenue. Mr. Schoonhoven asked for clarification. Will the
   townhomes be rented or for sale? Mr. Telkamp indicated that they would be rented, but possibly sold
   some time in the future. He placed a value of each unit at approximately $154,000, which is
   comparable to recent sales in the area.

   Commissioner Parrott indicated there are no other townhomes in this area. There appear to be some
   up the street, but not on this block. Mr. Schultz indicated townhomes are on the blocks adjacent to the
   southwest of the property and several townhomes surround the area. Townhomes have been a
   successful re-development tool to the community and based on the Comprehensive Plan, the staff
   recommends approval of the development.

   Vice Chairperson Frank opened the hearing for public comment.

   Dan Leuthner, 610 Spruce Street, owns Lots 3 & 4. He is not totally against the development, but
   does have some concerns with the size of the lot versus the size of the townhomes. It seems like the
   property is too small to handle the townhomes. He would prefer they purchase more land or
   something. He’s glad that it would improve the value of his property though. Mr. Leuthner also



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inquired as to where the construction crew would be parking? He would also like to see trees added to
the property.

Mr. Telkamp indicated that more trees would be planted. He also agreed that more land would be
better, but this is what they have to work with. The old house will be torn down as nothing can be
salvaged. The construction crew would park in front of the property where the turnarounds would be
which would be considered off-street parking. Mr. Telkamp will discuss timeline and working hours
with Mr. Leuthner after the meeting.

Hearing no further comments from the public, Vice Chairperson Frank closed the public hearing.

Commissioner Nielson indicated that contractors are used to working with highly populated areas and
will respect the neighbors.

A motion was made by Osterberg and seconded by Nielson to approve the Conditional Use
application (C-07-011) submitted by Michael & Amy Hanson based on the following Findings of
Fact:

1. The request is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan = Low to Medium Density
   Residential.
2. The request meets land area, setback, shoreland, floodplain and wetland requirements. Front and
   rear setbacks of 30-feet, side setbacks of 10-feet and no disturbance to wetland.
3. The request will not depreciate the surrounding area.
4. The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area with single family
   residential, townhomes and R-2 zoning in area.
5. Water is available in 6th Avenue and sewer is available in Spruce Street.
6. Existing streets are 6th Avenue.
7. The request will not place any undue financial burdens on the City.

AND, the following conditions:

1. Two (2) parking stalls are required per unit.
2. Utility connections per City, ALP & ALSAD requirements.
3. Final drainage plan to be approved by City Engineer.

AND

1. Prior to the issuance of a building permit, a revised site plan shall be submitted indicating a
   driveway configuration that eliminates the need for vehicles to back out on Sixth Avenue.

The motion carried by the following vote:

               YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
               NO: None
           ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

A motion was made by Osterberg and seconded by Nielson to approve the Subdivision Ordinance
application (SA-07-008) submitted by Michael and Amy Hanson based on the following conditions:


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   1. Payment of a $500 park contribution prior to release of the final plat for recording.
   2. Title opinion to be submitted with final plat for review by City Attorney.

   The motion carried by the following vote:

                  YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
                  NO: None
              ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

4. Public Hearing – Conditional Use & Subdivision Ordinance Applications – Naneek Properties, LLC

   This applicant seeks to complete the PUD process for Nokomis Square, the redevelopment project
   undertaken in 2004 by Lawrence Keenan. This final phase involves the demolition of the “old” King
   Koin launderette and construction of a new, 4800 square foot (on two levels) commercial building,
   connected to the Nokomis Square building. The project would be a commercial condominium. The
   property is located at 307 North Nokomis and is legally described as “Lakeside Addition” Lots 2-5
   Blk 9 Ex E 7’ and Lot 6 Blk 9 Ex E 7’, Alexandria City (Ward 1).

   City Planner Michael Weber reviewed the request with the Commission. Since it appears this
   application meets or exceeds the relevant provisions of the Alexandria City Code, staff recommends
   approval of the Conditional Use Application (C-07-012) for Naneek Properties, LLC based upon the
   Findings of Fact and subject to the conditions as noted. Staff also recommends approval of
   Subdivision Ordinance Application (SA-07-006) for Naneek Properties, LLC subject to the
   conditions as noted.

   Mr. Weber introduced the applicant, Lawrence Keenan from Naneek Properties, LLC. This building
   will be only 60-feet in length compared to the current 70-foot building and will set back further west.
   The buildings will be butted up against each other as well.

   Mr. Weber indicated that one of the issues on this corner have been the two access being so close
   together at the corner. This will eliminate the access off of Nokomis Street and create one to the south
   of the property.

   Mr. Schoonhoven explained the unique drainage on Nokomis Square. The building uses on-site
   rooftop storm water retention. During construction of this building, there wasn’t enough room for a
   retention pond. And with the drainage problems on Kenwood Drive it was an out-of-the-box solution.
   It operates the way it was designed and built and there haven’t been any issues.

   Commissioner Parrott indicated that since this is such a small site, would there be landscape
   requirements?

   Mr. Weber indicated that the site already conforms to the landscape requirements. These were
   established during phase one of the project. Since the building is so large, it reduces the net
   substantially.

   Vice Chairperson Frank opened the hearing for public comment.



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Hearing no comments from the public, Vice Chairperson Frank closed the public hearing.

Vice Chairperson Frank confirmed that four access points were removed from the property. Mr.
Keenan indicated that two have been removed, and this would be the third. Vice Chairperson Frank
indicated this was a big plus on Nokomis Street with the high volume of traffic.

Chairperson Nielson asked why the condition “the proposed project is not detrimental to present and
potential surrounding land use” was added? Mr. Weber clarified that it was not a condition but a
Findings of Fact.

A motion was made by Parrott and seconded by Osterberg to approve the Conditional Use application
(C-07-012) submitted by Naneek Properties, LLC based on the following Findings of Fact:

1.   The request is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan = Commercial
2.   The request meets land area, setback, shoreland, floodplain and wetland requirements.
3.   The request will not depreciate the surrounding area.
4.   The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area with commercial on all sides.
5.   Water and sewer are existing
6.   Existing streets are Nokomis Street & Lakeview.
7.   The request will not place any undue financial burdens on the City.

AND, the following conditions:

1.   A separate building permit is required.
2.   A separate sign permit is required.
3.   Any exterior lighting to be hooded and directed away from adjacent properties.
4.   Final drainage plan to be approved by City Engineer.

AND

1. The proposed project is not detrimental to present and potential surrounding land use.
2. Land surrounding the proposed development can be planned in coordination with the proposed
   development and can be developed so as to be mutually compatible.
3. Streets and sidewalks, existing and proposed, are suitable and adequate to carry anticipated
   traffic within the proposed project and in the vicinity of the proposed project, in light of the
   criteria set forth in this Code and in compliance with transportation level of service standards
   and guidelines contained in the comprehensive plan.
4. Services including potable water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage are available or can be
   provided by the development prior to occupancy so as to comply with level of service standards
   or guidelines contained in the comprehensive plan.
5. Each phase of the proposed development, as it is planned to be completed, contains the required
   parking spaces, recreation spaces, landscape and utility areas necessary for creating and
   sustaining a desirable and stable environment.
6. The project conforms with the purposes and standards prescribed in Chapter Ten of the City
   Code.
7. The project conforms to the Comprehensive Plan.
8. The concurrent subdivision application is in conformance with the requirements of City Code
   Section 11.


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   The motion carried by the following vote:

                  YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
                  NO: None
              ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

   A motion was made by Parrott and seconded by Nielson to approve the Subdivision Ordinance
   application (SA-07-006) submitted by Naneek Properties, LLC based on the following conditions:

   1. Waiver of the park dedication requirements of the City Code, since this is a commercial replat,
      with no increase in the number of residential units.
   2. Proper evidence of title to be submitted to the City Attorney’s office at the time of final plat
      submittal.

   The motion carried by the following vote:

                  YES: Parrott, Osterberg, Frank, Nielson
                  NO: None
              ABSENT: Lesner, Ryan, Senesac

The meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m.



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Brenda Johnson, Secretary                      Elroy Frank, Vice Chairperson




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