P & Z MINUTES - JULY 6, 2017

July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017

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 July 6, 2017.  A quorum present, Vice Chairperson Joe Urban called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  The following Commissioners were present:  Urban, Ken Rossow, Kelly Henry, Scott Fichtner, Jeff Brand and John Kvamme.  Absent was member Andy Davis. City staff present were Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton. 

Approval of Agenda – A motion was made by Rossow, seconded by Brandt, to approve the agenda with the addition of Oath of Office.  With all in favor, the agenda was approved as amended.

Oath of Office -   Wille administered the Oath of Office to new member Kelly Henry.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Fichtner, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the Regular June 1, 2017 as presented.  With all voting aye, the minutes were approved as amended.

Mason Street R-O-W (Partial Vacation)

Wille stated that the former airport property was platted to create the North Industrial Park.  At the time, streets were constructed and underground utilities were installed to serve the park.

It was anticipated that Mason Street would extend to the east when the adjoining property was developed.  The extension would also serve as a third avenue of ingress/egress from the park.

Subsequent to the development of the North Industrial Park, the City acquired 40 acres east of the park in order to provide for necessary stormwater drainage.  The City determined that the 29 remaining acres would be suitable for entry-level home ownership, which resulted in Washington Terrace Subdivision.

Wille indicated that when Washington Terrace was platted, it did not accommodate the previously planned extension of Mason Street.  It was determined that it was undesirable to have the North Industrial Park to outlet into a residential neighborhood due to the narrow streets and pedestrian traffic.

Wille stated that the City Council is proposing to vacate the r-o-w as there are no plans to extend Mason Street.  They are also proposing that the vacated r-o-w be combined with the property to the south to create a developable lot.  Wille added that a Registered Land Survey will be submitted in order to accomplish the combination of property.

Rossow asked if the vacation was tied to the Solace housing project given the alignment.  Rossow felt there was not enough information on the Solace project.

Wille stated the Solace project will happen regardless if the vacation is approved.  He added that by approving the vacation, it will allow for an appropriately sized, developable lot.

A motion was made by Kvamme , seconded by Henry to introduce Resolution No. 2017-08 entitled, “Resolution Recommending That The City Council Approve The Partial Vacation Of The Mason Street Right-Of-Way Lying East Of North Sunrise Drive And West Of Washington Terrace Subdivision”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.


Historic Asset Preservation  – Wille reported that he has not been able to visit Stillwater or other historic communities similar to St. Peter.

Capitol Room Event Center  -  The Board of Appeals and Adjustments approved the Conditional Use Permit with the following conditions: that the Building Official post each space within the building at the maximum occupancy load, that a loading/unloading zone be requested in front of the building and that the six spaces in the rear of the property be designated as handicap parking during events in the building.

Wille said that the EDA approved a $40,000 Revolving Loan for a fire sprinkler system for the structure. 

Rossow asked why the system wasn’t included in the initial plan.

Wille stated that the owners were trying to find an alternative solution to the system.

Rossow also expressed his concern in regards to parking. He asked if the building owners have inquired with Nicollet County for the use of their parking lot during events.

Wille indicated the owners have been in contact with the county.  He also stated that the City is considering changing Parking Lot #5 to 24 hour parking.


There being no further business, a motion was made by Fichtner, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:52 p.m.