Plan Commission considers condos, new businesses
The Hudson Plan Commission met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 8. New businesses and developments were on the table for discussion and recommendation to the council.
Coulee Road condos
A new condo development on Coulee Road east of Birkmose Park got a lukewarm reception at the commission meeting Tuesday night, but commission members agreed to set a public hearing for rezoning of the property from single family to multifamily.
"They are owed the right of due process, the right of more eyes maybe coming upon this thing than just ourselves," Commission Member Fred Yoerg said.
Yoerg was joined by Council Member Randy Morrissette in opposing the proposal that would develop about 27 units on the 120,00 square foot site.
"It's a rather large site for a single family home within the city limits here," Matt Hoefler of HAF Group Architecture said.
Hoefler said the development in Hudson, and trends in general, show a need for more higher density housing closer to downtown.
The condos will be 1,200 to 1,500 square feet, and each unit would have two parking stalls located mainly underneath the building with another 14 stalls in front of the building.
"Our adding housing for that area we think will be a huge benefit for any development that may be coming into Hudson," Hoefler said.
Morrissette said the property is the wrong place for multiple housing.Yoerg agreed, saying the development would ruin the aesthetics of the area.
Community Development Director Mike Johnson said that discussion would be for another time, as the commission was currently only discussing setting a date for a public hearing.
A motion by Morissette against setting a hearing died without a second. The commission approved a hearing for June 18, with Morrissette voting no.
A Popeye's restaurant will join one of the several new establishments off Crest View Drive. The plan commission approved concept development plans for a location at 2211 Badger Drive east of Five Guys and Panera Bread.
Commission members were assured the orange on the building wouldn't be as bright as the color printed in their packets.
The development meets all the parking requirements with an individual lot.
Neo Electrical Solutions
The plan commission approved concept development plans for a 13,000-plus square foot building for Neo Electrical Solutions on Jack Breault Drive.
A single-story structure would contain both office and warehouse space. The plans include additional expansion space for potential future use.
Second Street duplex
A property previously used as a duplex by a past owner was recommended for approval of an R-2 two-family residence zoning for the new owner.
Johnson said the use was consistent with the comprehensive plan. He said he anticipates the new owner will need a building permit, which will ensure the building is fully up to code.
"This guy's playing ball and trying to get it done right," Yoerg said as he moved for approval.
A public hearing will be set for the zoning, and at that time neighbors will be notified.
Waterfront Vision study
The final St. Croix River waterfront vision study presented to the council in February was recommended for addition to the city's comprehensive plan Tuesday night.
"It forces us to make sure this plan doesn't sit on the shelf and it also shows that our community is supportive of these types of initiatives," Johnson said.
Moving forward, the plan commission and park board will continue to work on implementing the plan which includes planting trees behind the bandshell, a boardwalk, a dike road remodel and more.
"The challenge is sometimes these plans you need to have someone who's going to champion it," Commission Member Mary Claire Potter said.
Short Elliott Hendrickson architects Ed Freer and Alex Thill will continue to be a resource as the city turns to grant writing for the project.
Mayor Rich O'Connor said the implementation will take years, which is why having the plan in the comprehensive plan is important.
Downtown TIF district
A public hearing was set for June 19 at 7 p.m. for a tax increment district in downtown Hudson. This would be the sixth district the city has established.
The district could be a way to potentially finance riverfront or other projects in the city by taking advantage of the commercial and residential development occurring in the area. With the district, property tax revenue would be collected in a separate fund that could be used to fund redevelopment and infrastructure in the area, and up to a half mile outside of it.
A public hearing is the first step in the process, Johnson said.