Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions

 
Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012
Room 317, City Hall
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1385
Board Membership: Sean Cahill, Matt Ditzler, John Finlayson, Pam Meier, James Nutt, Dan Ogiba, Matt Perry, Dick Sandberg, and Ami Thompson
Committee Clerk: Diana Armstrong, 612.673.2615
Board members absent: James Nutt
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on May 24, 2012

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing
Public Hearing
1.  4920 Emerson Avenue South (BZZ #5564, Ward: 13) (Shanna Sether)
Variance: Janet Fransen has applied for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 3 feet to allow for a new enclosed screen porch to the front of an existing single-family dwelling located at 4920 Emerson Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings #2 and #3 and approved the variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 3 feet to allow for a new enclosed screen porch to the front of an existing single-family dwelling located at 4920 Emerson Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District, based on the additional finding:
  1. Practical difficulties exist in that the building is askew to the north property line.
Aye: Meier, Ogiba, Finlayson, Ditzler, Cahill, Thompson, Sandberg
Absent: Nutt
2.  4047 Beard Avenue South (BZZ #5565, Ward: 13) (Shanna Sether)
Variance: Bill Himmelwright has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along Beard Ave S from approximately 25 feet 7 inches to 20 feet 2 inches to allow for a new ground level patio and second story addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4047 Beard Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment accepted the withdrawal of the variance to reduce the front yard setback along Beard Ave S from approximately 25 feet 7 inches to 20 feet 2 inches to allow for a new ground level patio and second story addition to the existing single-family dwelling located at 4047 Beard Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District.
Approved on Consent
3.  132 31st Avenue Northeast (BZZ #5554, Ward: 1) (Jake Steen)
Variance: Tom and Tammie Swanson, owners of CBASE (Swanson Holdings, LLC), have applied for a variance of the surfacing requirements for parking areas for the property located at 132 31st Ave NE.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance of the surfacing requirements for parking and storage areas for the property located at 132 31st Ave NE, subject to the following conditions:
  1. Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division staff review and approval of the final site and landscaping plan.
  2. Site improvements required by the zoning code or by the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall be completed by June 7, 2013, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on Consent
4.  2449 31st Avenue South (BZZ #5570, Ward: 2) (Shanna Sether)
A. Variance: Shannon Laveen, on behalf of William Laveen, has applied for a variance to increase the maximum height of a cedar and steel fence along 31st Ave S, from 3 feet to 6 feet for the property located at 2449 31st Ave S in the R1A Single-Family District, on a reverse corner lot.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and denied the variance to increase the maximum height of a cedar and steel fence, along 31st Avenue South from 3 feet to 6 feet on a reverse corner lot located at 2449 31st Ave S in the R1A Single-Family District.
B. Variance: Shannon Laveen, on behalf of William Laveen, has applied for a variance to increase the maximum height of a steel fence and gate along the north property line, from 3 feet to 6 feet for the property located at 2449 31st Ave S in the R1A Single-Family District, on a reverse corner lot.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and denied the variance to increase the maximum height of a steel fence and gate along the north property line, from 3 feet to 6 feet on a reverse corner lot located at 2449 31st Ave S in the R1A Single-Family District.
Aye: Sandberg, Cahill, Thompson, Ditzler, Meier, Ogiba, Finlayson
Absent: Nutt
5.  219 Morgan Avenue North (BZZ #5563, Ward: 5) (Shanna Sether)
Variance: Monica Arons has applied for a variance to increase the maximum height of a new detached garage from 10 feet to approximately 17 feet, measured from natural grade to the top plate, for the property located at 219 Morgan Ave N in the R1A Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum height of a new detached garage from 10 feet to approximately 17 feet, measured from the floor to the top plate, for the property located at 219 Morgan Ave N in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. The exterior materials used for the accessory structure shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. The primary roof pitch of the garage is 12/12 and is a gable roof to match the pitch and roof type of the principal structure.
  3. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  4. All site improvements shall be completed by June 7, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Thompson, Ditzler, Sandberg, Ogiba, Finlayson, Meier, Cahill
Absent: Nutt
6.   2380 West Lake of the Isles (BZZ #5551, Ward: 7) (Jake Steen)
Appeal: Application by Steven J. Wells for an appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s approval (BZZ #5396) of a new single family dwelling located at 2380 W Lake of the Isles, on the basis that the front yard setback was improperly determined.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and denied the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s approval of a new single family dwelling located at 2380 West Lake of the Isles (BZZ 5396), on the contention that the front yard setback was improperly determined.
Aye: Cahill, Sandberg, Ogiba, Ditzler, Meier, Finlayson, Thompson
Absent: Nutt
7.  1935 Penn Avenue South (BZZ #5569, Ward: 7) (Shanna Sether)
Variance: Howard Theis, of Wooden Dreams, on behalf of Dawn and Whitney Tope, has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along Penn Ave S from approximately 47 feet to approximately 30 feet to allow for an elevated walkway/deck to the front of an existing single-family dwelling located at 1935 Penn Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Penn Ave S from approximately 47 feet to approximately 30 feet to allow for an elevated walkway/deck to the front of an existing single-family dwelling located at 1935 Penn Ave S in the R1 Single-Family District subject to the following conditions:
  1. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by June 7, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The elevated walkway/deck shall have compatible materials to the existing structure.
Aye: Thompson, Sandberg, Ogiba, Meier, Finlayson, Ditzler, Cahill
Absent: Nutt

For Discussion

Unfinished Business
New Business
1.     A reminder to take the board survey if you haven’t already; deadline is Monday, June 11. (Sether)
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: June 28, 2012
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Last updated Jun. 8, 2012