Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Agenda

 
Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 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

Call to Order

 
Roll Call Vote
Approval of Actions from the June 7, 2012, meeting.
Approval of Agenda
Petitions and Communications

Public Hearings

 
Introduction to the Public Hearing
 
Public Hearing   
1.  5745 Clinton Avenue South (BZZ #5593, Ward: 11) (Sether) (Staff Report)
A. Variance: Mythili Thiagarajan, of Auromira Architects, on behalf of Mauer Realty Limited Partnership, has applied for the following land use application to allow for the construction of two additions to the existing single-family dwelling located at 5745 Clinton Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, AP Airport Overlay District and SH Shoreland Overlay District:
1.     Variance to allow for development on or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve a variance to permit development in the SH Shoreland Overlay District within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope to allow for the construction of two additions to an existing single-family dwelling located at 5745 Clinton Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval: 
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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.     The additions shall have compatible materials to the existing structure.
B. Variance: Mythili Thiagarajan, of Auromira Architects, on behalf of Mauer Realty Limited Partnership, has applied for the following land use application to allow for the construction of two additions to the existing single-family dwelling located at 5745 Clinton Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, AP Airport Overlay District and SH Shoreland Overlay District:
1.     Variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 5 feet to allow for an addition to an existing attached garage.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve a variance reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 5 feet to allow for an addition to an existing attached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 5745 Clinton Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval:  
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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.     The addition shall have compatible materials to the existing structure.
2.  5148 Russell Avenue South (BZZ #5590, Ward: 13) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance: David Feider has applied for a variance to increase the maximum height of a fence from 6 feet to 8 feet for 22 feet in length along the north interior property line for the property located at 5148 Russell Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and deny the variance to increase the maximum height of a fence from 6 feet to 8 feet for approximately 22 feet in length along the north interior property line for the property located at 5148 Russell Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District.  
3.  4400 Fremont Avenue South (BZZ #5601, Ward: 13) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance: Jeff Nicholson of Quartersawn, on behalf of Rich and Carrie Higgins, has applied for a variance to increase the maximum height of a single-family dwelling from 2.5 stories to 3 stories to allow for a re-roof and new addition to the existing structure located at 4400 Fremont Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District. The existing dwelling is three stories and is presently nonconforming to the maximum height allowed in the R1 Single-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to increase the maximum height of a single-family dwelling from 2.5 stories to 3 stories to allow for a re-roof and new addition to the existing structure located at 4400 Fremont Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District. The existing dwelling is three stories and is presently nonconforming to the maximum height allowed 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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
4.  3016 6th Street North (BZZ #5600, Ward: 3) (Sether) (Staff Report)
A. Variance: Shalaunda Holmes of Project for Pride in Living, on behalf of the City of Minneapolis – Community Planning and Economic Development Department, has applied for the following land use applications to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling located at 3016 6th Street North in the R3 Multiple Family District:
1.     Variance to reduce the minimum front yard setback along 6th Street North from approximately 23 feet to 20 feet to allow for a new open front porch.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 6th Street North from approximately 23 feet to 20 feet to allow for an open front porch accessory to a new single-family dwelling located at 3016 6th Street North in the R3 Multiple Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval: 
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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.     The finish of the porch must match the finish of the dwelling or the trim on the dwelling. No raw or unfinished lumber is permitted on an open porch.
B. Variance: Shalaunda Holmes of Project for Pride in Living, on behalf of the City of Minneapolis – Community Planning and Economic Development Department, has applied for the following land use applications to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling located at 3016 6th Street North in the R3 Multiple Family District:
1.     Variance to reduce the minimum north interior side yard setback from 5 feet to approximately 1 foot 4 ½ inches to allow for the new structure.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and deny the variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 5 feet to approximately 2 feet to allow for the construction of a new single-family dwelling located at 3016 6th Street North in the R3 Multiple Family District.
5.  1920-2022 West Broadway Avenue (BZZ #5588, Ward: 5) (Steen) (Staff Report)
Appeal: Application by Cynthia Lee, on behalf of CommonBond Communities for an appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that the proposed development (West Broadway Curve) project at 1920-2022 West Broadway Avenue is classified as a supportive housing use.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and deny the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that the proposed development project at 1920-2022 West Broadway Avenue (West Broadway Curve) is a supportive housing use.
6.  1953 Ewing Avenue South (BZZ #5591, Ward: 7) (Sether) (Staff Report)
A. Variance: Dave Stockdale of Edgework Builders, Inc., on behalf of Chris and Amy Balser, has applied for the following land use application to allow for the construction of a breezeway addition and the remodel and second floor addition to the existing garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 1953 Ewing Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District:
1.     Variance to allow for development on or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve a variance to permit development in the SH Shoreland Overlay District within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope to allow for the construction of a breezeway and second-story addition to the existing garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 1953 Ewing Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval: 
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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.     The additions shall have compatible materials to the existing structure.
B. Variance: Dave Stockdale of Edgework Builders, Inc., on behalf of Chris and Amy Balser, has applied for the following land use application to allow for the construction of a breezeway addition and the remodel and second floor addition to the existing garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 1953 Ewing Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District:
1.   Variance to reduce the corner side yard setback along Franklin Avenue West from 10 feet to approximately 8 feet 6 inches.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve a variance to reduce the corner side yard setback along Franklin Avenue West from 10 feet to approximately 8 feet 6 inches to allow for a second-story addition to the existing garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 1953 Ewing Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval: 
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 28, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.     The additions shall have compatible materials to the existing structure.
7.  2600 Cedar Avenue South (BZZ #5598, Ward: 9) (Steen) (Staff Report)
Appeal: Application by Mohamed Wadi, on behalf of Cedar Food & Grill for an appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that the business at 2600 Cedar Avenue South is in violation of Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Section 530.120 as a result of blocking first floor windows with cooler equipment.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and deny the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s determination that the business at 2600 Cedar Avenue South is in violation of Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Section 530.120 as a result of blocking first floor windows with cooler equipment.

For Discussion

Unfinished Business
New Business
Adjournment
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Last updated Jun 21, 2012