Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions

 
Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 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: Nutt
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on July 12, 2012

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing
Public Hearing
1.  4452 Vincent Avenue South (BZZ #5614, Ward: 13) (Sether)
A. Variance: Seth Paradis has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 11 feet 6 inches to allow for the construction of a new addition and tuck-under garage for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 11 feet 6 inches to allow for the construction of a new addition and tuck-under garage for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on Consent
B. Variance: Seth Paradis has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 7 feet 7 inches for a covered roof-top deck for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 7 feet 7 inches for a covered roof-top deck for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2.  Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on Consent
C. Variance: Seth Paradis has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 14 feet 8 inches to allow for a new open front porch for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the front yard setback along 45th Street West from 20 feet to approximately 14 feet 8 inches to allow for a new open front porch for the property located at 4452 Vincent Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The finish of the porch shall match the finish of the dwelling or the trim on the dwelling.
  2. Raw or unfinished lumber shall not be permitted on an open front porch.
  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 July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on Consent
2.  2429 Franklin Avenue East (BZZ #5571, Ward: 2) (Sether)
A. Variance: Thomas Rapson of Rapson Architects, on behalf of KAAH Express, has applied for a variance to reduce the west interior side yard setback from 11 feet to 4 feet to allow for a building addition to an existing commercial building located at 2429 Franklin Avenue East in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the west interior side yard setback from 11 feet to 4 feet to allow for a building addition to an existing commercial building for the property located at 2429 Franklin Avenue East in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and PO Pedestrian Oriented 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 July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The applicant shall provide a minimum of 10% glazing on the west façade, as permitted by the building code.
  4. There shall be no blank walls in excess of 25 feet, per section 530.120 of the zoning code.
  5. The exterior materials of the proposed addition shall complement the existing building.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Meier, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
B. Variance: Thomas Rapson of Rapson Architects, on behalf of KAAH Express, has applied for a variance to reduce the required off-street parking from 4 spaces to 3 spaces for the building located at 2429 Franklin Avenue East in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the required off-street parking from 4 spaces to 3 spaces for the property located at 2429 Franklin Avenue East in the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District and PO Pedestrian Oriented 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 July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Meier, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
3.  3424 Zenith Avenue South (BZZ #5626, Ward: 13) (Sether)
Variance: Jeremy McCrank, of Balancing Rock Design, LLC, on behalf of Lisa and Arthur Ide, has applied for a variance to reduce the required front yard along Zenith Avenue South to allow for a second floor bump-out addition to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 3424 Zenith Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the required front yard along Zenith Avenue South to approximately 80 feet to allow for a second floor bump-out addition to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 3424 Zenith Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on Consent
4.  3715 Cedar Lake Road South (BZZ #5575, Ward: 7) (Ellis)
Certificate of Nonconforming Use: David Klopp and Esme Murphy have applied for a certificate of nonconforming use to establish a two-family dwelling on the property located at 3715 Cedar Lake Road South in the R1 Single Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District
Action: Nothwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment approved the certificate of nonconforming use to establish a two-family dwelling for the property located at 3715 Cedar Lake Road South in the R1 Single Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District based on the following findings:
  1. The City of Minneapolis recognized two legal addresses, 3713-3715 Cedar Lake Road South, on the original building card, and the addresses were referenced in the original building permit B373148 on December 15, 1960, as well as B454958 on July 23, 1975.
  2. Affidavit submitted by Kathleen Wagner stating that she occupied the dwelling in the summer of 1964. At that time, the use was stated to be a duplex.
Aye: Thompson, Sandberg, Ogiba, Meier, Finlayson, Ditzler, Cahill
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
5.  1961 Kenwood Parkway (BZZ #5627, Ward: 7) (Sether)
Variance: Anne and Frank Taylor have applied for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Queen Avenue South from approximately 28 feet to approximately 17 feet 6 inches to allow for a one-story, rear addition to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 1961 Kenwood Parkway 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 Queen Avenue South from approximately 28 feet to approximately 17 feet 6 inches to allow for a one-story, 32.5 square foot rear addition to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 1961 Kenwood Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Meier, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
6.  3348 Irving Avenue South (BZZ #5639, Ward: 10) (Sether)
A. Variance: Martin Howard, of Next Level Designers and Builders, on behalf of the Obergfells, has applied for a variance to reduce the required north interior side yard from 5 feet to 3 feet to allow for a one-story addition to the rear of the existing single-family dwelling located at 3348 Irving Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the required north interior side yard from 5 feet to 3 feet to allow for a one-story addition to the rear of the existing single-family dwelling located at 3348 Irving Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval: 
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall complement and be similar to the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. Approval of the final site and elevation plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development – Planning Division.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by July 26, 2013, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Thompson, Sandberg, Ogiba, Meier, Finlayson, Ditzler, Cahill
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
B. Variance: Martin Howard, of Next Level Designers and Builders, on behalf of the Obergfells, has applied for a variance to reduce the required north interior side yard from 5 feet to 3 feet to allow for a roof-top deck over a proposed addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 3348 Irving Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment approved the variance to reduce the required north interior side yard from 5 feet to 3 feet to allow for a roof-top deck over a proposed addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 3348 Irving Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District based on the following findings:
  1. Practical difficulties do exist due to circumstances unique to the property based on the existing location of the dwelling in proximity to the north property line.
  2. The proposed variance will allow for reasonable use and a roof-top deck is allowed.
  3. Will not alter the essential character of neighborhood which has a number of existing decks and it will improve the property.
Aye: Thompson, Sandberg, Ogiba, Meier, Finlayson, Ditzler, Cahill
Absent: Nutt
Motion Passed
7.  223 West Minnehaha Parkway (BZZ #5635, Ward: 11) (Sether)
Variance: Justin and Jessie Pickar have applied for a variance to reduce the required west interior side yard setback from 6 feet to 3 feet to allow for an addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 223 West Minnehaha Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved a variance to reduce the required west interior side yard setback from 6 feet to 3 feet to allow for an addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 223 West Minnehaha Parkway 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 July 26, 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.
Approved on Consent
Unfinished Business
Update on the Annual Retreat (Sether)
New Business
August 9 Board of Adjustment meeting has been cancelled.
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: August 23, 2012.
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Last updated Jul 27, 2012