Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Agenda 

Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013
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 February 14, 2013, meeting.
Approval of Agenda
Petitions and Communications

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing
Public Hearing
1.   4912 James Avenue South (BZZ #5879, Ward 13) (Steen) (Staff Report)
Variance: Tom Meckey, on behalf of Janet Rensberger, applied for a variance to the FP Floodplain Overlay District, which requires that the structure shall be elevated on fill to the base flood elevation for fifteen (15) feet beyond the outside limits of the structure, to allow for the construction of a single-family dwelling at 4912 James Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, FP Floodplain Overlay District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to the FP Floodplain Overlay District, which requires that the structure shall be elevated on fill to the base flood elevation for fifteen (15) feet beyond the outside limits of the structure, to allow for the construction of a single-family dwelling at 4912 James Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, FP Floodplain Overlay District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
2.   1109 7th Street Southeast (BZZ #5917, Ward 3) (Sether) (Staff Report)
This item was Continued from the February 28, 2013, Board of Adjustment meeting.
Variance: Daniel Perkins, on behalf of KLP Real Estate, LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 10,000 square feet to approximately 9,480 square feet (5.2%) to allow for the conversion from a single-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling located at 1109 7th Street Southeast in the R2B Two-Family District and UA University Area Overlay District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 10,000 square feet to approximately 9,480 square feet (5.2%) to allow for the conversion from a single-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling located at 1109 7th Street Southeast in the R2B Two-Family District and UA University Area Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
3.   1937 Fremont Avenue South (BZZ #5922, Ward 7) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance A:  Joshua Keller, on behalf of Urban Vintage Apartments, LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area per dwelling from 1,250 square feet to approximately 1,037 square feet (17%) to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure for the property located at 1937 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum lot area per dwelling from 1,250 square feet to approximately 1,037 square feet (17%) to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure located at 1937 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Variance B: Joshua Keller, on behalf of Urban Vintage Apartments, LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking from 7 spaces to 6 spaces, where 4 are provided and 2 are non-conforming to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure for the property located at 1937 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking from 7 spaces to 6 spaces, where 4 are provided and 2 are non-conforming to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure located at 1937 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Bicycle parking shall be provided to accommodate no fewer than two (2) bicycles on the property and shall meet the minimum requirements for long-term bicycle parking.   
  2. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
4.   1941 Fremont Avenue South (BZZ #5923, Ward 7) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance A: Joshua Keller, on behalf of Urban Vintage Apartments, LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area per dwelling from 1,250 square feet to approximately 1,075 square feet (14%) to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure for the property located at 1941 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum lot area per dwelling from 1,250 square feet to approximately 1,075 square feet (14%) to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure located at 1941 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  2. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Variance B:  Joshua Keller, on behalf of Urban Vintage Apartments, LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking from 7 spaces to 6 spaces, where 5 are provided and 1 is non-conforming to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure for the property located at 1941 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum off-street parking from 7 spaces to 6 spaces, where 5 are provided and 1 is non-conforming to allow for an additional (7th) dwelling in an existing multiple-family structure located at 1941 Fremont Avenue South in the R4 Multiple-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Bicycle parking shall be provided to accommodate no fewer than two (2) bicycles on the property and shall meet the minimum requirements for long-term bicycle parking.   
  2. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
5.   5137 Chowen Avenue South (BZZ #5921, Ward 13) (Vrchota) (Staff Report)
Variance: Andrea Corbin has applied for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback along Chowen Avenue South from the setback established by connecting a line between the two adjacent dwellings to 29 feet to allow for the construction of a new two-story, single-family dwelling for the property located at 5137 Chowen Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family Residence District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adoptstaff findings and approve a variance to reduce the established front yard setback along Chowen Avenue South to 31.91 feet to allow for the construction of a new two-story single-family dwelling for the property located at 5137 Chowen Avenue South in the R1A Single-Family Residence District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The cantilevered sections proposed at the front of the house are not approved.
  2. The porch shall be positioned and designed to be in compliance with Table 535-1 Permitted Encroachments into Required Yards.
  3. The applicant shall apply to obtain necessary approvals for administrative site plan review.
  4. CPED staff review and approve the final site plan, building plans, and elevations. 
 6. 2512 22nd Avenue Northeast (BZZ #5924, Ward 1) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance: James Kalina has requested a variance to reduce the minimum west interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 1 foot 6 inches to allow for the construction of a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 2512 22nd Avenue Northeast in the R1 Single-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the variance to reduce the minimum west interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 1 foot 6 inches to allow for the construction of a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 2512 22nd Avenue Northeast in the R1 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. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  3. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
7.   2331 McKinley Street Northeast (BZZ #5928, Ward 1) (Sether) (Staff Report)
Variance: Tim Eian of t e Studios, on behalf of Julie and Tarek Alkatout, has requested a variance to reduce the minimum north interior side yard setback from 5 feet to approximately 1 foot 4 inches measured to the exterior wall to allow for the remodel of the first floor and the construction of a new second-story addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 2331 McKinley Street Northeast in the R1A Single-Family District.
Recommended Motion: The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development recommends that the Board of Adjustment adopt staff findings and approve the varianceto reduce the north interior side yard setback from 5 feet to approximately 2.4 feet measured to the exterior wall to allow for the construction of a new second-story addition to an existing single-family dwelling located at 2331 McKinley Street Northeast in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. The exterior materials of the addition shall match the existing dwelling.
  2. The north elevation shall comply with the minimum window requirements per 535.90(c) of the zoning code.
  3. Approval of the final site, elevation and floor plans by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
  4. All site improvements shall be completed by February 28, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

For Discussion

Unfinished Business
New Business
Adjournment
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Last updated Feb. 20, 2013