Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions 

Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013
Room 317, City Hall
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1385
Board Membership: Sean Cahill, Matt Ditzler, John Finlayson, Eric Johannessen, Pam Meier, Dan Ogiba, Matt Perry, Dick Sandberg, and Ami Thompson
Committee Clerk: Diana Armstrong, 612.673.2615
 
Board members absent: Pam Meier
The meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on June 6, 2013

Public Hearings

 
Introduction to the Public Hearing
Public Hearing
1.   3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway (BZZ #6058, Ward 13) (Robb Clarksen)
A. Variance: Application by Jolene Schmelzer of Lakewest, LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum gross floor area ratio from .5 to approximately .7 for property located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and denied the variance to increase the maximum permitted floor area ratio permitted in the residential zoning districts from approximately .59 to approximately.7 to allow for a new single-family dwelling located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Aye: Cahill, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Nay: Ditzler
Absent: Meier
Motion Passed
B. Variance: Application by Jolene Schmelzer of Lakewest, LLC, for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback along West Lake Calhoun Parkway from the setback established by connecting a line between two adjacent neighbors from approximately 34 feet to 23 feet (for the structure) and from 34 feet to 3 feet (for a retaining wall) for property located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway 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 front yard setback as established by the line connecting the front of the adjacent dwellings along West Lake Calhoun Parkway from approximately 34 feet to 26 feet to allow for a new single-family dwelling and from approximately 34 feet to 20 feet for a ground level patio which shall not exceed the width of the principal structure located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. Approval of the project will require the applicant to complete the City’s administrative site plan review process and obtain any approvals required by outside agencies, including but not limited to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Public Works department prior to issuance of building permits.
  2. The applicant shall submit a landscaping plan clarifying the impact of development on existing vegetation on the subject property and in the area between the front lot line and West Lake Calhoun Parkway.
  3. The Applicant shall provide a tree protection plan authored by a licensed arborist to assess the potential preservation of any trees over 10” diameter at breast height (4.5 feet above grade, on or offsite) that may be affected by the proposed development. 
  4. CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, landscaping, building and elevation plans prior to the issuance of building permits. 
  5. All site improvements shall be completed by June 20, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Meier
Motion Passed
C. Variance: Application by Jolene Schmelzer of Lakewest, LLC, for a variance to allow for development on or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope for property located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway in the R1 Single-Family District and SH Shoreland Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to permit development on a steep slope or bluff or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope in the SH Shoreland Overlay District to allow for a new single-family dwelling and ground level patio located at 3748 West Lake Calhoun Parkway, subject to the following conditions of approval:
  1. The principal structure shall comply with a 26’ setback from the front lot line, as established by adjacent development to the west.
  2. A ground level patio shall comply with a 20’ setback from the front lot line, as established by adjacent development to the west. 
  3. The applicant shall complete the City’s administrative site plan review process.
  4. The applicant shall obtain approval of an encroachment permit for the walkway access to West Lake Calhoun Parkway from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board prior to issuance of building permits.
  5. The applicant shall provide a landscape plan that clarifies how the view of the property from Lake Calhoun will be consistent with pre-development conditions to the extent practical.
  6. The Applicant shall provide a tree protection plan authored by a licensed arborist to assess the potential preservation of any trees over 10” diameter at breast height (4.5 feet above grade, on or offsite) that may be affected by the proposed development. 
  7. CPED staff shall review and approve the final site, landscaping, building and elevation plans prior to the issuance of building permits. 
  8. All site improvements shall be completed by June 20, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Nay: Johannessen
Absent: Meier
Motion Passed
2.   4838 Bryant Avenue South (BZZ #6071, Ward 13) (Shanna Sether)
A. Variance: Application by John Barbour of Shelter Architecture, on behalf of Marcus Waterbury, for a variance to increase the maximum floor area for accessory structures from 676 square feet to 1,322 square feet for an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment continued the variance to increase the maximum floor area for accessory structures from 804 square feet to 1,258 square feet to allow for the construction of a new 704 square foot attached garage, existing 360 square foot detached garage, 96 square foot shed and 98 square foot gazebo accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, one-cycle to the July 11, 2013, Board of Adjustment hearing.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Meier
This item was Continued
B. Variance: Application by John Barbour of Shelter Architecture, on behalf of Marcus Waterbury, for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to 0 feet to allow for a new attached garage located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment continued the variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to 0 feet to allow for a new attached garage to the existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, one-cycle to the July 11, 2013, Board of Adjustment hearing.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Meier
This item was Continued
C. Variance: Application by John Barbour of Shelter Architecture, on behalf of Marcus Waterbury, for a variance to increase the maximum height of a fence located in the required north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 7 feet 6 inches for property located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment continued the variance to increase the maximum height of a fence located in the required north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to approximately 7 feet 6 inches to the existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, one-cycle to the July 11, 2013, Board of Adjustment hearing.
Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Absent: Meier
This item was Continued
3.   222 Hennepin Avenue (BZZ #6086, Ward 7) (Shanna Sether)
Variance: Application by Jim Doyle of Ryan Companies US, Inc., on behalf of 222 Hennepin Investors, LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum height of four wall signs from 28 feet to approximately 97 feet located at 222 Hennepin Avenue in the B4S-2 Downtown Service District. 
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted the staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum height of four wall signs from 28 feet to approximately 97 feet located at 222 Hennepin Avenue in the B4S-2 Downtown Service District, subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. Approval of the master sign plan by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Absent: Meier
Approved on Consent
4.   1100 2nd Street South (BZZ #6087, Ward 7) (Shanna Sether)
A. Variance: Application by Jeff Sommers of Izzy’s Ice Cream Café, on behalf of River road Holdings, LLC, for a variance to allow for a new wall sign located on a non-primary building wall for property located at 1100 2nd Street South in the I1 Light Industrial District and IL Industrial Living Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopt the staff findings and approved the variance to allow for a new wall sign located on a non-primary building wall for the property located at 1100 2nd Street South in the I1 Light Industrial District, subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. Approval of the sign permit by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Absent: Meier
Approved on Consent
B. Variance: Application by Jeff Sommers of Izzy’s Ice Cream Café, on behalf of River road Holdings, LLC, for a variance to increase the maximum area of a wall sign from 0 square feet to approximately 25 square feet for property located at 1100 2nd Street South in the I1 Light Industrial District and IL Industrial Living Overlay District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted the staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum area of a new wall sign from 0 square feet to approximately 25 square feet for the property located at 1100 2nd Street South in the I1 Light Industrial District, subject to the following condition of approval:
  1. Approval of the sign permit by the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Absent: Meier
Approved on Consent

For Discussion

Unfinished Business
New Business
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: July 11, 2013
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Last updated Jun. 21, 2013