Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions 

Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013
Room 317, City Hall
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1385
Board Membership: Sean Cahill, Matt Ditzler, John Finlayson, Eric Johannessen, Dan Ogiba, Matt Perry, Dick Sandberg, and Ami Thompson
Committee Clerk: Julie Biesemeier
The meeting was called to order at 4:31 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on June 20, 2013

Public Hearings

Introduction to the Public Hearing

Public Hearing

1.   4838 Bryant Avenue South (BZZ #6071, Ward 13) (Sether)
This item was continued from the June 20 Board of Adjustment meeting.

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 for an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment accepts the withdrawal of the application 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.

This item was withdrawn.

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 accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment accepts the withdrawal of the application for a variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 6 feet to 0 feet to allow for a new attached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.

This item was withdrawn.

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 accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment accepts the withdrawal of the application 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 accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4838 Bryant Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.

This item was withdrawn.

2.   4121 Hiawatha Avenue (BZZ #6003, Ward 12) (Wee)

A. Variance: Connie Williams, on behalf of McDonalds, has applied for a variance to exceed the maximum sign area of two menu board signs from 36 sq. ft. to 43.65 sq. ft. and maximum height to 6 feet 8 inches for the property located at 4121 Hiawatha Avenue.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to allow both menu boards exceeding the maximum area to 43.65 square feet and maximum height to 6 feet 8 inches for the property located at 4121 Hiawatha Avenue, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All unpermitted signs shall be removed including the banners along the fence to the east, and signs on yards, driveways and parking areas;
  2. Subsequent addition of signs, including window signs, shall be subject to master sign plan approvals by staff;
  3. Sign permit applications shall be submitted and approved separately for all signs.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson
Approved on Consent

B. Variance: Connie Williams, on behalf of McDonalds, has applied for a variance to allow a second freestanding sign with canopy exceeding the maximum height to 11.5 feet for the property located at 4121 Hiawatha Avenue.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to allow a second freestanding sign with canopy exceeding the maximum height to 11.5 feet for the property located at 4121 Hiawatha Avenue.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson   
Approved on Consent

3.   2700 43rd Street West (BZZ #6111, Ward 13) (Ellis)

Variance: Nick Walton, on behalf G.W., LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the required front yard setback from 25 feet to 19 feet 3 inches for the front building wall and to 16 feet 1 inch for an open front porch, both to allow for the construction of a new single family home at 2700 43rd Street West in the R1 Single Family District and the SH Shoreland Overlay District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the required front yard along 43rd Street West from 25 feet to 19 feet 3 inches for the front building wall and to 16 feet 1 inch for an open front porch, both to allow for the construction of a new single family dwelling located at 2700 43rd Street West in the R1 Single-Family District and the SH Shoreland Overlay District.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson  
Approved on Consent

4.   2924 Grand Avenue South (BZZ #6082, Ward 6) (Sether)

Certificate of Nonconforming Use: Dana Avery on behalf of Maze Properties, LLC, has applied for a Certificate of Nonconforming Use to establish legal nonconforming rights to a three-unit, multiple-family residence in an existing structure located at 2924 Grand Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and denied the Certificate of Nonconforming Use to establish legal nonconforming rights to a three-unit, multiple-family residence in an existing structure located at 2924 Grand Avenue South in the R2B Two-Family District.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg,Thompson 
Nay: Finlayson
Motion was Approved

5.   122 48th Street West (BZZ #6104, Ward 11) (Sether)

A. Variance: Pete Riesgraf of Riverstone Builders, LLC, on behalf of Robert Payne and Paul Snyder, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum north and east interior side yard setbacks from 5 feet to 1 foot to allow for a new detached garage to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 122 48th Street West in the R1A Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum north and east interior side yard setbacks from 5 feet to 1 foot to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 122 48th Street West in the R1A Single-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 July 11, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg,Thompson 
Approved on Consent

B. Variance: Pete Riesgraf of Riverstone Builders, LLC, on behalf of Robert Payne and Paul Snyder, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum distance between the principal structure and a dwelling from 6 feet to approximately 6 inches – measured between the garage and the deck – to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 122 48th Street West in the R1A Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum distance between the principal structure and a dwelling from 6 feet to approximately 6 inches – measured between the garage and the deck – to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling on a reverse corner lot located at 122 48th Street West in the R1A Single-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 July 11, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg,Thompson 
Approved on Consent

6.   4740 Wentworth Avenue (BZZ #6112, Ward 11) (Sether)

A. Variance: Pete Riesgraf of Riverstone Builders, LLC, on behalf of Martin Von Euw, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum south interior side yard setback from 5 feet to 0 feet to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District.Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum south interior side yard setback from 5 feet to 0 foot to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District, subject to the following conditions of approval:

  1. The applicant shall provide gutters along the south property line to ensure stormwater retention on the subject 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 July 11, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg,Thompson 
Approved on Consent

B. Variance: Pete Riesgraf of Riverstone Builders, LLC, on behalf of Martin Von Euw, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum distance between the principal structure and a dwelling from 6 feet to approximately 1 foot – measured between the garage and the deck and rear porch – to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to reduce the minimum distance between the garage and a dwelling from 6 feet to approximately 4.5 feet to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-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 July 11, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg,Thompson  
Approved on Consent

C. Variance: Pete Riesgraf of Riverstone Builders, LLC, on behalf of Martin Von Euw, has applied for a variance to allow for a new detached garage not entirely to the rear of the principal structure to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District.

Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to allow for a detached garage not located entirely to the rear of the principal structure to allow for a new detached garage accessory to an existing single-family dwelling located at 4740 Wentworth Avenue in the R1A Single-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 July 11, 2015, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.

Aye: Cahill, Ditzler, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Thompson 
Approved on Consent

For Discussion
Unfinished Business
New Business
 Retreat invite (possible September date) (Sether)
 Welcome Julie (Sether)
 Pam Meier resignation effective today (7/11/13)
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 5:07 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: July 25, 2013
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Last updated Jul 12, 2013