Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions
 
Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20, 2014
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, Jacob Saufley, and Ami Thompson
Committee Clerk: Fatima Porter, 612.673.3153
 
Board members absent: Ami Thompson
The meeting was called to order at 4:33 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on February 6, 2014
 
Public Hearings
 
Introduction to the Public Hearing
 
Public Hearing
1. 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE (BZZ# 6420, Ward 3) (Shanna Sether)
A. Variance: Tracey Kinney of Landform, on behalf of McDonald’s USA, LLC, has applied for a variance to increase the number of freestanding signs from one to four at the property located 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to increase the number of freestanding signs from one to four for the properties located at 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial 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: A. Thompson
Aye: S. Cahill, M. Ditzler, J. Finlayson, E. Johannessen, D. Ogiba, D. Sandberg, J. Saufley
Motion passed
B. Variance: Tracey Kinney of Landform, on behalf of McDonald’s USA, LLC, has applied for a variance to increase the maximum area of freestanding signs from 80 square feet to 330 square feet at the property located 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum area of freestanding signs from 80 square feet to 330 square feet for the properties located at 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial 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: A. Thompson
Aye: S. Cahill, M. Ditzler, J. Finlayson, E. Johannessen, D. Ogiba, D. Sandberg, J. Saufley
Motion passed
C. Variance: Tracey Kinney of Landform, on behalf of McDonald’s USA, LLC, has applied for a variance to increase the maximumheight of a menu board from 6 feet to approximately 6 feet 9 inches at the property located 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment denied the variance to increase the maximum height of a menu board from 6 feet to approximately 6 feet 9 inches for the properties located at 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, based on the following finding:
Finding #1: The increased height of the menu board to maintain consistency with the existing signage is not a unique circumstance of the property that creates practical difficulties in complying with the ordinance.
Absent: A. Thompson
Aye: S. Cahill, M. Ditzler, J. Finlayson, E. Johannessen, D. Ogiba, D. Sandberg, J. Saufley
Motion passed
D. Variance: Tracey Kinney of Landform, on behalf of McDonald’s USA, LLC, has applied for a variance to increase the maximum to increase the maximum height of a freestanding sign from 8 feet to approximately 10 feet 9 inches at the property located 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to increase the maximum height of a freestanding signs from 8 feet to approximately 10 feet 3 inches and 10 feet 9 inches, for the properties located at 1100 and 1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial 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: A. Thompson
Aye: S. Cahill, M. Ditzler, J. Finlayson, E. Johannessen, D. Ogiba, D. Sandberg, J. Saufley
Motion passed
 
2. 1926 Pleasant Ave (BZZ #6426, Ward 7) (Shanna Sether)

Gregg Hackett of Partners and Sirny, Architects, on behalf of the homeowner’s association of 1926 Pleasant Ave, has applied for a variance to allow for a new detached garage not located entirely to the rear of the principal residence for the property located at 1926 Pleasant Ave in the OR2 High Density Office Residence District.
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted staff findings and approved the variance to allow for a new detached garage not located entirely to the rear of the principal residence for the property located at 1926 Pleasant Ave in the OR2 High Density Office Residence 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 20, 2016, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
  3. The exterior materials of the proposed garage shall be tan-colored stucco or blue lap siding to match either the existing dwelling at 1926 Pleasant Ave or 318 Franklin Ave West.
Absent: A. Thompson
Motion Approved on Consent
For Discussion
Unfinished Business
            2013 BOA Annual Report
New Business
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: March 20, 2014

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