Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment Actions
 
Regular Meeting
4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 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
 
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.
Minutes were approved for the meeting held on March 20, 2014
 
Action Items
 
Approved amended bylaw language under Section 2.3 Nomination to eliminate the nomination committee.
 
Adopted 2013 BOA Annual Report.
 
Public Hearings
 
Introduction to the Public Hearing
 
Public Hearing
     1. 5631 Blaisdell Avenue South (BZZ #6462, Ward 11) (Shanna Sether)
Ellysa Cummings has applied for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along Blaisdell Avenue established by connecting a line between the two adjacent neighboring homes from approximately 20 feet 6 inches to approximately 15 feet 8 inches to allow for a second story addition over the first floor of an existing single-family dwelling located at 5631 Blaisdell Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District and AP Airport Overlay District.   
Action: The Board of Adjustment adopted the findings and approved the application for a variance to reduce the front yard setback along Blaisdell Avenue established by connecting a line between the two adjacent neighboring homes from approximately 20 feet 6 inches to approximately 15 feet 8 inches to allow for a second story addition over the first floor of an existing single-family dwelling located at 5631 Blaisdell Avenue in the R1A Single-Family District and AP Airport Overlay District, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The exterior materials used for the addition shall be consistent with the exterior materials of the principal structure on the property.
  2. Windows shall comply with section 535.80(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 April 3, 2016, unless extended by the Zoning Administrator, or the permit may be revoked for non-compliance.
Approved on consent
2. 3905 and 3907 Vincent Avenue South (BZZ #6458, Ward 13) (Shanna Sether)
Nick Walton, on behalf of CPM LLC, has applied for the following applications to allow for the lot division and future construction of two new single-family dwellings located at 3905 and 3907 Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District:
Variance A: Nick Walton, on behalf of CPM LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 6,000 square feet to 4,933 and 4,936 square feet for the lot division and future construction of two new single-family dwellings located at 3905 and 3907 Vincent Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment approved the application for a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement from 6,000 square feet to 4,933 and 4,936 square feet to allow for the lot division at 3905 and 3907 Vincent Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, based on the following findings:
Finding #1: Practical difficulties exist that have been created by circumstances unique to the property due to the original platting, where the lots were substandard in size. The City of Minneapolis platted the land originally; therefore, the circumstances were not created by the applicant.
Finding #2: The requested variances will allow for reasonable use because the existing and proposed land use will be two dwellings and will not increase density. As proposed, the two new single-family dwellings will not require additional variances. The proposed variances are consistent with the spirit and intent of the ordinance and comprehensive plan recognizing that there are a variety and diversity of lot areas and lot widths in the area, including many that are substandard.
Finding #3: The proposed variances will not alter the essential character of the locality or be injurious to the use or enjoyment of other property in the vicinity due to the diversity of lot sizes in the immediate area, the density will be consistent with the existing use and based on feedback from adjacent property owners, two single-family dwellings will be in more character than the existing nonconforming two-family dwelling.
Aye: Cahill, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Saufley
Nay: Thompson
Recused: Ditzler
Motion passed
Variance B: Nick Walton, on behalf of CPM LLC, has applied for a variance to reduce the minimum lot width requirement from 50 feet to approximately 43 feet for the lot division and future construction of two single-family dwellings located at 3905 and 3907 Vincent Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District.
Action: Notwithstanding staff recommendation, the Board of Adjustment approved the application for a variance to reduce the minimum lot width requirement from 50 feet to approximately 43 feet for both proposed parcels to allow for the lot division at 3905 and 3907 Vincent Avenue South in the R1 Single-Family District, based on the following findings:
Finding #1: Practical difficulties exist that have been created by circumstances unique to the property due to the original platting, where the lots were substandard in size. The City of Minneapolis platted the land originally; therefore, the circumstances were not created by the applicant.
Finding #2: The requested variances will allow for reasonable use because the existing and proposed land use will be two dwellings and will not increase density. As proposed, the two new single-family dwellings will not require additional variances. The proposed variances are consistent with the spirit and intent of the ordinance and comprehensive plan recognizing that there are a variety and diversity of lot areas and lot widths in the area, including many that are substandard.
Finding #3: The proposed variances will not alter the essential character of the locality or be injurious to the use or enjoyment of other property in the vicinity due to the diversity of lot sizes in the immediate area, the density will be consistent with the existing use and based on feedback from adjacent property owners, two single-family dwellings will be in more character than the existing nonconforming two-family dwelling.
Aye: Cahill, Finlayson, Johannessen, Ogiba, Sandberg, Saufley
Nay: Thompson
Recused: Ditzler
Motion passed
 
For Discussion
Unfinished Business
New Business
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
The next Board of Adjustment meeting: April 17, 2014
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