City Council approves new construction management standards that will help neighborhoods
The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges today approved new construction management standards for residential projects that will help reduce environmental and livability issues that neighbors face when nearby properties are under construction. Builders of one- and two-unit residential construction projects will now be asked to sign and follow a 25-point agreement to ensure that construction sites are well managed and that negative impacts on neighbors are reduced as much as possible. The conditions relate to things like hours of work, noise reduction, neighbor notification, dumpsters and street use, protecting adjoining properties, and a number of other things that will improve conditions for neighbors during projects.
The City Council’s approval of the new construction management process also ends the moratorium on demolitions of properties in five Southwest neighborhoods that was put in place in March. Since the moratorium went into effect, City officials, led by 13th Ward City Council Member Linea Palmisano, and staff have worked with residents, developers, and trade groups to develop the new Construction Management Agreement process. As these new conditions go into effect, the City’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department will continue work on a zoning study that will inform further development across the City, including the five neighborhoods of Southwest Minneapolis, which have seen a high rate of teardowns and construction projects.
The Construction Management Agreement, which builders are asked to sign off on prior to starting work, includes 25 conditions that builders agree to when wrecking, building new, or doing major remodeling of one- and two-unit dwellings. Some of the conditions are based on existing City ordinance, and others put new rules in place that contractors must agree to follow.
Some of those conditions include:
Hours of work and noise reduction: Operation of construction equipment is allowed only between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless an after-hours permit is obtained from the City. Contractors will also plan for and effectively implement reasonable measures to mitigate equipment noise that affects the neighborhood.
Dumpsters and street use: When possible, dumpsters will be located completely on the project site. If street use is required, permits will be issued in 30-day increments, up to a total of 120 days. Dumpsters must be covered during all non-work hours.
Protecting neighboring properties: Contractors must keep the construction site, streets, sidewalks, alleys, and adjacent properties clean, and must protect adjacent public and private property from damage during demolition and construction.
Environmental mitigation: Contractors will be required to use proper erosion and sediment control measures, as well as properly manage dirt and dust issues that might impact the public rights-of-way and neighboring properties.
Contact for neighbors: Before work is done at a site, the contractor will install a sign that includes phone numbers for the developer and contractor, so neighbors have a direct channel to reach out to builders if problems arise.
Published Apr 11, 2014