Input sought on Edina’s house construction

Residents will be able to give their input on house sizes and construction impacts during two public meetings on the matter.

“Single-family home massing, or large ‘McMansions’ replacing smaller homes has become a controversial issue in the city,” Planning Director Cary Teague said. “The city of Edina has attempted to address this issue in the past by making changes to zoning regulations. However, the issue has been raised again. What we want now is to hear what problems and issues residents are experiencing with new home construction and what they think might be good solutions.”

Two public meetings will be held at 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 26, and 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, both at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square. The format will be similar for both meetings. Residents are welcome to attend one or both meetings to provide comments and suggestions. Residents may also leave comments at speakupedina.org.

The city also created a working group to identify residential zoning issues and suggest changes to the current zoning code and policies. The working group has found that most issues fall into two categories – construction project impact and new home sizes, heights and setbacks.

“When we are considerinng changes to the existing code, we want to make sure we fully understand the issues at hand,” said Michael Platteter, planning commissioner and member of the working group. “We know there are issues from the feedback to date. In 2012, for example, the issues were escalated because of the high number of new homes being built. We want to get feedback directly from residents on what they have seen as far as issues and what they think are good solutions.”

In 2012, 101 new home permit applications were accepted, according to the Building Inspections Division.

Online feedback will be taken until Feb. 15. Findings from the public meetings and online discussion will be presented to the Planning Commission at a February meeting. The commission will then make a recommendation and determine the next steps with the Edina City Council at its March 5 joint work session.

Info: 952-826-0369 (Planning Division)

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