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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION <br /> OF THE EDINA CITY COUNCIL, <br /> HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 17,2007 <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in the Community Room of Edina <br /> City Hall. Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica, Swenson and Mayor <br /> Hovland. Present from the Planning Commission were: Members Brown, Forrest, Grabiel, <br /> Risser,Scherer and Chair Lonsbury. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes,City Manager; <br /> Roger Knutson, City Attorney; Cary Teague, Planning Director; Kris Aaker, Assistant <br /> Planner; Steve Kirchman, Building Official; Jennifer Bennerotte, Marketing & <br /> Communications Director; and Debra Mangen,City Clerk. <br /> Director Teague reviewed the changes proposed in an ordinance amendment drafted <br /> following the Council's Study Session as follows: <br /> • Height - Building height would be measured from existing grade, to prevent <br /> builders from filling in around a foundation to meet the height requirement. <br /> Additionally, the average elevation would be used, rather than just the front <br /> elevation to take into account sloping lots. <br /> • Side yard setback - Side yard setback would employ a sliding scale of setback <br /> requirements based on lot width. This would slightly increase the separation <br /> between houses. <br /> • Exceptions - Eliminate bay window that don't extend to the ground level from <br /> setback exceptions. This would combat the issue of allowing three feet of building <br /> into the setback if the wall is brought in at ground level. <br /> Mr. Teague said that staff had reviewed thirteen recently approved house plans and <br /> applied the proposed ordinance amendments. He reported that in several instances the <br /> plans would have needed revision to either reduce height or increase setback. <br /> The Council, Planning Commission and staff discussed the issues surrounding massing and <br /> possible solutions including using some type of floor area ratio limit, reducing allowable <br /> height, and increasing setbacks. The discussion included the methodology of measuring <br /> height, the practice of increasing the property's elevation before an addition or new <br /> construction takes place, architectural elements that extend into the setback, how to balance <br /> the interest of the property owner and the impact on the neighbors, driveways and <br /> driveway placement, impervious surfaces, utilizing some type of conditional use permit, <br /> sustainable design and a time frame for hearing any proposed ordinance amendments. <br /> Staff was directed to prepare an ordinance amendment covering building height, <br /> exceptions to setbacks and minimum setbacks. Further research was determined to be <br /> necessary on grade issues, and architectural issues such as turrets and garage setbacks. <br /> Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 6:50 P.M. <br /> Re spectfully submitted, <br /> Debra Manaen,C Clerk <br />