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Minutes/Edina City Council/August 3, 2009 <br /> variances from 9,000 square feet to 6,710 and 6,707 square feet. Mr. Teague presented the <br /> Planning Commission's and staff's recommendation for approval based on three findings and <br /> subject to four conditions as detailed in the draft resolution. <br /> The Council discussed the applicant's intent and asked questions of Mr. Teague about lot sizes <br /> within a 500-foot radius. Mr. Teague described a previously approved four-lot subdivision on <br /> France Avenue and addressed the desire to maintain structures that were in conformity with <br /> neighborhood properties. <br /> Proponent Presentation <br /> David Lucachick, 5920 Oaklawn Avenue, presented his ownership history of the subject property <br /> since 1990 and relayed the neighborhood's support for the construction of two homes on two <br /> separate lots rather than one larger-sized home on one lot. He stated his intent to sell the <br /> property. <br /> Michael Branvold, Anderson Engineering, presented an overview of the request and stated the <br /> proponent concurred with staff's recommendation and suggested conditions. He answered <br /> questions of the Council regarding the grade of the site and installation of raised curb along the <br /> driveway to address the restriction on water runoff to the adjacent lot. <br /> Mayor Hovland opened the public hearing at 7:39 p.m. <br /> Public Testimony <br /> Dick and Jackie Whitbeck, 6120 Brookview Avenue, addressed the Council. <br /> Janey Westin, 6136 Brookview Avenue, addressed the Council. <br /> Member Housh made a motion, seconded by Member Swenson, to close the public <br /> hearing. <br /> Ayes: Bennett, Brindle, Housh, Swenson, Hovland <br /> Motion carried. <br /> The Council discussed the application and asked questions of Mr. Branvold and Mr. Teague. <br /> Council Member Swenson stated her opposition to the application. <br /> Member Housh introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 2009-72, approving a <br /> preliminary plat of 5920 Oaklawn into two lots, based on the following findings: <br /> 1. Except for the variances, the proposal meets the required standards and ordinance for <br /> the subdivision. <br /> 2. The subdivision would meet the neighborhood medians for lot width, depth and area. <br /> 3. The proposal meets the required standards for a variance because: <br /> a. There is a unique hardship to the property caused by the existing size of the <br /> property, which is two times the size of every lot on the block. <br /> b. The requested variances are reasonable in the context of the immediate <br /> neighborhood. The existing lot is both larger and wider than most properties in the <br /> area, including every lot on the block. The proposed subdivision would result in <br /> two lots more characteristic of the neighborhood. <br /> c. The proposed lots would be the same size as the lots were originally platted. <br /> d. The variances would meet the intent of the ordinance because the proposed lots are <br /> of similar size to others in the neighborhood. <br /> e. The property owner owns the lot that was originally platted as two lots on the block <br /> and without the benefit of a subdivision, cannot do what the neighboring property <br /> owners do with the same space. <br /> Page 2 <br />