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Minutes/Special Edina City Council/February 13, 2006 <br /> using a graphic of the area. Mr. Hughes said the proposed changes would only affect <br /> the Planned Commercial District Three (PCD-3) area. He added the Greater Southdale <br /> Area was already in reality, a large mixed use district. Mr. Hughes said previously <br /> residential units were only allowed in Planned Commercial Districts by conditional use <br /> permits. He suggested that additional uses might be allowed by granting conditional <br /> use permits since it was possible to look at each request and impose any necessary <br /> conditions. Potential conditional uses could include: Office use - look at local traffic <br /> impact; Residential use; and Developments with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) over .5 (Floor <br /> area/lot area yields FAR) - Commercial maximum of .75; Residential maximum of 1.0 <br /> Mr. Hughes noted that increased density could be a bonus for including affordable <br /> housing within a development. <br /> Council discussion included: traffic issues in area; limitations when granting a <br /> conditional use permit; requiring traffic management plan and "impact" fee from <br /> developers with higher densities; potential need for skyway to cross France Avenue; <br /> possibility of a transit system to serve the area; possibility of using Tax Increment <br /> Financing in the area; potential height limits and issues related to height of tall <br /> buildings; differing heights to be allowed in different areas (north or south of West 70th <br /> Street) building setbacks; parking (surface, ramp, underground); public realm space; <br /> promenade and its potential uses; sidewalks; pedestrian areas; bikeways; France <br /> Avenue corridor; and the changing face of retail. <br /> Mr. Hughes said he would make changes to the proposed amendment with one height <br /> scenario north of West 70th and another scenario south of West 70f. He said he would <br /> investigate consultants for design development. <br /> Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> u , <br /> Debra Ma ge*', City Clerk <br /> Page 2 <br />