<br />MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA VILLAGE COUNCIL HELD AT VILLAGE HALL ON
<br />MONDAY, JANUARY :U , 1970
<br />Members answering rollcall were Councilmen Courtney, Johnson, Shaw, VanValken-
<br />burg and Mayor Bredesen.
<br />MINUTES of December 15, 1969 and of January 5, 1970, were approved as submitted.
<br />Minutes of December 29, 1969, were corrected to read that the "Resolution Edt
<br />ablishing Council Salaries for 1970" was offered by Councilman Courtney, and
<br />seconded by Councilman Shaw.
<br />ORDINANCE N0. 261 -200 GRANTED FIRST READING. Mayor Bredesen recalled that the
<br />request of Mr. William J. Olsen for zoning change for property located South
<br />_ of West 62nd Street, West of Countryside Park_ and North of the Crosstown High-
<br />way from R -1 Residential District to Planned Residential District had been -
<br />continued from December 15, 1969. Mr. Robert P. Neumann,.5816 W. 61st Street,
<br />was advised by Mayor Bredesen that at the meeting of December 15, he had thought
<br />_that some compromise could be worked out which would be to the satisfaction of
<br />the majority of property owners, but that several suggestions for compromise hdd
<br />not proved successful. He recalled that an agreement had been presented by Mr.
<br />Olsen to the Council and that this agreement is being considered tonight.
<br />Mayor Bredesen referred to a letter which had-been sent to Mr. and Mrs. Jack
<br />Yarger, 6020 Arbour Avenue, in reply to questions raised by them,'which letter
<br />is hereby made a part of these Minutes. Mr. Yarger said that he is not unalter-
<br />ably opposed to town houses, but feels that the agreement under consideration
<br />between the Village and Mr. Olsen represents too much of an infringement on
<br />neighboring propertym�s. In reply to Mr. Yarger's allegation that -'a
<br />Planning Commissionj, Mr. David J. Griswold, had a "conflict 6f interest" in pro-
<br />perty immediately adjacent to the property presently under consideration, Mayor
<br />Bredesen noted that Mr. Griswold had explained that his only interest had been
<br />as an architect working for the owners of that property and that he had been
<br />assured some interest in the property in lieu of a fee, if the property should
<br />develop favorably. Mayor Bredesen emphasized that Mr. Griswold had served the
<br />Village honorably and well over a long period of time and.that last fall Mr.
<br />Griswold had indicated that he would not accept reappointment to the Planning
<br />Commission when his term expires on February 1, 1970. Mr. Donald Bunker,
<br />5841 Jeff Place, said that there are many reasons for denying the zoning
<br />change, noting particularly that the petition submitted to Council had 1,150
<br />signatures, signifying that Edina people are not interested in this type of
<br />zoning in the Village and that additional town houses might be built in the
<br />area once this original rezoning was approved. He questioned the cost involved
<br />in moving the location of the dike. Mr. John Domarek, 5229 Richwood Drive,
<br />said that he represents 48 members of the Richmond Hills Improvement Association'
<br />who are violently opposed to the proposed zoning. Mr. Josiah Brill, Jr., repres-
<br />enting Mr. Olsen, presented a drawing showing town house clusters as proposed
<br />by Mr. Olsen, noting that these structures are single family homes with common
<br />walls, as opposed to apartments. He noted that.the units will rent for between
<br />$500 and $800 per month and that taxes from such a development are anticipated
<br />to run between $180,000 and $200,000 per year. Mr. Brill also pointed out that
<br />town houses utilize ±and more efficiently than single family dwellings, leaving
<br />apace to create a lake on the Olsen property. In reply to a question as to what
<br />would happen if Mr. Olsen sold the property before it was developed, Mr. Brill
<br />said that all covenants would run with the land and would restrict zoning to
<br />town houses only. Mr. Bunker suggested that this matter should have been
<br />brought up as a part of the entire Western Edina plan and considered by the
<br />Planning Commission. Mayor Bredesen pointed out that Planning Commission had
<br />responded to the feeling of residents,at the time it rejected an earlier pro-
<br />posal for this property of three twenty -six story apartment towers. Mr. E. A.
<br />Rippe, 5824 Olinger Road, said that he was told that the Planning Commission
<br />purposely left the zoning of the Olsen property as flexible as possible in the
<br />Western Edina Plan since the plan would ultimately reflect the decision of the
<br />Council. Mr. Johnson said that he feels that the acquisition of the entire
<br />twenty -four acres is desirable but in view of the Village Attorney's opinion,
<br />he thought Council would be well advised to go along with the Olsen agreement.
<br />Mr. Shaw said that some of the remarks that have been made from the floor have
<br />left the impression that Mr. Griswold is still interested in the adjoining
<br />property. He quoted from Mr. Griswold's letter to the Council of December 30,
<br />1969, in which Mr. Griswold stated that subsequent to his participation in the
<br />development of the property adjacent to that of Mr. Olsen, his client decided
<br />to sell the property to a residential builder and not involve himself in a
<br />real estate development. Mr. Shaw said that he hopes that the impression of
<br />"conflict of interest" is dispelled by Mr. Griswold's letter and that he hopes
<br />that the zoning will be considered on its own merits. In reply to a question
<br />of Mr. Yarger, Mr. Schwartzbauer: said that he was not prepared to cite any
<br />specific cases, but that he knew of many decisions that give the general rule