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MINUTES <br /> OF THE JOINT WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL <br /> HELD AT CITY HALL <br /> DECEMBER 4,2007 <br /> 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall. <br /> Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Staff <br /> present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Cary Teague, City Planner; Heather <br /> Worthington, Assistant City Manager; Ceil Smith, Assistant to the City Manager; Jennifer <br /> Bennerotte,Communications &Marketing Director;and Debra Mangen,City Clerk. <br /> Mayor Hovland said the purpose of the special work session was to preliminarily review the <br /> official controls relative to massing. <br /> Manager Hughes said staff, after being directed at the last Council meeting to prepare a <br /> moratorium ordinance, reviewed work tasks that could be undertaken relative to the massing <br /> issue. He noted that there was a need to keep in mind whatever was accomplished, must be <br /> completed by April 15th when the existing moratorium in the Country Club District would end. <br /> Mr. Hughes said staff believed issues that were of a long term nature included: research and <br /> development of design review criteria; neighborhood character regulations and definitions, and <br /> development of multiple R-1 zoning districts. He said that in the short term staff could, with the <br /> help of a consultant, put together some modeling demonstrating the impact of various Floor Area <br /> Ratio (FAR) options, draft some kind of hard surface coverage regulations, and review the Code's <br /> overall height regulations,returning to the Council with options at their second January meeting. <br /> Member Masica related the results of her meetings with residents, as well as builders and realtors <br /> where they reviewed Lon Oberpiller's Neighborhood Appropriate Scaling which she briefly stated <br /> was based on FAR and the average area of structures within a defined neighborhood also using <br /> some type of escalator that would still need to be determined. Member Masica said the persons <br /> who took part in the two meetings were amenable to the Neighborhood Scaling. <br /> The Council and staff discussed the issues involved in massing including FAR and variations of <br /> FAR, whether or not an accurate footprint of existing homes existed in City records, sloping and <br /> walk-out lots, criteria must be objective vs. subjective in determining regulations, developing <br /> neighborhood definitions, tying building height regulations to lot size, difficulty of <br /> implementation of a design review committee,hard surface coverage and total building height. <br /> Following the discussion of the issues surrounding massing, the Council discussed how to proceed <br /> with public comment on the moratorium issue. Their consensus was they would take comment for <br /> forty minutes, allowing each speaker two minutes, limiting comment to persons who had not <br /> previously addressed the Council. In addition, the Mayor would moderate allowing both sides of <br /> the issue to speak. <br /> Mayor Hovland declared the meeting adjourned at approximately 6:30 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> Debra Mange , City 6lerk <br />