<br />MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE EDINA
<br />VILLAGE COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY, APRIL 235 1962s
<br />AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE EDINA VILLAGE HALL
<br />.Members answering Rollcall were Dickson, MacMillan, Tupa, VanValkenburg and
<br />Bredesen. '
<br />COUNCIL ADOPTS "PLANNED INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT" AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE.
<br />Clerk presented Affidavits of Publication and Posting of "Notice of Public Hearing
<br />on Proposed Amendment to Village Zoning Ordinance, Establishing A Planned Industrial
<br />District in the Village of Edina ", publication having been April 12 and 19, 1962,
<br />in Edina- Morningside Courier, and posting being April 10, 1962, on three village
<br />bulletin boards. Affidavits and Notice were approved as to form and ordered
<br />placed on file. Pursuant to Notice, Public Hearing was called on the proposed
<br />amendment. Manager Hyde reViefied. for those present the proceedings preceding
<br />this Public Hearing - -the two -year study by the Planning Commission, with the
<br />aid of professional municipal planners, and the many neighborhood organization
<br />meetings held throughout the Village by Planning Director Hite and other Village
<br />officials , to acquaint the citizenry with the provisions of the proposed
<br />amendment. With the aid of the Vu- Graph, Planning Director Hite presented the
<br />main provisions of the ordinance in some detail, explaining, too, that the
<br />present amendment will zone no particular property-- that.if it is adopted, it
<br />will permit those- who.wish to comply with the rules and regulations established
<br />by the -amendment to petition'to have their properties rezoned, after, which all
<br />the usual steps for rezoning -- notice of hearing, public hearing before the
<br />Council, and action by the Council- -must still be taken.
<br />Mr.- H. 0, Broughton, 5201 Windsor Avenue, inquired as to whether Planned
<br />Industrial bistricts are warranted, relative to the tax base. Mayor Bredesen
<br />replied, saying that there are some areas which cannot be developed into homes
<br />which would return self - paying taxes, and that to this extent the plan would
<br />be-defensive. Manager Hyde added that the two percent of the Village property
<br />now zoned for business, commercial and industrial purposes now carries 20% of
<br />the total valuation.
<br />Mr. Josiah Brill, representing Stow Development Company, which, he reported,
<br />has some 200 acres of land which might be suitable for zoning to Planned Industrial
<br />District, objected to that portion of the proposed ordinance which requires Council
<br />approval of final building plans. Maintaining that under the terms of the
<br />proposed ordinance the cost of architects' fees would prohibit any developer from
<br />taking even the first steps for investigation and approval of a Planned Industrial
<br />District (he cited an architect's fee of $500000 for a $1,000,000 building), Mr.
<br />Brill told Council that, once the property is rezoned, a builder should be able
<br />to simply refer to the provisions of the Building Code in making his final plans,
<br />and then present his final plans to the Building Inspector, who has the authority
<br />to approve,'if such plans comply with the building code.
<br />Pl.anning;Director Hite submitted that Article IV, Subdivision C pertains to
<br />council action upon the Overall Development Plan, whereas Article IV, Subdivision
<br />D.3 pertains to the actual approval of the Building Plan. He added that any
<br />competent architect would certainly investigate zoning regulations before
<br />preparing plans.
<br />Mr. T. L. Todd, Planning Commission Chairman, reported the Commission has
<br />recommended Council approval of Building Plan because it wishes standards to be
<br />high- -not that the developer be allowed to "go high, wide, and handsome" after the
<br />property is rezoned. <
<br />Village Attorney Hasselquist added that the Council would be willing to watch
<br />building plans carefully, in its position as directly representative of the
<br />citizenry; that this is the reason the Commission wants plans approved by the
<br />Council rather than by the Building Inspector, an employee.
<br />Mr. Al Godward, Planning Engineer, told Council he cannot conceive of any city
<br />council being in a position to pass on technical details of a building. He suggested
<br />that the ordinance read "land use" instead of "Building permit ".
<br />The discussion on this one objection continued for an hour and a half, it being
<br />determined in discussion that'Council approval of preliminary plans, with Building
<br />Inspector's approval of Final Plans providing said Final Plans conformed with
<br />approved preliminary plans and also with the Building Code, would satisfy all concerned.
<br />At the request of the Council, Messrs. Hasselquist, Foley, Todd and Brill were asked
<br />to adjourn to the conference room to make the necessary corrections in the
<br />terminology of the proposed Ordinance. At 9 :20 P.M -, they reconvened in the
<br />Council chamber's. Village Attorney Hasselquist read the Ordinance with its revised
<br />sections, as follows: (PLEASE SEE "ORDINANCE NO. 261 -67 ", Pages 74 -A through 74 -J)
<br />Trustee Dickson offered Ordinance No. 261 -67 as read by Attorney, moving that Council
<br />dispense with second reading thereof and adopt Ordinance as read.