<br />AT 7:OO
<br />OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE EDINA
<br />COUNCIL, HELD MONDAY , OCTOBER 7, 1963 h
<br />-* 4" P.M., AT THE EDINA VILLAGE HALL.
<br />. d' Members answering Rollcall were Rixe, Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen.
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of Septeinber 23, 1963, were approved as submitted,
<br />by Motion VanValkenburg, seconded by Rixe and carried.
<br />COUNCIL CONDUCTS HEARINGS ON PROPOSED ZONING CHANGES: TABLES PROPOSITION TO
<br />INCLUDE CLUBS AND LODGES AS PRINCIPAL USE IN OFFICE BUILDING DISTRICT, IN FAVOR
<br />OF PROPOSED llINSTITUTIONAL'DISTRICT1lb
<br />in Edina-Morningside Courier and posted, Council conducted Public Hearings on the
<br />following zoning matters:
<br />Pursuant to "Notice of Hearings", published
<br />1. PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE TO PERMIT CLUBS AND LODGES AS A
<br />PRINCIPAL USE PERMITTED IN THE OFFICE BUILDING DISTRICT: AND
<br />DISTRICT TO OFFICE BUILDING DISTRICT, of a Tract located at the Southwest Corner
<br />2. THE PETITION OF EDINA MASONIC LODGE FOR REZONING FROM OPEN DEVELOPMENT
<br />of W.70th Street and Highway 100.
<br />These two Public Hearings were held together.
<br />Planning Director Hite opened the Hearings by reporting to the Council that
<br />Clubs and Lodges are now permitted in the "Office Building District" by Special
<br />Permit; .
<br />review by the Council before locating on any particular tract; and that inas-
<br />much as Minaesota Courts have ggnerally ruled that Special Permits are invalid
<br />in this State,
<br />Use" in the Office Building District. He added that, with reference to the
<br />petition by Edina Masonic Lodge, concern seems to Have developed on the basis'
<br />that the property will be'.zoned "Office Building District" and could be sold
<br />as such, should the Masons be unable to develop; or could be sold a€ a later
<br />time .
<br />definitely feels that there should be a review made by Commission and Council;
<br />that this might be had in other ways than providing for their inclusion in
<br />the Office Building District--either hg a permitted use in the Open Development
<br />District, or by establishment of an entirely new'"1nstitutional District", in
<br />which would be included churches, lodges, schools, etc.
<br />Mr. Bob Kelly, representing South Gardens Estates Association, reported that
<br />the Association has evaluated various uses for the Roberts Gravel Pit; that it is
<br />proposed that part of this land be zoned "Office Building DistriCt" and that the
<br />Association would like the opportunity to review and discuss the new proposed
<br />amendment before such zoning takes place.
<br />Temple within 500 feet of his residence.
<br />to the South, where the property is already commercially zoned.
<br />Corner of Highway No. 100 and W.70th Street, stating that this area will be affected
<br />by the proposed interchange at this corner.
<br />surrounding the land proposed for rezoning, reporting that the Northwest corner
<br />is now vacant, as is the Southeast corner; the Northeast corner containing the
<br />Presbyterian Church.
<br />Commission has received many requests for non-residential use of this property,
<br />including gasoline stations and a medical building; that the Planning Commission
<br />&eels the use proposed by Masonic Temple is a good one, and has recommended approval,
<br />subject to access on either proposed frontage road or on W.70th Street east of
<br />Rabun Drive and approval by Commission of building and site plans and the use of
<br />that portion of the property not used by the Lodge building.
<br />that the building will be used for regular lodge meetings and some social activities;
<br />that its useage will be comparable to that of a church; that, with very few exceptions
<br />activitdes will be conducted between 7:30 and 10:30 P.M.; that, because Masonic Law
<br />expressly prohibits it, there will be no liquor allowed on the premise's.
<br />A Mrs. Anderson from Brookview Heights requested that Council give serious
<br />consideration to requiring adequate parkin,g.
<br />residents had had with parking for blocks around the Masonic Temple during DeMolay,
<br />pancake breakfasts, etc.
<br />parking lot behind the building.
<br />commercial uses on residential property.
<br />for others to secure commercial zoning along W.70th Street, to the West, if this
<br />petition is honored.
<br />Mrs. Arnold Turk, 5104 W.70th Street, reported she bought her property upon
<br />assurance from Village Hall that the property now under consideration for rezoning
<br />was zoned residential and never would be anything else; that she does not want her
<br />home across from apartment buildings or garages and feels that rezoning should not
<br />be considered .
<br />that the Commission did feel that Clubs and Lodges, etcb do need
<br />the Commission felt that they should be included as a "Principal
<br />As to private 'clubs and lodges, generally, Mr. Hite advised the Commission
<br />Dr. Lundeen, 4909 Aspasia Lane, told Council he does not want the Masonic
<br />He suggested that it be located farther
<br />Mr. Hite then reported on the proposal for Zoning the tract at the Southwest
<br />He reviewed in detail the area
<br />As to the site proposed to be rezoned, IvIr. Hite reported the
<br />Mr. Clyde Hegman, Chairman of the Board for Edina Masonic Lodge, reported
<br />She cited troubles Minneapolis
<br />Mrs. Anderson was told the plan is to build a large
<br />Mrs. H. T. Willette, 5100 W. 70th Street, objected to the encroachment of
<br />She reported she feels it will be easier