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187 <br />MINUTES <br />OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE <br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL <br />NOVEMBER 15, 1982 <br />r <br />m a <br />m 08 (3 <br />Answering rollcall were Members Bredesen, Richards, Schmidt, Turner and Mayor <br />Courtney <br />LEO EVANS REZONING AND PLAT APPROVAL CONTINUED TO NEXT COUNCIL MEETING. Recall- <br />ing that the hearings :for preliminary plnt approval for Evans Subdivision and <br />for rezoning for that property which is generally located South of Vernon Ave., <br />East of Olinger Road and North of Merold Drive (part of the SE 1/4 of the Nw <br />1/4 of Sec. 32, T. 117, R. 21), Mr. Rosland reviewed the history of the develop- <br />ment activity surrounding the property. Mr. Roger Clemence, representing the <br />developer, explained his most current proposal and asked that the Minutes show <br />his response to the following concerns.of the City: <br />Concern No. 1 - Neck lots and Variances - The proposed plat contains no parcels <br />which could be described as neck lots and no lot shapes which would require vari- <br />ances for building construction. <br />Concern No. 2 - Lot Sizes - Single family detached homes in neighboring Edina <br />Highlands Lakeside Addition average about 11,500 square feet each. <br />double (on the West side of Olinger) is about 16,000 square feet each. The <br />minimum required size for doubles in Edina is 15,000 square feet and for singles <br />it is ,9,000 .square feet. <br />Concern No. 3 - Cul-de-Sacs and the Vernon-Wycliffe Connection - Two access points <br />are shown on Vernon. <br />erly church or school locations. <br />viewed as a beneficial link between newer and older homes in the years ahead as <br />well as a desirable connector between Merold and Vernon. <br />Concern No. 4 - Unit Counts plus Numbers and Types of Lots - Despite Planning <br />Commission support for 28 units on 21 lots and despite developer's belief that <br />these figures are reasonable, a proposal has been endorsed by the developer for <br />27 units on 21 lots,I.e.,6 doubles and 15 singles. <br />Mr. Clemence expressed regret that the major green central open space of approxi- <br />mately 1.5 acres will not be retained and mentioned the possibility that present'. <br />and future owners might join together to purchase the land as their own coopera- <br />tively owned green space. Mr. Larry Fischer, 5705 Wycliffe Rd., said that the <br />plan proposed was not the plan that was worked out, but rather a plan which was <br />"conceived in secrecy" by the developer and Mr. Hughes Mr. Fischer stated that <br />Mr. Hughes and Mr. Clemence had held several secret meetings at which time the <br />present development plan had been conceived which was contrary to a development <br />which had earlier been discussed with the neighborhood. Mr. John Winston, 5709 <br />Hawkes Drive, suggested that Wycliffe Road be constructed with a cul-de-sac SO that <br />there would be two accesses on to Vernon Ave. Mr. Dennis Wagner, 5705 Olinger <br />Road, expressed opposition to the plan, stating a plan which would omit the North- <br />erly access on to Vernon Ave. In response to Mr. Fischer, Mr. Rosland defended <br />Mr. Hughes, saying that he is sure that all discussions of the proposed plat have <br />been open and above board. <br />Hughes at all since the last Council Meeting and had talked only with Mr. Larsen. <br />Member Richards emphasized that he would not vote for any plan with twenty-six or <br />more units. Concern was expressed by Member Bredesen about construction of addi- <br />tional accesses on to Vernon Ave. An unidentified lady in the audience said that <br />the proposed plan contained many obj ectionable features and an unidentified gentle- <br />man complained about snow removal in the area. Mrs. Sue Rasschaert, 5629 Wycliffe <br />Road, and Mr. John Forney, 5821 MeroId Drive, both spoke in opposition to the pro- <br />posed plat and said that traffic will increase in the area and that Wycliffe Rd. <br />was not constructed to be a "major thoroughfare". <br />additional traffic would cause a dangerous situation and moved that the plat be <br />approved with the cul-de-sac and one road out of the area and with no more than <br />twenty-six units. Motion died for lack of a second. Member Richards' motion deny- <br />ing the entire project, with the understanding that the developer could come back <br />at a later date, died for lack of a second. Following lengthy discussion, Mr. <br />Clemence agreed to revise the plat so that it would have only 26 units. <br />Turner <br />Motion was seconded by Member Richards. <br />The nearest <br />Both allow ingress and egress between Vernon and the South- <br />Wycliffe as proposed may actually come to be <br />Mr. Clemence said that he had not talked with Mr. <br />Member Schmidt agreed that the <br />Member <br />thereupon moved to continue the matter to the first meeting in December. <br />Ayes : Bredesen, Richards , Turner, Courtney <br />Nays : Schmidt <br />Motion carried. <br />Mr. Hughes asked that the record show that he denied any and all of the allega- <br />tions which were charged by Mr. Fischer concerning secret meetings with the <br />developer.