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MINUTES <br />OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE <br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL <br />OCTOBER 3, 1988 <br />275 <br />Answering rollcall were Members Kelly, Richards, Smith, Turner and Mayor Courtney. <br />CENTENNIAL UPDATE PRESENTED. Dennis Maetzold, treasurer, reported that the <br />finances for the Edina Centennial are in excellent shape. The fund balance as of <br />August 31st was $215,000. The community has responded to the fund raising effort <br />and has contributed $110,000 and has pledged another $42,000 to year end. <br />Individuals have contributed $32,000. The best estimate is that the Centennial <br />will generate in excess of $200,000 to be turned over to the City for the lasting <br />memorial at Arneson Acres. Betty Hemstad, co-chair, reported that the major <br />Centennial event for August was the golf tournament held at the Edina Country Club <br />and the Interlachen Country Club. <br />Fashion Show with 400/500 in attendance and the Historic Houses Tour. <br />co-chair, said two events are scheduled for October, Edina Centennial Futures <br />Conference on October 8 and the EDINAMITE benefit on October 15. Member Turner <br />called attention to Founder's Day which is scheduled for Monday, December 12 at <br />City Hall. <br />leaders. <br />been invited. <br />In September there were two events, All Edina <br />Kay Bach, <br />The evening will reminisce about our past and will recognize past <br />All members of past and present advisory boards and commissions have <br />CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS ADOPTED. <br />Member Turner to approve and adopt the consent agenda items as presented. <br />Motion was made by Member Smith and seconded by <br />Rollcall : <br />Ayes: Kelly, Richards, Smith, Turner, Courtney <br />Motion carried. <br />PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON PRELIMINARY PLAT FOR BERENBERG FIRST ADDITION: STAFF <br />DIRECTED TO PREPARE FINDINGS FOR DENIAL. <br />Clerk, approved and ordered placed on file. <br />request for preliminary plat approval for Berenberg First Addition, located on the <br />north side of Interlachen Boulevard and just west of Hollywood Road. The subject <br />property measures approximately 61,000 square feet in area and is developed with a <br />single family dwelling. <br />easterly 50 feet of the lot. <br />feet. <br />contain approximately 46,600 square feet including the NSP easement. Excluding <br />the easement, the lot would contain 26,359 square feet. <br />feet of frontage on Interlachen Boulevard including the 50 foot easement. <br />Larsen pointed out that the proposed driveway would encroach on the easement, but <br />the new building pad would not encroach. The preliminary plat proposes to retain <br />the existing dwelling in its present location. <br />with 120 feet of depth and would be approximately 14,400 square feet in area. <br />property is characterized by severe topography. <br />feet near Interlachen Boulevard to 890 feet at the northerly boundary of the <br />property. <br />Development of the new lot would require extensive cut and fill activity, <br />including significant retaining walls. <br />insure protection of the house and pond from retaining wall collapse or erosion of <br />the steep slopes. Staff recommended to the Community Development and Planning <br />Commission three reasons why the subdivision did not represent sound community <br />planning. Lot Size - The subject property is part of the Hilldale Addition. Lots <br />in the Hilldale Addition are quite large. <br />West is about 160 feet wide. <br />fronting on Interlachen Boulevard, and immediately west of the property are 125 or <br />130 feet in width. Lots in the proposed subdivision would be 118 and 76 feet in <br />width. It appears the reason <br />this lot was made wider in the original plat was to account for the NSP easement <br />and also because of the severe topography of the lot. These physical constraints <br />continue to exist today as they did when the property was originally platted. <br />Character and Symmetry - The Comprehensive Plan states "Allow further subdivision <br />of developed single family lots only if neighborhood character and symmetry are <br />preserved." The NSP easement forces the new house to be located in the rear yard <br />of the existing dwelling. The new lot will appear to be a neck lot when <br />developed, which will have a negative impact on the existing character and <br />symmetry of the neighborhood, and be contrary to the Comprehensive Plan. <br />Development - The Comprehensive Plan states "Require increased minimum lot sizes <br />for single family and two family lots on steep slopes." <br />very steep slopes which require substantial alteration for the development. The <br />existence of these slopes seems a logical reason why the lot was platted as a <br />larger lot than some adjacent lots in the original Hilldale Addition. <br />the preceding reasons staff recommended denial of the proposed subdivision. <br />Planning Commission heard the subject proposal on July 6 and July 27 and concurred <br />with staff's reasons and recommended that the Council deny the plat. <br />Larsen concluded his presentation with the recommendation that, if the Council <br />agrees, the hearing be continued to October 17 and that staff be directed to <br />prepare findings of fact and reasons in support of denial for further review and <br />final action by the Council. He advised that Gary Grandrud, 8400 Normandale <br />Affidavits of Notice were presented by <br />Planner Craig Larsen presented the <br />The lot area includes an NSP easement covering the <br />The easement area is approximately 20,250 square <br />The preliminary plat proposes to create one new buildable lot which would <br />The lot would have 76 <br />Planner <br />That lot would be 118 feet wide <br />The <br />Ground elevation falls from 940 <br />The proposed building pad is approximately 30 feet below street grade. <br />Soil engineering would be required to <br />A typical lot on Circle East or Circle <br />The four lots in Hilldale Addition adjacent to, <br />Lots in the area are typically 160 feet in width. <br />Site <br />The property contains <br />Based on <br />The <br />Planner