Zoning Ordinance Amendments

The City of Edina is experiencing an unprecedented increase in the number of homes being torn down and rebuilt. In 2012, the City issued 98 building permits for homes torn down and rebuilt. This is up significantly from 2011 in which the total was 52. In 2010 there were 31; 2009, 14; 2008, 32; and 2007, 52. While this trend continues all over the City of Edina, Morningside has experienced a larger portion of the activity.

Background
In 2006-2008, when the City was experiencing an increase in the number of tear down and rebuilds, the City Council, Planning Commission and staff attempted to address the issue. Here is a summary of what took place then. 

Current Issues
In addition to the tear down and rebuild of large home issue, other issues of concern include, grading, drainage, tree removal, building of large retaining walls and nuisances from construction projects (including when multiple projects occur on the same block). 

In response to the concern about inconveniences and nuisances that neighbors of construction projects have to live with, staff has implemented the requirement of a construction management plan for new home tear down and rebuild projects. The construction management plan is intended to hold builders accountable for their construction project, and attempt to minimize impacts on adjacent properties. An Ordinance has been adopted by the City Council to give staff the ability to monitor and enforce the construction management plan.

The Planning Commission is also currently working these issues. In late 2012, a subcommittee was appointed to review the issues. The subcommittee interviewed impacted residents, builders, and city staff.  In early 2013, the Planning Commission held public meetings, gathered input from residents, had a work session with the City Council, and used "Speak Up, Edina!" to solicit input.   

The goal of the Planning Commission is to draft an Ordinance to address these issues, and present it to the City Council for consideration. The goal of the Ordinance is to balances the interests of the residents who wish to sell their properties, the residents who wish to redevelop and/or remodel their homes and property, the residents who wish to remain in their neighborhoods, buyers who wish to relocate to Edina, and the broader interests of the entire city and its populace.

Planning Commission Consideration of Issues – April 10, 2013

View the calendar of Planning Commission meetings.

Memos to the Planning Commission  
Jan. 9, 2013 Memo

Download the memo to the Planning Commission outlining a history of zoning ordinance amendments.

April 10, 2013 Memo Download the memo to the Planning Commission detailing residential redevelopment issues identified by the the Commission's working group.

 


Amendments

The Planning Commission has begun work to update Edina's zoning ordinance. The goals of the zoning ordinance revisions are to bring it into compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, make the City’s development process more clear, consider a Planned Unit Development District ordinance to allow flexibility from standard zoning in exchange for strengthened City control over development, resolve the procedural issue of the Zoning Board of Appeals taking final action on large development projects requiring variances, and add performance standards.

The Planning Commission is forming a committee of the whole to recommend changes to the zoning ordinance. When a meeting is indicated in this process chart, it is intended that it be a meeting of the committee, not a meeting of the Commission. During the process, which is outlined below, there will be opportunities for the public to participate and offer comments and suggestions. Meetings of the Zoning Ordinance Update Committee (ZOUC) are open to the public. Time will be reserved for public comment at the end of each meeting’s agenda. 

Documents

 

Meeting Topics
Wetland Setback Download information on the discussion of Wetland Setback.
Variance Process Review Download information on the discussion of the Variance Process Review.
Tree Preservation Download information on the discussion of tree preservation.
Traffic/Parking
Review
Download information on the discussion of the Traffic/Parking Review.
Sustainable Design Download information on the discussion of Sustainable Design.
Staff Meeting(s) with Developers Download information on the discussion of Staff Meeting(s) with Developers.
Role of Heritage Preservation Board Download information on the discussion of the role of the Heritage Preservation Board.
Role of Energy and Environment Commission Download information on the discussion of the Role of the Energy & Environment Commission.
Planned Unit Development (PUD) Download information on the discussion of Planned Unit Developments.
Public Hearings Download information on the discussion of Public Hearings.
Neighbors Download information on the discussion about the Requirement for Developers to Meet With Neighbors.
List of Conditions Download information on the discussion of List of Conditions Required by the City.
Driveway Width Download information on the discussion of Driveway Width.
Non-Conforming Use/Alternative Setback Ordinance Download information on the discussion of a Non-Conforming Use/Alternative Setback Ordinance.
   
Oct. 14, 2009 Community Input Session Documents
Summary Download a summary of key issues raised at the meeting.
PowerPoint Download the PowerPoint presentation given at the meeting.
Worksheets Download worksheets. Fill them in and return to the Planning Department.
Worksheets Download worksheets completed at the meeting.
Work Plan Download the work plan.
Meeting Minutes Download meeting minutes from the Sept. 9 meeting.
Notes and
Summaries
Download work session notes and summaries of key issues raised at the May 13, June 10, July 29 and Aug. 12 meetings.
Meeting Schedule Download the ZOUC meeting schedule.
Proposed Table of Contents Download a proposed table of contents for the Zoning Ordinance and a draft flow chart of the development review process.
 
Process 


Assessment and Information Gathering

  1. Compile a list of modifications required to bring zoning ordinance into conformance with Comprehensive Plan; identify, from a Planning Commission perspective, other areas of the zoning ordinance requiring revision or update; analyze the development review process to identify deficiencies from a City perspective
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: This task has been largely accomplished, but may need to be more definitively memorialized.
     
  2. Engage representatives from various segments of the development community in a forum aimed at gaining their insights into the city’s development review process and zoning requirements
    Involvement: Planning Commission, development community representatives (retail, office, industrial, multi-family residential, single family residential, and institutional)
    Timing: Zoning Ordinance Update Committee (ZOUC) meeting on May 13, 2009
     
  3. Invite other City commissions to ZOUC meeting(s) to identify directions for zoning revisions consistent with their goals and the City’s regulatory needs, and to review other directions under consideration by each commission
    Involvement: Planning Commission, other commissions
    Timing: Beginning with ZOUC meeting on June 10, 2009, and continuing through August 2009
     
  4. Conduct a community meeting to share the process of updating the zoning ordinance with the Edina community, to solicit input regarding anticipated changes or areas of potential change, and seek local insights into City development review process and zoning requirements
    Involvement: Planning Commission, general public (residents, business owners, property owners)
    Timing: September 2009
     
  5. Conduct a workshop with City Council to review input gathered from Stage 1, and to solicit further input regarding the City’s development review process and zoning requirements
    Involvement: Planning Commission, City Council
     


Formulation of Potential Revisions

  1. Develop draft revisions required to align the zoning ordinance with the Comprehensive Plan
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: Complete by Oct. 14, 2009
  2. Develop draft revisions or recommend alternatives to the zoning ordinances focusing on performance standards; form subcommittees to develop recommendations for revisions or additions for areas of the ordinance where direct input from other commissions provides a greater degree of specificity or insight for the proposed revision
    Involvement: Planning Commission, other commissions
    Timing: Complete by Nov. 11, 2009
  3. Frame a development review process that addresses deficiencies identified during the first stage of the zoning ordinance update
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: Complete by Jan. 13, 2010
  4. Formulate draft recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance and development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: Complete by Feb. 9, 2010
  5. Conduct a workshop with City Council to review input offered during Stage 2 and draft recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance and development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission, City Council
    Timing: Late February 2010
     


Evaluation of Potential Revisions

  1. Conduct a community meeting to share draft recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance with the Edina community and the development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission, general public (residents, business owners, property owners)
    Timing: Late March 2010
     
  2. Invite development community representatives to a forum to review the draft recommendations of changes to the zoning ordinance and the development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission, development community representatives (retail, office, industrial, multi-family residential, single family residential, and institutional)
    Timing: ZOUC meeting on April 13, 2010
     
  3. Conduct a workshop(s) with other City commissions to review the draft recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance and the development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission, other commissions
    Timing: ZOUC meeting on May 12, 2010
     
  4. Prepare recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinance and development review process based on input from community, development community representatives, City Council, and other city commissions
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: ZOUC meeting on June 9, 2010
     
  5. Conduct a workshop with City Council to informally evaluate the potential revisions to the development review process and zoning ordinances
    Involvement: Planning Commission, City Council
    Timing: Late June 2010
     


Confirmation

  1. Distribute recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinances and the development review process to other city commissions; request a formal review and recommendation by each reviewing commission
    Involvement: Planning Commission, other commissions
    Timing: July and August 2010
     
  2. Develop final recommendations for changes to the zoning ordinances and the development review process based on the formal review by other city commissions
    Involvement: Planning Commission
    Timing: ZOUC meeting on Sept. 8, 2010
     
  3. Conduct regulatory hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council to adopt the recommended changes to the zoning ordinances and development review process
    Involvement: Planning Commission, City Council
    Timing: Early November 2010
     


Assumptions and Notes

The timeline indicated should be considered an approximate schedule, and is subject to change to accommodate additional input, information gathering, and exploration of potential revisions. The schedule will be updated as final dates are identified.

As the process for updating the City’s zoning ordinance proceeds, the ZOUC may determine that further input is required to fully understand the issues and potential directions for change, and that additional opportunities for gaining input and sharing directions for potential changes will be required. The process will be updated as the need for additional meetings, workshops, or other input or review opportunities are identified.

 

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Edina, MN 55424

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Construction Management Plan

The City has implemented the requirement of a construction management plan for new home tear down and rebuild projects. The construction management plan is intended to hold builders accountable for their construction project, and attempt to minimize impacts on adjacent properties.

 

Download the Construction Management Plan

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