Support Eight on 44th in Linden Hills
Over the past year or so, a battle has been waged over a house at one of these properties: a home once owned by author Brenda Ueland. The issue has blown so far out of proportion that it’s gotten the following coverage:
- WedgeLIVE: The Concerning Behavior of Concerned Residents. tl;dr: concerned residents let the air out of a contractor’s tires because they disagreed with everything. They picked the wrong target, because the victim provided the video footage. Weird to say the least.
- Star Tribune: Big Battle to Save Brenda Ueland’s House
The legislative history on it is pretty simple though:
- Heritage Preservation Committee voted to deny the destruction of the properties
- The developers appealed successfully
- A new proposal was submitted
- Next step: Planning Commission — Monday, October 16th at 4:30PM
The new proposal is a cluster development, containing two properties, 9 units in total, 8 are condos in a 4 story building, and 1 unit is an existing single-family home. Off-street parking will be provided in form of a small surface lot in the back.
The area is already zoned R4, but the property is a cluster development and needs a conditional use permit (CUP) for this. It also needs a CUP to increase the height, because the plats exist within the Shoreland Overlay District, which has a height limit of 2.5 stories, or 35 feet — whichever is less. The developer is asking for 4 stories, at 53’10”. The project also needs a variance to allow development on or within 40 feet of the top of a steep slope.
Submitting a Public Comment
To submit a letter of support, send an email to the Planning Commission members, preferably before Monday, October 16th at 4:30PM so they have a chance to read.
Subject line: Public Comment for Eight on 44th, Linden Hills
Some possible talking points:
- I support this development because it seems like a great addition to a neighborhood, allowing more people to live close to nature and within sight of our lakes.
- The fact that the land is already zoned R4 should be enough to approve this project.
- I support the conditional use permits for cluster developments and additional height in shoreland overlays.
- There aren’t many condos getting built in Minneapolis, and we need more.
- Very little new development is ever proposed in southwest Minneapolis, while other neighborhoods are seeing a lot. Linden Hills too should take on its fair share.
- The idea of sharing the lakes with more neighbors seems like a fit with our city’s goals of equity. Highest valued land provides geographical restrictions by only allowing in the few people who can afford to live in high cost and high demand areas. Part of changing this requires allowing small- and mid-sized developments like these to replace single family homes. We need more of this.
- The Linden Hills Small Area Plan seems to call for low to medium density adjacent to commercial nodes, such as the one at 44th and Upton, further defining low density as 7–20 dwelling units per acre. This development is calling for 8 units in .64 acres, and seems to be in line with the Linden Hills SAP; in fact it is on the very low end of ‘low density’ as defined in the SAP.
Mei-Ling Smith, Senior City Planner,<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linea Palmisano, Ward 13 council member <email@example.com>
The planning commission has other members, but these are the ones who are city staff and can be reached via public email. Include them if you like, but they’ll also see emails sent to Mei-Ling Smith above.
Lisa Bender <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nick Magrino <email@example.com>
NB: some emails didn’t work — quickly tracking down the correct ones, watch this space.
- Linden Hills Small Area Plan Executive Summary: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-117339.pdf
- LH SAP, the whole thing: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-117340.pdf
- LH SAP, appendices: