Council committee approves updates to teardown rules

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August 21, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee approved revisions to the zoning code related to teardowns and new infill construction Thursday morning.

The proposed changes authored by City Council Member Linea Palmisano (Ward 13) come in the wake of research by city staff following a temporary moratorium on new teardown projects in southwest Minneapolis earlier this year. They are designed to encourage respectful residential building practices in an area that has seen a surge in new construction of single-family homes. Some of the teardown projects have been poorly managed and become nuisances for neighbors.

The zoning code amendments refine rules governing the height of homes, how much of the lot a house can occupy and yard setbacks, among other things.

The committee also directed city staff to study best practices for sustainable building and deconstruction methods — work in line with Mayor Betsy Hodge’s zero waste initiative for the city. A report on the study is due to the Council by March 31, 2015.

If approved by the full Council on Aug. 29, the code amendments would go into effect Oct. 1. For more details on the proposed zoning changes, click here