Discussion: Building Heights

As part of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update, required by the Metropolitan Council, the City of Edina is reviewing building heights that are listed within the existing commercial districts of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. The current Comprehensive Plan is clear regarding building height limits within commercial areas. However, City staff has been grappling with development proposals that do not currently fit within the building height parameters of the current Comprehensive Plan. All building height proposals that do not fit within the existing Comprehensive Plan require amendments to the plan and must be reviewed and approved by the Metropolitan Council. Note that the Metropolitan Council does not require height limits, or any indications of height parameters, as part of Comprehensive Plan submission. The City is looking to review how height is handled in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update and seeks input from residents.

Topic: 50th & France

Currently in the 50th & France area, the building height is limited between four and six stories. What building height would you be comfortable with and why?

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

I support the status quo. Why change something that is clear and working.

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Kristin Reichling 25 days ago

If the current Comprehensive Plan is clear regarding building heights, why is the city grappling with developer proposals? Why don't developers submit proposals that are aligned with our Comprehensive plan?

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Jennifer Hennemuth 25 days ago

The comp plan should not be amended to eliminate or increase building heights in the 50th France area. In fact, in light of recently approved development, I would argue they should be specifically reduced. This area is already congested with no room to expand infrastructure. Traffic will inevitably move to the residential neighborhoods to try and bypass congestion. This in turn affects the quiet enjoyment of those residents in their homes and creates potential safety issues for kids, pedestrians etc. As tonpstking, Surface parking is already limited and will be reduced further with current development. This in turn limits the enjoyment and accessibility of the area. This will negatively impact local businesses if parking is a hassle for patrons. In addition, it removes the charm. We must start using more common sense and weigh the consequences of decisions before it's too late.

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greta simondet 24 days ago

I agree with Jennifer. 50th & France is not the place for increasing building heights. Taller buildings are best kept to Southdale and Pentagon Park areas.

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Mike Ebnet 22 days ago

I live in the Southdale area. We don't want traffic congestion here either. Please rethink your last sentence.

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Andrea Flom 16 days ago

Before any new building. Need more parking.

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Bill Owens 16 days ago

4 stories max!

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RICHARD A MINER 15 days ago

I agree with four story maximum to maintain the appeal of the area.

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John Buttolph 15 days ago

Maintain the status quo at 50th and France. As I understand it, the City has plans to dramatically increase density in the area through infill. Increasing height limits at the same time as increasing density will create an urban zone out of character with the charm which brings shoppers to this subarea.

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Heather Wallace at October 11, 2017 at 8:39am CDT

Prior to opening this discussion, the city approved a 6 story apartment complex, it seems late to ask for opinions.

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Barbara Wallace at October 13, 2017 at 4:52pm CDT

Traffic here is always congested. Why are left turns allowed at all? I wouldn't like to see any buildings taller than the existing ones. The condos at the corner are already making the area look crowded. It sounds like the new building a block over is too big for the area.

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Barb Rae at October 16, 2017 at 9:59pm CDT

I don't see any need to increase or change the height from what we have.

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