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.

Currently in the Grandview area, the building height is limited to six stories. What building height would you be comfortable with and why?

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

This is a unique site where the area is much lover than the elevation along Vernon. It does not abut a residential area so the building level can be six stories without towering over the buildings on Vernon. Again the issue is not the number of floors but that the site is developed to have a overall aesthetically pleasing effect.

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Andrea Flom 16 days ago

Totally agree

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Jennifer Hennemuth 25 days ago

I think the factor in Grandview to consider is traffic congestion. I think 6 stories is adequate and adding more creates density that again cannot be supported by infrastructure. Traffic along Gleason/Vernon is backed up every day from 62 as it is. Higher buildings create more density which results in congestion. There is also already congestion on Interlachen and 50th. Those are both major thoroughfares in and out. Add that to traffic congestion from the development to and from 50th and France, and you create a parking lot on that entire strip. To remove or increase building height restrictions is not adequate planning. We need to focus on the big picture in the long term. Grandview is an area that can be reviewed on a case by case basis if a proposal incorporated with the long term and infrastructure makes sense. Let's not change the building height restrictions at this time. That's putting the cart before the horse.

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greta simondet 24 days ago

Six stories or less. Traffic is already an issue around there at certain times of day.

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Paul Nelson admin 20 days ago

As development occurs in this neighborhood, I feel that density is more important than building height. However since this question relates directly to exacting a number for height, I'd suggest that with the uneven topography of the area that other buildings be held to the ultimate (absolute) height of the Jerry's tower. As I don't know the exact elevations of the former PW site, this could relate to a 10 story building on that site.

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Bill Owens 16 days ago

4 stories max!

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Bernie Beaver 15 days ago

Traffic management is more important than building height

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John Buttolph 15 days ago

I cannot support any increase in height/density increase in Grandview without corresponding improvements in the circulation element. How does the City propose to manage the traffic congestion in this area - which is already borderline problematic ?

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