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The Planning Commission and City Staff are looking for resident input to help ensure a balance among homeowners planning to move, existing neighbors impacted by new construction and new homeowners moving into our community. Here is your chance to provide feedback and propose solutions to redevelopment issues currently impacting the City.

Edina continues to be a disirable community. As a result, it has expereinced a large increase in the removal of existing homes and construction of new homes in established neighborhoods. This trend has sparked concern among residents. The Planning Commission established a subcommittee to identify residential zoning issues and suggest possible changes to our current zoning codes and policies.

Please keep all comments constructive and civil.

Any construction project will affect neighbors in some manner, such as increased traffic and construction noise. How has the actual construction of a new home impacted you or your neighborhood? What did a builder do to mitigate your concerns? Do you have suggestions that will make the process go more smoothly for all parties? (Note: The City of Edina recently enacted a new Construction Management Plan outlining performance requirements such as work hours, parking and site maintenance.)

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David Frenkel over 1 year ago

Who enforces this new construction management plan. The property next to me at 4511 Golf Terrace has been a junk yard full of construction debris for weeks. The silt barrier for the property is broken from vehicles driving on it and it is partially in the street. Regulations are not worth bothering with if there is not enough staff for enforcement. I had to complain after Golf Terrace was torn up for utility week and was not repaved for weeks. Is there any teeth to the construction management plan. There is not direct mention of blocking streets which is happening repeatedly on this and other construction sties. No mention of blocking the passage of school buses. There needs to be strict enforcement otherwise throw the plan away.

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Andrew Brown over 1 year ago

I live on 55th and Park Place in Minnehaha Woods, I currently have four complete teardown projects within one block of my house. I lost an entire summer to street reconstruction, I get letters once a month from developers and real estate agents, saying that a well deserving family would like to buy and tear down my own house and then I get to spend two weeks of every year stuck in traffic on Hwy 100 because a lot of nimby's didnt like the Dan Patch corridor. When are the long time families of this city going to actually get to enjoy their once peaceful neighborhoods and what used to be good city services in Edina. And as far as the new neighbors who put these new huge cheap looking houses in Edina, I don't talk to them anyway they ruined any neighborhood feel, long ago

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Janey Westin about 1 year ago

I have printed off the Construction Management Plan. Something that is not known to most homeowners in Edina is that the burden of monitoring whether a teardown builder is following the 'rules' of the Management Plan is up to the neighbors. Not all builders are bad apples, but our neighborhood's experience in the Pamela Park neighborhood has been with a really rotten apple (who claims to have been nominated as Builder of the Year, no less!)

How were we negatively impacted? His first house in our neighborhood: When the original house was removed, an 8' deep basement with foundation walls still intact was left dangerously unfenced for over a week, over Halloween (look out, trick-or-treaters!) A call to the City after 5 days of this condition resulted in a sloppy fence 4 days later.

The builder was allowed by the planning department to place the house more than 8' too close to the street. The builder did nothing but ignore complaints, sued the city to continue building when he got a stop work order, and blamed the surveyor for putting it there; a bogus claim. The house now sits imposing completely on the neighbors next door, whose front yard is overlooked by the new house from front to back.

His workers consistently started work before 7:00 (someone even showed up at 4:30 am once), and another crew was working at 10:30 pm Saturday night. Calls to the police were not helpful.

It took extra calls to the city to get this builder to properly repair the poorly patched swath where new sewer and water connections were done.

Unfortunately, this builder basically thumbed his nose at neighbors and city authority. With the second house on our block which he tore down in a lead and asbestos filled cloud of dust, he has behaved somewhat better, but the dumpster and porta-potty has been sitting too close to the street all through construction. He now has a third house soon to be torn down. What next? With another house he built that backs up to Pamela Park, he took the liberty of running equipment across park property and even clearing out trees on park property to get a better view for the future home owners. I don't know if contacting the Parks Dept. had any affect.

Many people don't feel comfortable with making a call to the Planning and Inspections Department, or the police when they see blatant violations of this sort. Calls to this builder went nowhere. Perhaps the city needs an officer in the police department, working with planning to monitor runaway builders of this sort. We have an officer specifically dealing with dog issues. Why not have the same for rogue builders? It is wrong for neighbors to have to do this unpleasant job, when they simply want to have a peaceful neighborhood and go about their daily lives.

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Mark Daum about 1 year ago

This same builder has purchased two properties on my street for tear downs. Perhaps we need a new city attorney who can write contracts that builders must legally commit to for approval of building permits that limits a builder's access to suing the city for violations they, the builder commit. If terms of violations are in a written contract, I don't understand how the city couldn't win such lawsuits. Additionally, any violation by the builder should be subject to being banned from operating within the City of Edina for a minimum of 3-5 years.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

I know we all are all busy and it is hard to find extra time but would anybody be interested in meeting to discuss all of our issues regarding these teardowns? Janey, I have the same and more issues with the developer next to me including digging below the previous grade in the back yard which may impact some mature trees I have on the property line. State law allows for triple damages for killing a tree on an adjoining property but I don't want to loose the trees and I certainly don't want to hire a lawyer to sue. The city staff seemed to be overwhelmed and all this extra money the city is getting for building fees should go to hiring more staff. If you are interested contact me at frenkel@att.net .

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

As I write this there is a construction related truck illegally parked next to a stop sign on Golf Terrace. This truck may prevent my son's school bus from taking a left turn onto Golf Terrace from St Johns Ave. I have said this many times before but the City of Edina needs to understand that safety is the most important job of government. Developers do not have the right to make safety in the street or on the job site a secondary concern. Buses and children should have over riding priority in the streets of Edina. It is well known that Edina School buses have had to take alternative routes because of construction related road closures which are usually unnecessary. I have seen school buses go backwards down St Johns because roads were blocked. The city is evidently waiting until some incident before they take safety seriously.

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Mark Daum about 1 year ago

Thank you to the Planning Committee for meeting with residents today (Saturday, January 26th) to discuss issues and potential solutions for residential construction. The format was very friendly and helpful for sharing ideas.

One of the issues that seemed to grow as I spoke with others at this meeting was enforcement of Edina's building codes, and particularly with developers who are repeat offenders. One developer (JMS) came up repeatedly in the discussion. If the building codes are to have any validity, they must have consequences that are enforced. If not, there is no reason to comply. If there are indeed contractual agreements between the City and the developer at the point of requesting a building permit, then the city should have the ability to ban the developer from working within the city limits if they are a habitual offender.

The City of Edina should ban such developers from working for a period of time between 1-5 years. If the punishment is only a series of fines, history shows the violations will continue. Stricter enforcement would lead to more opportunity for good developers who follow the rules, while relieving the city of bad developers who do not.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

I would add contractors are also violating OSHA safety regulations. Watch the difference in safey compliance between a utiltity and its contractors compared to construction contractors. Utilities understand and live safey first. The city of Edina should become known as a city that demands safe work environments not just for workers but for its citizens.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

It snowed overnight and I had to call the Edina Police to get a construction related vehicle (HVAC) removed from St Johns Ave which had not been plowed. Why is there this cat and mouse game with construction contractors. Is it something new in MN that streets get plowed after a snow fall? Why don't contractors understand Edina ordinances?

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

This afternoon St Johns Ave was used as a construction parking lot for 2 empty 30ft trailers that were picked up by the same dump truck 20 minutes apart. The construction site was no where in site. What happens in the summer when children are running and biking the neighborhood all day and construction companies do as they please regardless of what the neighbors think? Is having a safe job site and a safe neighborhood part of the construction managment plan?

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J Bergstedt about 1 year ago

Thank you to the City of Edina for setting up this forum to easily provide feedback and exchange ideas with our neighbors. I am also from the Morningside neighborhood and have loved living here for 17 years. Many homes in our area are older and have been nicely upgraded over that time, and I have no problem with improvements to properties. We've done a few projects ourselves over the years. However, this seemingly new trend in completely tearing down houses to replace them with ones that are 2-3 times larger in getting out of hand. In the past there has been a teardown, or near teardown every couple of years in our end of the neighborhood. In the past 1.5 years we have had 6, less than 1000 feet from our home. These projects often take nearly 1 year to complete. The streets in our area are clogged or even blocked by construction related vehicles nearly every day of the week. I'm glad my children are older, because I would not have let small children play along our previously very quiet street for the past 2 summers. We have also had to keep our windows closed for the past 2 summers to keep out the noise and dust. The high number of teardowns in our area, and the ever-increasing size of the homes that replace them, overshadowing the original homes and their yards in out of control. Finally, I am also concerned that the decreasing amount of affordable housing in Edina, will affect the future of our community.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

I do have young children and I do worry about their safety especially once it gets warmer and they are out walking and biking in the neighborhood. The city of Edina needs to take a zero tolerance approach and start writing tickets for street violations like blocking streets and driveways, parking to close to intersections, parking where roads have not been plowed, parking next to fire hydrants, not repaving streets in a timely fashion, and on and on. It is irritating to come home and worry if the street is blocked or there is construction debris in the road or in my yard. It goes on and on.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

@Roger, I guess you are doing a confusing job of being sarcastic. Your comments are confusing but if you are slamming Richfield not sure what that has to do with this conversation. It would be much easier to have a rational discussion if you stated your views on this topic and not slamming other people if that is what you are doing using your own sense of humor. I am proud that I have volunteered on neighborhood organizations, coaching youth sports, volunteering with Bolder Options and a volunteered as and instructor for the American Red Cross. What have you done for your community?

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Lois Einhorn about 1 year ago

Anyone see last night's episode of The Walking Dead? It is a cautionary tale of what can happen in Edina if we are not careful.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

@Ray, I have scuba dived and snorkeled close to sharks in the Gulf and the Caribbean and found that experience a little more interesting than reading some of the off topic comments in this blog. Not sure how complaining about violations of street parking by construction contractors has anything to do with my new neighbors. As I have said before there are city codes that apply to everybody including construction contractors. Public roads are not part of a construction site.

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

@Roger, Why are you spending so much time on something you clearly do not are about? I don't mind disagreements but as you put it you are just poking fun it me. Every community has real issues and making personal attacks is a waste of everybodies time. Is it easier to poke fun at somebody that to talk about the issues or have I become the issue?

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David Frenkel about 1 year ago

@Roger, Nobody wants to live in a community that is not safe. Almost all of my contact with Edina Inspections and Police have been regarding safety related issues. I have called about my driveway blocked twice by construction vehicles, probably a dozen times for construction vehicles parked next to a stop sign, heavy off road equipment dropped into the street, gravel and rock dumped into the street, construction vehicles blocking streets, large dump trucks coming to the construction site before 7 a.m., illegally dumping pales of liquids into back yard, piles of construction/fence/landscaping debris piled in the yard against city code, utility damage to street left unpaved for weeks, etc. It is good business to do things right and Edina needs to make sure business in Edina follows the law. What makes you think I am hiding? The Internet is about as public as it gets. I have a family living next to this site and what I am trying to do is make my community as safe as I can for my children. If you think developers have more rights than my children that is your right but I will continue to do what I can to see laws are enforced.

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Jennifer x about 1 year ago

Maybe people can use their real names and keep the conversation civil?

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Marcus x about 1 year ago

Can someone create a separate topic or idea so David can throw his personal tantrums and personal beefs on another page and we can start discussing real issues....he throws tantrums across the internet so lets spare this site?

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