Residential Variances

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This page is intended to collect public input on Residential Variances that are to be heard by the Planning Commission. Comments submitted will provide feedback to the Planning Commission to be considered. Each page includes the information that was submitted by the applicant. The feedback provided for each project will be given to the Planning Commission for their consideration.

The page is open for feedback up until the noon on the Tuesday prior to the Planning Commission public hearing.


This page is intended to collect public input on Residential Variances that are to be heard by the Planning Commission. Comments submitted will provide feedback to the Planning Commission to be considered. Each page includes the information that was submitted by the applicant. The feedback provided for each project will be given to the Planning Commission for their consideration.

The page is open for feedback up until the noon on the Tuesday prior to the Planning Commission public hearing.


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  • B-20-17, 4904 Bywood West Variance

    3 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the October 28th Planning Commission agenda.

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    October 16, 2020 Update: 

    The subject property is located at 4904 Bywood West, consisting of two lots, one fronting Bywood, (Lot 2), with the existing home and a vacant lot, (Lot 5), that abuts to the rear of their current Bywood property accessing from Interlachen. The proposal is to tear down/rebuild on the property for a new home without at least a 50 percent basement, an attached garage and in-ground swimming pool and sport court fronting Bywood West and a detached garage proposed for the vacant Lot 5, fronting Interlachen. The applicant would like to combine the properties into one parcel. There are 2 variance requests and one request to consolidate the two separate lots. 

    Variance 1- Relief from requirement for all single dwelling unit buildings to be constructed with a basement having a gross floor area equal to at least 50 percent of the gross floor area of the story next above. 

    Variance 2- To increase the first floor of the new home 2.3’ above the elevation of existing home  requiring a 1.3 foot first floor height variance.   

     Acceptance of proposed merging the two lots.   

    Applicant Submittal

    October 6, 2020 Update: The applicant has submitted revised plans. The variance requests have changed based on those revised plans. Due to the variance requests changing, new public hearing notices will be sent out for a future Planning Commission meeting.

    Updated request information and plans are forthcoming and will be posted prior to the Planning Commission public hearing.  

    This item is continued to the October 14th Planning Commission agenda to continue internal review given identified challenges and opportunities in the zoning and engineering code for the property. 

    The subject property is located at 4904 Bywood West, consisting of two lots, one fronting Bywood, (Lot 2), with the existing home and a vacant lot, (Lot 5), that abuts to the rear of their current Bywood property accessing from Interlachen. The proposal is to tear down/rebuild on the property for a new home without a basement, an attached garage and in-ground swimming pool and sport court fronting Bywood West and a detached garage proposed for the vacant Lot 5, fronting Interlachen. The applicant would like to combine the properties into one parcel. There are 2 variance requests and one request to consolidate the two separate lots. 

    Variance 1- Relief from requirement to have full depth basement under main floor of new home.

    Variance 2- To allow building a basement for health and safety where the floor elevation extends below the flood elevation.  

     Acceptance of proposed merging the two lots.   

    Applicant Submittal

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool

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  • B-20-20, 309 Dearborn Court Variance

    about 2 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the October 28th Planning Commission agenda.

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    A variance is requested from the zoning ordinance basement requirement for a new home to be rebuilt at 309 Dearborn Court. A variance is requested from the following ordinance requirement:

    Basements. All single dwelling unit buildings shall be constructed with a basement having a gross floor area equal to at least 50 percent of the gross floor area of the story next above. 

    The property is over 14,000 square feet in area and is located at the end of Dearborn cul-de-sac. The property currently a vacant lot. There has never been a home on the lot. The applicant is requesting a variance from the minimum basement requirements in order to construct a new one -story home at 309 Dearborn Court. The goal is to have one level living. The proposed home will conform to all of the zoning ordinance requirements with the exception that it will not have a basement. The City of Edina’s zoning ordinance requires that all new homes have a basement. 

    Applicant Submittal

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker, with questions on this project. 

    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

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  • B-20-19 4630 Drexel Avenue, Rear Yard Setback Variance

    3 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the September 23 Planning Commission agenda.

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    4630 Drexel Avenue is located on the north west corner of Drexel Avenue and Country Club Road. The Mediterranean style home was built in 1924. The applicant is proposing an addition off of the west side of the existing home. The proposed addition is setback 10 feet from the west property line requiring a 15-foot rear yard setback variance. 

    This project also required a Certificate of Appropriateness through the Heritage Preservation Commission. The HPC approved the COA request subject to the plans presented at the September 8th HPC meeting with the condition that asphalt shingles are not an allowable roofing material. 

    Applicant Submittal 

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Emily Bodeker with questions regarding this project. 

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  • B-20-5 4209 Crocker Avenue

    4 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item was reviewed at the October 20th City Council agenda. The City Council denied the appeal and upheld the Planning Commission's approval of both variance requests.

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    The decision made by the Planning Commission on August 26th was appealed to the City Council. The public hearing at City Council will take place on October 7th and action will be taken at the October 20th City Council meeting.

     Appeal Letter

    Applicant Submittal

    The variance request is for a new home at 4209 Crocker and is a return item for Planning Commission review. The applicant is requesting identical front yard and 1st floor height variances as approved by the Commission in March 2020. All plans for the project are the same with the exception of the stormwater management plan. The applicant has revised the approved stormwater plan so is returning for Planning Commission review.

    The proposed project is a teardown-rebuild at 4209 Crocker Ave. consisting of a two story home with an attached three car garage. The variance request is for a 2.6 foot first floor height variance from the allowable 1 foot increase and a 16.2 foot front yard setback variance. 

    The property is within a flood risk area with the rear yard of the site landlocked for the 10% annual chance event. The basement will be elevated to 871.58’ from 870.4’ to comply with the minimum required low floor elevation. The required lowest floor elevation is 871.58’ (10% annual chance event elevation of 869.58’ + 2’).  The existing basement is a walk-out with the new basement proposed to be a “look-out” and partially below grade. The lot is under a flood risk, so code requires the lowest entry elevation of the rear portion of the structure to be no lower than 873’. The owners are not planning to elevate the basement to achieve/continue a walk-out.

    The height difference from existing to proposed first floor elevation will be 3.6 feet with a variance request of 2.6 feet. The required lowest entry elevation for the front portion of the structure is 877.20’ (1% annual chance event elevation of 875.20’ + 2’). The garage elevation will be at 877.2’ with a new first floor height of 881.27’. 

    The over-all building height will be 32.6 feet as measured from existing grade along the new front building wall and in compliance with the maximum allowable height of 36.25 feet. The proposed front yard setback will match the existing front yard setback of the current home. The new home is proposed to provide the same front yard setback as the original home on site and since torn down, which keeps the home closer to the front and continuing to maintain stormwater storage in the back yard as proposed by the previously approved stormwater management plan as part of the original March 2020, variance request.


    March 2020 Applicant Submittal

    March 2020 Better Together page


    Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission.

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool

    Replies Closed
  • B-20-18 5313 60th St W, First Floor Elevation Variance

    3 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the September 9 Planning Commission agenda.

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    The subject property is located at 5316 West 60th St. and is planned for a tear-down re-build with the existing house to be replaced with a two-story home with an attached three car garage. The new home will conform to all of the ordinance requirements with the exception of the new first floor height.

    The applicant is applying for a variance to the rule that only allows the proposed elevation of the first floor of a new house to be no greater than 1' above the existing floor elevation. The existing first floor elevation is 909.53'. The plans indicate the first floor to be at 912.2' which is 2.67' above the existing but is within 1.5" of both neighboring homes (912.15' and 912.32'). The applicant has stated the 2.67' higher in first floor elevation is 1.67' more than allowed but the existing house is positioned unusually low relative to the adjacent homes. The applicant has indicated the project won't be able to meet the standard required grading of 6" of fall in the first 10' from the home and 2% grade from there to the curb without the benefit of a variance.

    Applicant Submittal

    Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission.

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool

    Replies Closed
  • B-20-16 6720 Samuel Road, Front Yard Setback Variance

    3 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the September 9 Planning Commission agenda.

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    The subject property is located at 6720 Samuel Road. The applicant is proposing an entryway addition on the front of the existing home. The proposed entryway addition requires a 4.9-foot front yard setback variance. 

    The applicant has indicated that the current small entry landing has only 3 inches of clearance between the open door and the first step of the stairway which makes it difficult for guest with limited accessibility. They have indicated that the proposed new entry improves accessibility and curb appeal. 

    Applicant Submittal

    Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission.

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Emily Bodeker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool

    Replies Closed
  • B-20-13 6125 Westridge Boulevard, Side Yard Setback Variance

    5 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the July 22 Planning Commission agenda.

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    Applicant Submittal

    A 3.6 foot side yard setback variance for a 1st floor addition above an existing nonconforming garage at 6125 Westridge Blvd. The subject property is approximately 19,441 square feet in area, consisting of a one story home with a tuck-under garage, located on the east side of Westridge Blvd. The existing one-story home was built in 1956 and is original in construction. The applicant is proposing a 3.6 foot side yard setback variance from the property line to allow for a main floor addition above the existing nonconforming tuck-under garage located 6.4 feet from the side lot line. The ordinance requires a 10 foot side yard setback. The applicant is undergoing the addition in order to accommodate an extra room and open deck area. Today, the home complies with all required setbacks with the exception of north side yard setback. The home was constructed prior to current setback requirements and did not require a variance for the garage setback. An addition above the existing nonconforming garage to the north side of the home will be no closer to the side lot line than the existing garage below. The proposed addition will encroach the 10 foot side yard setback by 3.6 feet and no closer than existing. The request is to allow the addition to simply match the setback of the garage below.

    Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission.

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool

    Replies Closed
  • B-20-15 6800 Brittany Road, Variance from Basement Requirement

    5 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the July 22 Planning Commission agenda.

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    Applicant Submittal

    A variance is requested from the zoning ordinance basement requirement for a new home to be rebuilt at 6800 Brittany Road. A variance is requested from the following ordinance requirement:

    Basements. All single dwelling unit buildings shall be constructed with a basement having a gross floor area equal to at least 50 percent of the gross floor area of the story next above. 

    The property is 42,986 square feet in area and is located on the west side of Brittany Road.  The previous home on the lot was built in 1970 and has been removed with the property currently a vacant lot. The applicant is requesting a variance from the minimum basement requirements in order to construct a new one story home at 6800 Brittany Road. The goal is to have one level living. The proposed home will conform to all of the zoning ordinance requirements with the exception that it will not have a basement. The City of Edina’s zoning ordinance requires that all new homes have a basement. 



    Final action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission. 

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker with questions regarding this project. 


    All comments are reviewed by the governing body to gain insight into community perspective and values. This information in addition to other factors like legal requirements, infrastructure needs, long-term strategy, cost, etc help inform the decision. The feedback collected is not considered a "vote". 

    Everyone has the right to share their opinions and comments on the related project. While individuals may have varying opinions, respect each person's experience and insight.

    Comments are considered part of the public record. When making a comment:

    1. provide your full name
    2. let us know your relation to the project (i.e. physical address, neighborhood, visit the area often, etc)
    3. respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you

    If you have questions, please use our Q&A tool



    Replies Closed
  • B-20-10, 4248 Alden Drive, Front Yard Setback Variance

    8 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item is on the July 21 City Council agenda.

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    The Planning Commission approved this variance request at the May 13, 2020 meeting. The decision was appealed to the City Council. The City Council public hearing date is June 16 and the final decision meeting date is July 21. 


    The City Council denied this variance request. 

    Updated Applicant Submittal

    The applicant is requesting an 18.6 foot front yard setback variance to the required front yard setback along Morningside Road. The subject property is a corner lot and is required to maintain two front yard setbacks, one on Morningside Road and one on Alden Drive. 

    The applicant is proposing a new home oriented off of Morningside Road. The existing single family home has a 10.2 foot setback from Morningside Road, the proposed setback is 11.2 feet. The new home is setback further from Alden Drive than the existing home. 

    Applicant Submittal-Original

    Final Action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission. 

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Emily Bodeker, with questions regarding this project. 

    Replies Closed
  • B-20-11 89 Woodland Circle, First Floor Elevation Variance

    8 months ago
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    CLOSED: This item will be heard by the Planning Commission on April 29th.

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    The applicant is requesting to increase the first floor elevation 1.91 feet higher than the allowable 1 foot increase in first floor elevation in order to construct a new two story home at 89 Woodland Circle that backs up to Minnehaha Creek. The property is 23,314 square feet in area and is located on the south east side of Woodland Circle and Woodland Lane, and is within the floodplain. The City of Edina’s Engineering standards require the basement elevation of any new home to be 2 feet higher than the FEMA base flood elevation. The existing home was built prior to the first FEMA floodplain study conducted in 1979 to determine flood risk areas.  

    A variance is requested to allow the first floor elevation of the new home to exceed the first floor elevation of the existing home by more than one foot. The current home on site has a basement elevation of 861.65’ and a first floor elevation of 869.75 feet above sea level. The established floodplain elevation is at 860.1’ with a required protection elevation of 862.1’. The minimum basement elevation must be no less than 2 feet above the flood elevation so the minimum basement elevation required is 862.1’. Both the existing home and new home are walk-outs. The existing walk-out is at 861.65,  .45 feet below the required low opening elevation. The new basement low opening will comply with the minimum low opening requirement established for the property. The new walk-out basement will be brought up to low opening requirement and will provide a ceiling height of 8’-10”. The proposed first floor elevation of the house will be at 872.66, which will be1.91’ higher than the 1foot increase allowed by ordinance, (a 2.91’ total increase). 


    Applicant Submittal

    Please contact Assistant City Planner, Kris Aaker, with questions regarding this project. 

    Final Action on this project is taken by the Planning Commission. 

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