Edina goes to round 2 on housing rules

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 12:46 AM

Residents say teardowns have led to some new houses that are too big for lots and hurt neighbors.

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sternitzkyJan. 11, 1310:51 PM

My parents built their house 50 yrs ago in Edina and now live next to a tear down that was rebuilt to more than double the size of the previous house. Their reaction, "Great to see our neighborhood as a desirable place to live and raise a family. It's not a bad problem to have."

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exrepublicanJan. 11, 1311:13 PM

Ever been to Florida or other Southern states? You have tarpaper shacks next door to million-dollar homes. This is what happens when you have no regulation. Welcome to Mississippi North!

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hobie2Jan. 11, 1311:35 PM

A legal zoning method of controlling house size is the common California zoning requirement that says you may not block the neighbors sunlight. Ramblers are low enough that they comply within 10 feet of the lot edge, and multi-stories have to have a lot big enough that they can sit farther back - it wasn't the original intent (which was to keep houses form being built to the edge of legal limits and being so tall they killed the neighbors trees and shrubs from shading; and to not have one house block out solar from an adjacent houses collectors or panels), but the effect was that it keeps houses in scale with their lots.

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cootoriginalJan. 11, 1311:50 PM

If Edina is such a desirable place to live, as the article states, then why did they loosen the zoning laws in the first place?

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TobsterJan. 11, 1311:58 PM

The homeowners complaining are just jealous and embarrassed that their outdated houses are being shown as such, and they're worried about not being able to sell because prospective buyers will be admiring these newer homes instead. And "blocking sunlight"? C'mon...

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dougdodgeJan. 12, 1312:06 AM

Edina is losing it's identity to McMansions. One of these structures is going up a couple houses away. My guess is that the 'regular' homes will lose value.

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daveschuJan. 12, 13 2:15 AM

Walked the neighborhoodsthis past week...some of the streets look WEIRD! Big house on tiny lot...what are people thinking? Looks sad :(

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crychangJan. 12, 13 7:30 AM

It is a good problem to have. Work out a compromise.

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Izzy96Jan. 12, 13 7:41 AM

Every time one of these oversized home is built, every house on that block sees their property taxes rise under the guise that somehow by fiat their little home now has greater market value. Joke.

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minneg56Jan. 12, 13 7:52 AM

Talented architects typically look at the surrounding environment and create structures which blend into and accentuate the best of both their new structure and the surrounding environment. Some of the best and worst examples can be viewed in the newer homes around the city lakes. Some are extremely well done and some are just, well- big. Like sticking a Roman Candle on a cupcake. Just about anyone can 'do big' but can you do big and make it look like it was there all along and blend in? McMansions seem to be the 'kitsch' of architecture.

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