Push for smaller lot sizes divides Minnetonka

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 1, 2013 - 9:41 PM

Minnetonka is debating plans to squeeze more homes on smaller lots.

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jhb8426Jun. 1, 13 7:42 PM

“In the end, it’s really not that bad.” Hmmm, so does that make it good?

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hobie2Jun. 1, 13 8:10 PM

If your ethics are dollar based - build more, get higher density, increase tax revenue, and make the developers lobbyists in Washington pleased they passed the bill that dangles a Federal check if you have the minimum population density in your local government unit... But if your ethics are based on mutual respect and mutual values for your homes and neighborhoods - vote in people who have some backbone and will not roll over and fetch for a check.

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west336Jun. 1, 1310:11 PM

If it's not your lot, it shouldn't be your business.

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marsbonfireJun. 1, 1310:23 PM

west336Jun. 1, 1310:11 PM If it's not your lot, it shouldn't be your business.______-when it affects the value of YOUR property, it certainly becomes YOUR business.

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mnpls123Jun. 2, 13 6:38 AM

"when it affects the value of YOUR property, it certainly becomes YOUR business"------sorry, you are wrong. Your rights end at your property line. You can have an opinion on what others do with Their property and that is it.

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bingcrosbyJun. 2, 13 7:32 AM

Few will argue a person cant redvelop their property as they wish. Much of the problem relates to the application of PUD in situations that require too many variances for normal redevelopment. Doing so leads to an arbitrary approach to development that leaves neighbors wondering what will happen to their neighborhood. PUD become a blunt tool for rezoning. Neighbors have a right to be concerned about what appears to be arbitrary rezoning. The council and planning commission are increasingly ignoring the voices of those most impacted as they seek to please the unelected Met Council. Government is best when it is local, not driven by central planners.

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stingballJun. 2, 13 7:35 AM

Of course, the developer is going to want to build as many houses as he can on a given tract of land so that he can maximize his profits. Although this works for the developer, it does not necessarily work for the people who will have to live in that neighborhood. It will reduce space and privacy and also change the character of the neighborhood. The developer doesn't have to live with this because he will be gone once he cashes his checks from selling all of the densely packed homes that he developes there. In my current home, I have my neighbors right on top of me and I don't like it. If I were a resident of Minnetonka, I would fight this. By the way, everything does not always have to be about maximizing profits.

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chiefwiggumJun. 2, 13 7:36 AM

NIMBYism at it's finest. Heaven forbid Minnetonka choose something other than completely unsustainable sprawl development.

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peggybundyJun. 2, 13 7:46 AM

""when it affects the value of YOUR property, it certainly becomes YOUR business"------sorry, you are wrong. Your rights end at your property line. You can have an opinion on what others do with Their property and that is it." Really? So - if I want to tear down my home and build something 20 stories high in a residential neighborhood, it should be my business only? Please. Zoning laws and community standards are rational. I'm a libertarian, yet that doesn't mean that we can't have laws governing what can and cannot be done in a community. We can argue about what is and is not too intrusive. Yet, our ability to do what we wish with our own property is not 100% absolute.

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timandtiaJun. 2, 13 8:24 AM

Another issue of to many people/families. Just wait until this happens around all of the Twin Cities - can't wait until builders start taking away good farm land!

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