On April 11, the Minneapolis City Council voted to end the teardown moratorium in favor of enforcement of a new Construction Management Agreement.
Read the 13th Ward Interim Ordinance FAQ 3-10-2014, issued by CM Palmisano’s office.
Council Member Linea Palmisano issued the following letter concerning the ordinance:
March 7, 2014
At this morning’s meeting of the City Council, I brought forward an important step in addressing an issue that has been among the most pressing in our community. I introduced an interim ordinance allowing us time to carefully examine and create changes in our processes—and in builders’ processes—as they currently apply to new infill construction (commonly referred to as “teardown”) projects. Effective today, this interim ordinance establishes a moratorium on any new wrecking permits for single- and two-family residential properties in the Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny and Lynnhurst neighborhoods during a period of study no longer than one year. (Any completed wrecking or building permit applications that have already been submitted are exempt, so you will continue to see new construction during this study period.)
Over the past year, and in my brief experience while in office, we hear repeatedly that the frequency and concentration of new residential construction is causing great difficulty for our residents. We feel fortunate to live in such a desirable community, but we need to find a way to improve the wrecking and construction process for those who want to build in our neighborhoods. We need neighbors to feel respected and informed about the changes to their blocks; we need all builders to comply with our regulations around noise, dumpsters, idling, shoveling, and parking; and we need to bring greater environmental sensitivity to these projects. This is about process improvements, the outcomes of which our entire city will benefit. This is about studying enforcement, effectiveness, and consequences of new construction processes on our blocks. In short, we want to instill a “build like you live next door” mentality.
This pause in issuance of new wrecking permits gives the City time to take a fresh look at our regulations and work on making them easier to understand, communicate, and enforce. As we seek to promote new development across our city, it’s important to better coordinate our processes between departments and make sure our rules are clear to builders.
We will not waste a single day. Our study with the department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is already underway. This afternoon, I have invited Southwest-area single-family and two-family residential developers to have a frank discussion about processes—both theirs and ours. It is extremely important that we not isolate developers from this effort, as their ideas are vital to the conversation and will help strengthen the outcomes of our study.
A pause in construction is not a step I take lightly and I am aware that it affects far more people in our community than builders alone. Be assured that we are poised to work through this as quickly as possible for the benefit of everyone involved. This was a tough decision to make, but one that comes with the unanimous support of my City Council colleagues.
I am grateful for all the input we have received thus far from area residents, and we will continue to gather more via focus groups (for which we will be soliciting your participation). I welcome your input as we proceed, and will be in touch.
All my best,
Thirteenth Ward Council Member
350 South 5th Street – Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415