City unveils details of in-fill housing proposal

The public will get its first look this month at the fine print of a proposal by Council Member Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) to restrict the construction of large in-fill housing in the city.

The final language was still being refined at press time, but in general the changes seek to limit a new home's total square footage based on the size of its lot.

It's in response to complaints in Southwest that builders are tearing down older homes and replacing them with super-sized &#8220McMansions” that don't fit the character of the neighborhoods.

A handful of city ordinances are being reviewed by the Planning Department, and the City Council is expected to vote on the matter before the summer construction season hits full stride.

Other changes in the proposal include clarifying how natural grade is defined, encouraging detached garages and reducing by 10 percent the maximum building footprint and impervious surface allowed.

A series of public meetings will be held over the next month to explain the proposed changes and solicit public feedback on them. A Southwest open house is scheduled for March 22 at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 5029 Zenith Ave. S.

In-Fill Housing Meetings

City officials are hosting a series of public meetings to explain and hear feedback on proposed changes that would restrict the construction of large, in-fill housing in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

The first open house will be held Monday, March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at City Hall, room 319.

The second is scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 5029 Zenith Ave. S.

A public hearing is set before the city's Planning Commission on April 9 at 4:30 p.m., City Hall, room 317.