City Council Zoning & Planning Committee and Minneapolis City Leaders
United States of America

Protecting natural systems and developing a sustainable pattern for future growth is a key goal of The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth. As growth occurs, we must ensure that development is implemented in a way that preserves the beauty and health of our environment and that upholds the laws in place to protect our neighborhoods.

The SH Shoreland Overlay District was established to preserve and enhance the environmental qualities of surface waters and the natural and economic values of shoreland areas within the City. It states, “The maximum height of all structures within the Shoreland Overlay District, except for single- and two-family dwellings, shall be two and one-half (2.5) stories or thirty-five (35) feet, whichever is less.”

A new building proposed for 4353 Upton Ave S is in the Shoreland Overlay District, yet the developer has received a conditional use permit (CUP) to increase the height of the building to 3 stories and over 52 feet! This excessive height would provide elevator access to a rooftop deck and penthouse for tenants, effectively creating a fourth story for private use at the expense of surrounding properties.

This height is not allowed in either the Shoreland Overlay District or in the C1 zoning classification for this property. A building this tall would diminish the Shoreland Overlay District, negatively affect access to light and air of surrounding properties, change the scale and character of the Linden Hills business district, and set a precedent for even taller buildings outside Shoreland Overlay and C1 zoning limits throughout the neighborhood and the City. This type of growth is unsustainable and inconsistent with the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan.

If we allow this excessive height in the Shoreland Overlay District, we erode the protections afforded by our zoning laws and set the stage for even taller buildings to be built, putting even more pressure on the environment and lakes we cherish in Minneapolis. We must take a stand to support the Shoreland Overlay District and other zoning laws, or developments like this one will further stress the environment and incrementally take away what we love about our neighborhoods.

Please sign this petition to support the Shoreland Overlay district by appealing the CUP for the excessive height of the South Upton building.

We, the undersigned, call on the Zoning & Planning Committee and Minneapolis City Leaders to vote yes for the appeal to deny the CUP for additional height of the South Upton Building in Linden Hills.

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The Help Protect the Shoreland Overlay District and our Neighborhoods petition to City Council Zoning & Planning Committee and Minneapolis City Leaders was written by Residents Protecting the Shoreland Overlay and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.