Mounds View may become friendlier for front porches

Many of Mounds View’s homes were built in the 1940s and ‘50s, according to city planner Jon Sevald, before front porches were en vogue.

These homes were typically built right up to the front yard setback, or the distance the property line has to be from the curb, which is currently 30 feet according to city code.

By the time the front porch was prevalent, Mounds View residents contacting the city about adding one to their mid-century home learned there was no space to add it.

The Mounds View City Council has taken steps to make the  city more front porch friendly, approving the first reading and introduction of an amendment to setback and front porch city code at its March 26 meeting. 

The amendment would allow front porches built 24 feet from the curb.

Sevold said city staff find the amendment appropriate. It was reviewed and approved by the planning commission in March. 

Saying he wants it made “very clear,” Sevold said possible porches would not be covered and would not have walls, windows or screens. 

Porches are meant to be a “landing” with enough space to “put a couple chairs out,” he said. 

Mayor Carol Mueller asked if there are any pending porch requests. Sevold said he knew of one that would surely arrive if the amendment passes. 

The second reading of the amendment and a public hearing are scheduled for April 9. 


— Solomon Gustavo

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