Section 101-671 Ord. 16715; Amending Chapter 25 RE: Sidewalk Widths


Ordinance No.           16715               Council Bill No.           B 413-00            

AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 25 of the City Code as it relates to sidewalks; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 25 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

    ARTICLE VI. SIDEWALKS

Sec. 25-48. Sidewalks generally (plats approved before January 1, 2001).

    (a) Sidewalks shall be constructed and installed in compliance with the city street and storm sewer specifications and design standards and all applicable design standards and specifications now or hereafter promulgated by the director of public works or adopted by the council, on all walkways and on both sides of all streets unless otherwise specified in this chapter.
    
    (b) This section shall not apply to any subdivision that receives final plat approval after January 1, 2001.

Sec. 25-48.1.  Sidewalks generally (plats approved after January 1, 2001).

    (a) Sidewalks shall be constructed within all pedestrian easements and on both sides of all internal streets and on the abutting side of any adjacent street unless otherwise specified in this chapter.  Sidewalks shall be a minimum of five (5) feet in width or they may be four (4) feet in width when located along a local residential street that does not adjoin an existing or proposed park, school, church or other high pedestrian traffic generating use.

    (b) The city council may require a sidewalk to be constructed to standards higher than the minimum standards of this chapter; provided, that the city compensate the property owner for the additional cost of constructing the sidewalk.

    (c) A request for a variance to any sidewalk requirement or standard may be filed in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 25-20.  A variance to the requirement to construct a sidewalk may be conditioned on the property owner  paying the city an amount equivalent to the cost of construction of a standard sidewalk; provided however, where an alternate walkway system is approved as a substitute for conventional sidewalks, no payment shall be required.  The payments collected shall be used solely to construct or improve sidewalks within the city.

    (d) Sidewalks shall be constructed to comply with the standards contained herein and with the city design standards and specifications established by the director of public works or adopted by the council.  Sidewalks shall be installed prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the subject property unless otherwise specified as a note on the plat or in a performance contract between the developer and the city.

    (e) This section shall not apply to any subdivision that received final plat approval before January 1, 2001.

    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 18th day of December, 2000.