Section 103-381; Ord. 17370; Amending Chapter 29 RE: Establishing a Planned General Industrial District


Ordinance No.            17370              Council Bill No.           B 234-02A            

AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 29 of the City Code to establish a Planned General Industrial District; 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 29 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

Material to be added underlined.
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Sec. 29-19.1   District M-P, Planned General Industrial District.

    (a)    Purpose. The M-P district is intended to allow for a broad range of industrial and commercial uses under the guidelines of a planned district.

The major objectives of the M-P district are:

(1)    To promote flexibility in the design and location of structures.
  1. To promote the efficient use of land and to facilitate a more economic  arrangement of buildings, circulation systems, land uses and utilities.


    (3)    To ensure compatibility with surrounding areas.

    (b)    Permitted uses. In district M-P, no building, land or premises shall be used and no building shall hereafter be erected, constructed, reconstructed or altered except for one or more of the uses allowed by the ordinance placing the property in district MP (for exceptions, see Section 2928, NonConforming Uses, and Section 2931, Board of Adjustment).  The commission shall recommend and the council, at the time of rezoning, shall designate the use or uses allowed for the applicant’s property from the following uses:

(1)    One or more or all of the permitted uses in districts M-R, M-C, M1 and C-3 (except those uses permitted in district R-3).
    
    (c)    Conditional Uses. The following uses shall be permitted in district M-P only after the issuance of a conditional use permit pursuant to the provisions of section 29-23:

Communication antennas and towers, subject to the provisions of section 29-21.3.

    (d)    Standards and Criteria. The following standards and criteria shall apply to all M-P developments:

    (1)    Lot size. No minimum requirements.

(2)    Yards. Yards shall be provided as deemed necessary, based on the characteristics of each individual proposal, to provide compatible development.

    (3)    Building height. No maximum height.

(4)    Vision clearance. On any corner lot no wall, fence, sign or other structure or no plant growth of a type which would interfere with traffic visibility across the corner shall be permitted or maintained higher than three (3) feet above the curb level, within fifteen (15) feet of the intersection of the street right-of-way lines.

(5)    Parking and loading.  The provisions of Section 2930, OffStreet Parking and Loading, shall apply, except that the commission may recommend and the council may approve a different parking requirement if, after considering the proposed use, the availability of other parking in the area (including parking on public streets) and other relevant factors, a different requirement is deemed appropriate.

(6)    Screening.

a.    permanent screen consisting of a masonry wall, wood fence, landscaping material, or combination thereof, at least eight (8) feet in height and, when a fence is used, not to exceed twelve (12) feet in height, shall be required where a lot in this district abuts residentially zoned land. The required screening shall have an opacity of at least eighty (80) per cent year around and, if landscaping is used, the eighty (80) per cent opacity and eightfoot minimum height shall be achieved within four (4) full growing seasons. In the event a masonry wall or wood fence is used, landscaping shall be placed between the wall or fence and the property line to form an ornamental screen. The required screening and landscaping shall be maintained in good order and not allowed to exist in a state of disrepair or death. If wood fencing is used, it shall be durable in nature and treated to prevent rapid deterioration. Failure to maintain the required landscaping and screening shall be considered a violation of this chapter.

    b.    The commission may recommend and the council may approve less stringent or more stringent screening requirements if, after considering topography, surrounding uses and other relevant factors, less stringent or more stringent screening requirements are deemed appropriate.

    c.    The commission may recommend and the council may approve screening requirements for any lot in district M-P that abuts land that is not residentially zoned after considering the possible uses of the lot and the abutting property.  The screening requirements shall be the same as in subsection (d)(6)a. and shall be subject to the provisions of subsection (d)(6)b.
  1. Drainage.  A drainage system shall be designed to minimize the possibility of soil erosion and flood damage.


(8)    Circulation. The traffic circulation system shall provide for the safe, convenient and efficient movement of goods and people with a minimum of conflict between various modes of travel.

(e)    Procedure for review and approval of MP zoning and the development plan.

(1)    The first step in approval process should be a concept review to discuss and document the proposal. The concept review is an informal discussion and review between the director of planning and development and the developer to discuss land use and development concepts, applicable regulations, and other concerns that may be raised.

(2)    The applicant shall prepare and submit a request for MP zoning to the commission for its review. The request shall include a list of proposed M-P uses.  The commission shall then hold a public hearing.

(3)    After the public hearing, the commission shall forward its recommendation to the council.

(4)    The council, after a public hearing, shall take final action on the MP zoning request and shall specify the uses allowed.

(5)    After council approval of the rezoning, the applicant shall submit a development plan for review and approval by the commission. The development plan shall be processed in the same manner as a rezoning request. Advertising costs shall be at the applicant's expense.  After the public hearing, the commission shall forward the development plan to the council with its recommendation.  The council will then conduct a public hearing and take action on the plan.

    (6)    The development plan submittal shall include the following:

    a.    The name of the MP development.

    b.    A north arrow, scale, small location map of the site, and the size of the site to the nearest onetenth (0.1) of an acre.

    c.    The name and address of the record owners of the land.

    d.    Names of adjacent property owners of unsubdivided land and the names of adjacent subdivisions.

    e.    The existing topography of the site with contour intervals no greater than five (5) feet, and the specific location of the onehundredyear floodplain, if applicable.
        
f.    The location and height of all buildings. The minimum distance from buildings to perimeter property lines shall be shown or stated on the plan.

    g.    The location and number of parking spaces, drives, walkways, and the parking ratio.

    h.    The location and width of existing street rightsofway, alleys, roads, railroad rightsofway and recorded easements; and, the proposed location, width, name and grade for any new street.

    i.    The location and size of existing and proposed sanitary sewers, water mains, storm sewers and natural gas mains within or adjacent to the site and any proposed easements.

    j.    A landscaping plan which complies with the requirements of Chapter 12A.

    k.    Signature blocks for commission and council approval on all exhibits considered part of the development plan.
                                        
        l.    The proposed location and general description of wall signs and signs not attached to structures on the site
    
        m.    The proposed type and location of all onsite lighting.

    (7)    In addition to the above, a M-P development plan submittal shall include a set of design parameters which the director of planning and development shall use as guidance when considering future revisions to an approved MP development plan.  The design parameters shall be in the form of a letter and shall include the following:

    a.    The maximum gross square footage of building floor area on the site.

    b.    The minimum distance between any building and any adjacent property line or street rightofway.

    c.    The maximum height of any building on the site.
    
    d.    The minimum distance between the edge of any driveway, parking area, loading area, trash storage area and any adjacent property line or street rightofway.
            
    e.    The minimum percentage of the site to be maintained in landscaping.

    f.    The maximum number of freestanding signs on the site, the maximum square footage of sign surface area and maximum height of each.

        The design parameters shall become part of the ordinance approving the M-P Development Plan.

    (8)    Approval of the development plan shall be deemed as satisfying the requirements of the subdivision regulations for a preliminary plat, provided all those requirements have been met. Any variances to the subdivision regulations, proposed as part of the development plan shall be stated clearly on the development plan. Such variances shall be considered along with commission and council review of the development plan.

    (9)    No building permit shall be issued until the development plan is approved by the council.

     (10)    No building permit shall be issued until the property has been  platted.

    (11)    No building or footing and foundation permit shall be issued until the site plan filed with the application for a building permit has been reviewed by the director of planning and development for compliance with the approved development plan.

    (12)    From and after two (2) years following the date of approval of a development plan by the council, the council, may, by a majority vote, withdraw approval of such development plan, provided development has not commenced.

    (13)    Changes may be made to an approved MP development plan subject to approval by the director of planning and development, provided that any such changes are within the limits set forth in the approved design parameters.  Any proposed changes which exceed the limits of the design parameters shall be processed as a new MP development plan with required public hearing before the planning and zoning commission and city council.

    (14)    The applicant may submit the development plan at the time of rezoning to MP. Under this option, the development plan will be considered by the commission and the council as part of the rezoning request.

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

    PASSED this 15th day of July, 2002.