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Legislation #: 971774 Introduction Date: 12/18/1997
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Title: Amending Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4 (Urban Design Standards and Specifications) and enacting in lieu thereof a new Appendix A, Chapter 4, of like number and subject matter.

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ORDINANCE NO. 971774

 

Amending Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4 (Urban Design Standards and Specifications) and enacting in lieu thereof a new Appendix A, Chapter 4, of like number and subject matter.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section A. That Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, commonly known as the Zoning Ordinance, is hereby amended by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4 (Urban Design Standards and Specifications), and enacting in lieu thereof new Chapter 4, Appendix A, of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

APPENDIX A

 

Chapter 4. Urban Design Standards and Specifications.

 

4.1 General Urban Design Standards.

 

4.1-A Architectural and landscape architectural treatment.

 

The architectural and landscape architectural treatment of structures and sites shall be coordinated within each project area for the purpose of creating a pleasing and harmonious overall effect. The choice of building materials, plant materials, colors, structure and site furnishings, lighting and other elements of development shall be commensurate with the objectives of the use in question, in consideration of probable effect upon other adjoining uses and visual impact from transportation corridors. Careful consideration to these matters shall be given in the course of development plan processing and, in the case of dispute, the final decision with respect to landscape architectural and architectural treatment shall be made by the City Plan Commission.

 

4.1-B Setbacks from certain frontages.

 

A fifty (50) foot setback shall be required from freeways, expressways, parkways and other arterial streets to promote public safety and improve visual impact of development on lands adjacent to such rights of way; provided that this setback requirement shall not apply to signs.

 

4.1-C Minimum building height.

 

In certain locations the unusual nature of certain parcels of land with respect to visual impact upon their environment shall be recognized in the development plan and minimum standards for building height and treatment shall be determined under that plan.

 

4.1-D Overhead utilities.

 

Except for certain long distance transmission lines, all utilities shall be installed underground.

 


4.1-E Enclosure requirements, certain automotive services.

 

Land uses depending in the normal conduct of their business on the frequent ingress and egress of automobiles, shall be screened by an appropriate ornamental fence or wall where they abut other uses which are not in the same category.

 

4.1-F Enclosure requirements, storage areas.

 

Areas used for the storage of building materials and equipment or utility installations shall be completely screened by appropriate fences, walls, or hedges or combinations thereof.

 

4.1-G Surfacing of parking and loading areas.

 

All parking and loading areas, whether public or private, shall be surfaced with a pavement of sufficient strength to support the vehicular loads thereon and to provide a durable and dustless surface, graded and drained, to disposed of surface water, and properly marked and arranged to provide for orderly and safe maneuvering and storage of automobiles and trucks.

 

4.1-H Lighting.

 

All public areas shall be appropriately lighted to provide for safe and orderly usage thereof. Where such public areas are located adjacent to residential uses, all light fixtures shall be so arranged as to deflect the light from adjoining premises.

 

4.1-I Maintenance.

 

All premises in the KCIA shall be well maintained and kept in orderly and sightly condition at all times. Structures damaged by fire or other calamity shall either be repaired or, if repair is impractical, shall be removed within thirty days of such calamity.

 

4.1-J Sign Regulations.

 

1. Signage Plan:

 

A. No sign shall be permitted unless the following standards are met and unless the signage plan has been approved by the City Plan Commission and is in accordance with the signage guidelines adopted by the City Plan Commission.

 

B. At the time of approval of a development district, the developer shall submit a signage plan for all signs within the development district. Such signage plan shall include specifications for type of signs (wall or monument), size, materials, type of illumination, landscaping and location as well as any other standards necessary for proper development. The signage plan shall not be effective until approved by the Council after recommendation of the City Plan Commission. Public notice requirements of Sections 80-330 and 80-335 shall not apply. No sign shall be erected in contravention of the design standards. A final signage plan for all types of signs shall be submitted to the Director of City Development for review and approval for each stage or phase of development prior to issuance of a sign permit. Minor modifications may be approved by the Director of City Development. For those development districts which have received approval prior to the date of this amendment, a signage plan as provided above may be submitted at any time prior to the issuance of a permit for a sign.

 

C. Signage types are described as follows:

 

(i) For the purpose of this section, a monument sign shall be defined as a freestanding sign where the length of the base of the sign is a minimum of seventy-five (75) percent of the length of the longest part of the sign and shall not include revolving signs and flashing signs. Monument signs shall not obstruct the line of vision for passing motorists; further there shall be provided an area free of any obstruction greater than two (2) feet in height as measured from the elevation at curb level. No sign shall be located within an area determined by constructing two overlapping triangles so that the long leg of each triangle is measured along the edge of pavement one hundred forty (140) feet, the short leg measured along the adjacent edge of curb fifteen (15) feet, and the hypotenuse constructed to connect the two legs to form the intersecting area (hereinafter this area shall be referred to as Area Free of Visual Obstruction).

 

The following methods of measurement shall be utilized for a canopy sign.

 

(a) If the sign consists of a panel or letters upon a panel, the area of the panel shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

(b) If the sign consists of individual letters, the area of each word shall be calculated by drawing a square or rectangle around each word. The sum of the area of all word(s) shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

(ii) For the purposes of this section, a flat wall/fascia sign shall be defined as a sign which is affixed in some way to an exterior wall of a building or structure and which projects not more than 12 inches from the wall and presents only one face with advertising copy to the public. The following methods of measurement shall be utilized for a flat wall/fascia sign.

 

(a) If the sign consists of a panel or letters upon a panel, the area of the panel shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

(b) If the sign consists of individual letters, the area of each word shall be calculated by drawing a square or rectangle around each word. The sum of the area of all word(s) shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

(iii) For the purposes of this section, a canopy sign shall be defined as a sign which is affixed to a canopy in some way and which projects not more than 12 inches from the canopy face and presents only one face with advertising copy to the public. A canopy is defined as a roof structure without walls which provides shelter over gasoline dispensers or automatic teller machines (atms). The following methods of measurement shall be utilized for a canopy sign.

 

(a) If the sign consists of a panel or letters upon a panel, the area of the panel shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

(b) If the sign consists of individual letters, the area of each word shall be calculated by drawing a square or rectangle around each word. The sum of the area of all word(s) shall not exceed the maximum allowable size.

 

2. Signage permitted in Zoning Districts GP-1, GP-2 and GP-3:

 

A. Temporary freestanding signs to identify a developer or development:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the developer.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 500 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per each 1000 feet of frontage along an interstate highway or limited access trafficway, such signs shall not occur at intervals less than 2000 feet within the same development.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 15 feet.

 

(v) Location: 30 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required. Such signs shall be removed within 3 years after erection or upon completion of the development district, whichever occurs first. The City Plan Commission may approve extensions not to exceed three (3) years.

 

B. Monument signs to identify a development district.

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the development district.

 

(ii) Maximum area of sign panel: 75 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One on each side of the public street entering the district from any major thoroughfare; one freestanding sign to identify the development district shall be permitted along one major thoroughfare frontage for those development districts which do not have internal public streets.

 

(iv) Maximum height of sign structure: 8 feet.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

C. Monument signs to identify a subdistrict or phase of development district:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the subdistrict.

 

(ii) Maximum area of sign panel: 40 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One at the primary public street or driveway entrance to the subdistrict or phase.

 

(iv) Maximum height of sign structure: 6 feet.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

D. Signs to identify single-purpose pad sites:

 

(i) Monument signs and menu boards, in lieu of one wall sign:

 

(a) Identification and Menu Boards: On-premise business advertising.

 

(b) Maximum area of sign panel: 30 square feet

 

(c) Maximum number: One identification, in lieu of one wall sign and on menu board in lieu of one wall sign.

 

(d) Maximum height of sign structure: 6 feet.

 

(e) Location: 10 feet from the property line.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(h) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

(ii) Wall signs for single-purpose pad sites:

 

(a) Identification: Name and logo of the building or business with no pricing information allowed.

 

(b) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(c) Maximum number: Four per building, except as noted in item D above.

 

(d) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(e) Location: Building facade or marquee.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(g) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

(iii) Canopy signs:

(a) Identification: The name and logo of the business; gasoline pricing for service stations and convenience stores.

 

(b) Maximum area: The total area of canopy signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the height of the canopy multiplied by the width of the canopy face on which the signs are located, the total height of the canopy shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(c) Maximum number: One per canopy face.

 

(d) Maximum height: Canopy signs shall not extend above or below the canopy face.

 

(e) Location: Canopies are required to be set back from property lines a minimum of 50 feet.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal illumination allowed only.

 

(g) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

E. Signs to identify individual single tenant buildings:

 

(i) Monument signs:

 

(a) Identification: Name and logo of the building or business.

 

(b) Maximum area: 30 square feet

 

(c) Maximum number: One.

 

(d) Maximum height: 6 feet.

 

(e) Location: 10 feet from the property line.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(g) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

(ii) Wall signs:

 

(a) Identification: Name and logo of the building or business.

(b) Maximum area of sign panel: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(c) Maximum number: One.

 

(d) Maximum height of sign structure: N/A.

 

(e) Location: Building wall or marquee.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(g) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

(iii) Canopy signs:

 

(a) Identification: The name and logo of the business; gasoline pricing for service stations and convenience stores.

 

(b) Maximum area: The total area of canopy signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the height of the canopy multiplied by the width of the canopy face on which the signs are located, the total height of the canopy shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(c) Maximum number: One per canopy face.

 

(d) Maximum height: Canopy signs shall not extend above or below the canopy face.

 

(e) Location: Canopies are required to be set back from property lines a minimum of 50 feet.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal illumination allowed only.

 

(g) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

F. Wall signs to identify individual tenants in multi-tenant buildings:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the tenant.

 

(ii) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per building wall.

 

(iv) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(v) Location: Building wall or marquee.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

G. Directional signs:

 

(i) Identification: See Section 80-20 definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 6 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: As required to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 3 feet, if directional sign is freestanding; 8 feet, if directional sign is wall mounted.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

H. Temporary signs identifying for sale, for rent, for lease or similar temporary signs not previously identified:

 

(i) Identification: See Section 80-20 definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 32 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per street frontage.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 8 feet; 15 feet if the property abuts an interstate highway.

(v) Location: 10 feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: No illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required, except for real estate sale or lease signs.

 

I. Marquee signs for theaters shall be permitted in accordance with Section 80-220 of the Zoning Ordinance; however, signs in the GP Districts shall not be automatic or animated.

 

J. Roof signs, as defined in Section 80-20, are permitted only on buildings used for manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage or assembly in District GP-1, Section 2.1.II.A.

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the building or tenant.

 

(ii) Maximum horizontal dimension: Shall not exceed thirty percent (30%) of the wall it parallels.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per building.

 

(iv) Maximum height: Height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed eight feet (8') from the top of the highest parapet.

 

(v) Location: The roof sign shall be located on a building roof which is set back 1,000 feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal and/or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

K. Hospital signs:

 

(i) Identification: Signs necessary for the proper identification of the hospital facilities.

 

(ii) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed twenty feet (20') for computation purposes. Monument signs shall be limited to 80 square feet of area.

 

(iii) Maximum number: Three wall signs per building wall. One monument sign per street frontage and one per driveway entrance for a total number not to exceed two freestanding signs per street frontage.

 

(iv) Maximum height: Monument signs shall be limited to twelve feet (12') in height.

 

(v) Location: Monument signs shall have a minimum setback of ten feet (10') from the street right of way.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements. City Plan Commission approval required.

 

3. Signage permitted in Zoning District GP-4:

 

A. Temporary freestanding signs to identify a developer or development:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the developer or development.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 100 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per street frontage.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 15 feet.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: No illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required. Such signs shall be removed within 3 years after erection or upon completion of the development district, whichever occurs first. The City Plan Commission may approve extensions not to exceed three (3) years.

 

B. Temporary signs identifying for sale, for rent, for lease or similar temporary signs not previously identified:

 

(i) Identification: See Section 80-20 definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 32 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One per street frontage.

(iv) Maximum height: 8 feet; 15 feet if the property abuts an interstate highway.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: No illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required, except for real estate sale or lease signs.

 

C. Directional signs:

 

(i) Identification: See Section 80-20 definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 6 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: As required to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 3 feet, if directional sign is freestanding; 8 feet, if directional sign is wall mounted.

 

(v) Location: 10 feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal and external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

D. Monument signs to identify individual buildings or principal uses:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the building or business or use.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 40 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 6 feet.

 

(v) Location: 20 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

E. Monument signs to identify residential development or phase of residential development:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the development.

 

(ii) Maximum area: 40 square feet.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One at the primary public street or driveway entrance to the subdivision or phase. Two on a major thoroughfare.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 6 feet.

 

(v) Location: 20 feet from the property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal and external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

F. Wall signs to identify individual buildings:

 

(i) Identification: Name and logo of the building or tenant.

 

(ii) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes.

 

(iii) Maximum number: One.

 

(iv) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(v) Location: Building wall.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

G. Hospital signs:

 

(i) Identification: Signs necessary for the proper identification of the hospital facilities.

 

(ii) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed 5 percent of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; in multiple story buildings the total height of the wall shall not exceed 20 feet for computation purposes. Monument signs shall be limited to 80 square feet of area.

 

(iii) Maximum number: Three wall signs per building wall. One monument sign per street frontage and one per driveway entrance for a total number not to exceed two freestanding signs per street frontage.

 

(iv) Maximum height: Monument signs shall be limited to 12 feet in height.

 

(v) Location: Monument signs shall have a minimum setback of 10 feet from the street right of way.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City Plan Commission approval required.

 

4. Signage for District GP-5. Same as GP-4, except that signs on the premises of a one- or two-family residence shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.

 

5. Signage for District GP-6. Same as GP-4, except that signs on the premises of a one- or two-family resident shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.

 

6. Signage for District GP-7. Same as GP-4, except that signs on the premises of a one- or two-family residence shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.

 

7. Signage for District GP-8. Same as GP-4.

 

4.2 Extraction of minerals.

 

4.2-A General requirements.

 

Any person, firm or corporation having an interest in mineral lands in GP-7 or GP-8 Control Zone may mine minerals therefrom, provided, however, that he shall comply with all requirements of the Control Zone in which said property is located, and with the following additional requirements.

 

Distance from property lines.

 

No quarrying operation shall be carried on or any stock pile placed closer than fifty (50) feet to any property line.

 

Distance from public right of way.

 

In the event that the site of the mining or quarrying operation is adjacent to the right of way of any public street or road, no part of such operation shall take place closer than twenty-five (25) feet to the nearest line of such right of way.

 

Fencing.

 

Fencing shall be erected and maintained around the entire site or portions thereof where, in the opinion of the Codes Administrator, such fencing is necessary for the protection of the public safety.

 

Equipment.

 

All equipment and machinery shall be operated and maintained in such manner as to minimize dust, noise and vibration. Access roads shall be maintained in dustfree condition by surfacing or other treatment as may be specified by the City Engineer.

 

Processing.

 

The crushing, washing, and refining or other similar processing may be an accessory use, provided, however, that such accessory processing shall not be in conflict with the Use Regulations or Performance Standards of the Control Zone in which the operation is located.

 

4.2-B Application - contents, procedure.

 

An application for such operation submitted to the Codes Administrator shall set forth the following information:

 

(a) name of the owner or owners of land from which removal is to be made;

 

(b) name of the applicant making request for such a permit;

 

(c) name of the person or corporation conducting the actual removal operation;

 

(d) location, description and size of the area from which the removal is to be made;

 

(e) location of processing plant used;

 

(f) type of resources or materials to be removed;

 

(g) proposed method of removal and whether or not blasting or other use of explosives will be required;

 

(h) description of equipment to be used;

 

(i) method of rehabilitation and reclamation of the mined area.

 

4.2-C Rehabilitation.

 

To guarantee the restoration, rehabilitation, and reclamation of mined-out areas, every applicant granted a mining permit as herein provided, shall furnish a performance bond running to Kansas City, Missouri, in an amount of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and not more than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00), as a guarantee that such applicant, in restoring, reclaiming and rehabilitating such land, shall within a reasonable time and to the satisfaction of the Board of Zoning Adjustment meet the following minimum requirements:

 

Surface rehabilitation:

 

All excavation shall be made either to a water producing depth, such depth to be not less than five (5) feet below the low water mark, or shall be graded or backfilled with non-noxious, non-inflammable and non-combustible solids, to secure:

 

(a) that the excavated area shall not collect and permit to remain therein stagnant water; or

 

(b) that the surface of such area which is not permanently submerged is graded or backfilled as necessary so as to reduce the peaks and depressions thereof - so as to produce a gently running surface that will minimize erosion due to rainfall and which will be in substantial conformity to the adjoining land area.

 

2. Vegetation: Vegetation shall be restored by appropriate seeding of grass or planting of shrubs or trees in all parts of said mining area, which such area is not to be submerged under water as hereinabove provided.

 

3. Banks of excavations not backfilled: The banks of all excavations not backfilled shall be sloped to the water line at a slope which shall not be less than three (3) feet horizontal to one (1) foot vertical and said bank shall be seeded.

 

Section B. That the Council finds and declares that before taking any action on the proposed amendment hereinabove, all public notices and hearings required by the Zoning Ordinance have been given and had.

 

_____________________________________________

 

I hereby certify that as required by Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances, the foregoing ordinance was duly advertised and public hearings were held.

 

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Secretary, City Plan Commission

 

 

Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Assistant City Attorney