ORDINANCE NO. 110340
Amending Chapter 88, Zoning and
Development Code, by adding a new Section 88-240, which creates and establishes
regulations for the Plaza Core Overlay District.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE
COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That Chapter 88, Zoning and Development Code, is
hereby amended by adding a new Section 88-240, PC-O, Plaza Core Overlay
District, which creates and establishes regulations for the Plaza Core Special
Overlay District, said new section to read as follows:
PC-O, PLAZA CORE OVERLAY DISTRICT
88-240-01. Purpose and
Intent. The PC-O, Plaza Core Overlay District, is a Special Character
Overlay District intended to protect the predominant retail character of the
existing Country Club Plaza core by restricting building heights and codifying
a limitation on the conversion of existing rentable retail space into general
office space or other allowable commercial uses. Implementing these height and
use restrictions on the Country Club Plaza core is intended to ensure the
long-term vitality of the Country Club Plaza as a predominantly retail area and
to generally preserve the existing scale and size of buildings in the core.
These restrictions have the practical effect of adopting by force of law many
of the most significant urban design recommendations of the Plaza Urban Design
and Development Plan, including the “bowl concept” which limits building
heights to three stories on the Country Club Plaza core and ensuring that view
corridors exist throughout the Plaza. Other than as set forth below, the
underlying zoning regulations and standards included in the Zoning and
Development Code, Chapter 88, prescribed for the Country Club Plaza (zone B4-5)
shall remain unchanged and shall continue to apply.
Regulations. All regulations not listed below shall be controlled by
the underlying base zoning.
Office. As of the Effective Date of this Ordinance, there are ____ rentable
square feet of existing retail and restaurant space within the PC-O District.
Hereafter, no more than 15% of the total existing rentable retail and
restaurant space (measured in total square footage) in District PC-O may be
converted into office space or other allowable commercial uses, without first
submitting an application to the City Plan Commission for recommendation and
the City Council for approval of such change through the text amendment
procedures of 88-510. This restriction in no way affects the permitted current
or future use of any existing office space as of the Effective Date and such
existing office space may be used in any way permitted by the underlying
88-240-03. Lot and
Building Standards. All standards not listed below shall be
controlled by the underlying base zoning.
Occupied Building Height. All improvements designed for occupancy within
District PC-O, whether occupied for residential, office, business, service, or
commercial activities shall not exceed the greater of (i) the height existing
as of the Effective Date; or (ii) three (3) stories in height, which for
purposes of District PC-O is deemed to be 50 feet. Any improvements existing as
of the Effective Date within District PC-O may be fully and completely
redeveloped or rebuilt in accordance with the existing height as of the
Effective Date and all applicable zoning and regulations and standards of the
underlying zoning classification.
Height of Other Structures. The height requirement set forth in
paragraph (1) shall not apply to any other structures existing in District
PC-O, including, but not limited to, parking garages and other architectural
features of buildings or improvements, such as towers.
Height Exceptions. Only the City Council, after hearing by the City
Plan Commission, may vary the height restriction set forth in this section
through the text amendment procedures of 88-510.
Only property within the area bounded by Ward Parkway on the south, W. 46th
Terrace and W. 47th Street to the north, Jefferson Street and Pennsylvania
Avenue on the west, and J.C. Nichols Parkway on the east is eligible to be
included within the Plaza Core Overlay District.
Section 2. 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.
as to form and legality:
Margaret Sheahan Moran
Assistant City Attorney