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Legislation #: 990027 Introduction Date: 1/14/1999
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 2/28/1999
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, and enacting, in lieu thereof, a new Appendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, of like number and subject matter.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/14/1999

Prepare to Introduce

1/14/1999

Referred Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee

2/10/1999

Do Pass

2/11/1999

Assigned to Third Read Calendar

2/18/1999

Passed


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ORDINANCE NO. 990027

 

Amending Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, and enacting, in lieu thereof, a new Appendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, of like number and subject matter.

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 80, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Appendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, and enacting, in lieu thereof, a new Section 4.1, General Urban Design Standards, of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Sec. 4.1. General Urban Design Standards.

 

(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.

 

(B) Setbacks from certain frontages. A 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.

 

(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.

 

(D) Overhead utilities. Except for certain long distance transmission lines, all utilities shall be installed underground.

 

(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.

 

(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.


(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.

 

(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.

 

(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 30 days of such calamity.

 

(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 the city council and is in accordance with the signage guidelines adopted by the city plan commission. 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 75 percent of the length of the longest part of the sign and shall not include revolving signs and flashing signs.

 

B. At the time of approval of a development district for GP-1, GP-2, GP-3, GP-4, GP-5, GP-6, GP-7 and GP-8, 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 permit as provided above may be submitted at any time prior to the issuance of a permit for a sign.

 

(2) Zoning districts GP-1, GP-2 and GP-3: The following signs are permitted in districts GP-1, GP-2 and GP-3, subject to the following conditions and subject to the approval of a signage plan by the city council in accordance with subsection (1) of this section, except as otherwise permitted herein;

 

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 1,000 feet of frontage along an interstate highway or limited access trafficway, such signs shall not occur at intervals less than 2,000 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 three years after erection or upon completion of the development district, whichever occurs first. The city plan commission may approve extensions not to exceed three years.

 

B. Monument signs to identify a development district.

 

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

 

(ii) Maximum area: 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: Eight feet.

 

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

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

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

 

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

 

(ii) Maximum area: 40 square feet.

 

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

 

(iv) Maximum height: Six feet.

 

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

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

D. Signs to identify single-purpose pad sites:

 

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

 

(a) Identification and menu board: On-premise business advertising.

 

(b) Maximum area: 30 square feet.

 

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

 

(d) Maximum height: Six feet.

 

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

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(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 five 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, one per building wall.

 

(d) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(e) Location: Building wall or marquee.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

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 per street frontage.

 

(d) Maximum height: Six feet.

 

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

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(ii) Wall signs:

 

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

 

(b) Maximum area: The total area of wall signage shall not exceed five percent of the area 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, one per building wall.

 

(d) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(e) Location: Building wall or marquee.

 

(f) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

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 five 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 or marquee.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

G. Directional signs:

 

(i) Identification: See section 80-20, definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: Six square feet.

 

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

 

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

 

(v) Location: Ten feet from property line.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

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: Eight feet; 15 feet if the property abuts an interstate highway.

 

(v) Location: Ten 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 30 percent 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 from the top of the highest parapet.

 

(v) Location: The roof sign shall be located on a building roof which is setback 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 in district GP-3:

 

(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 of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; 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 ten feet from the street right-of-way.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

(3) Zoning district GP-4: The following signs are permitted in district GP-4 subject to the following conditions and subject to the approval of a signage plan in accordance with subsection (1) of this section, except as otherwise permitted herein:

 

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 one per street frontage.

 

(iv) Maximum height: 15 feet.

 

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

 

(vi) Illumination: No illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City plan commission approval required. Such signs shall be removed within three years after erection or upon completion of the development district, whichever occurs first. The city plan commission may approve extensions not to exceed three 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: Eight feet; 15 feet if the property abuts an interstate highway.

 

(v) Location: Ten feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: No illumination allowed.

 

(vii) Special requirements: City plan commission approval required.

 

C. Directional signs:

 

(i) Identification: See section 80-20, definitions.

 

(ii) Maximum area: Six square feet.

 

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

 

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

 

(v) Location: Ten feet from property lines.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal and external illumination allowed.

 

D. Monument signs to identify a 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.

 

(iv) Maximum height: Six feet.

 

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

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal and external illumination allowed.

 

E. 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 five 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: Four, one per building wall.

 

(iv) Maximum height: N/A.

 

(v) Location: Building wall.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

F. 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 of the area of the wall on which the signs are located; 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 ten feet from the street right-of-way.

 

(vi) Illumination: Internal or external illumination allowed.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(7) District GP-8. Same as GP-4.

 


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