The City of Parkville is pleased to announce that after over 60 years the zoning code and subdivision regulations have been comprehensively updated. The old zoning code, simplified from 41 chapters down to 10, along with the subdivision regulations were combined to create a new Development Code. The new Development Code was adopted by the Board of Aldermen on February 7, 2017.
The original zoning code was adopted in 1953 and divided the City into zoning districts, placing regulations on the uses of land within the districts according to a comprehensive plan. In 1964, the City adopted subdivision regulations that established subdividing/platting procedures and requirements and minimum standards for streets, utilities and building lots. Since that time various sections have been updated as needed, but the zoning code and subdivision regulations were never comprehensively updated until now.
In 2015, the City approved a professional services agreement with a consultant team from Gould Evans to update the regulations. Throughout the process, the consultants presented issue papers to the Planning and Zoning Commission who served as the steering committee. Special workshops were held after each Commission meeting to identify missing links between the City’s plans and its regulations and two public open houses were held in 2016 to gather input from the community. Following review of the initial drafts and a public hearing in December, the updates were adopted by the City on February 7.
Major improvements include using simplified language, using tables and figures to convey regulations rather than wordy text, removing sections that duplicated or conflicted with other sections and updating regulations according to the latest state statutes and current best practices. In addition, the community development process has clearer goals and more explicit guidance for applications and administrative discretion.
Mayor Nan Johnston said, “Many thanks to our staff, Planning and Zoning Commissioners and residents who participated in this complex process. The simplified zoning code will be much easier to use for the city, developers and the public.”
Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Dean Katerndahl said, “The City’s zoning code was over 60 years old and it was important to create a modern code to address development as it is now and not like it was 60 years ago. On behalf of the Planning and Zoning Commission, I would like to thank the Board of Aldermen for moving forward with the update.”
Community Development Director Stephen Lachky said, “This project was a tremendous undertaking and effort, not only by the consultant team and Planning and Zoning Commission, but by members of the community. I was pleased by the amount of interest, involvement and input by the public throughout the year and at our open houses. The new Development Code represents significant progress towards implementing our Parkville Master Plan and the documents will continue to evolve as Parkville progresses into the 21st Century.”
For more information, please contact Community Development Director Stephen Lachky at (816) 741-7676.