This web page is intended to provide detailed information regarding an update to the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations. The new zoning code was approved by the Board of Aldermen on February 7, 2017.
Many of the City’s codes and regulations were adopted over 40 years ago. Although many sections have been amended as needed, the zoning and subdivision regulations have not been comprehensively updated. In 2009, the City of Parkville adopted a Master Plan projecting future growth and development. The City seeks to develop clear, understandable, and user-friendly zoning and subdivision regulation documents that: a) are consistent with existing City plans and policies, b) implement the 2009 City of Parkville Master Plan, and c) tailor development and design standards for the City’s diverse development contexts and needs. The City also seeks a balanced approach to regulation in terms of facilitating growth and development while protecting Parkville’s character, landscapes, resources, public health, safety, and welfare.
The City budgeted $85,000 in the 2015 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for this project. The Board of Aldermen approved a contract with Gould Evans for $74,800 with the remaining funds to be used for associated legal fees, recording expenses, meeting expenses and other associated project costs.
The City’s Planning & Zoning Commission is serving as the steering committee for the project and Community Development Department is working in conjunction with the consultant team. Project Initiation — which includes a kickoff meeting, initial code and plan review and development review — has already been completed. The consultant team is currently conducting a section-by-section review of the City’s codes and regulations, identifying issues or concerns, conflicts with state statues, significant deviations from best-practices, and how the regulations either align or conflict with significant planning policies of the City. Upcoming tasks include Analysis, Discussion, Initial Drafts, Final Drafts, and Adoption. These tasks include routine presentations and work sessions at the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, as well as two public open houses throughout the year.
- February – The consultant provided an overview of the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations Update project to the Steering Committee. He walked them through the goals and objectives of the project, as well as each of the phases to be completed throughout the year: Phase 1 (Initiation), Phase 2 (Analysis), Phase 3 (Discussion), Phase 4 (Initial Drafts), Phase 5 (Final Drafts), Phase 6 (Adoption).
- March – The consultant discussed the initial draft report, how his team is currently reviewing sections of the City’s zoning Code to identify overlapping procedures, removing repeated language, and eliminating confusion through better organization. The consultant also briefed the Steering Committee on the upcoming draft issue papers to be presented at their next meeting, as well as announced the date for the first public open house to be held at Parkville City Hall the evening of May 23, 2016.
- April – The consultant presented three issue papers to the Steering Committee: Planning and Zoning Process, Housing Choice & Neighborhood Design, and Downtown Design. The consultant explained how each paper provides an introduction to the topic, identifies what the City’s plans say about each topic, what the City’s zoning code and subdivision regulations say about each topic, and identifies missing links between the plans and regulations, as well as options to consider for City.
- May – The consultant presented two issue papers to the Steering Committee: Civic & Open Space Design, and Street & Streetscape Design. The consultant explained how each paper provides an introduction to the topic, identifies what the City’s plans say about each topic, what the City’s zoning code and subdivision regulations say about each topic, and identifies missing links between the plans and regulations, as well as options to consider for City. The first public open house was held at Parkville City Hall the evening of May 23, 2016. Members of the public attended and provided feedback on the first five issue papers.
- June – The Steering Committee did not convene this month. The consultant worked on future issue papers and began work on the initial draft document for the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations update.
- July – The Steering Committee did not convene this month. The consultant continued working on future issue papers and reviewed staff’s proposed text amendment to Chapter 471: Regulations Governing The Installation and Operation of Telecommunication Antennas and Towers (Case No. PZ16-12).
- August – The consultant presented three issue papers to the Steering Committee: Revised Code Framework, Draft Procedures Section, and Revised Approach to Zoning Districts / Land Uses. The consultant reviewed all uses throughout the City and identified redundancy and potential conflicts in a Use and Districts Matrix. The consultant explained how the current Zoning Code will be revised to 11 chapters, including subsections, with the goal of consolidating chapters and eliminating others that do not relate. Definitions from each current chapter will be consolidated into a single chapter with the code update.
- September – The consultant was unable to present to the Steering Committee this month, but said he is finalizing the initial draft document for the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations update. Staff plans on reviewing the initial draft document later in the month and have the Steering Committee review it as well.
- October – The Steering Committee reviewed the most recent draft of the update at the October 11 meeting. Visit http://parkvillemo.gov/download/DraftZoningCodeSubdivisionRegsUpdate_100816.pdf to view the draft.
- November – The second public open house was held at Mosaic Life Care the evening of November 16, 2016. Members of the public attended and provided feedback on the eight issue papers and initial draft document. Staff finished its review of the initial draft document and met with the consultant to go over staff comments and public comments received at the second public open house.
- December – The final draft of the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations update was presented to the Board of Aldermen at a work session on December 20. The final draft can be viewed online at http://parkvillemo.gov/download/ZoningCodeUpdateDraft.pdf.
- January 2017 – The final version of the update was presented to the Board of Aldermen on January 17, 2017. The first reading of an ordinance to amend the Parkville Municipal Code was on January 17. The final draft version of the update can be viewed online at http://parkvillemo.gov/download/ZoningCodeUpdate_FinalDraft.pdf.
- February 7, 2017 – Board of Aldermen adopted the new zoning code by Ordinance No. 2884.