Independence Avenue East Special Review District
Standards and Regulations
- Parking Lots
The maximum number of driveways shall be as follows:
1 for up to 150 feet of frontage;
2 for 150 feet to 500 feet of frontage;
3 for 500 feet or greater frontage;
1 additional driveway for each additional 500 feet of frontage.
If a development is on a corner, the frontage on each street shall be considered separately when determining the maximum number of driveways.
All parking lots shall be set back at least four feet from the public right-of-way. This area shall be landscaped so as to provide screening between the sidewalk and the parking area by providing at least a four-foot screen of evergreens, a stone wall, a berm, or a combination thereof sufficient to block the view of the cars.
Commercial parking lots of 1,000 square feet or more shall be “broken up” with planting buffers and islands. A minimum of 6% of any parking lot interior shall be landscaped in a reasonably dispersed manner. A parking lot interior shall be calculated by multiplying the number of parking spaces shown on the plan by 280 square feet. Plantings along the outside perimeter of a parking lot shall not be included as part of interior lot landscaping. A single planting area shall be greater than 60 square feet, and no dimension shall be less than five (5) feet. If the parking lot is larger than 2,000 square feet, there must be multiple planting buffers and/or islands, each greater than 60 square feet. Vertical concrete curbs shall be provided throughout all parking lots at any pavement edge.
Trees shall be the primary form of internal parking lot landscaping. Trees may be supplemented by shrubbery or other forms of ground cover. In no instance, however, shall trees be placed such that they obstruct visibility, obstruct sight lines at street or driveway intersections, or create a hazard in any other way.
If parking is to be provided between the property line and the building, no more than one row of parking, a vehicular access drive, and a pedestrian path shall be provided between the building and the property line.
Parking lot lighting shall be so designed that no flashing or direct glare from any light source is focused, beamed, or directed toward adjacent residences.
Commercial parking lots that are adjacent to one another and that abut Independence Avenue shall provide physical connections to one another so that cars do not have to return to Independence Avenue when patrons go to adjacent businesses unless topography or the depth of the development site prohibits such connection.
Rear and side lot lines abutting residential properties shall employ screening in the form of fences or in the form of a combination of trees and evergreen shrubs dense enough to form a solid screen within five (5) years of Design Review Committee approval. Fences or screening shall be at least four (4) feet in height. Masonry and wood fences shall be allowed. Chain link, barbed wire, or razor wire fences and barricades shall not be allowed.
Parking lots and signage within parking lots shall be designed to minimize commercial traffic through adjacent neighborhoods.
- Screening and Buffering
Residential uses shall be buffered from adjacent commercial uses and from parking lots by providing landscaping on the commercial side of all side and rear property lines where residential and commercial uses abut one another. This landscaping shall be a combination of trees and evergreen shrubs dense enough to form a solid screen within five (5) years of Design Review Committee approval.
All dumpsters or similar receptacles shall be screened on at least three sides by a six-foot-high, solid wall or fence. Walls shall be constructed of masonry; fences shall be constructed of wood. All other service areas and ground-mounted equipment and meters shall be screened with a material that is compatible with the materials, colors, and design of the building they serve. If appropriate, dense landscaping (trees or shrubs dense enough to form a solid screen in 5 years if there is no wall or fence) may replace or complement this screening. The site on which dumpsters and similar receptacles are placed shall be graded to provide adequate drainage and prevent pooling of liquids.
A double row of landscape screening shall be provided along all freeways and expressways (as defined in the Major Street Plan) in any development adjacent to a freeway or expressway. This landscaping shall include trees and evergreen shrubs that will form a solid screen within five (5) years of Design Review Committee approval.
- Landscaping Plan
Landscaping shall be in accordance with a landscaping plan, submitted by the property owner (or designated agent) and approved by the Design Review Committee.
Any sign shall contain only the name and logo of the business it identifies, shall be complementary to the design, materials, and colors of the building on which it is attached, or (if free-standing) of the building the sign identifies.
Buildings shall have only one wall sign on their primary storefront, not exceeding 10% of the area of the facade on which it is located. One free-standing sign shall be allowed for each lot, whether occupied by a single business or group of businesses. Free-standing signs shall be a maximum of forty (40) square feet in area and seventeen (17) feet in height.
Permitted signs not requiring design review include: directional and informational signs; sale, exchange or lease signs; and other temporary signs as defined in the Zoning Ordinance. Such signs shall only be displayed on the property they serve and shall be limited in size to 15 square feet per sign.
No off-site advertising signs shall be allowed.
- Buildings and Structures
New buildings and structures shall have the following characteristics:
- Masonry materials are preferred and recommended, but not required, for building facades.
- Buildings shall be no more than two stories in height, except at major intersections (Van Brunt, Hardesty, Winner Road, and I-435). At major intersections, buildings shall be no more than four stories in height. The four-story building shall be the first building located at the actual intersection of Independence Avenue with Van Brunt, Hardesty, Winner Road, or I-435. Any additional buildings adjacent to the first building at the intersection shall transition in height and step down and relate in height to adjacent buildings not part of the new development.
Any appeal shall be in accordance with the provisions of Section 80-811, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Section C. That the Design Review Committee for the Independence Avenue East Special Review District, hereinafter referred to as the Independence Avenue East Design Review Committee, is hereby created as follows:
Administrative and Application Procedures
Independence Avenue East Design Review Committee
- Composition of the Committee:
- Each voting member shall be either an owner or lessee of property within the District or the employee of an owner of lessee of property within the District, except as provided herein, and shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the City Council; provided that the majority of the Committee shall be owners, or their employees, within the District.
- In the event that an owner of property is a partnership, a partner or employee of a partner of same shall be eligible for membership; for a corporation, a member of the board of directors, officer, or employee of same shall be eligible for membership.
- Non-voting members, including representatives of adjacent residential areas, may be appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the City Council, said members being representatives of the City and the community.
- Independent contractors employed by an owner or lessee shall not be voting nor non-voting members.
- Insofar as practicable, members of the Committee shall be familiar with matters of design. At least one person shall have a background in architecture, urban design, or city planning. The Mayor may appoint any such person as a voting member or non-voting member of the Committee, provided that the Mayor shall appoint a maximum of only one such person as a voting member who is not an owner, lessee, or their employee within the District.
- Appointment of Committee Members: The Committee shall have five (5) voting members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
- Selection of Chairman:
- The members of the Design Review Committee shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman of the Committee by a majority of the members of the Committee for a term of one year.
- No Design Review committee member shall succeed himself/herself as chairman and/or vice-chairman for more than three consecutive terms.
- Terms of Service: The term of service on the Design Review Committee shall be for four (4) years, except that one (1) of the first five (5) appointees shall serve for two (2) years, two (2) for three (3) years, and the remaining two (2) for the full four (4) year term.
- Removal: Removal shall be on recommendation of the Mayor, concurred in by a majority vote of the City Council, and only for good cause.
- Rules and Regulations – Adoption: The Design Review Committee shall have the right to develop and shall adopt its own rules and regulations. These rules and regulations shall be based on “Robert’s Rules of Order” and shall be approved by the City Plan Commission. On approval and after having been filed with the City Clerk, the rules and regulations shall become effective. Amendments to the rules and regulations shall be made in the same manner.