Charter: Article XI
Planning and Zoning

Section 11.1. Planning and zoning commission - Organization

There shall be a city planning and zoning commission which shall consist of nine members, who shall be appointed by the council, none of whom shall hold any other public office or position in the city.

The city manager and mayor shall serve as ex-officio members of the commission. The commission shall elect its chairman from among the appointive members.

Section 11.2. Planning and zoning commission - Powers and duties

The city planning and zoning commission shall have the power and shall be required to:

  1. Prepare and recommend to the city council a master plan, and amendments thereto, for the physical development of the City, as defined in this Article.
  2. Prepare and recommend regulations pertaining to subdivision and development of land to the city council.
  3. Review and approve subdivisions and development of land in accordance with the authority and procedures established by the city council.
  4. Prepare for the city council an official map of the City and make recommendations with respect to proposed changes in such map.
  5. Review and make recommendations with respect to proposed changes in the zoning ordinance and zoning map.
  6. Hold public hearings on requests for rezoning, amendments to the zoning ordinance, amendments to the comprehensive plan, and such other planning and zoning matters as may be required by law or the provisions of this Charter. Rules with respect to the conduct of public hearings shall be adopted by the commission.
  7. Review and recommend proposed capital improvements which in the opinion of the commission are necessary or desirable to be constructed.
  8. Promote public interest in and understanding of the comprehensive plan and of zoning and planning.
  9. Perform such other investigations and studies as may be referred to it by the city council or the city manager and make recommendations thereto.
  10. Meet not less than once each month and keep a public record of its resolutions, findings and determinations.

The planning and zoning commission shall have the power to:

  1. Secure information and assistance from the director of planning and the department of planning in relation to its work.
  2. Request additional assistance from the city manager, who may at his discretion assign members of the staff of any administrative department or direct any such department to make special studies requested by the commission.
  3. Recommend appropriations to the city council in order to carry out the duties of the commission as set forth in this Article.
  4. Prepare and recommend plans for the replanning, improvement and redevelopment of neighborhoods.
  5. Prepare and recommend plans for the replanning, reconstruction or redevelopment of any area or district which may be destroyed in whole or in part or seriously damaged by fire, earthquake, flood or other disaster.
  6. In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land at reasonable times, after giving reasonable notice to the owner or occupant thereof, and make, or cause to be made, examinations and surveys of such land.
  7. Make reports and recommendations relating to the master plan to public officials and agencies, public and private utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations and citizens.
  8. Exercise authority pertaining to planning and zoning as set forth in Sections 89.300 through 89.480 RSMo. or as amended when authorized by city council or this Charter.
  9. Require all public officials, upon request, to furnish to the commission within a reasonable time all available information it requires for its work.

Approved by vote of the people April 1, 1980.

Section 11.3. Director of planning

There shall be a Department of Planning, the director of which shall be known as the Director of Planning. He shall be appointed by the city manager. He shall have such educational and experience qualifications as will enable him to understand and deal with the broad range of urban development issues and processes in the City and to organize and administer the work of a professional planning staff.

Powers and Duties:

The Director of Planning shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. Make recommendations with respect to city planning, zoning, land use and development to the planning and zoning commission, the mayor and council, the city manager and other departments and agencies of the City.
  2. Direct and supervise a planning staff in the Department of Planning.
  3. Provide technical and expert assistance to the planning and zoning commission and the board of adjustment.
  4. Solicit recommendations and secure data from other City departments and agencies relative to urban development issues and problems.
  5. Direct the preparation and updating of a comprehensive or master plan for the orderly development and redevelopment of the City.
  6. Discuss with, and explain to the public, principles, policies and procedures or urban development and redevelopment and provide the city council and the planning and zoning commission, from time to time, with reports on new or current planning ideas and practices and land use control techniques.
  7. Keep the records of the planning and zoning commission and the board of zoning adjustment.
  8. In the performance of his functions, the director, or his representative, may enter upon any land at reasonable times and after giving reasonable notice to make examinations or surveys.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the city manager.
  10. Perform those functions delegated to the director by ordinance.
  11. Maintain liaison and cooperate with local, state, and federal government concerning development of the City.

Approved by vote of the people April 1, 1980.

Section 11.4. Board of adjustment

There shall be a board of adjustment, the appointment of which shall be provided for by the council as required by state law, which board shall have such powers and duties as are provided by law or ordinance. Members of the planning and zoning commission shall be disqualified from serving as members of the board of adjustment.

Section 11.5 Master plan; generally

The master plan with the accompanying maps, plats, charts, descriptive and explanatory matter, shall generally guide the physical development or redevelopment of the City and may include, among other things, goals, objectives, policies, standards and recommendations for the following:

  1. The general location, character, and extent of streets, bridges, parks, waterways, and other public ways, grounds and spaces;
  2. The general location of public buildings and other public property;
  3. The general location and extent of public utilities, whether publicly or privately owned;
  4. The removal, relocation, widening, extension, narrowing, vacation, abandonment, or change of use in such existing or future public ways, grounds, spaces, buildings, property or utilities;
  5. The general location, character, and extent of residential, commercial, industrial, and other uses of land.

The enumeration of the above is not intended in any way to limit the commission and the city council from adopting other elements to the Master Plan.

Approved by vote of the people April 1, 1980.

Section 11.6. Adoption of master plan

The commission may adopt the master plan as a whole by a single resolution, or may by successive resolutions adopt successive parts of the plan, said parts corresponding to major geographical sections of the city or to functional divisions of the subject matter of the plan, and may adopt any amendment or extension thereof or addition thereto. The adoption of the plan, or any such part, amendment, extension or addition shall be by resolution carried by the affirmative vote of not less than a majority of the commission, but before the adoption of the plan or any such part or any modification, extension or addition, the commission shall hold at least one public hearing on the proposed action. An attested copy of the plan or part thereof shall be certified to the council. Neither the master plan, nor any element of the plan, shall have the legal effect set out in Section 11.7 of this chapter unless the plan, or the element of the plan in question, shall have been approved by the city council.

Approved by vote of the people April 1, 1980.

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