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Galloway development recommendations tabled until Sept. 12 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting

A 4-4 vote on the Galloway development recommendations at the August meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission has resulted in the item being tabled until its Sept. 12 meeting, where the commission will vote again. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall Council Chambers. The commission’s public hearing on the issue is now closed.

City Planning and Development staff presented its recommendations for future development in Galloway to the commission Aug. 15. After two hours of discussion and public comments, the commission voted unanimously to recommend removing the properties located on the southern corners of Lone Pine and Battlefield from the recommendations.

At the time of the vote it was believed that a majority vote was necessary for approval, so it was deemed denied. However, the rules of procedure for the Planning and Zoning Commission, pursuant to Section 2.5, “Action by the Commission,” indicate that in the event of a tie vote, the item shall be automatically tabled.

The Galloway item is anticipated to come before City Council for public hearing and possible vote Sept. 23. The council studied the issue at its July 23 Council Lunch Workshop.

If the recommendations are approved, the following items will be considered with future zoning cases in the area:

Use Conditional Overlay Districts in conjunction with rezoning cases to protect the village character, including:

  • Limit uses that are incompatible with the village character of the area, such as storage units, gas stations, drive-through restaurants or other drive-through businesses, car washes, cell towers, and uses requiring new manufacturing zoning.
  • Limit size, illumination, placement and number of signs, and prohibit digital signage in order to maintain the village aesthetic. Encourage colorful and creative signage.
  • Design elements which are compatible with historic development pattern and existing structures.
  • Appropriate design elements include articulation of building faces and compatible ratios of glass in windows, doors, and walls. Restrict glazing ratios to no more than 40% of exterior surface.
  • Limit the building height through bulk plane regulations. Exceptions to bulk plane requirements are discouraged.
  • Require parking lot placement behind buildings where feasible and require attractive landscaping and tree canopy preservation.
  • Limit excessive grading or rock blasting to preserve the rocky, sloped topography which defines the Galloway area, by limiting retaining walls in height and requiring a minimum distance between tiers. Staff recommends no more than 8 feet in wall height and a minimum of 6 feet between tiers for retaining walls.

For more information, please contact Senior City Planner Olivia Hough at 417-864-1092 or ohough@springfieldmo.gov.

Public Meetings

The public is welcome to attend and speak at these meetings.

The City of Springfield is seeking input from stakeholders in the Galloway/Lone Pine corridor (residents, property owners, business owners, Ozark Greenways, the City’s departments of Public Works, Environmental Services Planning and Development; and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board) to gather input in the form of public meetings and surveys for the future development of the Galloway/Lone Pine area.

Planning and Zoning Commission will vote on recommendations for the Galloway area on September 12that 6:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, third floor of Historic City Hall, 830 N Boonville.

This input will be used by City Planning and Development staff to create recommendations to present to City Council on September 23, 2019.

Background

In 2014, Springfield City Council adopted a blight study and redevelopment plan for the area north of East Lacuna Street and south to East Republic Road along the 3400 to 4100 blocks of South Lone Pine. Since then, development along the Lone Pine corridor from Battlefield to Republic Road has intensified. The unique topography of the area, along with increased retail and residential multifamily development has brought to light a variety of development issues.

After meeting with interested parties last fall, Zone 4 Councilman Matthew Simpson requested a resolution for an administrative delay for rezoning and lot combinations in the Lone Pine corridor so that City staff could gather input and develop recommendations. The resolution was passed in November 2018. The 270-day development moratorium expires Aug. 2, 2019.

Goals

  • Determine the nature of the issues and consider options for the area and guidelines for growth and development to address issues in a manner to assure responsible and viable development taking into consideration the various interests involved.
  • Obtain stakeholder input on elements to preserve or enhance and the development concerns.
  • Obtain stakeholder input on their vision for the area and potential remedies including design options deemed compatible with the nature of the area.

Timeline for Galloway Project

Public Meetings

Public Meeting 1: 5:30 p.m., March 21, 2019, All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway St.
An open house style public meeting was held on Thursday March 21, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, at the All Saints Church, located at 2751 E. Galloway St, Springfield MO 65804, to provide information and collect input on future development within the Galloway/Lone Pine Administrative Delay Area per City Council Resolution 10408. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting based on an informal head count and 176 people signed the attendance sheet. City Staff provided information and input opportunities at various stations hosted by the departments of Parks & Ozark Greenways, Public Works, Environmental Services, and Planning and Development. Information provided included background information leading up to the public engagement process, zoning, traffic, the watershed and floodplain as well as the latest data collected on the area. Large 36”X48” input boards listing top concerns and priority recommendations for the future allowed participants to choose what was most important to them to see addressed. Participants used sticker-dots to vote on their concerns and priorities and provided written comments on post-it notes attached to the boards. A summary of the input received is provided. The online survey was completed by 449 respondents. 

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