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Approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments

OKOBOJI ZONING ORDINANCE
TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREAMBLE – 1

ARTICLE I: BASIC PROVISIONS
1.1. Title  page 3
1.2. Jurisdiction  page 3
1.3. Purpose  page 3
1.4. Repeal and Saving Clause  page 4
1.5. Severability Clause  page 4
1.6. Interpretation of Regulations  page 4
1.7. Mandatory Application of Low Impact Development Provisions  page 4
1.8. Low Impact Development (LID) Not to Create Nonconforming Use  page 4
1.9. LID Not Required for Certain Improvements to Already Improved Lots   page 4
1.10. Comprehensive Plan Relationship  page 4

ARTICLE II: DEFINITIONS
2.1. General Zoning Definitions  page 5
2.2. Specific Land Use Definitions  page 22

ARTICLE III: ZONING DISTRICTS ESTABLISHED
3.1. Zoning Districts  page 34
3.2. Official Zoning Map  page 34
3.3. Interpretation of Boundaries  page 35
3.4. Road or Public Right-of-Way Vacation  page 35
3.5. Zoning of Annexed Lands  page 35

ARTICLE IV: AGRICULTURE DISTRICT (A-1)
4.1. Intent  page 36
4.2. Principal Permitted Uses  page 36
4.3. Conditional Uses  page 37
4.4. Permitted Accessory Uses  page 37
4.5. Bulk Regulations  page 38
4.6. Off-Street Parking  page 38
4.7. Sign Regulations  page 38
4.8. Zoning Permit Required  page 38

ARTICLE V: SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (R-1)
5.1. Intent  page 39
5.2. Principal Permitted Uses  page 39
5.3. Conditional Uses  page 39
5.4. Permitted Accessory Uses  page 40
5.5. Bulk Regulations  page 40
5.6. Off-Street Parking  page 41
5.7. Sign Regulations  page 41
5.8. Zoning Permit Required  page 41

ARTICLE VI: MULTIPLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (R-2)
6.1. Intent  page 42
6.2. Principal Permitted Uses  page 42
6.3. Conditional Uses  page 42
6.4. Permitted Accessory Uses page 43
6.5. Bulk Regulations  page 44
6.6. Off-Street Parking  page 45
6.7. Sign Regulations  page 45
6.8. Zoning Permit Required  page 45

ARTICLE VII: LAKESHORE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (R-3)
7.1. Intent  page 46
7.2. Principal Permitted Uses  page 46
7.3. Conditional Uses  page 46
7.4. Permitted Accessory Uses  page 47
7.5. Bulk Regulations  page 47
7.6. Landscaping of Lakeshore Property  page 48
7.7. Off-Street Parking  page 50
7.8. Sign Regulations  page 50
7.9. Zoning Permit Required  page 50

ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT (C-1) 
8.1. Intent  page 51
8.2. Principal Permitted Uses  page 51
8.3. Conditional Uses  page 52
8.4. Permitted Accessory Uses  page 52
8.5. Bulk Regulations  page 53
8.6. Architectural Standards in Commercial Districts  page 54
8.7. Off-Street Parking  page 56
8.8. Sign Regulations  page 56
8.9. Zoning Permit Required  page 56
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE — BULK REGULATIONS  page 57

ARTICLE IX: SITE PLANS 
9.1. Intent  page 58
9.2. Scale  page 58
9.3. Legal Information  page 58
9.4. Site Plan  page 58

ARTICLE X: OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS 
10.1. Intent  page 60
10.2. Open Space Requirements  page 60

ARTICLE XI: GENERAL REGULATIONS
11.1. Intent  page 62
11.2. Lot of Record  page 62
11.3. Yard Regulations  page 62
11.4. Steps, Decks and Patios  page 63
11.5. Fences and Hedges  page 64
11.6. Tennis Courts and Racquet Ball Court Regulations  page 64
11.7. Street Frontage Required  page 65
11.8. Silt Control and Siltation Fencing  page 65
11.9. Storm Water Management  page 66
11.10. Keyholing  page 67
11.11. Block Frontage Continuity (in Front Yards & Lakeshore Yards)  page 67
11.12. Accessory Buildings and Uses  page 67
11.13. Regulations Prohibiting Construction of Lakeshore Accessory Storage Buildings  page 69
11.14. Canopies  page 70
11.15. Portable Accessory Buildings and Storage Structures  page 70
11.16. Temporary Buildings and Uses  page 71
11.17. Recreational Vehicles  page 71
11.18. Shared Ownership Developments Prohibited  page 72
11.19. Home Occupations  page 72
11.20. Residential Dwelling Standards  page 73
11.21. Adult Entertainment Regulations  page 73

ARTICLE XII: OFF STREET PARKING 
12.1. Intent page 79
12.2. General Parking Area and Surface Requirements page 79
12.3. Off Street Parking Requirements page 80
12.4. Computation of Parking Spaces page 82
12.5. Location and Type of Parking page 82
12.6. Off Street Loading Space Requirements page 83

ARTICLE XIII: SIGN REGULATIONS 
13.1. Intent  page 84
13.2. Definitions  page 84
13.3. Prohibited Signs  page 87
13.4. Temporary Signs (Exempt from Permits)  page 88
13.5. General Sign Standards  page 89
13.6. Sign Requirements in All Residential Zoned Districts  page 91
13.7. Sign Requirements in All Other Zoned Districts  page 91
13.8. Sign Permits and Fees  page 93
13.9. Inspection, Removal & Safety  page 93
13.10. Conditional Uses  page 94
13.11. Nonconforming Signs  page 94
13.12. Sign Variances  page 94

ARTICLE XIV: NONCONFORMANCE 
14.1. Conformance Required  page 96
14.2. Continuing Existing Uses  page 96
14.3. Nonconformities  page 96
14.4. Nonconforming Uses or Structures in Any Residential Zoned Districts  page 97
14.5. Nonconforming Uses or Structures in Any Other Zoning Districts Other than an R District  page 97
14.6. Repairs to Damaged Buildings  page 98
14.7. Uses Under Conditional Use Approval Not Nonconforming  page 98
14.8. Change of Tenancy or Ownership  page 98

ARTICLE XV: ZONING ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT 
15.1. Zoning Administrator  page 99
15.2. Zoning Enforcement  page 99
15.3. Complaints Regarding Zoning Violations  page 99
15.4. Zoning Permit Required  page 99
15.5. Application for Zoning Permit  page 100
15.6. Site Plans or Plats Required  page 100
15.7. Zoning Fees  page 100
15.8. Construction and Use to be provided in Application, Plans, and Permit  page 100
15.9. Approval of Conditional Uses  page 100
15.10. Permit to Excavate or Fill Certain Land  page 100

ARTICLE XVI: VIOLATION AND PENALTY
16.1. Violation and Penalty  page 103
16.2. Restraining Order  page 103

ARTICLE XVII: BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 
17.1. Confirmation of the Board of Adjustment  page 104
17.2. Proceedings of the Board of Adjustment  page 104
17.3. Hearings, Appeals and Notice  page 104
17.4. Stay of Proceedings  page 105
17.5. Powers and Duties  page 105
17.6. Variances  page 105
17.7. Decisions of the Board of Adjustment  page 107
17.8. Appeals from a Decision of the Board of Adjustment  page 107

ARTICLE XVIII: CONDITIONAL USES 
18.1. Requirements  page 108
18.2. Jurisdiction  page 108
18.3. Application for a Conditional Use Permit  page 108
18.4. Procedure for Issuing a Conditional Use Permit  page 109
18.5. Conditional Use Standards and Restrictions  page 109
18.6. Revocation  page 110
18.7. Supplemental Standards Subject to Conditional Use Permit  page 111
18.8. Planned Unit Development – As a Conditional Use  page 113

ARTICLE XIX: CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS
19.1. Procedures  page 116
19.2. Changes and Amendments  page 116
19.3. Duties of Zoning Administrator, Board of Adjustment, City Council and Courts on Appeal  page 117
19.4. Application for Change in Zoning District Boundaries  page 117
19.5. Protest Provision  page 118
19.6. New Application  page 118

ARTICLE XX: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS 
20.1. Jurisdiction  page 119
20.2. Definitions  page 119
20.3. Preliminary Approval by Commission  page 120
20.4. Area Plan May be Required  page 120
20.5. Final Plat Review by Commission  page 120
20.6. Approval by the Council  page 121
20.7. Preliminary Plat Requirements  page 121
20.8. Final Plat Requirements  page 121
20.9. Additional Documents Required  page 122
20.10. General Requirements  page 123
20.11. Improvements  page 124
20.12. Filing of Plat  page 125
20.13. Public Improvements  page 125
20.14. Penalties for Violations  page 126
20.15. Proceedings to Prevent Violations  page 126
20.16. Variations  page 126

ARTICLE XXI: EFFECTIVE DATE 
21.1. Effective Date  page 127
Ordinance Amendments  page 128

Approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments