Pella Chronicle

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October 9, 2013

Electric distribution system conversion moves along

(Continued)

In May of 2012 the City began to receive 100 percent of its energy from Missouri River Energy Services and as a result, the City's power plant is no longer supplying energy for the City. Over the last several months, Burns and McDonnell has been working with City staff to develop plans and specifications and contract documents for the removal of the City's power plant from its current site and restoration of the area to green space.

The Engineer's estimate for this project is $3.9 million.

Critical dates for the project are as follows:

Bid Opening — October 29, 2013

Public Hearing—November 19, 2013

Deconstrucion Starts — December 2013

Substantial Completion — Fall 2014

In other actionThe Pella City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance regarding zoning regulations.

The Board of Adjustment at their June 25, 2013 and July 9, 2013 meetings discussed the Zoning Ordinance regulations pertaining to half story definition and R1 District minimum side setback requirements. The origins of this discussion came out of concern from one of the Board members about cul-de-sac lots, in particular, located in R1 zoning districts and the difficulty in siting large homes on such lots. Out of this discussion, the Board recommended three regulatory changes to the Zoning Ordinance which are outlined below:

Allowable Cantilevering Cantilevering is defined where structural areas project out from the main structure and are suspended over the ground without foundation or support directly beneath. The issue is the current zoning ordinance does not address allowable cantilevering for roofs and decks. Under the proposed ordinance, roofs and decks may cantilever up to a maximum of 2 feet out from the main structure on the same parcel without being subject to minimum district setback requirements. Any additional cantilever beyond 2 feet out shall be subject to applicable district setback requirements. In the case of an enclosed room addition or main structure, cantilever is permitted but must adhere to minimum district setback requirements. It should be noted, the proposed ordinance is consistent with past practice in approving building permits for new homes.

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