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September 25, 2013

Council addresses zoning regulations


Side yard setback requirements for R-1 Districts for 2 and 3 story housing units

Currently, one story housing units in R-1 Districts have a 10 foot side yard setback versus 12 feet for two and three story housing units. The concern by the Board of Adjustment is there are instances in which one story housing units are taller than two and three story housing units but have less required side yard setbacks. In addition, the Board also believes under the current code it can be difficult to build two and three story housing units on cul-de-sacs and meet the current side yard setbacks. Therefore, this proposed ordinance changes the minimum side setback for RI Zoning District for two and three story structures from 12 feet to 10 feet, which is the same requirement for one story housing units.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the ordinance (10 to 0) at their August 26, 2013 meeting.

In other business

-Approved a resolution approving the Street Finance Report for the year.

Annually, the City is required by the Code of Iowa to file with the Iowa Department of Transportation a Street Finance Report in order to receive Road Use Tax funds.

The City’s Street Finance Report for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013 is presented for approval with this resolution. FY 12/13 revenues total $1,479,682 and expenditures total $1,563,415.

-Approved a resolution regarding a contract for Comprehensive Plan Consultant Service.

The City Council on September 3, 2013 approved a resolution selecting RDG Planning and Design as the consultant to undertake the Comprehensive Plan update. RDG has extensive planning experience in Iowa including the prior 2002 and 2007 Pella Comprehensive Plan updates.

The contract proposal for the Comprehensive Plan includes the following overall components:

Part IV would specifically include among the elements the Downtown and Housing Plan components. The downtown plan will include the development of a downtown streetscape design coordinating with the City’s underground utility initiative and brick pavement replacement efforts. The housing plan would include a review of recent and current housing activity, neighborhood conditions, housing needs by cost structure, and a housing and neighborhood implementation program.

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