2015 Construction and Development Resources

On October 5, the City of Blue Springs adopted updates to our comprehensive plan, development code, right-of-way permitting, and design and construction manual.

To review the recently adopted documents:

Major Changes to the Unified Development Code

Chapter 401:  GENERAL PROVISIONS

  • Section 401.050-pgs 401-2 & 3 – Updated dates to reflect the proposed effective date of the Amended UDC.
  • Section 401.050.C-pg 401-2 – Revised “grandfathering” clause to reflect effective date of the Amended UDC.

Chapter 402:  REVIEW AND DECISION MAKING BODIES

  • Section 402.050.F.8-pg 402-08 – Include language for Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to review “Conservations Districts”
  • Section 402-060.B.6-pg 402-09 –Add HPC member to the Downtown Review Board.

Chapter 403:  DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCEDURES 

  • Section 403.040-pg 403-10 -- Combined Planned Unit Development (PUD), Planned Residential Overlays (PR-O), and Mixed Use Development (MX-O) to a single Planned Development.
  • Section 403.070-pg 403-21 -- Changed the Site Plan and Design Review criteria from 750 square feet to 25,000 square feet.  In other words, any development that is 25,000 square feet or less may go directly to the building permit plan review process if the intent is to meet all the UDC’s development standards.
  • Section 403.150-pg 403-40 -- Added “Reasonable Accommodations” provision to the code to address the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act mandates.

Chapter 404   ZONING DISTRICT REGULATIONS

  • Sections 404.115 and 118-pgs 404-11 & 404-12 -- Added two new zoning districts: Neighborhood Limited (N-L) and Neighborhood Open (N-O).  The N-L and N-O districts are in response to our 2014 Comprehensive Plan and offer a platform for a mixed residential building type of development that has a higher density and is more compact than our typical residential development type and is to be used in developing walkable neighborhood centers.

Chapter 405   BUILDING AND USE REGULATIONS

  • Section 405.010-pg 405-2 -- Added Building Types in order to offer developers more guidance as to what types of buildings the City would support.  Also added a building type standards table so that developers can easily identify the standards associated with each building type.  This is similar to what has been adopted in the Downtown Development Code (DDC) zoning district.

  • Section 405.060.A.12-pg 405-37 -- Added “Accessory Living Unit” to our list of allowable accessory uses in residential zones.  These units are limited to 750 square feet and must be located in a rear or side yard.

Chapter 406   SUBDIVISION DESIGN AND IMPROVEMENTS

  • This chapter was completely rewritten in order to remove most of the public infrastructure standards from the code and reference the standards provided in the new Design and Construction Manual prepared by our Public Works Department, as well as referencing the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official (AASHTO) guidelines, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Best Management Practices Guidelines.  This change allows design and construction requirements and practices to easily remain up-to-date and to utilize best management practices.  It also clarifies the City’s role with respect to condominium plats.

  • Section 406.020.D-pg 406-08 -- Added three new street types: a “Neighborhood” street is a street that has well defined separation between the roadway and the landscaping and sidewalk that occur on both sides of the street; a “Natural” street is a street with design traits that are similar to Duncan Road west of NW 7 Highway; and an “Activity” street is a street that is to be utilized along a local commercial district.  These street types are consistent with and intended to help implement the “place making” tenets within the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

Chapter 407   GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

  • Section 407.020.C-pg 407-13 -- Added Access Types to better define the types of access needed in Blue Springs.

  • Section 407.030-pg 407-20 -- Added Frontage Design Types in order to provide examples of how the different landscape standards could be initiated with different development types.

  • Section 407.040-pg 407-27 -- Modified landscape standards to allow more flexibility in the type of landscaping that can be utilized for a given project, i.e. developers may wish to utilize a landscape scheme similar to what has been required in the past or choose to utilize a landscape scheme that follows the guidelines provided in the Frontage Design standards.

  • Section 407.080-pg 407-38 -- Incorporated Residential Design Standards into this Chapter.

Chapter 408   SUPPLEMENTAL STANDARDS

  • This chapter was created to combine unique sections of the existing code in a single location, e.g. Floodplain, Micro-wind Turbine, Historic Overlay, and Telecommunications Facilities ordinances.

Chapter 409 and 410 are reserved for future use.

Chapter 411   INTERPRETATION

  • This Chapter provides general interpretations of various standards throughout the code and definitions of terms used in the code.  The benefit of this section is that it combines interpretations and definitions in a single Chapter of the UDC.