City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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[R.O. 2009 §156.190; Ord. No. 09-227, 12-10-2009]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Green Point Rating System (hereinafter "GPRS") is to provide development incentives for building innovation and sustainable practices.
B. 
Applicable Zoning Districts. The "GPRS" shall only be applicable to projects in the following zoning districts: "O-I", "C-l", "C-2", "C-3", "I-l", "I-2", "PD-C", "PD-I", "PD-MU" and "PD-RF".
C. 
Green Point Rating System Guide. A Green Point Rating System Guide (hereinafter "GPRSG") shall be established to provide point values for specific elements of a project which contribute to the overall sustainability of the development. The "GPRSG" shall be approved by the Council.
D. 
Tier System. There is hereby established a tier system of point values as set forth in the "GPRSG". Each developer utilizing the "GPRS" shall accumulate green points. The number of green points accumulated for a project will determine the project tier. The tier structure for incentives is as follows:
1. 
Tier 1: 50 to 74 points;
2. 
Tier 2: 75 to 100 points;
3. 
Tier 3: More than 100 points.
[R.O. 2009 §156.191; Ord. No. 09-227, 12-10-2009]
A. 
Pre-Application Meeting. Prior to submittal of an application to participate in the Green Point Rating System program, the prospective applicant shall attend a pre-application meeting with the Director of Community Development or his/her designee. At this meeting, the prospective applicant shall provide general information on the proposed development including site location, existing site conditions, a sketch plan of the proposed development and list of building enhancements. Thereafter, the Director of Community Development will report to the applicant the department's evaluation of the sketch plan and enhancements list with respect to its compliance with the "GPRS". The purpose of the pre-application meeting and department report is to assist the applicant in the preparation of a development plan.
1. 
The pre-application meeting is a required informal procedure intended to benefit the prospective applicant by allowing for an exchange of ideas and information and to provide an opportunity to review the requirements of the "GPRS" with the prospective applicant. No formal approval from the Director of Community Development or other City staff is required prior to proceeding with the "GPRS" plan submittal.
2. 
Contents of sketch plan. The information that shall be included is as follows:
a. 
Conceptual building footprints for all proposed structures;
b. 
Circulation plan including circulation drives and parking areas; and
c. 
Conceptual landscaping plan, open space, common areas and buffer areas between the proposed development and adjacent properties.
[R.O. 2009 §156.192; Ord. No. 09-227, 12-10-2009]
A. 
Development Plan Submittal Requirements. The development plan submitted shall include the following information:
1. 
Gross and net acreage (exclusive of streets) of tract;
2. 
Building footprints of all proposed structures;
3. 
Internal traffic circulation drives and parking areas;
4. 
Number of off-street parking spaces required and proposed;
5. 
Gross floor area of principal buildings and structures (non-residential uses shall be identified by use type);
6. 
Building setbacks from property lines and between buildings where more than one (1) building is located on a lot;
7. 
Proposed location and use of open spaces including common ground, recreational areas, plazas and buffer areas;
8. 
Landscaping plan including information on the location of tree planting by type (i.e., deciduous/coniferous trees and ornamental trees), shrub masses and ground covers (i.e., grassed areas, ivies, etc.), including landscaping within parking areas, in accordance with the requirements of Sections 400.700(J) et seq.;
9. 
Completed "GPRSG" worksheet that includes all points to be obtained and incentives sought for the project signed by the property owner and sealed by a professional architect currently licensed to perform work in State of Missouri; and
10. 
Applicant may be required to provide additional clarification or information on the development plan as determined by the Director of Community Development or the Planning and Zoning Commission.
B. 
Development Plan Review Procedure.
1. 
Submission by applicant. After the pre-application review meeting, the applicant shall submit four (4) copies of the development plan and other information required by Section 400.940(A) to the Director of Community Development.
2. 
Staff review.
a. 
Completeness of submittal. Upon receipt of the development plan and other applicable documents, the Director of Community Development shall review the documents to determine completeness. If the Director determines that the submittal is incomplete, then the applicant shall be notified of the deficiencies. The Director may delay the processing of the development plan until such time as all required information has been provided.
b. 
Distribution. As soon as practical after determination that the development plan submittal is complete, the Director of Community Development shall distribute copies of the development plan to the City Engineer, Fire Chief, Building Code Official and other City staff as appropriate.
c. 
Staff review. The Director of Community Development shall review the development plan and solicit comments from other City staff with respect to meeting the requirements of this Chapter, Chapter 405, Subdivision Regulations and other applicable ordinances and with respect to good site planning, both within the tract to be developed and in relation to the surrounding area. The Director, with the input of other City staff, shall identify any deficiencies, site planning or building code issues. The staff findings shall be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
3. 
Resubmission of development plan. The applicant shall resubmit twenty (20) copies of the revised development plan incorporating any changes resulting from staff review to the Department of Community Development. Copies of the revised development plan shall be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
4. 
Planning and Zoning Commission action. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall review the development plan and approve, deny or approve with modifications the plan.
C. 
Effect Of Approval Of Development Plan And Period Of Validity.
1. 
All conditions of a "GPRS" development shall run with the land and shall not lapse as a result of a subsequent change in ownership of the property within the development area.
2. 
No building permits shall be issued until a development plan has been approved in accordance with the provisions of Section 400.940.
3. 
No approval of a development plan shall be valid for a period longer than eighteen (18) months from the date of its initial approval unless within such period a building permit is obtained and construction of a development's foundation is commenced. The Planning and Zoning Commission may grant up to an additional one (1) year extension upon written request, if the application submitted is substantially the same as the initially approved application. At such time as the period of validity of an approved development plan lapses, the development plan and all uses, terms and conditions thereof are null and void.
[R.O. 2009 §156.193; Ord. No. 09-227, 12-20-2009]
A. 
Amendment Request. The property owner or authorized representative shall submit an amended development plan to the Director of Community Development for review. A development plan submitted as a follow up to an approved development plan, which deviates in any manner from the approved development plan, shall be considered an amendment and be subject to the provisions herein.
B. 
Administrative Approval (Minor Amendments). The Director shall evaluate the request for consistency with the approved development plan.
1. 
If the Director determines that the amended plan is non-substantive and is not in conflict with the approved development plan approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Director may approve said amended plan without further proceedings.
2. 
If the Director determines that the amended plan is substantially different than the approved development plan approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Director shall forward the proposed amended plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission for its review and recommendation.
3. 
No administrative approval authorized by Subsection (B)(1) above shall cause any of the following:
a. 
Substantial change in the character of the development;
b. 
Substantial increase in the coverage of structures;
c. 
Substantial increase in traffic volumes or substantial changes in traffic circulation patterns;
d. 
Substantial increase in the demand for public utilities or other public services;
e. 
Reduction in required open space or building setbacks from perimeter property lines;
f. 
Reduction of required off-street parking or loading spaces; or
g. 
Reduction in required pavement widths.