[Ord. No. 777 §26-1, 3-23-1994]
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Billings Land Development Regulations".
[Ord. No. 777 §26-2, 3-23-1994]
This Chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority contained in Chapter 89, RSMo.
The purpose of this Chapter is to protect the public health, safety and general welfare, to promote good planning and land development practice, to conserve the City's resources, to facilitate the provision of adequate public improvements and to promote efficient expenditure of public financial resources.
The provisions of this Chapter shall be administered to ensure orderly growth and development of the City and shall supplement and implement the policies of the City of Billings Comprehensive Plan, other planning documents and capital budget.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-3, 3-23-1994]
This Chapter shall be effective throughout the City's planning jurisdiction which comprises the area within the corporate boundaries of the City of Billings.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-4, 3-23-1994]
This Chapter shall be in full force and effect from and after passage, March 23, 1994.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-5, 3-23-1994]
Reasonable fees to cover the costs of administration, inspection, publication of notice and similar matters may be charged to applicants for zoning amendments, conditional use permits, subdivision plat approval, appeals and variances. A list of all established fees related to land development is available at Billings City Hall.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-6, 3-23-1994]
The burden of proof shall be upon the applicant in all proceedings pursuant to this Chapter. It is presumed that the applicant has knowledge of the requirements of this Chapter and the applicant is obligated to meet the requirements unless a variance is granted. Failure to meet the requirements is one (1) reason for denial of an application.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-7, 3-23-1994]
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this Chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements. More stringent provisions may be required if it is demonstrated that different standards are necessary to promote the public health, safety and general welfare.
Where the conditions imposed by any provision of this Chapter are either more restrictive or less restrictive than conditions imposed by any other provision of this Chapter or other applicable law, ordinance, rule or regulation, the regulations which are more restrictive and which impose a higher standard shall govern.
The provisions of this Chapter are separable. If any Section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Chapter is for any reason held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 777 §26-8, 3-23-1994]
Except as hereinafter specified:
No land shall be used except for a purpose permitted in the district it is located.
No building shall be erected, converted, enlarged, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered, nor shall any building be used, except for a use permitted in the district in which such building is located.
No building shall be erected, converted, enlarged or structurally altered, except in conformity with the off-street parking and loading regulations of the district in which such building is located.
The minimum yards, parking spaces and open spaces, including lot area per family, required by this Chapter for each and every building existing at the time of passage of this Chapter or for any building hereafter erected shall not be encroached upon or considered as part of the yard or parking space or open space required for any other building, nor shall any lot area be reduced below the requirements of this Chapter for the district in which such lot is located.
Every building hereafter erected or structurally altered shall be located on a lot as herein defined and in no case shall there be more than one (1) main building on one (1) lot except as specifically provided hereinafter.
Except as hereinafter specified, any use, building or structure existing at the time of the passage of this Chapter may be continued, even though such use, building or structure may not conform with the provisions of the regulations for the district in which it is located.
No person shall divide a tract or parcel of land or a lot into two (2) or more lots, tracts or parcels, nor shall any person install a new street, alley, easement, water line, sewer line or any other public improvement except in conformity with the requirements of this Chapter.
No owner of any land or agent of the owner shall transfer, sell, offer or agree to sell any land by reference to or by use of a property description nor shall any person purchase such land or agree to purchase such land before such property description has been approved and recorded in the Christian County Registry in accordance with this Chapter.
No property description of any subdivision shall be recorded in the Christian County Registry or have any validity until it shall have been approved in accordance with this Chapter.