[R.O. 2009 §2.76.050; Prior Code §2-825]
The Planning and Zoning Commission shall make and adopt a City Plan for the physical development of the City. The City Plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the Commission's recommendations for the physical development and uses of land and may include, among other things, the general location, character and extent of streets and other public ways, grounds, places and spaces; the general location and extent of public utilities and terminals whether publicly or privately owned; the acceptance, widening, removal, extension, relocation, narrowing, vacation, abandonment or change of use of any of the foregoing; the general character, extent and layout of the replanning of blighted districts and slum areas. The Commission may also prepare a zoning plan for the regulation of the height, area, bulk, location and use of private, non-profit and public structures and premises and of population density, but the adoption, enforcement and administration of the zoning plan shall conform to the provisions of Sections 89.010 to 89.250, inclusive, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.060; Prior Code §2-826(a)]
In the preparation of the City Plan, the Commission shall make careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of the existing conditions and probable future growth of the City. The plan shall be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated development of the City which will, in accordance with the existing and future needs, best promote the general welfare, as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.070; Prior Code §2-826(b)]
The Commission may adopt the plan as a whole by a single resolution or, as the work of making the whole City Plan progresses, may from time to time adopt a part or parts. Thereof, any part to correspond generally with one (1) or more of the functional subdivisions of the subject matter of the plan. Before the adoption, amendment or extension of the plan or portion thereof, the Commission shall hold at least one (1) public hearing thereon. Fifteen (15) days' notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be published in at least one (1) newspaper having general circulation within the City. The hearing may be adjourned from time to time. The adoption of the plan requires a majority vote of the full membership of the Commission. The resolution shall refer expressly to the maps, descriptive matter and other matters intended by the Commission to form the whole or part of the plan and the action taken shall be recorded on the adopted plan or part thereof by the identifying signature of the Secretary of the Commission and filed in the office of the Commission, identified properly by file number and a copy of the plan or part thereof shall be certified to the Council and the City Clerk and a copy shall be recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Deeds and shall be available at the City Clerk's office for public inspection during normal office hours.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.080; Prior Code §2-826(c)]
The Commission may make reports and recommendations relating to the plan and development of the City to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations and citizens. It may recommend to the executive or legislative officials of the City programs for public improvements and the financing thereof. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish the Commission, within a reasonable time, all available information it requires for its work. The Commission, its members and employees in the performance of its functions may enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys. In general, the Commission shall have the power necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote City planning.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.090; Prior Code §2-826(d)]
Whenever the Commission adopts the City Plan or any part thereof, no street or other public facilities or no public utility, whether publicly or privately owned, and the location, extent and character thereof having been included in the recommendations and proposals of the plan or portions thereof, shall be constructed or authorized in the City until the location, extent and character thereof has been submitted to and approved by the Commission. In case of disapproval, the Commission shall communicate its reasons to the Council and the Council, by vote of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of its entire membership, may overrule the disapproval and, upon the overruling, the Council or the appropriate board or officer may proceed, except that if the public facility or utility is one the authorization or financing of which does not fall within the province of the Council, then the submission to the Commission shall be by the board having jurisdiction and the Commission's disapproval may be overruled by that board by a vote of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of its entire membership. The acceptance, widening, removal, extension, relocation, narrowing, vacation, abandonment, change, sale or lease of any street or other public facility is subject to similar submission and approval and the failure to approve may be similarly overruled. The failure of the Commission to act within sixty (60) days after the date of official submission to it shall be deemed approval.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.100; Prior Code §2-827]
The Commission shall have and perform all of the functions of the Zoning Commission provided for in Sections 89.010 to 89.250, RSMo., as amended.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.110; Prior Code §2-828 (a)]
When the Commission adopts a City Plan which includes at least a major street plan or progresses in its City planning to the making and adoption of a major street plan and files a certified copy of the major street plan in the office of the County Recorder, no plat of a subdivision of land lying within the City shall be filed or recorded until it has been submitted to and a report and recommendation thereon made by the Commission to the City Council and the Council has approved the plat as provided by law.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.120; Prior Code §2-828(b)(1)]
The Commission shall recommend and the Council may by ordinance adopt regulations governing the subdivision of land within its jurisdiction. The regulations, in addition to the requirements provided by law for the approval of plats, may provide requirements for the coordinated development of the City; for the coordination of streets within subdivisions with other existing or planned streets or with other features of the City Plan or official map of the City; for adequate open spaces for traffic, recreation, light and air; and for a distribution of population and traffic, provided that, the City may only impose requirements for the posting of bonds, letters of credit or escrows for subdivision-related improvements as provided for in Subsections (2) to (5) of Section 89.410, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.130; Prior Code §2-828(b)(2)]
The regulation may include requirements as to the extent and the manner in which the streets of the subdivision or any designated portions thereto shall be graded and improved as well as including requirements as to the extent and manner of the installation of all utility facilities and compliance with all of these requirements is a condition precedent to the approval of the plat. The regulations or practice of the Council may provide for the tentative approval of the plat previous to the improvements and utility installations, but any tentative approval shall not be entered on the plat. The regulations may provide that, in lieu of the completion of the work and installations previous to the final approval of a plat, the Council shall accept, at the option of the developer an escrow secured with cash or an irrevocable letter of credit deposited with the City. The City may accept a surety bond, and such bond shall be in an amount and with surety and other reasonable conditions, providing for and securing the actual construction and installation of the improvements and utilities within a period specified by the Council and expressed in the bond. The release of any such escrow, letter of credit, or bond by the City, shall be as specified in this Section. The Council may enforce the escrow or bond by all appropriate legal and equitable remedies The regulations may provide, in lieu of the completion of the work and installations previous to the final approval of a plat, for an assessment or other method whereby the Council is put in an assured position to do the work and make the installations at the cost of the owners of the property within the subdivision. The regulations may provide for the dedication, reservation or acquisition of lands and open spaces necessary for public uses indicated on the City Plan and for appropriate means of providing for the compensation, including reasonable charges against the subdivision, if any, and over a period of time and in a manner as is in the public interest.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.140; Prior Code §2-828(c)]
Before adoption of its subdivision regulations or any amendment thereof, a duly advertised public hearing thereon shall be held by the Council.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.150; Prior Code §2-829(a)]
Within sixty (60) days after the submission of a plat to the Commission, the Commission shall approve or disapprove the plat; otherwise the plat is deemed approved by the Commission, except that the Commission, with the consent of the applicant for the approval, may extend the sixty (60) day period. The ground of disapproval of any plat by the Commission shall be made a matter of record.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.160; Prior Code §2-829(b)]
The approval of a plat by the Commission does not constitute or effect an acceptance by the City or public of the dedication to public use of any street or other ground shown upon the plat.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.170; Prior Code §2-829(c)]
No County Recorder shall receive for filing or recording any subdivision plat required to be approved by a City Council or municipal Planning Commission unless the plat has endorsed upon it the approval of the Council under the hand of the Clerk and the Seal of the City or by the Secretary of the Commission.
No owner, or agent of the owner, of any land located within the platting jurisdiction of the City, knowingly or with intent to defraud, may transfer, sell, agree to sell, or negotiate to sell that land by reference to or by other use of a plat of any purported subdivision of the land before the plat has been approved by the Council or Commission and recorded in the office of the appropriate County Recorder unless the owner or agent shall disclose in writing that such plat has not been approved by such Council or Commission and the sale is contingent upon the approval of such plat by such Council or Commission. Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall forfeit and pay to the City a penalty not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00) for each lot transferred or sold or agreed or negotiated to be sold; and the description by metes and bounds in the instrument of transfer or other document used in the process of selling or transferring shall not exempt the transaction from this penalty. The City may enjoin or vacate the transfer or sale or agreement by legal action, and may recover the penalty in such action.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.190; Prior Code §2-831]
Upon adoption of a major street plan and subdivision regulations, the City shall not accept, lay out, open, improve, grade, pave or light any street, lay or authorize the laying of water mains, sewers, connections or other utilities in any street within the City unless the street has received the legal status of a public street prior to the adoption of a City Plan; or unless the street corresponds in its location and lines with a street shown on a subdivision plat approved by the Council or Commission or on a street plan made by and adopted by the Commission. The Council may locate and construct or may accept any other street if the ordinance or other measure for the location and construction or for the acceptance is first submitted to the Commission for its approval and approved by the Commission or, if disapproved by the Commission, is passed by an affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the entire membership of the Council.
[R.O. 2009 §2.76.200; Prior Code §2-832]
After the adoption of a major street plan, no building permit shall be issued for and no building shall be erected on any lot within the territorial jurisdiction of the Commission unless the street giving access to the lot upon which the building is proposed to be placed conforms to the requirements of Section 89.460, RSMo.