City of Crystal Lake Park, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC 1995 §410.010; Ord. No. 106 Art. VI, 10-24-1968; Ord. No. 345 §1, 11-13-2000]
A. 
No sign shall be erected, reconstructed, structurally altered, placed or painted in any zone, except as hereinafter provided.
B. 
No sign, including nameplates and movable signs, shall be erected, affixed, painted, hung, reconstructed, structurally altered or repaired, unless a permit therefor has been issued by the Building Commissioner. Application for permits shall be submitted as provided for in the Building Code of the City of Crystal Lake Park. Each application shall be accompanied by plans showing the sign area, size and character, the proposed location and proposed method of fastening such sign to a building or structure. The permit number and date of issuance shall be affixed to each sign. No permit shall be required for the repainting of a sign.
C. 
Tacking, painting, posting, or other means and methods of affixing signs or posters of any character on the walls of buildings, barns, sheds, trees, posts, poles, fences, walls or other structures is prohibited except as provided for in this Title.
D. 
No sign erected prior to the enactment of this Title shall be altered or moved, except in compliance with the provisions of this Title.
E. 
No signs shall obstruct any window, door, fire escape, stairway or other opening intended to provide light, air, ingress or egress for a building or structure.
F. 
Whenever, in the opinion of the Building Commissioner, a sign becomes structurally unsafe or endangers the safety of a building or premises or of the public safety, it shall be made safe or removed upon order of the Building Commissioner. Such order shall be complied with within five (5) days of receipt thereof by the person, firm or corporation owning or using the sign or the owner of the building or premises on which the unsafe sign is affixed or erected.
G. 
In any residential zone, an incidental sign indicating the name or number of the building or premises may be erected, provided that such sign shall not exceed one (l) square foot in area. Such sign, if illuminated, shall be of an enclosed lamp design, non-flashing and containing no red illumination. Reflector-type signs may also be used.
H. 
Signs not exceeding ten (10) square feet in area pertaining to the lease, hire or sale of a building or premises shall be permitted, provided however, that no advertising sign of any other character shall be permitted in any district. No outdoor advertising sign shall be located in any place where, in the opinion of the State Highway Patrol or of the Chief of Police of the City of Crystal Lake Park, it shall be a menace to highway or street traffic safety.
I. 
In any zone, a real estate sign advertising exclusively the prospective sale or lease of the land or building upon which such sign is displayed may be erected. Such sign shall meet the requirements of Subsection (H) above with regards to location with respect to traffic safety and may be of any lawful size, provided however, that signs having an area of more than ten (10) square feet may be erected upon application for a permit from the Building Commissioner, which permit be a temporary six (6) month renewable permit and shall be removed from the premises within thirty (30) days of the sale or rental thereof. The renewal permit for a real estate sign shall be denied by the Building Commissioner in the event the sign has not been kept in proper repair or has damaged the public health and welfare by providing a harboring place for rodents or a screen for unauthorized dumping grounds for refuse. Real estate signs unfit for the renewal permit shall be ordered removed within five (5) days after expiration of the permit, subject to the penalties of Chapter 425 of this Title for failure to remove the violation.
J. 
Temporary political signs may be erected in residential yards appertaining to political issues or candidates, provided such signs do not exceed an aggregate total area of six (6) square feet per yard. Such signs may only be displayed thirty (30) days prior to the applicable election and shall be removed within seven (7) days following said election.
[CC 1995 §410.015; Ord. No. 343 §1, 8-14-2000]
A. 
In addition to the buildings, structures or uses permitted by Chapter 405 in all residence districts, the following additional and special use shall be permitted in residence districts upon the conditions set out in Subsections (B) and (C) of this Section: Satellite dish antenna or parabolic television antenna. The number of such antenna permitted under this provision is limited to one (1) per building.
B. 
The placement of a satellite dish antennae shall also conform with the following requirements:
1. 
The minimum yard requirements of the district in which the dish antennae is to be located are observed.
2. 
If the dish antennae is greater than twenty-four (24) inches in diameter, there must be appropriate provision for greenery, planting and its maintenance for the purpose of screening the dish antennae from adjacent properties and rights-of-way.
3. 
Appropriate provision must be made so that the placement of the dish antennae is not detrimental to the aesthetic environment of the surrounding structures and land use to the extent it would decrease property values.
4. 
(a) 
The dish antennae, if less than twenty-four (24) inches in diameter, may be placed on a roof but must be located in the back half of the lot on which the premises are situated and, where possible, on the side of the roof not facing the street;
(b) 
Any dish antennae may be located only in the rear yard, provided that on a corner lot it cannot be closer to the side street than is the main building permitted to be located; and
(c) 
The dish antennae and its attachment to a building or the ground meet the applicable requirements of the Building Code and all other requirements of Chapter 405 and all other ordinances.
[CC 1995 §410.020; Ord. No. 106 Art. VII, 10-24-1968]
A. 
In order to provide for and protect safe and clear rights-of-way and to provide adequate light, air and open space of buildings now in existence, and buildings which have been erected in conformity with the order of the St. Louis County Court of May 28, 1943, establishing building and setback lines along major highways, all said setback lines which were in effect at incorporation of the City of Crystal Lake Park shall be observed as hereinafter set forth.
B. 
The location of the setback lines for structures along highways provided for in this Section of the zoning ordinance shall be along Bopp Road from the south City limits of the City to the north City limits; the proposed width established by the setback line order of the County Court shall be eighty (80) feet; the said right-of-way, except for lots previously recorded with the depth of less than one hundred fifty (150) feet, in which case said lots shall be governed by the front yard provisions of the zoning district in which they are located.
[CC 1995 §410.030; Ord. No. 106 Art. VIII, 10-24-1968]
A. 
The lawful use of open land for storage purposes, advertising signs and bulletin boards which do not conform to the provisions of this Title shall be discontinued within two (2) years from October 24, 1968; the use of land for storage purposes, advertising signs and bulletin boards which become non-conforming uses by reasons of subsequent change in this Title shall be discontinued within two (2) years from the date of the change.
B. 
The lawful use of a building existing on October 24, 1968, may be continued although such use does not conform to the provisions of this Code. A non-conforming use of a building may be changed to another non-conforming use of the same or of a more restricted classification. Whenever a non-conforming use has been changed to a more restricted use or to a conforming use, such use shall not thereafter be changed to a less restricted use or non-conforming use.
C. 
Whenever the use of a building becomes non-conforming through a change in the zoning ordinance or district boundaries, such use may be continued; if no structural alterations are made, the use may be changed to another non-conforming use of the same or of a more restricted classification.
D. 
In the event that a non-conforming use of any building or premises is discontinued for a period of two (2) years, the use of the same shall thereafter conform to the use permitted in the district in which it is located.
E. 
No existing building or premises devoted to a use not permitted by this Title in the district in which such buildings or premises is located shall be enlarged, extended, reconstructed or structurally altered, unless such use is changed to a use permitted in the district in which such building or premises is located, except when required to do so by law or order.
F. 
When a building of non-conforming use under the provisions of this Title is damaged by fire, explosion, act of God or the public enemy to the extent of more than sixty percent (60%) of its reasonable value, it shall not be restored except in conformity with the regulations of the district in which the building is situated, except that any such building may be restored to the non-conforming use if the Board of Adjustment finds some compelling public necessity requiring the continuance of the non-conforming use, and the primary purpose of continuing the non-conforming use is not to continue a monopoly.
G. 
The Board of Aldermen, by special permit, after public hearing, may authorize, under such conditions as it may determine, the location of any of the following buildings or uses or an increase in their height in a district from which they are prohibited or limited by this Title.
1. 
Any public building erected and used by any public agency.
2. 
Private clubs, except those in which the chief activity of which is a service customarily carried on as a business; provided further, that authorized buildings shall not be located upon a site containing an area of less than five (5) acres and may not occupy over ten percent (10%) of the total area of the lot, that the buildings shall be set back a minimum distance of one hundred (100) feet in addition to the front yard line required for Residence District "A". Private clubs, as may be authorized, shall also be set back from all sides and rear yard lines a distance of not less than two (2) feet for each foot of building height, in addition, off-street parking space shall be provided upon the premises.
3. 
Before issuance of any special permit for any of the above buildings or uses, the Board of Aldermen shall refer the proposed application to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which Commission shall have thirty (30) days in which to make a report regarding the effect of such proposed building or use upon the character of the neighborhood, traffic conditions, public utility facilities and other matters pertaining to the general welfare. No action shall be taken upon any application for a proposed building or use above referred to until and unless the report of the Zoning Commission has been filed; provided however, that if no report is received from the Zoning Commission within thirty (30) days, it shall be assumed that approval of the application has been given by said Commission.
[CC 1995 §410.040; Ord. No. 106 Art. IX, 10-24-1968; Ord. No. 438 §3, 1-11-2010; Ord. No. 456 §1, 2-14-2011]
A. 
The requirements in height and area of all districts shall be subject to the following exceptions and regulations:
1. 
Height.
a. 
Chimneys, towers, monuments, cupolas, domes, spires, false mansards, parapet walls, and similar structures and necessary mechanical appurtenances must comply with the height requirements of the zoning district in which they are erected, unless additional height is approved by the Architectural Review Board.
b. 
Public buildings and private clubs may be erected to a height not exceeding two (2) stories or thirty-five (35) feet.
2. 
Area.
a. 
On through lots which exceed two hundred (200) feet in depth, the front yard regulations along each street shall be observed.
b. 
Every part of a required yard shall be open and unobstructed from its lowest point to the sky, except for the ordinary projections of sills, belt courses, cornices, buttresses, ornamental features and eaves, provided however, that none of the above projections shall extend into a minimum front, rear or side yard more than twenty-four (24) inches.
c. 
Open or enclosed fireproof outside stairways, deck stairways, bay windows and balconies which project not more than three and one-half (3½) feet into a yard and the ordinary projections of chimneys and flues may be permitted by the Building Commissioner where no obstruction to light and ventilation occurs.
d. 
Single-story covered (but not enclosed) front porches and porticos may encroach into the front yard setback up to five (5) feet in Zoning Districts "B", "C" and "D".
3. 
Accessory structures. The regulations of this Section qualify or supplement, as the case may be, the district regulations appearing elsewhere in this Chapter. Where otherwise allowed by the applicable regulations for the zoning district in which the property is located, accessory structures may be installed only if the structure and/or use is:
a. 
Customarily found in conjunction with the principal use of the lot;
b. 
Is a reasonably necessary incident to the primary use;
c. 
is clearly subordinate, both in nature and size, to the primary use; and
d. 
Serves only to further the successful utilization of the primary use.
4. 
Subject to these limitations accessory uses and structures must be in compliance with the following requirements:
a. 
Accessory structures shall be exempt from the aggregate setback requirements.
b. 
Accessory structures must comply with the front setback requirement.
c. 
Accessory structures shall not be built closer to the front lot line than the main structure.
d. 
Accessory structures measuring four (4) feet in height or less shall be set back at least five (5) feet from any rear lot line.
e. 
Accessory structures measuring in excess of four (4) in feet in height shall be set back at least ten (10) feet from any rear lot line.
f. 
Accessory structures shall be set back at least five (5) feet from any side lot line.
g. 
Accessory structures shall require appropriate buffering and screening.
h. 
Accessory structures may not be greater in height than the height of the main structure or twenty (20) feet in height, whichever is less.
i. 
Accessory structures shall not in total occupy an area equivalent to more than thirty percent (30%) of the building footprint (excluding garage) of the main structure on the lot, and in no case shall occupy more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the required rear yard of the lot.
j. 
The Architectural Review Board may grant relief to allow accessory structures which do not comply with (c) and (g) through (i), as listed above in this Subsection.
[CC 1995 §410.050; Ord. No. 106 Art. XI, 10-24-1968; Ord. No. 169 §5, 5-7-1979; Ord. No. 434 §§1 — 2, 10-12-2009]
A. 
No building shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed or structurally altered nor shall any such work be started until a construction permit has been issued by the Building Commissioner, which permit shall state that the proposed building complies with all the provisions of this Title.
B. 
Nothing in this Section shall prevent the continuance of a non-conforming use as hereinbefore authorized unless a discontinuance is necessary for the safety of life or property.
C. 
Minimum Floor Area Ratio.
1. 
In order to regulate and limit the construction, size and space of buildings erected or altered, to limit the area of open spaces within and around such buildings, the following space and minimum floor area requirements shall hereafter be as follows, to wit:
Residence District "A"
One (1) story, two thousand (2000) square feet
Two (2) story, two thousand four hundred (2,400) square feet
Planned environment unit development as provided in Section 405.010 of this Title
Residence District "B"
One (1) story, one thousand eight hundred (1,800) square feet
Two (2) story, two thousand (2,000) square feet
Residence District "C"
One thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet
Residence District "D"
One thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet
2. 
The measurement of the minimum floor area shall be determined by the area exclusive of unroofed porches, unenclosed roofed porches, and garages and cellars. Indoor plumbing and toilet facilities shall be provided for sanitation for all occupied buildings within the City of Crystal Lake Park; the architecture and general appearance of all buildings shall be in keeping and in character with the buildings of the residential district in which the building is proposed.
D. 
Minimum Sanitary Requirements Relating To Issuance Of Building Permits.
1. 
Sanitary sewer connections shall be made to each building or structure which shall hereafter be erected, reconstructed, structurally altered, enlarged, moved or maintained.
2. 
No building permit shall be issued by the Building Commissioner until connection to the sanitary sewer facilities have been made, installed and approved by the St. Louis County Plumbing Department or such other agency as shall have been designated by the Board of Aldermen.
E. 
Notice of any violation of any provision of this Title shall be given to the owner, lessee, tenant, agent, architect, building contractor, or any other person, or the agent thereof, who commits, takes part or assists in violation of the provisions of this Title. Such notice shall be in writing and mailed, postage paid, to the last known address of such person or personally served therein at least five (5) days prior to initiation of criminal action thereon.
[CC 1995 §410.060; Ord. No. 106 Art. XII, 10-24-1968]
A. 
Where uncertainty exists with respect to the boundaries of the various districts, the following rules shall apply:
1. 
The district boundaries are either streets or places unless otherwise shown, and where the designation on the map, on file in the office of the City Clerk and made a part hereof, indicates the various districts are approximately bounded by street or place lines, said streets or places shall be construed to be the boundary of such district.
2. 
Where the district boundaries are not otherwise indicated and where the property has been or may hereafter be divided into blocks and lots, the district boundaries shall be construed to be lot lines and where the designation on the map accompanying and made a part of this Title indicates the various districts are approximately bounded by lot lines, said lot lines shall be construed to be the boundary of such district unless said boundaries are otherwise indicated on the map.
3. 
In unsubdivided property, the district boundary lines described herein and made a part of this Title shall govern.
[CC 1995 §410.070; Ord. No. 106 Art. XIII, 10-24-1968]
Application for construction permits shall be accompanied by a drawing or plat, in duplicate, showing the lot plan, the location of the building on the lot, accurate dimensions of building and lot, and any such other information as may be necessary to provide for the enforcement of these regulations. A record of the original copy of such applications and plats shall be kept in the office of the Building Commissioner.
[CC 1995 §405.060; Ord. No. 172, 10-8-1979]
A. 
In home businesses shall be allowed only when they meet the following conditions.
1. 
The in home business is conducted wholly within the dwelling.
2. 
There is no outside storage or display of materials in connection with the home occupation.
3. 
The business is conducted by a member of the family residing on the premises.
4. 
No signs other than a nameplate normally permitted for a residence and no larger in area than one (1) square foot.
5. 
No commodity is sold on the premise other than prepared on the premise.
6. 
The sale of commodities on the premise will not create more than six (6) trips a day to and from the dwelling by customers of the home condition.
7. 
The delivery of any materials for the home occupation will not exceed two (2) trips per day.
[Ord. No. 448 §5, 12-13-2010]
A. 
Introduction. The City is defined by its park like setting with many mature trees. The preservation and propagation of hard wood and evergreen trees is encouraged. Evenly spaced trees line the street, buffering homes and giving the neighborhood an intimate feeling for pedestrians and residents. Also contributing to this character are the many additional large caliper trees scattered among the homes sites. As larger homes are introduced, they should be sensitive to this character, preserving trees and vegetation. When designing a new home or renovation consider that trees add value to property and are an essential element in preserving a neighborhood's overall character and that unhealthy trees deter from the value of property and pose a public hazard.
The City of Crystal Lake Park recognizes and values oaks and other native hardwoods as trees of significance and desirable trees for preservation. Weed trees and volunteers are not subject to these guidelines.
B. 
Regulations. The City Planner shall have the authority to require that site plans and building permits conform to the greatest extent reasonably possible with the following guidelines:
1. 
Limit unnecessary removal of trees outside the established buildable area and within the required setbacks.
2. 
Avoid mature trees within the buildable area established by the zoning district (buildable area is the area bounded within the front, side and rear yard building setbacks).
3. 
Avoid the removal of trees between the front building line and street.
4. 
Avoid disturbing the ground area within a tree drip line/canopy.
5. 
Established trees of significance should be preserved to the maximum extent feasible. Trees not feasible for preservation should be replaced on site with trees of the largest caliper possible, on a tree-by-tree basis, as approved by the City Planner. Trees should be replaced with like species to the maximum extent feasible.
6. 
No cut or fill (grading) over a four (4) inch depth should occur within the drip line or root area of any preserved tree without evaluation and approval of the disturbance by a qualified arborist or forester and approval by the City Planner.
7. 
All trees designated for preservation should be protected by construction fencing or other method deemed appropriate by the City Planner.
C. 
Appeals. Any person may appeal the determination of the City Planner to the Architectural Review Board by filing a written request to do so. Such appeals shall be informal. Costs for the appeal shall only be assessed if the Board must be convened for the sole purpose of considering the appeal. Board action and any subsequent appeals shall be governed by Sections 423.060 through 423.080 of the Municipal Code.