City of Caruthersville, MO
Pemiscot County
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[CC 1983 App. B Art. VIII; Ord. No. 379.5, 5-18-1970; Ord. No. 710, 8-20-1990]
The purpose of this District is to provide sufficient space in appropriate locations for a wide variety of commercial and miscellaneous service activities, generally serving a neighborhood area and located particularly along certain existing major thoroughfares where a general mixture of commercial and service activity now exists, but which uses are not characterized by extensive warehousing, frequent heavy trucking activity, open storage of material, or the nuisance factors of dust, odor, and noise, associated with manufacturing. The regulations set forth in this Article or set forth elsewhere in this Chapter, when referred to in this Article, are the regulations in the "B-1" General Business District.
[CC 1983 App. B Art. VIII §1; Ord. No. 379.5, 5-18-1970; Ord. No. 665, 4-20-1987; Ord. No. 687, 2-6-1989; Ord. No. 681 §1, 6-20-1988; Ord. No. 710 §1, 8-20-1990; Ord. No. 845 §1, 10-4-1999; Ord. No. 849 §1, 1-3-2000; Ord. No. 857 §1, 4-17-2000; Ord. No. 885 §1, 7-2-2001]
A. 
A building or premises shall be used for only the following purposes:
1. 
Any use permitted in the "R-4" Residential District.
2. 
Automobile parking lots.
3. 
Drive-in restaurants, bowling alleys, dance halls, skating rinks, or theaters.
4. 
Dressmaking, tailoring, shoe repairing, repair of bicycles, dry cleaning and pressing, and bakery with sale of bakery products on the premises and other uses of a similar character.
5. 
Medical clinics.
6. 
Hospitals or clinics for small animals, dogs, cats, birds, and the like, but not kennels.
7. 
Funeral home or mortuaries.
8. 
Motels.
9. 
Banks, offices and office buildings.
10. 
Non-flashing sign pertaining only to a use or service conducted on the property where the sign is located and/or a non-flashing sign directing the public to a use or service conducted on property other than on property where the business is located, provided however, that all such off-premises directional signs shall meet the following criteria:
a. 
Be located on private property owned by or leased to the person conducting the use or service to which the sign relates;
b. 
Not be placed in a district zoned as residential;
c. 
Have a maximum size of four (4) feet by eight (8) feet;
d. 
Be placed either on a building, post, or fence in a manner so that the view of the road by motorists is not obstructed;
e. 
Be constructed of any one or combination of the following materials: wood, plastic, plexiglas, glass, sign vinyl and banners, concrete or similar sign materials approved by the City Code Enforcement Officer, but in no event cardboard or other paper type poster board.
f. 
Contain only the use or service, name, address, telephone number, directional arrow and distance to the off-premises use or service.
Prior to the placement of an off-premises sign, regardless of the cost or value of the sign, an application for a building permit for the sign shall be presented to the City Code Enforcement Officer. Such application shall demonstrate compliance with the above criteria and include a diagram to scale showing the placement of the sign on the property.
11. 
Personal service uses, including barber shops, beauty parlors, photographic or artists' studios, taxi-cabs, newspaper or telegraphic service stations, dry cleaning services, restaurants, and other personal service uses of a similar character.
12. 
Retail stores or shops for grocery, drug store, meat market, florist, notion or stationery stores, further, there shall be no slaughtering of animals or poultry on the premises of any retail store.
13. 
Filling stations.
14. 
Accessory buildings and uses.
15. 
Auto sales lots.
16. 
Upholstery shops.
17. 
Taverns.
18. 
Auto repair garage, but shall not include rebuilding, dismantling, or storage of wrecked or junked automobiles.
19. 
Retail lumber and building supplies sales.
20. 
County courthouse facilities and County Jail facilities erected, maintained and operated pursuant to Section 49.310 et seq. and Chapter 221 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended; provided however, in order to protect adjoining residential districts in addition to the height and area restrictions set forth in Article XIV of this Code of Ordinances, the minimum yard requirement for side and rear yards where such yards adjoin a residential district shall be increased to sixty (60) feet for uses permitted under this Subsection.
21. 
Kennels for indoor boarding of dogs and cats; provided however, that no such use shall be permitted within one hundred (100) feet of any school, residence, church property or any other property used as a place of religious worship unless the property owner shall first obtain the consent in writing of the school board, each resident and the managing board of any church or place of worship located within the restricted area, except that when a school, residence, church or place of worship shall hereafter be established within one hundred (100) feet of any place of business being used as an indoor kennel as hereby permitted, the use shall not be denied for lack of consent in writing as herein provided. For the purposes of this Section, indoor boarding of dogs and cats shall mean that such dogs and cats shall be maintained within a climate-controlled building with all windows and doors remaining closed at all times except to enter and exit the building. Such animals shall not be released into outdoor pens or fenced areas. All exercise of animals must be performed by the walking of the animals on a leash. The operator of the business shall be responsible for the collection and disposal of any fecal matter deposited by such animals during their exercise period.
22. 
Mini-storage units.
[CC 1983 App. B Art. VIII §2; Ord. No. 379.5, 5-18-1970; Ord. No. 710 §2, 8-20-1990]
The height and area regulations set forth in Article XIV shall be observed.
[CC 1983 App. B Art. VIII §3; Ord. No. 379.5, 5-18-1970; Ord. No. 710 §3, 8-20-1990]
Off-street parking spaces shall be provided in accordance with the requirements for specific uses set out in Article XV.
[Ord. No. 2009-6 §§1 — 5, 3-2-2009]
A. 
Purpose. This Section is enacted for the following purposes:
1. 
To promote high standards of building and site design in the commercial and business districts with the purpose of preserving an atmosphere consistent with the history and character of the City of Caruthersville.
2. 
To protect and enhance the appeal and attraction of the City of Caruthersville to residents, visitors and tourists and to serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry.
3. 
To foster civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past.
B. 
Application.
1. 
Existing commercial and business buildings expansion or alteration of exterior. Commercial and business use buildings existing in the Downtown Business District upon the effective date of this Section shall be allowed to continue with their existing designs upon such date, except when the exterior appearance of any such building is to be altered in a manner which requires a building permit. When such building permit is required, the alteration shall comply with the requirements of this Section.
2. 
New buildings. New commercial and business use buildings in the Downtown Business District which are constructed after the effective date of this Section must comply with the design standards set forth in this Section.
3. 
Permit required. All applications for building permits within the Downtown Business District shall include in such application a detailed description of the design standards to be utilized in such construction, expansion or alteration. No building permit shall be issued unless such design standards are in compliance with this Section.
C. 
Design Standards. The architectural style of buildings subject to the design standards of this Section shall have the following characteristics:
1. 
All building facade shall be finished in materials traditionally used for main street storefronts that maintain the character of the City of Caruthersville, such as brick, glass, stucco and tile. Metal siding is hereby specifically prohibited for the front facade of any structure within the Downtown Business District that faces any public street or avenue.
2. 
Distinctive features, finishes and construction techniques, or examples of craftsmanship, that characterize the architectural character of a property shall be preserved whenever reasonably possible.
3. 
Deteriorated features shall be repaired rather than replaced whenever reasonably possible. When the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture and other visual qualities and, where reasonably possible, materials.
4. 
New additions or exterior alterations shall be compatible in material, color, scale and architectural features with the existing building.
5. 
In the case of a proposed new building, such building shall not in itself, or by reason of its location on the property, materially impair the architectural value of buildings on adjacent sites or in the immediate vicinity within the business or commercial districts.
6. 
Signs shall meet all existing codes and requirements and, in addition, shall not cover architectural features and spaces that characterize a property.
7. 
All ground-mounted mechanical equipment, including heating and air conditioning units and trash receptacle areas, shall be completely screened from adjacent properties by use of a wall or fence or shall be enclosed within a building whenever practical.
8. 
All roof appurtenances, including air conditioning units and mechanical equipment, shall be shielded and architecturally screened from view from adjacent streets and properties.
9. 
There shall be no outdoor display or storage of merchandise on public property without Council approval.
D. 
District Description. For the purposes of this Section, the Downtown Business District shall include and encompass all lots and parcels of land abutting Third Street from its intersection with Truman Boulevard and extending to Eastwood Avenue and all lots abutting Ward Avenue from its intersection with Second Street and extending to Seventh Street.
E. 
Enforcement. In the event any building or structure subject to the design standards of this Section is proposed to be, or is in fact, constructed, reconstructed, altered or repaired in violation of this Section, the Zoning Administrator, in addition to any other remedies, may:
1. 
Institute a civil action for injunctive relief to stop, prevent or abate a violation of this Section.
2. 
Issue a stop work order to prevent a continuing violation of this Section.
Work which proceeds in violation of this Section, in contravention of a stop work order or in disregard of a court-ordered injunction, shall be unlawful and deemed to be a public nuisance punishable pursuant to the penalties provided in Section 100.120.