Development Review

Past Approved Amendments & Reports


TX17012 — Accessory structures associated with a main dwelling.

Staff Contact:
bwill 402-441-6362
Approved:
June 23, 2017
Project Overview:

Provide that an accessory building attached to the main building by an unenclosed deck or walkway shall not be considered part of the main building and subject to the height and yard requirements of the main building.

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TX17011 — City Council may allow more than one free standing sign per frontage for garden centers in AG district.

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones 402-441-7603
Approved:
June 23, 2017
Project Overview:

City Council may allow more than one free standing sign per sign frontage for Garden centers in the AG district if conditions of approval have been met.

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TX17010 — Increase the opportunity to implement Solar Energy Conversion Systems in zoning districts across the City.

Staff Contact:
Andrew Thierolf 402-441-6371
Approved:
June 23, 2017
Project Overview:

Increase the opportunity to implement Solar Energy Conversion Systems in zoning districts across the City.

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TX17006 — Various revisions, corrections and changes to Title 26, Title 27 and Design Standards.

Staff Contact:
George Wesselhoft 402-441-6366
Approved:
June 23, 2017
Project Overview:

Various revisions, corrections and changes to Title 26, Title 27 and Design Standards.

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TX17004 — Revise height permit regulations relating to airport zoning.

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones 402-441-7603
Approved:
June 23, 2017
Project Overview:

Add definitions, modify requirements for height permits, add new sections to provide exceptions and notice to FAA and adopt a revised Lincoln Airport Zoning map.

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TX17008 — Make various amendments to the Lancaster County Zoning Resolution.

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka 402-441-5662
Approved:
May 30, 2017
Project Overview:

Make various amendments to the Lancaster County Zoning Resolution.

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TX17007 — Remove obsolete regulations regarding open space requirements in O-2.

Staff Contact:
George Wesselhoft 402-441-6366
Approved:
May 22, 2017
Project Overview:

Remove obsolete regulations regarding open space requirements in O-2.

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TX16020 — Reduce the front and side setbacks for motorized vehicle sales in H-2 and H-3, and to revise the parking requirement.

Staff Contact:
Andrew Thierolf 402-441-6371
Approved:
May 22, 2017
Project Overview:

Reduce the front and side setbacks for motorized vehicle sales in H-2 and H-3, and to revise the parking requirement.

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TX17003 — Make consistent the location of required parking stalls for single-family, two-family and townhouse uses in R-1 through R-7 residential districts.

Staff Contact:
Ed Zimmer 402-441-6360
Approved:
May 11, 2017
Project Overview:

Permit one required parking stall for single-family, two-family or townhouse in R-5, R-6 and R-7 to be on a driveway in the front yard in front of a garage.

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TX16018 — Design Standards for the South Haymarket District.

Staff Contact:
Stacey Hageman 402-441-6361
Approved:
February 22, 2017
Project Overview:

Design Standards for the South Haymarket District.

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TX16017 — Revisions relating to B-4 and O-1 Zoning District text regulations.

Staff Contact:
George Wesselhoft 402-441-6366
Approved:
February 22, 2017
Project Overview:

Various revisions generally relating to the B-4 and O-1 Zoning District text regulations as part of the South Haymarket Neighborhood Plan recommendations.

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TX16019 — Add assembly facilities as conditional use in H-4 and Planned Service Commercial special permit.

Staff Contact:
Andrew Thierolf 402-441-6371
Approved:
February 2, 2017
Project Overview:

Add assembly facilities as a conditional use in the H-4 General Commercial district and allow assembly facilities in the Planned Service Commercial special permit.

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TX16006 — Amend the Theater Policy.

Staff Contact:
Paul Barnes 402-441-6372
Approved:
January 27, 2017
Project Overview:

Allow indoor theaters in the B-2 or B-3 District as a permitted special use with certain conditions.

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TX16014 — Continuation of Nonstandards Uses.

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones 402-441-7603
Approved:
January 12, 2017
Project Overview:

Continuation of Nonstandards uses to clarify the application of automatic adjustment of setbacks when a government agency acquires land for right-of-way.

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TX16011 — Special parking requirements for certain uses in the H-2 zoning district.

Staff Contact:
Andrew Thierolf 402-441-6371
Approved:
December 14, 2016
Project Overview:

Relating to special parking requirements for certain uses in the H-3 zoning district by updating the names of the uses to match names used in the Use Group Tables.

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TX16010 — Relating to zoo parking in R-1 through R-8 and O-2 zoning districts.

Staff Contact:
George Wesselhoft 402-441-6366
Approved:
December 14, 2016
Project Overview:

To provide that a parking lot may be allowed by special permit in the R-1 through R-8 zoning districts and the O-2 zoning district if the parking lot is located within 360 feet from property occupied by a zoo and the parking lot is primarily use in connection with said zoo.

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TX16012 — Add maximum area standards & additional minor revisions to residential accessory building regulations.

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
November 29, 2016
Project Overview:

To add maximum area standards, along with additional minor revisions to residential accessory building regulations in Lancaster County Zoning Regulations.

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TX16009 — Amend the exception allowing a permitted wall sign on the building facade of places of religious assembly, schools and community playhouses.

Staff Contact:
Brian Will, 402-441-6362
Approved:
November 10, 2016
Project Overview:

Amend the exception allowing the permitted wall sign on the building facade of places of religious assembly, schools and community playhouses to be increase from a maximum of 20 square feet to 100 square feet if such use is located a minimum of 200 feet from any street frontage; delete the restriction that such use be located in AG or AGR district; and to provide that when such use is located a minimum of 100 feet from any street frontage, the permitted wall sign shall be a maximum of 50 square feet.

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TX16007 — Numerous revisions and corrections to Title 27 compiled by City staff over the past several years.

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones, 402-441-7603
Approved:
August 31, 2016
Project Overview:

Revisions compiled by City staff over the past several years and include correction of minor errors, clarification of unclear terms and concepts, and more substantive changes that streamline approval processes for City staff and the public, and eliminate burdensome requirements. Chapter 27.72.120 currently regulates height, setbacks and rear yard coverage for accessory buildings.

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TX16008 — Revisions relating to accessory buildings.

Staff Contact:
Andrew Thierolf, 402-441-6371
Approved:
August 31, 2016
Project Overview:

Revise the definition of garage, private; to provide a maximum height of 15 feet for accessory buildings not part of a main building which extend into the required side yard in the listed zoning districts; and to establish a maximum allowable area for accessory buildings on single- family or two-family lots or tracts in AG, AGR and R-1 to R-8 zoning districts.

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TX15008 — Provide design standards for the installation of outdoor luminaires

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
May 27, 2016
Project Overview:

To revise the definition of "cutoff and full-cutoff"; provide the maximum average maintained illuminance for outdoor areas under lighted marquees; and provide acceptable glare measurements for zero setback properties.

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TX16005 — Promote the installation of new minimum required improvements

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
April 14, 2016
Project Overview:

The City may encourage and promote the installation of new minimum required improvements not required in a previously required final plat by agreeing to subsidize the added cost and expense of the new minimum required improvement.

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TX16003 — Require all street lights in new developments to be LED

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
April 14, 2016
Project Overview:

Amend Chapter 3.100 of Design Standards for Outdoor Lighting, to require LED light sources for local residential streets on final plats filed on or after April 11, 2016.

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TX16001 and TX16002 — Extend the airport approach zone, revise and add new definitions to Airport Zoning Regulations

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones, 402-441-7603
Approved:
March 16, 2016
Project Overview:

Amend Airport Zoning Regulations to extend the approach zone from 3 miles to a new limit of 10 miles, establish the area included within the airport hazard area, revise and add definitions.

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TX15022 — Correct an error to clarify floor area restriction for personal services

Staff Contact:
Rachel Jones, 402-441-7603
Approved:
December 23, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to Section 27.62.100 to clarify that the floor area restriction for personal services applies to the size of the use and not the size of the building the use is located in.

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TX15023 — Amendments to Chapter 2.05 - Stormwater Drainage Design Standards

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
December 17, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to Sections 1 through 10 of Chapter 2.05 - Stormwater Drainage Design Standards to make the design standards consistent with Title 27 and the Drainage Criteria Manual.

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TX15020 — Parking for Greenhouses and Garden Centers

Staff Contact:
Tom Cajka, 402-441-5662
Approved:
November 5, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to provide that parking for greenhouses and garden centers located in the Agricultural zoning district may be provided on unpaved areas, except for ADA accessible stalls.

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TX15004 — Healthcare Facility in AG and Dwellings for Members of Religious Orders

Staff Contact:
Paul Barnes, 402-441-6372
Approved:
July 16, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to allow a healthcare facility, residential as a special permitted use in the AG zoning district on a lot which has five or more acres; and to allow dwelllings for members of religious orders on a lot which has five or more acres.

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TX15007 — Dwellings in B-1, B-2 and B-3

Staff Contact:
Brian Will, 402-441-6362
Approved:
July 16, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to allow dwellings for caretakers, residential watchmen and supervisory personnel as a permitted use in the B-1, B-2 and B-3 zoning districts.

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TX15006 — I-3 Employment Center District

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
June 19, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment relating to the I-3 Employment Center District to allow the City Council to waive specific use regulations.

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TX15003 — Dwellings for Members of a Religious Order

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
May 15, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to provide that the number of members residing in a dwelling for members of a religious order may be increased up to 100% when the dwelling is located within 600 feet from the boundary of a school, church or early childhood care facility served by the member.

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TX15002 — Setbacks for Clubs in a Residential District

Staff Contact:
Paul Barnes, 402-441-6372
Approved:
April 29, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to remove the requirement for additional setbacks for clubs in a residential district, based on the height of the building.

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TX15001 — Commercial Solar Energy Conversion System

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6371
Approved:
March 18, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to allow Commercial Solar Energy Conversion Systems (CSECS) as a specially permitted use in the AG District and a permitted use in the I Industrial District by adding a definition to 27.02.040, adding to the Utilities Use Group Table in 27.06.090, and adding conditions for permitting to Section 27.63.830.

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TX14021 — Commercial Setback Requirements

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
February 12, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment relating to exceptions to front yard requirements to provide for a reduced commercial front yard setback in the O-1 Office District and the B-3 Commercial District where there is an abutting residential district along the same block face.

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TX14019 — Personal Wireless Facilities

Staff Contact:
Brian Will, 402-441-6362
Approved:
January 26, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to eliminate the requirement for special and administrative permits for wireless facilities to be renewed every 15 years, to extend the amount of time allowed before facilities are considered abandoned and to clarify that rooftop-mounted antennas may be approved by admnistrative permit instead of special permit.

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TX14017 — Special Permit to Exceed Maximum Height - add AG

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6371
Approved:
January 26, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to 27.63.250 to add AG as one of the districts for which a special permit to exceed the maximum height may be allowed, and to change table 27.72.010 to show the change the maximum height in the case of AG(farmstead splits) from 30 feet to 35 feet.

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TX14020 — Personal Wireless Telecommuications Facilities

Staff Contact:
Brian Will, 402-441-6362
Approved:
January 13, 2015
Project Overview:

An amendment to Article 10 Personal Wireless Telecommunications Facilities of the Lancaster County Zoning Regulations to eliminate the requirement for special and administrative permits for wireless facilities to be renewed every 15 years; to extend the amount of time allowed before facilities are considered abandoned; to clarify that rooftop-mounted antennas may be approved by administrative permit instead of special permit; and to require no zoning permit to co-locate on a facility previously approved by an administrative or special permit.

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TX14016 — Mini Warehouses in the B-5 Zoning District

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
December 30, 2014
Project Overview:

This amended Section 27.62.140 of the Lincoln Municipal Code to add mini-warehouses as a conditional use to the B-5 Planned Regional Business District. The B-5 Planned Regional Business District is a use permit district that requires site plan review of developments. It is a district with varying degrees of redevelopment opportunities. Mini-storage can be a compatible use in the B-5 district under certain conditions. This amendment will require administrative review, through the B-5 Use permit, to determine the compatibility.

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TX14015 — Parking in the Capitol Environs District

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
December 30, 2014
Project Overview:

This amended Section 27.67.075 of Lincoln Municipal Code, Special Conditions, Capitol Environs District, by deleting that section which requires two parking spaces per dwelling unit in the Capitol Environs District regardless of the underlying district. This deletion would allow the underlying zoning district to regulate the residential parking requirement. Two parking stalls per dwelling unit is a higher requirement than any of the underlying zoning districts. Reverting to the underlying requirements would simplifies the code and removes a potential barrier to residential development.

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TX14007 — Corrections and Clarifications on Existing Language

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
November 20, 2014
Project Overview:

These changes to Title 27 are intended to provide clarification on existing rules in sections relating to definition of story, Use Groups, parking in H-3, signs and appeal process. It is not intended to create new regulations. These changes will facilitate more efficient and consistent implementation of the City Zoning Ordinance. Sections being revised: 27.02.200, 27.06.160, 27.06.170, 27.61.040 and 27.61.050, 27.67.066, 27.69.030, 27.69.240, 27.69.290, 27.72.180, 27.56.140, 27.57.180, 27.62.150, 27.63.025, 27.64.010, 27.69.030, 27.72.190, and 27.81.021.

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TX14012 and TX14013 — Excavation and Stone Milling

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6371
Approved:
November 18, 2014
Project Overview:

County text amendment TX14012 and City text amendment TX14013 to remove stone milling from the title, define stone milling, clarify that stone milling is allowed only in association with an excavation operation, and clarify that some pre-existing excavation operations may not meet all conditions.

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TX14006 — Veterinary Facilities

Staff Contact:
Paul Barnes, 402-441-6372
Approved:
August 25, 2014
Project Overview:

Amendment to allow Veterinary Facilities as a conditional use in the O-1, O-2, O-3 and R-T zoning districts; eliminate Section 27.63.780, Outdoor Exercise Area associated with a Veterinary Facility or Kennel; and clarify Section 27.63.790 by stating that veterinary facilities are allowed as a permitted use in the AG and AGR districts.

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TX14004 — Community Unit Plans in the R-7 and R-8 Zoning Districts

Staff Contact:
Paul Barnes, 402-441-6372
Approved:
June 30, 2014
Project Overview:

Amend Section 27.63.320 and 27.65.020 relating to special permits to allow community unit plans in the R-7 and R-8 zoning districts and provide for the calculation of the maximum permitted density thereof; and amend Section 27.65.090, 27.67.040 and 27.67.065 relating to parking within community unit plans to allow the Planning Commission to make certain modifications to the parking requirements set forth in Chapter 27.67.

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TX13006 — Decks, Reduction of the Rear Yard and Minor Modifications

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
December 9, 2013
Project Overview:

Amending Chapter 27.72 of the Lincoln Municipal Code, Height and Lot Regulations, by amending Section 27.72.020 to reduce the required rear yard in the R-1 through R-4 zoning districts for single- and two-family dwellings as set forth in Table 27.72.020(a); by amending Section 27.72.060 to modify the provisions regarding the projection of patios, terraces, uncovered decks, and ornamental features into a required yard; adding a new section numbered 27.72.190 granting the Planning Director authority to approve minor modifications to the rear yard setback under specified conditions; and repealing Sections 27.72.020 and 27.72.060 and of the Lincoln Municipal Code as hitherto existing.

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TX13007 and TX13009 — Outlot Definition and Allowed Uses

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6371
Approved:
July 29, 2013
Project Overview:

Change the Lincoln Municipal Code zoning (TX13007) and subdivision (TX13009) ordinances to specifically alter: Chapter 26.07 to amend the definition of "Outlot"; add a definition of "Outlot", in zoning; Section 27.69.030 to allow signs on outlots; and add Section 27.07.070 to specify permitted accessory buildings.

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TX12031 and TX12034 — City and County Board of Zoning Appeals

Staff Contact:
Brian Will, 402-441-6362
Approved:
TX12031 Approved June 17, 2013; TX12034 Approved June 11, 2013
Project Overview:

City text amendment TX12031 and County text amendment TX12034 to modify the regulations relating to the City and County Boards of Zoning Appeals in two main ways. First, the process for filing applications was simplified and clarified by allowing them to be submitted directly to the Planning Department instead of the Department of Building and Safety. Also included was a provision to eliminate the need for the denial of a building permit prior to submitting an application for BZA consideration. Second, the types of applications that the BZA can hear was also clarified. Historically, any application submitted for the BZA to consider was called an appeal. However, to be more consistent with State Statutes, the powers relative to hearing claims of 'errors' are now termed 'appeals'. All other applications that the BZA is authorized to hear, which includes variances, exceptions, and airport zoning in the case of the City BZA, are all considered petitions.

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TX12004 and TX12015 — Ag Preservation and CUP Bonus

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6371
Approved:
July 24, 2012
Project Overview:

Amendment to the County Zoning Resolution to add provisions for AG Preservation lots, which allow acreage lots of at least 3 acres to be created when the overall density of one dwelling unit per twenty acres can be maintained. Lots must be accessed by a single shared drive, to be approved by the County Engineer, and may front upon that drive. This amendment also increased potential CUP bonuses to 25%, revised the method for calculating these bonuses, and removed reductions to CUP density in smaller Residential district CUPs. Amendment to the County Land Subdivision Resolution to remove the provision for Administrative Subdivision Permits and allow Final Plats without Preliminary Plat. Also included are design standards for the AG Preservation lots allowed by TX12015.

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TX12003-MISC and TX12009-CZ — Apartment Height Amendment in CUP and PUD

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
June 25, 2012
Project Overview:

Amendment to revise Chapter 27.60 Planned Unit Development (PUD) and 27.65 Community Unit Plan (CUP) to revise the administrative amendment language to: update the text, add criteria for approval of multi-family buildings over the zoning district height adjacent to single or two family uses and permit tandem parking in a driveway leading to a garage in apartment complexes.

Amendment to revise Chapter 3.35, Design Standards for Community Unit Plans and Chapter 3.50, Design Standards for Screening and Landscaping to remove outdated language, add criteria for the placement of multi-family buildings over the zoning district height adjacent to single or two family uses and landscaping standards for such multi-family dwellings, garages and driveways. The proposal amends Sections 1.2 of Chapter 3.35 on the "Shape, size and locations of buildings; open space buffers" and Section 7.3, "Multiple Family Dwellings Approved by Special Permit, Planned Unit Development and Use Permit" of Chapter 3.50.

The amendment requires a greater setback for any multi-family dwelling which exceeds the zoning district height when they are adjacent to future or existing single or two family dwellings. The increase in height would be limited to 10 feet administratively. Coupled with the proposed Misc. #12003 it also provides appropriate screening and landscaping for apartments. The amendment tries to find a balance between the increased height of multi-family buildings and impact on adjacent lower density land uses.

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MISC12002 and TX12008-CZ — Use Groups

Staff Contact:
Christy Eichorn, 402-441-7603
Approved:
June 25, 2012
Project Overview:

It has been 30 years since the last major update of the City of Lincoln Zoning Ordinance. Today's Ordinance still reflects the land use structure of the Zoning Ordinance when it was first adopted in the 1950's. Since 1979, the Zoning Ordinance has been amended over 530 times. All of these amendments have produced a document that can be confusing, inconsistent and at times difficult to interpret which often leads to significant staff time spent on interpretation and numerous delays to private parties.

To address this issue, staff has looked at the way other communities have formatted their codes to make them more user friendly. The format that should work best with our existing code is called Use Groups. This format allows all use types to be categorized by group. The use can then either be regulated as part of a group or as an individual use depending on local community values.

The Use Groups proposal addresses many of the past problems while streamlining the Ordinance and the process significantly by:

  • Reducing the list of over 270 different land uses down to 14 use groups, eliminating the possibility that a use isn't listed by making the groups all in-compassing.
  • Increase the emphasis on treating like uses in a similar manner. Today, too many uses with similar impacts are treated very differently.

This is not a change to the type of zoning code Lincoln has, it is simply an effort to reformat the existing code to make it more user friendly.

Use Groups are a mechanism for categorizing land uses and activities based on common, functional, and physical characteristics. The categorization of types of uses into use groups provides a systematic basis for assignment of present and future use types to zoning districts. The categorization of uses is derived from the goals and policies of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan. Use Groups are a way to organize and format a zoning ordinance.

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TX11007-CZ — Zoning Confirmation Letters

Staff Contact:
Stephen Henrichsen, 402-441-6374
Approved:
March 23, 2011
Project Overview:

To amend Chapter 27.80 of the Lincoln Municipal Code relating to fees by amending Section 27.80.010 to require a person requesting a zoning action confirmation letter to pay an appropriate fee as established by resolution of the City Council. This new service has been requested by numerous parties in recent years typically to satisfy lending requirements. The proposed text amendment will allow the City to prepare and charge $60.00 for a zoning confirmation letter when requested by a private party.

It is common for cities to provide a standard letter of this type for a small fee. Building & Safety, which is officially charged with enforcing the zoning code, provided these letters until about 7 or 8 years ago. It was a very busy time for permitting activity, and they decided that these letters had become too time-consuming. Since that time, private attorneys have provided this service - although these attorneys sometimes end up contacting Planning and/or Building & Safety to obtain information or confirm an interpretation. Also, from time to time, particularly in a situation where a federal grant for housing assistance was being sought, the Planning Department or City Attorney have provided this service at no fee.

In February 2011, the Planning Department routed this proposal to our "development community" email list. The Department received 8 positive responses and one negative reply to the proposal. Most appreciated that we were starting this service and they noted it is increasingly a requirement of lenders, particularly out of state lenders to provide zoning confirmation on a loan.

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TX11004-CZ — County Board delegation to Planning Commission

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6370
Approved:
March 29, 2011
Project Overview:

An amendment to the County zoning resolution to delegate final action on special permits to the Planning Commission. Also allowed final action on applications to the County Board of Zoning Appeals. Actions from both may be appealed to the County Board. This amendment allowed the same procedure for the County as now exists in the City of Lincoln for special permits. Overall this should result in a streamlined and faster action for the applicants.

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TX10026-CZ and TX11003-CZ — Commercial Wind Farms

Staff Contact:
Sara Hartzell, 402-441-6370
Approved:
March 29, 2011
Project Overview:

An amendment to the City zoning ordinance (Change of Zone 11003) to add commercial wind machines by special permit in the AG Agriculture District. Amends Sections 27.03.161 Definitions, 27.07.040 AG Agriculture and 27.63.425 Special Permits. Adoption of this amendment provides reasonable review and protection for the installation of large commercial wind turbines in Lincoln's jurisdiction. It also matches proposed Lancaster County language (Change of Zone 10026).

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