Shawnee County Planning Department

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Summary Descriptions of Zoning Districts

Comprehensive Zoning Regulations for Unincorporated Shawnee County, Kansas

RA-1

Rural Agriculture District

This district is intended to provide for the conservation, preservation and protection of farmland and to protect agricultural activities from encroachment of non-agricultural activities, which are primarily urban in character and lacking essential utility and community services. Permits numerous agricultural associated commercial uses and other rural oriented uses as conditional use permits, and single-family dwellings on three (3) acre minimum sites. Height limit: 42 feet.

RR-1

Residential Reserve District

This district is intended to provide a transitional area between urbanized development and rural-agricultural areas, and is expected to become urbanized in subsequent planning periods upon the availability and extension of municipal services and facilities. Provides for uses similar to "RA-1" District including single-family dwellings on three (3) acre minimum sites. Height limit: 42 feet.

R-1

Single Family Dwelling District

This district is intended to provide for development of single-family detached neighborhoods and to permit other uses customarily associated with residential neighborhoods such as group homes, parks, schools, religious assemblies, day care facilities, among others; and numerous non-residential uses such as recreation fields, cultural facilities, community centers, bed and breakfast inns, and other uses as conditional use permits. Establishes a minimum lot area of 6,500 square feet for single-family dwellings and maximum height limit: 42 feet.

M-1

Two Family Dwelling District

This district provides for the development of single-family detached and two-family (duplex) dwellings with other uses similar to the "R-1" District. Requires a minimum lot area of 4,000 square feet for single-family dwellings and 4,500 square feet for two-family dwellings, and sets a maximum height of 45 feet.

M-1a

Limited Multiple Family Dwelling District

This district provides for the development of single-family detached, two-family (duplex) dwellings, and multi-family dwellings containing not more than four (4) dwelling units. Requires a minimum lot area of 4,000 square feet for single-family dwellings; 4,500 square feet for two-family dwellings: 4,350 square feet per dwelling units for multi-family dwellings; and, sets a maximum height of 45 feet.

M-2

Multiple Family Dwelling District

This district provides for the development of single-family detached, two-family, and multiple-family dwellings and other related uses such as boarding and lodging houses, parks (public or private), schools, residential and medical care facilities, group homes, sororities and fraternities. Non-residential uses customarily associated with residential neighborhoods are also permitted by conditional use permit. Establishes minimum lot areas requirements of 3,500 square feet for single-family dwellings; 4,000 square feet for a two-family dwelling; and 1,500 square feet per dwelling unit for multi-family dwellings. Sets a maximum height of 50 feet.

O & I-1

Office And Institutional

This district is intended to provide for a limited range of general purpose office uses of low to moderate intensity to encourage compatibility with adjacent residential development. Other permitted uses include cultural facilities, broadcasting studios, schools, and parks, and other compatible uses such as churches, bed and breakfast inns, small animal hospitals or clinics, community centers, and dwelling located above the ground floor. The district establishes a maximum ground floor area of 7,500 square feet and a total building area of 15,000 square feet. Maximum height permitted is 42 feet.

O & I-2

Office And Institutional

This district provides for an expanded listing of office, institutional, business and service types of uses such as funeral homes, community living facilities, business or vocational schools, private membership associations, and other compatible uses similar to the "O & I-1" District. Establishes a maximum ground floor area of 20,000 square feet and a maximum height limit of 75 feet.

O & I-3

Office And Institutional

This district provides for a broad range of office, institutional, business, and service type uses and is intended to provide for a high intensity of use of considerable magnitude, located on a sufficient land area to accommodate the factors of employment, transportation, and other land use considerations. There is no height limitation except when in conflict with Airport Hazard Zone Regulations.

C-1

Commercial District

This district provides for limited commercial facilities, which are to serve as convenient services to a residential neighborhood or limited geographic area of the community. Requires an increased building setback or screening when located adjacent to an "R" District; establishes a maximum gross floor area of 4,000 square feet for single tenant businesses; a maximum gross floor area of 15,000 square feet for multi-tenant structures; with no individual tenant space exceeding 2000 square feet; prohibits outdoor storage and display of goods and merchandise; and, sets a maximum height limit of 35 feet.

C-2

Commercial District

This district provides for limited commercial facilities, which are to serve as convenient services to a residential neighborhood or limited geographic area of the community. Requires an increased building setback or screening when located adjacent to an "R" District; establishes a maximum gross floor area of 50,000 square feet prohibits outdoor storage and display of goods and merchandise; and, sets a maximum height limit of 60 feet.

C-3

Commercial District

This district permits a broad range of commercial uses considered more intensive than those permitted in the "C-2" District. Permits the outdoor storage and display of supplies, materials, products and equipment only in relation to gardening and yard supplies and vehicle sale. Not subject to a maximum ground floor area but does establish a maximum building height of 70 feet.

C-4

Commercial District

This district is intended to provide for commercial uses and activities, which serve as community or regional service areas. Uses and activities are characterized by outdoor display, storage and/or sale of merchandise, by repair of motor vehicles, by outdoor commercial amusement and recreational activities, or by activities conducted in buildings not completely enclosed. Establishes a maximum height limit of 70 feet.

I-1

Light Industrial District

This district provides for all "C-4" District uses and a wide range of light industrial uses which are not considered obnoxious or offensive by reason of odor, dust, smoke, gas or noise. There are no minimum yard requirements unless abutting a dwelling district and no maximum height requirement except subject to Airport Hazard Zone Regulations.

I-2

Heavy Industrial District

This district provides for all "I-1" District uses including additional heavy industrial uses subject to approval by the Governing Body following a report from the applicable Fire Department and Health Agency. Dimensional requirements are the same as the "I-1" District.

PUD

Planned Unit Development District

This district is intended to provide flexibility in the use and design of land and structures to encourage more creative and innovative development; promote efficient land use with smaller networks of utilities and streets; encourage the preservation and best use of the natural features of the site; and, to accommodate the integration of multiple uses into a single development. All development to be in accordance with approved Master and Final Plans.

OS-1

Open Space District

The open space district is intended to preserve and protect existing and potential public park land, open land, greenways, recreational space, floodways, trails and lands that have other physical, aesthetic or cultural characteristics which preclude their inclusion in other less restrictive districts. It is intended that these areas provide opportunities for passive and active outdoor recreation, preserve scenic views, and protect sensitive or fragile environmental areas. It is further the intent of this district to protect these areas from urban, non-open space or incompatible development.