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Consider the March 7, 2005 Planning Commission minutes. - page 35 / 71





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from the site at the time of development.

The applicant requests rezoning from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to DU (Duplex Residential) for the construction of one duplex residence.  The applicant has provided staff with photographs of the duplex building intended to be constructed on the property.  The photos indicate a stucco finish on the front, hardboard siding on the side and rear elevations, and composition asphalt shingles on the roof.

2.The property is zoned R-1 (Single Family Residential) and has maintained that designation since the City wide rezoning in 1974.

3.Property to the north, northeast/east, west and northwest is zoned R-1 (Single Family Residential).  The property directly to the east/southeast is zoned TSQ (Townsquare).  Property to the south, across 60th Street is zoned RGA (Residential Garden Apartments).  Surrounding land uses include a singe family residence to the north, which is currently owned by the applicant.  A low-rise office building is located to the northeast.  A single family residence is located directly to the east and a parking lot for Burdolski Auto Werks is located to the southeast.  To the south, across W. 60th Street, is Shawnee Gardens Apartments, a 48 unit apartment complex.  The property to the west is developed with a four-plex residential building. A single family residence is located to the northwest.

4.The Land Use Guide of the Comprehensive Plan indicates this area as appropriate for office/service uses.  However, the Comprehensive Plan also encourages denser residential development within the downtown area.  This area is developed with several legal nonconforming uses that were developed prior to the City wide rezoning.  As noted previously, this property is in the midst of an office building, a parking lot for an automotive shop, a 48-unit apartment development and residential four-plex.  The proposal of a duplex on this lot would seem to be more compatible to the surrounding land uses than a single family residence and also in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan’s goal of encouraging denser residential development in the downtown area.

5.All bulk requirements have been satisfied.  The lot contains 12,383 square feet, exceeding the 12,000 square foot minimum, and has 90’ (ninety feet) of frontage along W. 60th Street, meeting the minimum requirements for the DU zoning district.

6.Access to the property will be from W. 60th Street, and is adequate for public safety purposes.

7.Rezoning of the property should not have a detrimental effect upon the area.  Although this property and much of the surrounding property is zoned R-1, many of the surrounding properties have been developed with legal nonconforming uses.  The rezoning and development of this property with a duplex residential building appears to be more compatible with the existing development

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