General Provisions

4.1.  Compliance: Except as hereinafter provided, no building, structure, or land shall hereafter be used or occupied, and no building or structure or part thereof shall hereafter be erected, constructed, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered unless in conformity with all the regulations herein specified for the district in which its located.

4.2.  Building Requirements:

1. No building or other structure shall hereafter be erected or altered to exceed the allowable height for the district in which it is located,
2. To accommodate or house a greater number of families allowed in the district, in which it is located,
3. To occupy a greater percentage of lot area than is specified in the district in which it is located,
4. To have narrower or smaller rear yard, front yards, side yards, or other open spaces than therein required, or in any other manner contrary to the provisions of this ordinance.

4.3.  Area Requirements: No yard or lot existing at the time of passage of this ordinance shall be reduced in size or area below the minimum requirements set forth herein. Yards or lots created after the effective date of this ordinance shall meet at least the minimum requirements established by this ordinance.

4.4.  Minimum Requirements: In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this ordinance shall be held to be minimum requirements, adopted for the promotion of the public health, safety, convenience, prosperity, comfort, or general welfare. Wherever the regulations set forth in this ordinance are in variance with requirements of any other lawfully adopted rule, regulation, ordinance, order, deed restriction or covenant, the most restrictive or that imposing the highest standards shall govern.

4.5.  Dwelling on Any Lot of Record: In any district where dwellings are permitted, a one family detached dwelling may be erected on any lot of official record at the effective date of this ordinance, irrespective of its area or width, provided that the applicable yard or open space requirements are satisfied or modified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment as set forth in Section XVIII.

4.6.  More Than One Principal Building on a Lot: Not more than one principal building shall be located on a lot in a residential zone district, including the residential/mobile home district (RT-1 District). In any district where there is to be located a unit group of residential buildings, there shall be provided on the lot an unobstructed access way of not less than thirty (30) feet wide from the street on which the lot fronts to all principal buildings on the lot.

4.7  Yard Space, General: The required yard space for each building, structure, or use shall fall
entirely upon land within the district or districts, in which the use is permitted.

4.8.  Minimum Lot Size, Setback and Coverage Requirements: The following table shall govern:

Zoning Lot District   Width   Minimum Per Unit Lot Area   Maximum% of Building Coverage   Minimum Side Yard in Feet   Minimum Rear Yard in Feet
R-1 100 ft. 2.0 acres 15% 10 ft. 30 ft.
RT-1 100 ft. 2.5 acres 10% 20 ft. 45 ft.
A-1 200 ft. 5 acres 10% 50 ft. 75 ft.
L-1 200 ft. 5 acres 15% 50 ft. 100 ft.
C-1 200 ft. 1 acres 50% 10 ft. 35 ft.
I-1 200 ft. 2 acres 50% 12-22 ft* 10-25 ft.*
PUD 200 ft. 5 acres 50% 25 ft. 25 ft.

*see page 50 for chart

4.9.  Setback Requirements on Highways and Roads:

1. All State and U.S. numbered highways are hereby designated Class A highways. The setback line for Class A highways and for any other roads designated as major roads on official maps in effect in the county shall be one hundred (100) feet from the center line of the highway or thirty (30) feet from the right-of-way line, whichever is greater.
2. All other county, township, and other public roads in the county shall have, as a minimum requirement, a setback for all building of fifty (50) feet from the center line of the roadway or twenty (20) feet from the edge of the easement right-of-way line, whichever is greater.

4.10.  Visual Clearance at Intersections: In each quadrant of every road intersection within the county there shall be a designated visual clearance triangle bounded by the road center line and a line connecting them three hundred (300) feet from every Class A highway, and two hundred (200) feet from any other county, township, or other public road. If two highways of a different class intersect, the largest distance shall apply to both center lines. Within this triangle, no object over two and one half (21/2) feet in height above these roads will be allowed if it obstructs the view across the triangle. Posts or open fences are excluded from this provision. Tree trunks shall be exempt providing that vegetation on branches do not impair safety and field of vision from the driving public.

4.11.  Access Driveways: Access driveways to highways from abutting properties shall be separated by at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from on another and must be at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from any intersection. All culverts, tubes or drainage pipe ways shall be properly sized, as determined by the county zoning administrator or county road and bridge department, to allow for the proper flow and passage of water during times of peak water flow.

4.12.  Excessive Height Permitted: Heights of the following structures may exceed ordinance limits for the district in which it is located with the prior approval of the planning Board by issuance of a conditional use permit:

  • Cooling Towers
  • Stacks
  • Lookout Towers
  • Silos
  • Windmills
  • Water Towers
  • Solar and Wind Collectors
  • Spires
  • Radio and Television Aerials
  • Masts
  • Antennae and Other Necessary Mechanical Appurtenances

4.13.  Accessory Uses and Structures: Any permanent, roofed structure serving as an accessory use, if attached to the principal building, shall be considered a part of the principal building. If such structure is a building and is not attached to the principal building, it shall conform to the setback, and other dimensional requirements of the district within which it is located.

4.14.  Drainage, Sanitation and Water Supply:

1. No principal building intended or human use or occupancy shall be erected, structurally altered, or relocated on land which is not adequately drained at all times by reasons of adverse soil
conditions, steep slopes, shallow impermeable bedrock, periodic flooding, or where the lowest floor level is less than four (4) feet above the highest groundwater level.
2. No principal building intended for human use or occupancy shall be erected, structurally altered, or relocated on a lot, unless provision is made for safe, adequate facilities for water supply and sewage disposal in accordance with the regulations of the appropriate state agency within the State of Missouri.
3. The county zoning administrator shall not hereafter authorize a building to be erected, structurally altered, or relocated which has a private waste disposal system unless the plans for the system have been reviewed in accordance with the provisions of the appropriate State health or environmental protection regulation.
4. Where connection is not to be made to a public water system, no residential use shall be permitted unless provision is made for a safe and adequate supply of drinking water located on the premises.
5. Planned unit developments shall be served by sewage facilities which meet the appropriate requirement of the Sate of Missouri.

4.15.  Off-Street Loading and Parking:

1. Space for off-street loading and unloading of vehicles shall be provided for every building
used or designed for commercial, industrial, manufacturing or warehousing purposes. One (1)
such place shall be provided for every 1000 sq. ft. of total square footage and shall be a minimum of ten (10) feet in width, thirty (30) feet in length, fourteen (14) feet in height, plus necessary maneuvering space.
2Parking: Off-street automobile parking or storage space shall be provided on every lot in which any new structure or structures are hereafter established. Such space shall be provided with vehicular access to a street or alley and shall be deemed to be required open space associated with the permitted use and shall not thereafter be reduced or encroached upon in any manner. When a structure is enlarged, the required off-street parking space shall be provided for the enlarged portion. If a use is changed to a different use requiring more space, the additional amount of parking area shall be provided. There shall be at least one (1) parking space for each residential dwelling, or in multi-family residential structures, one parking space shall be provided for each family. There should be at least one (1) parking space for every 100 sq. ft. of total retail business floor area, except that such square footage is to be based on all but retail storage areas. In industrial districts, there shall be at least one parking space for every three (3) employees based on peak employment. For every restaurant, supper club, tavern, or bar there shall be at least one (1) parking space for each 5 seats, based on maximum seating capacity.