The KCMO Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee will be considering a moratorium resolution and a new ordinance requiring development plan approval for new drive-through facilities in the Downtown Loop (legislation #130922 & #130923). The resolution will provide a moratorium on the issuance of building permits for the construction of drive-through facilities located within the Downtown Loop until April 1, 2014. The new ordinance will require development plan approval (requiring a public meeting and additional review) for projects that propose to construct drive-through facilities within the Downtown Loop. The DNA supports both the resolution and the ordinance. Full text of the resolution is available HERE and the ordinance is available HERE.

The committee meeting will take place on December 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm at City Hall, 26th Floor, Council Chamber. 

The DNA will issue a letter of support to committee members. A copy of the letter is below.

It has come to the attention of the Downtown Neighborhood Association that the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee will be considering a moratorium resolution and a new ordinance requiring development plan approval for new drive-through facilities in the Downtown Loop (legislation #130922 & #130923) on November 25, 2013. The DNA would like to voice our support for both of the resolution and the ordinance. We fully support the public review process that allows residential input for development that impacts their neighborhood and property. In addition, we encourage the committee to revisit the zoning designations throughout Downtown to identify areas that may no longer be appropriately zoned.

Downtown is a high-intensity, mixed use area and has a residential population that continues to grow. Development that encourages pedestrian-orientated streets contributes to the quality of life for downtown residents. The Greater Downtown Area Plan (GDAP) encourages appropriate development and we feel that drive-through facilities are in direct contradiction to the GDAP. For example, it violates the integrity of a registered historic district, does not enhance pedestrian orientated streets and doesn’t contribute to furthering Downtown as a more diverse mixed-use neighborhood.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association supports the moratorium resolution and a new ordinance encompassed in legislation #130922, #130923 and the development review process. We encourage you to consider our support and take steps to ensure that new development in our neighborhood follows a cohesive, unified zoning and land use classification; consistent public review process and the guidelines of the adopted GDAP. 

Sincerely,
The Downtown Neighborhood Association Board

We encourage you to voice support for the resolution and the ordinance. This can be done by joining us at the committee meeting and/or contacting committee members by phone or email. Contact information for committee member is available HERE.

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