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Master Plan
A. Purpose.
1. The Master Plan procedure is optional and provides a mechanism for review of large or complex development projects and provides the ability to obtain preliminary approval of a development concept before substantial technical work has been undertaken.
B. Applicability.
1. This Section applies to all applications for Master Plan approval. Master Plan approval is not required; however, an application may be submitted if at least one of the following criteria is met:
a. The site includes a contiguous area of at least five (5) acres;
b. The development contains at least fifty thousand (50,000) square feet of nonresidential gross floor area;
c. The development contains at least one hundred (100) dwelling units.
2. Applications are subject to the common procedures identified in Article II: Common Procedures unless otherwise modified in Subsection (C). In the event of conflict between the common procedures contained in Article II: Common Procedures and the application-specific procedures and requirements contained in this Section, the application-specific procedures and requirements in this Section shall govern.
C. Procedure.
1. Summary.
2. Preapplication Meetings.
a. A preapplication staff meeting and preapplication neighborhood meeting shall be held in accordance with Section 405.030: Preapplication Meetings.
3. Application Submission And Handling.
a. The application shall be submitted to the Department of Community Development and handled in accordance with Section 405.040: Application Submission And Handling.
4. Staff Review And Action.
a. The Community Development Director shall review the application and prepare a staff report and recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission in accordance with Section 405.050: Staff Review And Action.
5. Notice And Public Hearings.
a. The application shall be scheduled for public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Aldermen and noticed in accordance with Section 405.060: Notice And Public Hearings.
6. Review And Decision-Making Bodies.
a. Planning And Zoning Commission Review And Recommendation. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall review the application and recommend approval, approval with conditions, or denial in accordance with Section 405.070: Review And Decision-Making Bodies and the criteria listed in Subsection (C)(6)(c). The Planning and Zoning Commission may also continue the public hearing to a specific date in accordance with Section 405.070: Review And Decision-Making Bodies.
b. Board Of Aldermen Review And Decision. The Board of Aldermen shall review the application and act to approve, by ordinance, or deny the application in accordance with Section 405.070: Review And Decision-Making Bodies and the criteria listed in Subsection (C)(6)(c). The Board of Aldermen may also continue the public hearing to a specific date in accordance with Section 405.070: Review And Decision-Making Bodies.
c. Review Criteria. A Master Plan shall be reviewed according to the following:
(1) The Master Plan is consistent with the general purpose and intent of this Code;
(2) The proposed land uses, densities and intensities are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and applicable zoning districts;
(3) The existing utilities and infrastructure, including but not limited to streets, water, sanitary and storm sewers, have adequate capacity to serve the proposed development, and any burdens on those systems have been mitigated to the degree practicable;
(4) The proposed development is consistent with the dimensional, design, development, and all other standards of this Code; and
(5) The proposed development provides adequate mitigation for anticipated adverse impacts to surrounding neighborhoods and the City.
7. Post-Decision Actions And Limitations.
a. The post-decision actions and limitations in Section 405.080: Post-Decision Actions And Limitations shall apply with the following modifications:
(1) Effect Of Approval.
(a) Approval of a Master Plan constitutes acceptance of the overall planning concepts and development parameters and authorizes the subsequent submittal of applications for preliminary plats (Section 405.120: Preliminary Plat), site plans (Section 405.160: Site Plan), and special use permits (Section 405.170: Special Use Permit). It does not authorize specific development activity.
(b) All subsequent site plans and preliminary plats shall only be approved if they are consistent with the approved Master Plan. Applications for preliminary plats or site plans which deviate from the approved Master Plan may be approved without amending the approved Master Plan if the Community Development Director determines that the proposed development:
i. Does not increase residential density;
ii. Does not increase nonresidential floor area;
iii. Does not increase the amount of land devoted to nonresidential uses;
iv. Is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan;
v. Complies with all applicable standards of this Code;
vi. Complies with all applicable original conditions of approval; and
vii. Would not result in significant change to the development's general function, form, intensity, character, demand on public facilities, and impact on adjacent properties.
(2) Expiration Of Approval. An approved Master Plan shall expire two (2) years after the date of final approval unless:
(a) An extension is granted pursuant to Section 405.080: Post-Decision Actions And Limitations; or
(b) A preliminary plat (Section 405.120: Preliminary Plat) or site plan (Section 405.160: Site Plan) for all or part of the approved Master Plan is approved.
i. Within one (1) year of approval of a preliminary plat or site plan for the first phase of the development, an application for preliminary plat or site plan must be approved for the next phase, continuing with each successive phase, until preliminary plats or site plans have been approved for all the land subject to the original Master Plan.
ii. If the applicant fails to receive approval for a preliminary plat or site plan for any phase of the development within the prescribed period, or within any extension granted pursuant to Section 405.080: Post-Decision Actions And Limitations, the original Master Plan shall expire for that phase and for all other phases for which a preliminary plat or site plan has not been approved or no longer remains in effect on the date of expiration.
iii. If an approved preliminary plat or site plan expires, the Master Plan for that phase shall also expire, and all other phases for which a preliminary plat or site plan has not been approved or is not pending approval, or has lapsed subsequent to approval, on the date of expiration.
(3) Amendments.
(a) Minor amendments to an approved Master Plan may be approved by the Community Development Director, provided that the Director determines that the following criteria have been met:
i. Does not increase residential density;
ii. Does not increase nonresidential floor area;
iii. Does not increase the amount of land devoted to nonresidential uses;
iv. Is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan;
v. Complies with all applicable standards of this Code;
vi. Complies with all applicable original conditions of approval; and
vii. Would not result in significant change to the development's general function, form, intensity, character, demand on public facilities, and impact on adjacent properties.
(b) All amendments to Master Plans that do not qualify as minor amendments under Subsection (C)(7)(a) shall be processed as a new application subject to the same procedures and requirements for the original application.
 
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Summary Table of Application Procedures

Table 405.010, Summary Table of Application Procedures, lists the applications authorized by this Chapter and application-specific requirements from Articles III through VIII for preapplication meetings, public hearing notice, review and decision-making bodies, and expiration of approval. The table also lists cross references to related applications authorized by and subject to requirements of other chapters of the Municipal Code.

In the event of conflict between the application-specific procedures in Articles III through VIII and the requirements summarized in Table 405.010, Summary Table of Application Procedures, the application-specific procedures and requirements in Articles III through VIII shall govern.