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Covered parking ordinance revision planned

O’Fallon will move forward with plans to revise an ordinance regarding covered parking for multi-family residential structures.

At its March 23 workshop meeting, Director of Planning and Development Director David Woods shared a draft ordinance with the council and Mayor Bill Hennessy that, if passed, would make covered parking optional for multi-family residential structures and require that the roof of any “covered parking shall match the roof form of the multi-family residential structure.”

Woods intends to bring the draft for a public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s May 4 meeting. If the commission votes on the measure that evening, he said the city council could give the ordinance a first reading on May 11.

The draft ordinance, which will be used to frame the discussion on the issue, would not require already constructed covered parking structures to be taken down, Woods said in a response to a question from councilmember John Haman Jr. [Ward 3]. Areas zoned R-3 and R-4 are the only ones that can have multi-family structures with covered parking structures.

The draft ordinance was brought forward after Haman discussed concerns at the March 9 workshop meeting regarding the aesthetics of covered parking structures, describing some as looking like backyard sheds without walls.
“I believe they’re unsightly,” he said at the March 9 meeting.

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