Site Design Category 3 provides standards to ensure compatible site development in areas designated by PlanOlathe as Neighborhood Centers, Urban Centers, Transit Oriented Development Centers and Mixed-Use Residential Neighborhoods. The following site design standards apply to all projects in Site Design Category 3. The letters illustrated in Figure 1 below correspond with the site design standards provided within this section.
A. Landscape Options
Development in Site Design Category 3 must provide landscaping along sidewalks where building façades are not located within the minimum frontage area to enhance community image and support pedestrian activity, using one (1) of the following methods:
1. Planted Buffer with No Fence or Wall
A landscaped area at the sidewalk edge that is at least twenty (20) feet deep with a minimum of seventy (70) percent porous/permeable surfaces and fifty (50) percent planted material.
2. Planted Buffer with a Fence or Wall
A landscaped area at the sidewalk edge that is at least ten (10) feet deep with a minimum of seventy (70) percent porous/permeable surfaces and fifty (50) percent planted material. A fence or wall must be located within the landscape area and include posts, columns, and/or pedestrian gateways a minimum of every one hundred (100) feet (⇔ See Section 18.50.050 for fence height and design).
3. Plaza or Courtyard
An area that is paved but also includes amenities; these may include plant materials, sculptural or water features, public art or outdoor seating.
B. Outdoor Amenity Space Options
Development in Site Design Category 3 that is greater than four (4) acres in size or includes more than sixty-five (65) percent open space (low coverage of buildings) must include outdoor amenity space to enhance the public realm and promote pedestrian activity. Select one (1) or more of the following methods to cover at least ten (10) percent of the site area:
1. Plaza or Courtyard
3. Water Feature
C. Street Frontage Area
D. Façade Width in Frontage Area
The façade width within the frontage area of a site must be a minimum of thirty (30) percent of the lot width for commercial and mixed-use buildings as illustrated in Figure 1 of this section. The Planning Official may reduce the required façade width in the setback area to support preservation of significant trees or tree clusters.
E. Parking Pod Size
The maximum number of parking stalls allowed in one (1) parking pod, as illustrated in Figure 1 of this section, is forty (40).
F. Street Connectivity
G. Pedestrian Connectivity
1. Pedestrian Circulation System
Development in Site Design Category 3 must provide a coordinated pedestrian and bicycle system to provide convenient pedestrian access within the site and to adjacent development. All sites must provide:
b. Paving materials that differentiate pedestrian ways from parking spaces and automobile travel lanes; and
c. Direct pedestrian connections to adjacent transit stops.
2. Additional Pedestrian Connection Options
Development in Site Design Category 3 must provide enhanced pedestrian connections to encourage pedestrian use, integrate with surrounding land uses or connect to regional paths and trails. Select at least two (2) of the following methods:
a. Pedestrian Gateway
b. Cross Property Connection
c. Pedestrian Connection to Adjacent Development
d. Pedestrian Connection to Regional Trail
Provide at least one (1) dedicated pedestrian and bicycle connection to an adjacent pedestrian or multi-use trail.
H. Connectivity to Adjacent Driveways
I. Drainage Features
1. Pond or Fountain
A wet-bottom basin in a prominent location that is enhanced with decorative features such as fountains, waterfalls, and/or extensive landscaping.
2. Landscaped Basin or Channel
A dry-bottom basin or channel that is maintained as extensively landscaped open space or yard area, designed with shallow slopes and a curvilinear, nongeometric shape to avoid an artificial appearance.
3. Natural Drainage Feature
Preservation of natural drainage areas including existing trees and vegetation. If existing trees and vegetation are missing or removed, new trees, shrubs, and plants should be added to restore the appearance of natural landscaping.
4. Geometric Basin
Artificial geometrically shaped basins should generally be avoided, but may be used in areas that are not visible to the public or from adjacent property.