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18.20.140 C-2 (Community Center)
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Purpose: The C-2 (Community Center) District provides for mixed-use centers where designated in the Comprehensive Plan. This district includes pedestrian-scale development with commercial uses that draw from multiple neighborhoods.

C-2 is consistent with the Community Commercial future land use category, and implements the following Comprehensive Plan policies:

Mixed-use and mixed-income neighborhood policies of PlanOlathe (LUCC 3.1, -4.1, -8.1; HN 1.2)

LUCC-5.1: Hierarchy of Activity Centers. Focus new commercial centers in concentrated activity areas at a variety of scales distributed throughout the community.

LUCC-8.1: Mixture of Complementary Land Uses.

LUCC-8.2: Use zoning as a tool to avoid or minimize conflicts between land uses.

HN-1.2: Mixed Uses and Mixed Incomes.

HN-2.1, HN-2.5, HN-4.1, and HN-4.2: Provide a full range of housing choices, affordable housing, and neighborhoods that enable residents to “age in place.”

A. Permitted Uses

1. See Section 18.20.500 (Use Matrix).

2. Residential uses are permitted in the C-2 district only if:

a. They are located on upper stories of nonresidential buildings, adjacent to commercial or office buildings and uses, around a square or plaza, or immediately across a local street; and

b. The proposed development incorporates Category 3 site design standards.

B. Dimensional Standards

Development in the C-2 District is subject to the following dimensional standards:

Standards →

Site 3, 4, or 5

Site 3

Maximum district size

• 18 acres

• 25 acres

Height (maximum)

• 2 stories/35 feet

That portion of buildings over 20 feet in height must be set back from any residential zoning district an additional 1 foot for every 2 feet in height.

• 60 feet/5 stories

Front yard (minimum)

• 15 feet

• 10 feet

Front yard (maximum)

• 150 feet

• 44 feet (applies to area within frontage buildout)

Frontage buildout (minimum)

• n/a

• 80%

Maximum building footprint

• 85,000 sf

• 150,000 sf

Side yard (minimum)

• 7½ feet

• 5 feet

Rear yard (minimum)

• 7½ feet

• n/a

Parking/paving location

• Set back 15 feet from street right-of-way and 10 feet from property lines

• Set back 15 feet from street right-of-way except for parking areas behind buildings

Open space

(see Section 18.30.170)

• 20% of net site area

• 25% of net site area

C. Parking Regulations for C-2 Developments

1. No more than one hundred fifty (150) percent of the required parking for a use may be provided on site.

2. Where visible from a street, parking lots must be screened by landscaping or street walls between three (3) and four (4) feet in height.

3. Off-street parking areas must be divided into parking modules not to exceed fifty (50) parking spaces.

4. A use may apply adjacent on-street parking toward the minimum parking requirements.

D. Additional Development and Performance Standards for C-2 Developments

1. See Chapters 18.30 (Development Standards) and 18.50 (Supplemental Use Regulations).

2. Setback requirements listed in the dimensional standards table are minimum requirements and may be required to be greater to accommodate landscape buffer requirements found in Section 18.30.130.

3. No merchandise will be stored or displayed outside a building, and no equipment or vehicle other than passenger vehicles will be stored outside a building.

4. Sale of merchandise from a vehicle or temporary structure is prohibited, except as provided for by temporary sales and events permit or catering or food trucks as licensed by the City Clerk. (Ord. 19-64 § 9, 2019; Ord. 15-16 §3, 2015)