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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 20.12 Street Naming

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Chapter 20.12
Street Naming

20.12.010 Compliance with provisions required.
20.12.020 Procedure for naming or renaming a street.
20.12.030 Procedure for naming a new street within a resubdivision approved by the Board of Public Service.
20.12.040 Criteria for street names.

20.12.010 Compliance with provisions required.

On and after the effective date of this chapter, no new public street or other public right-of-way ("street") shall be named, nor shall any existing street be renamed nor shall any new public street within a resubdivision be named, except as provided by this chapter.
(Ord. No. 68604, 2, 3-16-2010.)

20.12.020 Procedure for naming or renaming a street.

A. A petition shall be filed in the office of the Planning and Urban Design Agency on such forms and in such manner as the Agency may prescribe. Such petition must be initiated by the owners of fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the recorded parcels of land fronting on any such street and the Alderman within whose ward any such street is situated, or, if such street is within more than one ward, by the Aldermen of each such ward. Each petition shall include but not be limited to:

1. The proposed name of the street;

2. A general location map of the street;

3. A statement documenting the proposed name's significance; and

4. If the petition seeks to rename an existing street, a statement documenting the existing street name's significance.

B. Within five (5) days after a petition for naming or renaming a street has been filed as provided above, the Director of the Planning and Urban Design Agency shall transmit to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City, copies of the petition together with all exhibits and documents appurtenant thereto.

C. Within forty-five (45) days after such transmittal the Board of Public Service shall review the petition and the Postmaster for the City may review the petition and may transmit to the Planning and Urban Design Agency such advice and recommendations as they may deem appropriate.

D. The Planning and Urban Design Agency shall, prior to making its determination with respect to the petition, permit any interested party an opportunity to appear before the Commission and be heard. In its discretion, the Commission may hold a public hearing regarding the petition.

E. After review and consideration of the petition, recommendations of the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City and comments received from other interested parties the Planning Commission shall:

1. Approve the petition as submitted; or

2. Approve the petition with such modifications or conditions as the Commission shall deem appropriate; or

3. Disapprove the petition.

Such determination shall be in writing and shall be made within ninety (90) days after filing of the petition, or if a public hearing is held, then within sixty (60) days after such public hearing; provided that the Commission may vote to extend such time period to permit additional studies or reports to be completed or for other good cause.

F. In the event of disapproval of the petition, the Commission shall state the reasons therefor and possible alternatives thereto, and shall forward a copy thereof to the petitioner, the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City.

G. In the event of approval of a petition, the Planning and Urban Design Agency shall cause to be prepared a bill for consideration by the Board of Aldermen. Within thirty (30) days after the Commission's approval of the petition, a copy of such bill shall be transmitted to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster of the City.

H. After such bill, as provided in subsection (G) of this section, is introduced in the Board of Aldermen and assigned to the Board's appropriate committee, said bill shall not be voted on by the Board until a public hearing is held by the committee. At least fifteen (15) days prior to the public hearing, the committee shall require the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen to cause to be published in one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in the City, a notice of the pendency of the bill. The notice shall contain a clear description of the location of the street, the proposed name, and the date, time and place of the hearing at which property owners affected thereby, or others interested therein, may appear before the aforesaid committee to be heard. Provided, however, that before any action shall be taken as provided in this section, the petitioner proposing such street name shall deposit with the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen the sum of one hundred dollars ($100) to cover the approximated cost of this procedure. Should said deposit be found to be insufficient to cover the actual costs of any newspaper publication herein provided, then petitioner, upon notice from the Clerk, shall immediately and prior to the insertion of any such publication, supply such additional sum of money so found to be required for this purpose. Provided further, however, that under no condition shall money be refunded for failure of said bill to be enacted into law. Any part of the money so deposited which is not expended by the Clerk shall be refunded to the petitioner. In addition, at least ten (10) days prior to the public hearing, the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall cause a placard containing the words "Proposed Street Name or Street Name Change in This Block" to be printed in large type and erected at each end of every block fronting said street. Such placards shall also have prominently displayed and firmly attached thereto a copy of the notice which appears in the daily newspapers.

I. Whenever a hearing is held pursuant to subsection (H) of this section, the committee shall receive evidence for and against the proposed action and hear all protests; rule upon all protests which determination shall be final; and may continue the hearing from time to time. Proceedings shall terminate if protest is made by a majority of the property owners fronting any such street to be named or renamed by the bill.
(Ord. No. 68604, 2, 3-16-2010.)

20.12.030 Procedure for naming a new street within a resubdivision approved by the Board of Public Service.

A. A petition shall be filed in the office of the Planning and Urban Design Agency on such forms and in such manner as the Agency may prescribe. Such petition must be initiated by the developer or his agent and the Alderman within whose ward any such street is situated, or, if such street is within more than one ward, by the Aldermen of each such ward. Each petition shall include, but not be limited to:

1. The proposed street name;

2. A general location map of the street;

3. A statement documenting the proposed name's significance.

B. Within five (5) days after a petition for naming a street has been filed as provided above, the Director of the Planning and Urban Design Agency shall transmit to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City, copies of the petition together with all exhibits and documents appurtenant thereto.

C. Within forty-five (45) days after such transmittal the Board of Public Service shall review the petition and the Postmaster for the City may review the petition and may transmit to the Planning and Urban Design Agency such advice and recommendations as they may deem appropriate.

D. The Planning Commission shall, prior to making its determination with respect to the petition, permit any interested party an opportunity to appear before the Commission and be heard. In its discretion, the Commission may hold a public hearing regarding the petition.

E. After review and consideration of the petition, recommendations of the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City of St. Louis, and comments received from other interested parties, the Planning Commission shall:

1. Approve the petition as submitted; or

2. Approve the petition with such modifications or conditions as the Commission shall deem appropriate; or

3. Disapprove the petition.

Such determination shall be in writing and shall be made within ninety (90) days after filing of the petition, or if a public hearing is held, then within sixty (60) days after such public hearing; provided, that the Commission may vote to extend such time period to permit additional studies or reports to be completed or for other good cause.

F. In the event of disapproval of the petition, the Commission shall state the reasons therefor and possible alternatives thereto, and shall forward a copy thereof to the petitioner, the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, and the Board of Public Service, and the Postmaster for the City.

G. In the event of approval of a petition, the Planning and Urban Design Agency shall cause to be prepared a bill for consideration by the Board of Aldermen. Within thirty (30) days after the Commission's approval of the petition, a copy of such bill shall be transmitted to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Public Service and the Postmaster for the City.
(Ord. No. 68604, 2, 3-16-2010.)

20.12.040 Criteria for street names.

A street may be named for any person, place, creation, or number provided that:

A. It is conducive to good City planning, contributes to the conservation of property values and to the protection of the equity invested by residents and owners of property fronting on said street, as well as the general interests of the other citizens of the City; and

B. It has significance or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the City, state, or nation and contributes to civic pride and wider public knowledge and appreciation of the heritage and history of St. Louis; and

C. It does not detract from our historical heritage by renaming a street which name has greater significance than the proposed name; and

D. It names or renames all segments of the same street within the boundaries of the City of St. Louis as to avoid the previous confusion that has resulted when just a portion of a street was renamed; provided, however, that a "street," "avenue," or "boulevard" designation may be changed to "place," "terrace" or other suitable designation if a segment of said street has been permanently closed by ordinance; and

E. When a street is to be named or renamed for a person:

1. The petition shall not be filed until after the first anniversary of such person's death, and

2. Only such person's last name shall be used as a street name unless additional identification is necessary to prevent a duplication of street names in the metropolitan area.
(Ord. No. 68604, 2, 3-16-2010.)

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