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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 26.20 A Single Family Dwelling District

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Chapter 26.20
A Single Family Dwelling District

Sections:

26.20.010 District regulations.
26.20.020 Use regulations.
26.20.025 Conditional uses.
26.20.030 Parking for multiple dwellings.
26.20.035 Parking for hospitals.
26.20.040 Parking for places of assembly.
26.20.050 Height regulations.
26.20.060 Front yard.
26.20.070 Side yard.
26.20.080 Rear yard.
26.20.090 Density of populations.

Prior ordinance history:

Ord. 59979.

26.20.010 District regulations.

The regulations set forth in this chapter are district regulations in the "A" Single-Family Dwelling District.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.020 Use regulations.

A building or premises shall be used only for the following purposes:

A. Single-Family Dwellings. Any dwelling is so defined as a single-family residence because it is a house in which eight or fewer unrelated mentally or physically handicapped persons reside, and may also include two additional persons acting as houseparents or guardians who need not be related to each other or to any of the mentally or physically handicapped person residing in the home. The home may not be within 1,250 feet of another such home or dwelling;

B. Two-family dwellings which comply with the area and parking regulations of the "B" Two-Family Dwelling District where 40 percent or more of the frontage of a street is occupied by either two-family, semi-detached two-family or multiple-family dwellings;

C. Conversion town houses;

D. Home occupations, subject to the provisions of Section 26.80.060;

E. Publicly owned parks, playgrounds and libraries and privately owned parks and playgrounds wherein no service is rendered, or activities conducted, as a business;

F. Accessory structures and uses customarily incidental to any of the above uses except that, if the accessory structure is a garage, it shall only be a private garage that is located not less than 60 feet from the front line nor less than 4 feet from any side lot line nor exceeding 12 feet in height nor occupying more than 30 percent of a rear yard;

G. Temporary buildings for use incident to construction work, which buildings shall be removed upon the completion or abandonment of the construction;

H. Signs. See Chapter 26.88;

I. Babysitting Center. But no more than one on either side of the street in the same block.
(Ord. 64868 3, 2000: prior: Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

Cases:

Group homes are required to apply to City Board of Adjustment before claiming that City failed to accommodate homes as required by Fair Housing Act. Oxford House-C v. City of St. Louis, 77 F.3d 249 (8th Cir. 1996).

26.20.025 Conditional uses.

The following conditional uses may be allowed in the "A" Single-Family Dwelling District, subject to the provisions of Section 26.80:

A. Bed and breakfast guesthouse, subject to the additional provisions of Chapter ________ (B.B.355);

B. Bed and breakfast homestay, subject to the additional provisions of Chapter ________ (B.B.355);

C. Cemeteries;

D. Churches;

E. Farming and truck gardening;

F. Governmental buildings;

G. Greenhouses, providing no product is sold on the premises;

H. Hospitals;

I. Off-street automobile parking facilities;

J. Parking facilities and open lots located between the front yard and the structure;

K. Publicly owned museums and art galleries;

L. Schools;

M. Utility stations and utility towers.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.030 Parking for multiple dwellings.

Dwelling shall provide space in the main building, in an accessory building, or on the lot occupied by the main building, sufficient to accommodate one (1) motor car for each dwelling.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.035 Parking for hospitals.

Any hospital shall provide parking space within 500 feet of the main building sufficient to accommodate 1 parking space for every 2 beds plus 1 space for every doctor on the maximum shift.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.040 Parking for places of assembly.

Any arena, auditorium, meeting room, or other structure used principally as a place of public assembly, shall provide parking space within 1,000 feet of the main building or structure sufficient to accommodate 1 parking space for every 3 seats based on the maximum seating capacity, except as noted herein.

A. Any athletic field or diamond used principally as a place of public recreation shall provide parking space sufficient to accommodate 10 parking spaces for every diamond or athletic field, or 1 space for every 4 seats, whichever is greater (1 seat is equal to 2 feet of bleacher length).

B. Any gymnasium without bleachers or fixed seating shall provide parking space sufficient to accommodate 1 parking space for every 150 square feet of floor area.

C. Any church shall provide parking space sufficient to accommodate 1 parking space for every 4 seats (1 seat equals 2 feet of bench or pew length).

D. Any school, public or private, including vocation/technical schools shall provide parking space sufficient to accommodate 1 parking space for every classroom and office, plus 1 space for every 5 students over 16 years of age.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.050 Height regulations.

No building hereafter erected shall exceed 2 1/2 stories or 35 feet in height unless two side yards of not less than 10 feet in width are provided, in which case a building may not exceed 3 stories or 45 feet in height. Any church, school or governmental building may be erected to a height not exceeding 85 feet, provided that front and rear yards are increased in depth and the side yards are increased in width beyond that area regulations 1 foot for each foot of height that the building exceeds 35 feet.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.060 Front yard.

When 25 percent of any frontage within the district is improved with dwellings and a majority of such improved frontage has observed a front yard line with a variation in depth of not more than 6 feet, no building hereafter constructed shall project beyond the average front yard line so established except that in no event shall the front yard line be greater than 50 feet. In all other cases, there shall be a front yard line of not less than 25 feet. Through lots shall have front yard on each street in accordance with this section. On corner lots the frontage shall be on that side of a street on which interior lots have been platted. No accessory building shall project beyond such front yard line.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.070 Side yard.

There shall be provided a side yard of not less than four (4) feet in width on each side of a building, and the total width of both side yards shall be not less than ten (10) feet; provided however, that lots of record prior to the effective date of the Zoning Code having a width of less than (40) feet, may reduce the total side yard width by an amount equal to one-half ( 1/2) the difference between the width of such lot and forty (40) feet, but in no case shall either side yard be less than three (3) feet in width.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.080 Rear yard.

There shall be a rear yard of not less than 25 feet in depth.
(Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

26.20.090 Density of populations.

A. Except as provided in Section 26.20.020.B, there shall be a lot area of not less than four thousand (4,000) square feet for each dwelling unit. Lots of record prior to the effective date of Ordinance 45309 having an area of less than four thousand (4,000) square feet may be used for one (1) single-family dwelling provided the yard regulations of this section are complied with.

B. Conversion town houses dwellings shall not be required to have a minimum lot area.
(Ord. 64868 4, 2000: prior: Ord. 62588 3 (part), 1992.)

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