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Planning Commission Recommends Ordinances to Mayor, Council

Planning Commission Recommends Ordinances to Mayor, Council

McKENZIE (February 28) — After two months of discussion and amendments, the McKenzie Municipal-Regional Planning Commission has prepared six ordinances to pass onto the McKenzie City Board of Mayor and Council. The ordinances to be voted on are Demolition by Neglect Ordinance, Junked Motor Vehicle Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance Amendment concerning the Sign Ordinance Maintenance Provisions, Zoning Ordinance Amendment concerning Tiny Houses, Zoning Ordinance Amendment concerning Ready-Removable Structures, and Zoning Ordinance Amendment Pertaining to Recreational Vehicles being utilized as “Temporary Living Quarters for Guests.”

Under Title 13, “McKenzie Property Maintenance Regulations” will be amended by adding a new Chapter 5 focusing on Demolition by Neglect Ordinance. The additions will provide minimum maintenance requirements to prevent demolition by neglect, list characteristics of deterioration, will inform implementation of minimum maintenance requirements, provides clarification for initiating the citation process, sets parameters for a citation hearing / public meeting; allows for enforcement of codes, allows for an appeal for unreasonable economic hardship, and lists the penalties.

An additional change to Title 13, “McKenzie Property Maintenance Regulations” will be amended by adding a new Chapter 4 about Junked Motor Vehicles. The proposed ordinance provides the definitions for junked motor vehicles, lists the violations as civil offense, includes the wording for exceptions and enforcement, and the penalty for the violations.

Chapter 4 of Sign Regulations, 11-413, Number (4) Regulations applying to all districts has a proposed amended by adding a new letter(s) (EE) Sign Maintenance to read as follows: (EE) Maintenance; Property owners shall be required to maintain their signs located on the premises of their properties and or buildings within the City of McKenzie. Existing signs for defunct establishments shall be upgraded to the standards found within the adopted McKenzie Historic Design Review guidelines (if applicable) and McKenzie Zoning Ordinance upon the establishment of another business at that location. The grandfather status provisions are not applicable to these instances.

The zoning ordinance amendment concerning Tiny Houses will provide a definition to the term “Tiny House” along with the general provisions on the home’s appearance, design and location.

The zoning ordinance amendment concerning Ready-Removable Structures provides a definition to the term “Ready-Removable Structures” along with the structures prohibited usage and restrictions.

After concern expressed by city officials a zoning ordinance has been proposed pertaining to recreational vehicles being utilized as “Temporary Living Quarters for Guests.” The proposed ordinance will allow guests to use recreational vehicles as living quarters on a temporary basis provided the vehicle is registered with the city and a renewable free permit is obtained.

The proposed ordinances will be voted on by the McKenzie City Board of Mayor and Council.

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