§ 19.63  PLACES OF ASSEMBLY.
   (a)   Standards. Freestanding place of assembly uses and sites must comply with the following standards.
      (1)   Minimum site area of two acres;
      (2)   Reserved;
      (3)   Maximum building coverage 12%;
      (4)   Minimum building setback from all public streets 60 feet;
      (5)   Minimum building setback from property lines other than public street rights-of-way 60 feet except a 25 foot side or rear yard setback will be permitted where such side or rear yard is adjacent to nonresidentially used property;
      (6)   Notwithstanding the provisions of § 21.301.10 of this code, an additional one-foot setback is required for each foot of height of the place of assembly in excess of 35 feet;
      (7)   Canopies and similar auxiliary structures may extend into the required side and rear setback areas, but in no event closer than 25 feet to a side or rear property line. When attached to and architecturally integrated with the principal structure, bell towers, canopies and similar auxiliary structures may extend ten feet into the required front setback area, but in no event may be closer than 50 feet to a front property line;
      (8)   Parking lot shall cover no more than 50% of the site;
      (9)   No parking is permitted on the site in front of the place of assembly except where a parking lot exists on a site under the provisions of a previously approved conditional use permit. No exterior storage, motor vehicle parking or motor vehicle storage is permitted on the site except when incidental to allowed uses in place on the site. Exterior storage must meet the standards of city code § 21.301.16; and
      (10)   Bell towers, steeples, spires and similar structures must meet the following standards.
         (A)   Height. The height of bell towers, steeples, spires and similar structures must not exceed 65 feet.
         (B)   Location. Bell towers, steeples, spires and similar structures must be located at least 25 feet from a side or rear property line and at least 50 feet from a front property line or property line abutting a public street.
         (C)   Antenna mounting. When antennas are mounted on bell towers, steeples, spires or similar structures, the following standards apply.
            (i)   Design. The structure must be designed to visually appear as a bell tower, steeple, spire or similar structure and not be identifiable as an antenna tower. To ensure that a bell tower, steeple, spire or similar structure that supports antennas is fully camouflaged and appears to be a planned architectural element rather than an antenna tower, the design of the bell tower, steeple, spire or similar structure must replicate the unique design features of the place of assembly principal building structure, must be constructed of materials and use colors that complement and effectively integrate it with the principal structure and must not be a replication of a similar structure that supports antennas at another site within the city. The number of bell towers, steeples, spires or similar structures on an individual site must be compatible with the design of the principal structure. If more than one bell tower, steeple, spire or similar structure is present on a site, each must be architecturally coordinated with the other and they must appear as planned design elements.
            (ii)   Antenna visibility. The antennas, cables and associated mounting devices must be screened or otherwise concealed from view.
            (iii)   Equipment. The associated ground equipment must meet the setback requirements of the structure and must be fully screened by a wall or fence that is architecturally compatible with the principal structure.
   (b)   Screening. Where a place of assembly is adjacent to a residential use screening must be provided along the boundary adjacent to any property used for residential purposes. Such screening must consist of a solid fence or wall not less than five feet high, but may not extend within 15 feet of any street or driveway. Such screening will not be required along a public street. The provisions of § 21.301.15(d)(1) apply to place of assembly sites. This provision may be waived by the City Council at the time of approval of site plans if the Council finds that no adverse impact on adjacent properties will be created by such waiver, or if the Council finds that requiring such screening would have an adverse impact on adjacent residential properties.
   (c)   Expansion, alteration or addition. If a conditional use permit is granted for an expansion, addition or alteration to an existing place of assembly, the combination of the existing place of assembly and proposed development shall not exceed the following.
      (1)   The combined total building coverage will not exceed 15% of the place of assembly site.
      (2)   The required parking for the combined total building will not cover more than 70% of the place of assembly site.
   (d)   Columbaria. Columbaria are permitted as accessory uses to any freestanding place of assembly for worship subject to the following standards.
      (1)   Location. If located exterior to the principal structure, columbaria must satisfy the minimum setback requirements of the principal structure.
      (2)   Size. Columbaria, not counting landscaping, plazas or screening, may not exceed 600 square feet.
      (3)   Height. Columbaria may not exceed seven feet in height.
      (4)   Screening. If not themselves designed as a screen wall, columbaria must be fully screened from all adjacent residential properties during the entire year. If designed as a screen wall and not otherwise screened from adjacent residential properties, columbaria openings must not be visible from adjacent residential properties.
      (5)   Preserving redevelopment potential. Given that places of assembly for worship are sometimes redeveloped as other uses, given that such redevelopment is in the public interest when a place of assembly for worship site becomes vacant, and given that columbaria can create an impediment for redevelopment, the following additional standards apply.
         (A)   Columbaria must be removed from the site upon vacancy.
         (B)   Any agreement or lease signed with the legal representatives of columbaria occupants must specify that the remains be removed from the columbaria upon site vacancy, specify what will happen to the remains at that time and specify that the place of assembly for worship has authority to remove and dispose of the remains upon site vacancy if the legal representatives do not.
         (C)   Model agreements or leases must be submitted for city review in conjunction with the columbaria application.
      (6)   Approval process. Columbaria must receive final site and building plan approval prior to construction.
(1958 Code, § 9.16)  (Ord. 71-9, passed 1-25-1971; Ord. 2007-7, passed 2-26-2007; Ord. 2007-41, passed 11-5-2007; Ord. 2008-39, passed 11-17-2008; Ord. 2009-36, passed 11-16-2009; Ord. 2010-29, passed 11-1-2010; Ord. 2019-2, passed 1-7-2019; Ord. 2021-7, passed 4-26-2021)