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(A) Purpose. The provisions in this section are intended to provide development policies and standards for properties located within South Myrtle Avenue Corridor.
(B) Area defined. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the regulations set forth in this section shall apply to all properties depicted in Figure 1 of the City of Monrovia General Plan Land Use Element, approved by the City Council on January 15, 2008 (Resolution No. 2008-03), and on file in the Office of the City Clerk, and titled “Figure 1 - South Myrtle Avenue Corridor Planning Area.” Said Figure 1 is incorporated herein by this reference as though set forth in full.
(C) Old Town Extension. For areas delineated as Old Town Extension depicted in Figure 1 of the City of Monrovia General Plan Land Use Element, approved by the City Council on January 15, 2008 (Resolution No. 2008-03), and on file in the Office of the City Clerk, and titled “Figure 1 - South Myrtle Avenue Corridor Planning Area,” the following development standards are created to ensure new development in the Old Town Extension Planning Area is compatible and complementary with the historic downtown of Monrovia. One of the following two options shall apply:
(1) Option to use underlying zone. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to parcels that have been or are proposed to be developed entirely under the underlying zone, provided that all requirements of the underlying zone are met by the project except as specifically approved otherwise by variance or other official action by the city.
(2) Option to use Specific Plan Overlay Zone. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to parcels that are proposed to be developed entirely under the Specific Plan Overlay Zone.
(a) Specific Plan required. For the parcels that are proposed to be developed, a specific plan and a zone change to “SP” is required in order to use this option. The property owner shall apply for a specific plan and zone change, in accordance with the procedure set forth in Chapter 17.54 and § 17.52.050 of the Monrovia Municipal Code.
(b) Uses. The Specific Plan Overlay Zone allows a mix of residential and commercial uses to be built as integrated, cohesive developments with approval of a Specific Plan. Development proposals will be reviewed to ensure integration with established uses and development within that block, and compatibility with adjacent lower-scale residential neighborhoods. All buildings with frontage on Myrtle Avenue shall exclusively have ground-floor commercial uses. Permitted commercial uses will be identified in each Specific Plan. Commercial or residential uses are permitted on the floors above. Development without Myrtle Avenue frontage may be exclusively residential.
(c) Minimum development size. To be eligible for the Specific Plan Overlay Zone a Specific Plan area shall be a minimum area of two acres.
(d) Development density. A maximum residential density of 54 units to the acre is permitted. For non-residential uses the maximum floor area ratio shall not exceed 2 to 1 (excluding parking structures).
(e) Building heights and setbacks. The following maximum building heights and setbacks are established for development proposals subject to the Specific Plan process:
MAXIMUM HEIGHT (in stories)
REQUIRED SETBACK (in feet)
Myrtle Avenue Frontage
0 but no greater than 5
5 from building face
Olive, Walnut, Chestnut, or Maple Avenue
Primrose or Ivy Avenue Frontage
* Four story construction is not allowed within 50 ft. of Ivy or Primrose Avenues.
(Ord. 2005-03 § 5, 2005; Ord. 2008-02 § 10, 2008; Ord. 2012-06 § 7, 2012)