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ORDINANCE 2018 - 03

ORDINANCE NO. 2018-03 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04

ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE,

BY ADDING WILKERSON-MAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT TO SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS,

DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO

WHEREAS, City staff, the engineer for the City and the Planning Commission have spent many hours studying, discussing, receiving public input and ideas on a design overlay district for the area encompassing S. Wilkerson Street and Main Drive;

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission as a result of these efforts, along with their consultants, recommends for the area around S. Wilkerson Street and Main Drive in the central part of the City additional design regulations;

WHEREAS, an overlay district in these areas will protect and enhance Johnson's appearance, (particularly as one enters the City from the East or from the South) Johnson's identity, and the City's natural and economic vitality;

WHEREAS, such an overlay district will preserve property values of surrounding property and provide good civic design and arrangement; and,

WHEREAS, having heard from staff and consultants, and having traveled the areas covered by the sign requirements contained in this ordinance, the Planning Commission finds that the sign size limitations contained in the ordinance have been selected in a way that permits motorists and pedestrians to view and read the signs, as well as meets the safety and aesthetic goals of this overlay district.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL' OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, That:

Section 1: Title 14, Chapter 14.04, Section 14.04.05 of the Johnson Municipal Code is hereby amended by the addition of the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District description, regulations and boundaries (attached hereto as Exhibit A and B) which shall appear in the Johnson Municipal Code immediately below the Johnson Mill Boulevard District regulations adopted by Ordinance 2017-09 (and as amended) and prior to "Agricultural and Residential Districts".

Section 2: The Wilkerson-Main Overlay District, as described on Exhibit A hereto, with regulations and standards as set out in Exhibit B is hereby created to expand the design regulations of the area around S. Wilkerson Street and Main Drive in the central part of the City, which will enhance and protect Johnson's appearance, (particularly as one enters the City from the East or from the South) as well as the City's identity and economic vitality while providing good civic design and arrangement and aid mobility.

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Section 3: The Wilkerson-Main Overlay District contains those areas of Johnson identified on the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District Map (a reduced facsimile of which is attached hereto as Exhibit C) and is generally those areas of the City adjacent to either Main Drive beginning at the East city limit to just beyond the railroad tracks and S. Wilkerson Street from Main Drive to Mud Creek and the intersecting streets/roads as more specifically described at Exhibit A and as depicted on the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District Map. The regulations and standards applying to the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District, whether set forth on the attached or in other provisions of the Johnson Municipal Code or Ordinances of the City shall apply to all properties identified as being within the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District. Such regulations and standards shall be in addition to and shall overlay all other Code/Ordinances regulations and standards including but not limited to zoning district, signage regulations, development, redevelopment and expansions of existing development. Should there be a conflict between the regulations and standards of the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District and those underlying regulations and standards, the regulations and standards of the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District shall control except to the extent that there should be a conflict between this Overlay District and the Hilltop/Hillside Overlay District in which case the regulations and standards of the Hilltop/Hillside Overlay District shall control.

Section 4: That the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District Map (48" by 36") with original signatures maintained at City Hall is hereby adopted to identify those areas in the City lying within such Wilkerson-Main Overlay District. Any conflict between the description of the Wilkerson­ Main Overlay District contained in Exhibit A and the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District Map maintained at City Hall shall be resolved by the Map yielding to the description in Exhibit A.

Section 5: That except as provided above neither the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District nor the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District Map shall otherwise affect previous Ordinances, Resolutions or adopted codes/standards for development/construction within the City of Johnson.

Section 6: Whereas, the City has hosted a public meeting and a public hearing concerning the adoption of enhanced design regulations and standards for the area within the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District whereby the majority saw a need for such and felt the need for the change was long overdue, therefore in order to preserve the health, safety and welfare of those in the City an emergency is hereby declared, and this Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and adoption.

PASSED AND APPROVED this day 9th day of January, 2018

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