Galloway Development Recommendations Reconsidered by Planning & Zoning September 12

The Galloway development recommendations have been tabled until the September 12, 2019 Planning and Zoning meeting due to a tie vote at the August meeting.

The city’s planning and development staff presented their recommendations for the future of Galloway at the August 15 meeting. The public hearing included two hours of discussion and comments. The commission unanimously voted to removing properties from the southern corners of Lone Pine and Battlefield from the recommendations, before voting 4-4 on the overall recommendations.

Initial reports said that because there was no majority vote, the measure was denied. However, under the Planning and Zoning Commission’s rules of procedure, a tie vote automatically tables a measure until the next meeting, when it would be reconsidered and voted upon a second time.

However, unlike the August meeting, the public hearing on the measure is closed and the public is not scheduled to be able to comment on the measure. The Planning and Zoning meeting on September 12, 2019 will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Historic City Hall.

The measure is expected to be placed before Springfield City Council at their September 23, 2019 meeting. The Council had received a presentation on the Galloway area during their July 23, 2019 Council Lunch session.

The recommendations, if approved, would add Conditional Overlay Districts in Galloway on rezoning cases with the aim of protecting “the village character.”

Those character’s include:

  • Limit uses that are incompatible with the village character of the area, such as storage units, gas stations, drive-through restaurants or other drive-through businesses, car washes, cell towers, and uses requiring new manufacturing zoning.
  • Limit size, illumination, placement and number of signs, and prohibit digital signage in order to maintain the village aesthetic. Encourage colorful and creative signage.
  • Design elements which are compatible with historic development pattern and existing structures.
  • Appropriate design elements include articulation of building faces and compatible ratios of glass in windows, doors, and walls. Restrict glazing ratios to no more than 40% of exterior surface.
  • Limit the building height through bulk plane regulations. Exceptions to bulk plane requirements are discouraged.
  • Require parking lot placement behind buildings where feasible and require attractive landscaping and tree canopy preservation.
  • Limit excessive grading or rock blasting to preserve the rocky, sloped topography which defines the Galloway area, by limiting retaining walls in height and requiring a minimum distance between tiers. Staff recommends no more than 8 feet in wall height and a minimum of 6 feet between tiers for retaining walls.