SYNOPSIS OF ORDINANCE NO. 001-18 OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA, AMENDING SECTIONS 2.2, 7.3A, 7.3B, 7.6, 8.16 AND 8.17 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

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SYNOPSIS OF ORDINANCE NO. 001-18 OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA, AMENDING SECTIONS 2.2, 7.3A, 7.3B, 7.6, 8.16 AND 8.17 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the City Council of
the City of Opelika, Alabama, adopted Ordinance Number 001-18. The purpose of this
Ordinance is to amend Sections 2.2, 7.3A, 7.3B, 7.6 and 8.16 of Ordinance Number 124-91, entitled “Zoning Ordinance of the City of Opelika”, (the “Zoning Ordinance”). This Ordinance
primarily affects the gateway corridor overlay districts. The Ordinance provides for two categories entitled “Gateway Corridor Primary Overlay District (GC-P)” and “Gateway Corridor Secondary Overlay District (GC-S)”, each having specific standards. These standards apply in
addition to any other base or overlay zoning district regulations. The Gateway Corridor Overlay districts are supplemental to underlying zoning districts. Ordinance No. 001-18 also modifies site plan review requirements and conditional use requirements.
Ordinance No. 001-18 amends the text of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Opelika in
the following respects:
(a) Section 2.2, “DEFINITIONS”, is amended by adding the definitions of the following words, terms or phrases: “Farm and Craft Market”, “Commercial Greenhouse”, “Horticultural Sales”, “Produce Market”, “Open-Air Market” and “Yard, Side Street”.
(b) The definitions of “Yard, Front” and “Yard, Side” in Section 2.2 are amended by
substituting new definitions.
(c) Current Section 7.3A,“AREA REQUIREMENTS”, is amended and replaced in its entirety with new Section 7.3A, “AREA REQUIREMENTS”, including the matrix table. The area requirements matrix in Section 7.3A shows the minimum lot area, dimensional, setback, impervious surface area, maximum building height and minimum livable floor area requirements
imposed on properties in specific zoning districts.
(d) Current Section 7.3B, “USES ALLOWED”, is amended and replaced in its
entirety with new Section 7.3B, “USES ALLOWED”, including the matrix table. The use matrix shows the uses which are permitted (allowed), conditionally permitted and prohibited (not allowed) in specific zoning districts.
(e) Current Section 7.6, “GATEWAY CORRIDOR OVERLAY DISTRICT”, is
amended and replaced in its entirety with new Section 7.6, “GATEWAY CORRIDOR
OVERLAY DISTRICT”. Revisions to Section 7.6 shall include
(1) Delete and eliminate the category entitled “Gateway Corridor Overlay District” and substitute two (2) categories or subdivisions entitled “Gateway Corridor Primary Overlay District (GC-P)” and “Gateway Corridor Secondary Overlay District (GC-S)”.
(2) Designate the specific road sections or corridors as “GC-P” and “GC- S”corridors on the Zoning Map.
(3) Define the geographical areas and boundaries of the GC-P and GC-S overlay
districts
(4) Adopt new regulations and standards that apply specifically to the GC-P and GC-S overlay districts.
(5) Adopt administrative procedures to review developments in the GC-P and
GC-S overlay districts.
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(f) Current Section 8.16, “SITE PLAN REVIEW”, is amended and replaced in its
entirety with new Section 8.16 “SITE PLAN REVIEW”. Site plan review is the process of
reviewing documents and drawings required by the Zoning Ordinance to ensure that a proposed land use or activity meets Zoning Ordinance standards. Section 8.16 establishes the site plan review process to be implemented for site plan approval.
(g) Current Section 8.17, “CONDITIONAL USE”, is amended and replaced in its entirety with new Section 8.17 “CONDITIONAL USE”. Conditional uses are uses which are not
permissible by right in certain zoning districts but which may be allowed through a conditional use permit. The Zoning Ordinance identifies certain land uses which may be allowed upon approval of a conditional use permit. Section 8.17 establishes the criteria, standards and procedures for approval of a conditional use.
Ordinance No. 001-18 was introduced by the City Council on January 16, 2018 and adopted on February 6, 2018. The effective date of the Ordinance is the date of publication of
this synopsis. The Ordinance relates to planning and zoning and affects all properties within the
City limits of the City of Opelika, Alabama. A copy of the full text of the Ordinance may be
obtained from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 204 South 7 th Street, Opelika, Alabama.
This Notice is given in accordance with Section 11-45- 8(b)(2), Code of Alabama (1975) as amended. This Section allows the publication of zoning and planning ordinances in synopsis (summary) form.
THIS NOTICE is given under my hand this the 7 th day of February, 2018.
/s/ R. G. Shuman
CITY CLERK OF THE CITY OF OPELIKA, ALABAMA
Legal Run 02/07/2018

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