Planning & Zoning Division

Our Purpose
To contribute to the quality of life in Jefferson City through land use planning and administration of development codes.

What We Do
The Planning Division is responsible for the current and future physical development of the City.  With the assistance of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and City Council, staff implement planning goals contained within the City's Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, and other city planning related studies in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of the City, achieve a high quality physical environment, and regulate an appropriate pattern of land use across the City.

Planning Division functions are separated into "current planning" and "long-range city planning".  Current planning activities include processing of applications for rezoning, special use permits, variances, subdivision plats, annexations, review of development plans, and implementing long range planning goals.  Long range planning efforts include preparing current and future land use plans, preparing neighborhood plans, preparing updates to development related sections of the City Code, and updating the Comprehensive Plan.

Current Projects
Capitol Avenue Plans    

Upcoming Public Meetings:

City Council Public Hearing and Vote 
Rezoning and Overlay District
Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers    

John G. Christy Municipal Building
320 East McCarty St, Jefferson City, MO

Capitol Avenue Rezoning and Overlay District

Staff Summary of Rezoning and Overlay District and Maps of Proposed District/Rezoning
Proposed Overlay District Council Bill
Proposed Mixed Use District Council Bill
     Attachment - Permitted Uses and Lot Standards for MU-1 District
Powerpoint Presentation given at Meeting on February 28, 2017

*Staff are pursuing the Capitol Avenue rezoning and overlay district implementation independent of the East High Street rezoning and overlay, which has been presented at past meetings in conjunction with the Capitol Avenue Plans.  The public comments received on the East High Street plans have resulted in a belief by staff that the long range commercial streetscape plan for East High Street should be re-evaluated.  Comments that the Capitol Avenue overlay district should mirror the historic district (which includes some properties fronting on High Street) have been incorporated into the Capitol Avenue plans as shown on the proposed rezoning and overlay district maps.

Tentative Schedule for remaining meetings:  (all meetings held at City Hall, 320 E. McCarty Street)
     Informational Presentation on Rezoning/Overlay District Proposal - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM
     P&Z Commission Public Hearing and Vote on Rezoning/Overlay Plan - Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:15 PM
     City Council Public Hearing and Vote on Rezoning/Overlay Plan - Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Public Involvement:
     Neighborhood Meetings held at City Hall on April 21, 26, and 28, 2016.
     Presentation to Historic Preservation Commission given on May 10, 2016.
     Staff Analysis of Public Comments (public comments received as of May 27, 2016).
     June 9, 2016, 5:15 PM - Informational Presentation to Planning and Zoning Commission
     June 14, 2016, 6:00 PM - Informational Presentation to Historic Preservation Commission

How to Comment:
     Email -  Include subject line "Capitol Avenue/East High Street Comments"
     Mail Comments to:
     City of Jefferson - Planning Division
     320 E. McCarty Street
     Jefferson City, MO  65101

East Capitol Avenue Blight Study
The Qualifications for Chapter 99 (LCRA) Designationotherwise known as a “blight” study, for the Capitol Avenue Study Area has been released. This study was commissioned by the Jefferson City LCRA (Housing Authority) at the request of Mayor Tergin and the City Council. 

On August 16, 2016, the study was presented to the LCRA Board of Commissioners by consultant John Brancaglione, of PGAV Planners. The LCRA Board of Commissioners subsequently directed LCRA staff to amend the existing urban renewal plan to incorporate the findings of the blight study and to move forward with evaluating individual building conditions within the western portion of the study area.  This plan amendment will provide a more in depth analysis of the western portion of the study area... block by block, and building by building. After the specific conditions of the buildings are known, the urban renewal plan will be updated with realistic land use scenarios that will promote revitalization. Such scenarios will include recommendations on land use, as well as building preservation and removal.  While the City of Jefferson Comprehensive Plan and Central East Side Plan promote preservation of historic buildings in the East Capitol Avenue area, there is also a realization that some buildings may be in such poor condition as to require removal. The revitalization plan may also include redevelopment scenarios, for those parcels where rehabilitation/repair is deemed unfeasible.

East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan
The purpose of the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Area Urban Renewal Plan are to present the findings and conditions of blight in the East Capitol Avenue study area; and to present the plan for the urban renewal project to mitigate or eliminate the conditions of blight in the area. 

The Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority (LCRA), as the City's redevelopment agency, prepared the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan, at the direction of the City Council (Ordinance No. 15567, approved September 20, 2016). Section 99.430 RSMo provides that prior to recommending an urban renewal plan to the City Council, the LCRA must submit the plan to the planning agency for review and recommendations as to its conformity with the general plan for the development of the community as a whole. The document was delivered to the City on October 26, 2016. The City's planning agency submitted its written recommendations with respect to the plan to the LCRA on November 17, 2016. The LCRA approved the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan during their November 22, 2016 meeting. 

The East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Area Urban Renewal Plan was introduced at the December 6, 2016 City Council Meeting. A public hearing was held before the City Council on December 19, 2016. The City Council passed the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Area Urban Renewal Plan by Ordinance No. 15605

On January 10, 2017, the Housing Authority held a listening  session where the public was provided the opportunity to express their views on prioritizing the properties to be acquired as the urban renewal plan is implemented.  Written comments were accepted through January 11, 2017. On January 30, 2017, a joint Housing Authority City Council meeting was held to discuss the results of the prioritization of the properties for acquisition.  Five properties were identified for Housing Authority to begin the appraisal process.  Those properties are 103 Jackson, 105 Jackson, 108 Jackson, 401 Capitol and 500 Capitol. On February 21, 2017, during the Housing Authority regularly scheduled meeting, an additional two properties, 101 Jackson and 501 Capitol, were selected to begin the appraisal process.  

East Capitol Avenue Area Infrastructure

The City of Jefferson and Cole County are working on an East Capitol Avenue infrastructure improvement project.  This project include improvements such as curbing, sidewalk, vegetation, stormwater, and street surface between Monroe St. and Lafayette St. and lighting, electric and street striping improvements/modifications between Jefferson St. and Chestnut St.  At this time, project construction is anticipated to start in April 2017 and conclude in winter 2017.  During construction of this project, there will be some temporary parking restriction, but two-way traffic should be maintained at all times.  If you have any questions, etc. regarding the project please contact the Public Works Department at 573.634-6410.

Adams St Typical Section

Concept Design

Sign Code Amendments Regarding Temporary Signage
Staff Summary of Proposed Amendments
Proposed Amendments (Draft Council Bill)
Upcoming Meetings:  No meetings currently scheduled.  Staff are in the process of reevaluating the proposed amendments based on updates to recent case law on temporary signage.
     City Council - Date TBD (after proposal is forwarded by the Public Works and Planning Committee)

How to Comment:  
     Email -  Include subject line "Sign Code Amendment Comments"
     Mail Comments to:
     City of Jefferson - Planning Division
     320 E. McCarty Street
    Jefferson City, MO  65101

Historic Southside / Old Munichburg District & Neighborhood Plan

Final Report - currently in process of review by city staff

P&Z Commission Work session Dates:  Not yet scheduled
P&Z Public Hearing Date:  Not yet scheduled

How to Comment:  
     Email -  Include subject line "Southside Plan Comments"
     Mail Comments to:
     City of Jefferson - Planning Division
     320 E. McCarty Street
    Jefferson City, MO  65101

Contact Us
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (573) 634-6410
Fax: (573) 634-6457