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    

Currently the City is maintaining a list of interested individuals, developers, companies, etc. that would like to be notified when the Housing Authority issues the Request for Proposals (RFP) for acquired properties within the Capitol Ave Redevelopment Area. If interested in being added to the list, call 573-634-6410 or email with subject line "Capitol Ave Redevelopment Area RFP List" and provide name, email address and contact number. 

Capitol Avenue Rezoning and Overlay District
Adopted Capitol Avenue Overlay District - Council Bill
Adopted Mixed Use Zoning District
Adopted Capitol Avenue Rezoning

Public Involvement - regarding Capitol Avenue Rezoning and Overlay District.
     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
     February 28, 2017, 5:30 PM - Informational Presentation on Rezoning/Overlay District Proposal
     March 9, 2017, 5:15 PM -   P&Z Commission Public Hearing and Vote on Rezoning/Overlay Plan
     April 17, 2017, 6:00 PM - City Council Public Hearing and Vote on Rezoning/Overlay Plan

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 joint City of Jefferson’s and Cole County’s East Capitol Avenue Infrastructure Improvement Project is under construction.  During construction, we respectfully ask that everyone is mindful of the work signs, cones, barricades, etc. as they are placed to keep everyone safe.  Assuming typical weather and construction, we anticipate all non-vegetation work to be completed in early October 2017.  Vegetation will be planted at optimum times over the next several months, with final plantings in spring 2018.  If you have any questions, etc. regarding the project please contact the Public Works Department at 573-634-6410.

As a reminder, this project includes such things as:

  • Curbing, sidewalk, vegetation, stormwater, electric, and street surface between Monroe Street and Lafayette Street
  • Lighting between Adams Street to Cherry Street
  • Street striping between Jefferson Street and Chestnut Street

Adams St Typical Section

Concept Design

Capitol Ave photo-2

Capitol Ave photo-5

Capitol Ave photo-6

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

Neighborhood Plan Final Report
Draft Land Use Plan

P&Z Commission Work Session Dates:  Friday, May 26 at 11:00
                                                                Boone Bancroft Conference Room
                                                                City Hall
                                                                320 E. McCarty Street
                                                                Powerpoint Presentation given at meeting
P&Z Public Hearing Date:  Thursday, July 13 at 5:15 PM
                                           Council Chambers
                                           City Hall
                                           320 E. McCarty Street

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