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    Sec. 35.1-38.2 Institutional Districts (IN-1 / IN-2)

    Section 35.1-38.2 Institutional Districts (IN-1 / IN-2)

    (a) Intent. The intent of Institutional Districts is to provide for institutional uses such as schools, colleges, universities, senior living facilities, medical facilities and churches with multiple buildings contained in a campus setting. The amount of off site impact related to an institution depends as much on the location as the size and scale of the campus. These districts will provide flexibility for institutions while creating development standards to minimize off site impacts such as noise, lighting, traffic, and availability / capacity of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure associated with their development. Off site impacts related to erosion and sediment control / stormwater management will be mitigated by existing city ordinances.

    (b) Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to IN-1 and IN-2 districts:

         (1) Campus – A designated area of land including the buildings and grounds of institutional uses such as schools, colleges, universities, senior living facilities, medical facilities and churches. A campus may be divided by public or private rights-of-way.

         (2) Concept Plan – A generalized, illustrative plan indicating how off site impacts such as traffic, water and sanitary sewer availability/capacity, lighting and noise are mitigated and providing an assessment of existing and future development of the institution’s campus, including buildings, parking areas, recreational facilities, open space and access points to city streets. In addressing off site impacts related to traffic, the city encourages the institution to include improvements for sustainable alternatives such as: provisions for bus service, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, pedestrian trails and bicycle trails, connected internal site circulation or park and ride lots which could, if implemented, improve the Level of Service (LOS) standards on city streets serving the institution.

         (3) Level of Service (LOS) – A scale that measures the amount of traffic that a roadway or intersection can effectively and efficiently accommodate, based on such factors as volume, capacity, queues and delay. LOS is graded on a scale of A through F, where LOS-A is free-flowing traffic and LOS-F is a condition where traffic flow is unstable and excessive delay and queuing is expected.

         (4) Open Space – Any land or area, the preservation of which would: conserve and enhance scenic resources, protect streams, promote conservation of soils or provide for passive or active recreational space. Open spaces may include plaza areas, provided they contain a landscaped component. Setback areas may be included in the computation of required open space.

         (5) Residence or residential – the terms “residence” or “residential” shall be as defined in Section 35.1-11.11(s) and for the purposes of determining setback and/or height requirements for IN-1 District, shall not include any properties owned, leased, or used by the institution regardless of zoning or land use.

         (6) Residential Street – any local city street where the majority of land use on one or both sides of the street within the block is residential.

    (Ord. No. O-13-034, 3-12-13)