Springfield, MO, Code of Ordinances

Updated October 2020

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Social Service Uses

Tiny Houses and Micro-Apartments

Urban Agriculture

 

Social Service Uses

The city’s land development code defines and regulates multiple residential and nonresidential social service uses. It defines “overnight shelter,” “soup kitchen,” “substance abuse treatment facility,” “transitional housing,” and “transitional service shelter” (§36-321).

It permits transitional housing by right, subject to district standards (§36-303(32)).

It permits substance abuse treatment facilities by right, subject to use-specific standards (§36-433(2)(nn)). Use-specific standards for substance abuse treatment facilities address number of residents, separation from other social service uses and correction facilities, and operations plans.

It permits overnight shelters, soup kitchens, and transitional service shelters by right in certain districts and with a discretionary use permit in others, subject to use-specific standards (§36-430, §36-431, §36-432, §36-433, §36-434).

Use-specific standards for overnight shelters, soup kitchens, and transitional service shelters address street frontage; maximum occupancy; meal service; business licensing; separation from other social service uses, schools, and correction facilities; neighborhood compatibility considerations; parking; proximity to dangerous industrial uses; setbacks; tree and shrub preservation; and outdoor storage (§36-363.10(b)5).

Tiny Houses and Micro-Apartments

The city’s land development code defines and regulates micro-apartments as a distinct type of dwelling. It defines "micro-efficiency multifamily dwelling unit" as a dwelling unit with a total floor area of 400 ft2 or less (§36-321). Micro-efficiency multifamily dwelling units are subject to reduced off-street parking requirements (§36-455).

Urban Agriculture

The city's zoning ordinance addresses urban agriculture. It provides supplemental standards for community gardens (§36-470).  This requires a no-cost permit. Performance standards address accessory structures, setbacks, on-site sales, hours of operation, signage, odors, maintenance, compost, lighting, noise, and parking. Community gardens without retail sales are permitted in residential, office/institutional, and some commercial districts; commercial gardens with onsite sales are permitted in some commercial and industrial districts (§36-380.2 et al.).

The code defines "commercial gardens" and "community gardens" (§36-321).


Springfield, MO

2010 Population: 159,498

2010 Population Density: 1,951.76/square mile