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Chapter 19

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT*

*Cross references--Buildings and building regulations, Ch. 6; subdivisions, Ch. 23; zoning, Ch. 27.

   
Art.    I. In General, §§ 19-1--19-15
Art.   II. House Numbering, §§ 19-16--19-22
   

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Sec. 19-1.  Planning commission

 

There is hereby created a planning commission which shall have the composition and powers provided by Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, 1943, §§19-924 through 19-933 as now or hereafter amended.  Unless otherwise specified or unless changed by a specific provision of this Code, the planning commission shall be governed in matters of procedure by the most current revision of "Robert's Rules of Order."

 

All matters or resolutions shall be deemed to have died on the table when they shall have been tabled and no formal action shall have been taken upon such matter or resolution prior to the next succeeding formal organizational meeting of the planning commission which takes place at the planning commission's first meeting after February 1 of each year.  The secretary of the planning commission shall expunge from the records all such matters and resolutions not acted upon prior to the time of the formal organizational meeting of the planning commission as set forth above. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, §§ 2-2-1--2-2-7; Ord. No. 5250, § 1, 4-1-13

 

Sec. 19-2.  Community development agency.

 

(a)   Established.  There is hereby established pursuant to section 18-2101.01 N.R.S. 1943 (Reissue 1987) a community development agency for the City of Norfolk, Nebraska. 

 

(b)   Composition generally.  The mayor and city council of the city are hereby designated to be the community development agency for the city.

 

(c)   Chairman; vice chairman; secretary.  The mayor of the city shall be the chairman of the community development agency; the president of the city council shall be the vice chairman; and the city clerk shall be the secretary of the community development agency. 

 

(d)   Power and authority.  The community development agency shall have the power and authority to exercise those powers and authority granted to a community redevelopment authority under sections 18-2101 to 18-2144 N.R.S. 1943 (Reissue 1987).  The community development agency shall also have the power and authority to do all community development activities, and to do all things necessary to cooperate with the federal government in all matters relating to community development program activities as a grantee, or as an agent or otherwise, under the provisions of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended through the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1981.  The community development agency may levy taxes for the exercise of such jurisdiction and authority and may issue general obligation bonds, general obligation notes, revenue bonds, and revenue notes including those general obligation and revenue refunding bonds and notes for the purposes set forth in such sections and under the powers granted to any community redevelopment authority described therein. 

 

Source:  Ord. No. 3575, § 4, 8-1-88

Editor’s note--Ord. No. 3575, §§ 1-4, adopted Aug. 1, 1988, did not specifically amend the Code, hence inclusion herein as superseding § 19-2 was at the discretion of the editor.  Former § 19-2 pertained to community development agency and derived from Ord. No. 3019, §§ 2--5, adopted Nov. 2, 1981.

State law reference--Community Development Law, R.R.S. 1943, 18-2101--18-2144.

 

Sec. 19-3.  Administration and implementation of this chapter.

 

The fire division and its zoning official shall be empowered to oversee the administration and implementation of the provisions of this chapter within the city.

 

Ord. No. 5194, § 1, 1-17-12

 

Sec. 19-4.  Board of adjustment.

 

There is hereby created a board of adjustment which shall be organized and governed, and have the powers provided by section 19-907 through 19-911 of the Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, 1943 as now or hereafter amended. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 11-22-1

 

Sec. 19-5.  Comprehensive plan adopted.

 

(a)   There is hereby adopted an updated comprehensive plan for the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, and that area outside of, but within two (2) miles of, the city limits.

 

(b)   The comprehensive plan is in a book titled "The Comprehensive Development Plan for Norfolk, Nebraska" as prepared by RDG Crose Gardner Shukert dated August 2001, and a book entitled "Norfolk Comprehensive Plan Update Transportation Plan 2030" prepared by The Schemmer Associates & HNTB Corporation dated July, 2006, and a book entitled "Comprehensive Development Plan Energy Element" date January, 2015.

 

(c)   Three (3) copies of "The Comprehensive Development Plan for Norfolk, Nebraska"  as incorporated by Ordinance No. 4548, dated the 20th day of August, 2001, and all maps therein, along with the "Norfolk Comprehensive Plan Update Transportation Plan 2030" as approved by the Norfolk City Council August 21, 2006, and the "Comprehensive Development Plan Energy Element" dated January, 2015 as approved by the Norfolk City Council May 18, 2015, shall be marked or stamped "Official Copy" and said copies shall be filed in the office of the city clerk and shall be available to the public for inspection at all reasonable business hours.

 

(d)   The 1983 City of Norfolk Comprehensive Plan and all amendments and supplements thereto be and the same are hereby repealed in their entirety. 

 

Source:  Ord. No. 3149, preamble, §§ 1--3, 7-18-83, Ord. No. 5194, § 2, 1-17-12; Ord. No. 5344, § 4, 5-18-15

Editor’s note--Nonamendatory Ord. No. 3149, enacted July 18, 1983, has been codified as § 19-5, at the editor’s discretion; paragraph (a) is derived from the preamble and paragraphs (b)--(d) from §§ 1--3 of said ordinance.

 

Sec. 19-6.  Limited community redevelopment authority.

 

(a)   Established.  There is hereby established a limited community redevelopment authority of the City of Norfolk, Nebraska, pursuant to Section 18-2102.01, Nebraska Revised Statutes 1943 (Reissue 1983) as the same may from time to time be amended.  Said authority shall be authorized to exercise all powers granted to community redevelopment authorities or limited community redevelopment authorities under Sections 18-2101 through 18-2154, Nebraska Revised Statutes 1943 (Reissue 1983), as the same may be amended from time to time, except as delimited herein.

 

(b)   Membership; terms of office.  The mayor with the approval of the city council shall have the authority to appoint a five-member limited community redevelopment authority, which members shall have initial terms of office of one, two, three, four and five years as designated by the mayor.  As the terms expire, the mayor with the approval of the city council shall appoint or reappoint a member to the authority for a five-year term.  The term of office of the limited community redevelopment authority shall be for the duration of only one single specific limited project as authorized by the redevelopment plan which shall be adopted as provided by Section 18-2111, Nebraska Revised Statutes 1943 (Reissue 1983).

 

(c)   Specific project described, duties.  The limited community redevelopment authority shall have only one single specific limited pilot project authorized for the redevelopment of the following described real property located within the City of Norfolk and without the City of Norfolk but within a radius of three (3) miles thereof, to wit:

 

A tract of land lying in the west half of Section 35, Township 24 North, Range 1 West of the 6th P.M., Madison County, Nebraska, and lying in the northwest quarter of Section 2, Township 23 North, Range 1 West of the 6th P.M., Madison County, Nebraska, more particularly described as follows:

 

The east sixty (60) feet of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of said Section 35; and,

 

The east sixty (60) feet of the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of said Section 35; and,

 

The west sixty (60) feet of the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of said Section 35; and,

 

The east sixty (60) feet of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 2, north of the Elkhorn River; and,

 

The west sixty (60) feet of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of said Section 2, north of the Elkhorn River; and,

 

Commencing at a point on the east right-of-way line of Roach Avenue and on the south line of the northeast quarter, northwest quarter of said Section 35; thence north along the east right-of-way line of Roach Avenue to the north line of the northeast quarter, northwest quarter of said Section 35; thence west sixty-six (66) feet along said north line; thence south along the west right-of-way line of Roach Avenue to the south line of the northeast quarter, northwest quarter thence east six (6) feet along said south line of the northeast quarter, northeast quarter thence south along the west right-of-way line of Roach Avenue one thousand, one hundred twenty-three (1,123) feet to the southeast corner of Lot 3, Southfork Industrial Park; thence east sixty (60) feet; thence north one thousand, one hundred twenty-three (1,123) feet to the point of beginning; and,

 

Commencing at a point sixty (60) feet east of the southeast corner of Lot 3, Southfork Industrial Park; thence south one hundred ninety six and six tenths (196.6) feet to the south line of the northwest quarter of said Section 35; thence west six hundred one and three tenths (601.3) feet along said south line; thence north one hundred ninety six and six tenths (196.6) feet to the southwest corner of Lot 3, Southfork Industrial Park; thence east ten (10) feet; thence south one hundred fifty six and six tenths (156.6) feet to a point forty (40) feet north of the south line of the northwest quarter of said Section 35; thence east forty (40) feet north and parallel to the south line of the northwest quarter of said Section 35, five hundred thirty-one and three tenths (531.3) feet to a point; thence north to the southeast corner of Lot 3, Southfork Industrial Park, a subdivision in Madison County, Nebraska; thence east sixty (60) feet to the point of beginning, and,

 

Lot 2 and 3 of Southfork Industrial Park.

 

The duties of the limited community redevelopment authority, shall be to do all community development activities as set forth by Nebraska law and as adopted in the authorities redevelopment plan for the single specific limited pilot project as set forth above, as well as to do all things necessary to cooperate with the federal government in all manners relating to community development activities under the applicable provisions of federal law and administrative agencies.

 

(d)   Limitations of authority.  The limited community redevelopment authority shall not do any of the following acts or functions, to wit:

 

(1)       Expend or commit the expenditure of city general fund tax dollars. 

 

Source:  Ord. No. 3451, §§ 1--4, 12-15-86; Ord. No. 3476, §§ 1--3, 5-18-87

 

ARTICLE II.  HOUSE NUMBERING

Sec. 19-16.  Required.

 

For the purpose of aiding in the proper identification of the houses, residences and other buildings located along the respective streets and avenues in the city, there is hereby established and instituted a system of numbering such houses and buildings, and all houses and buildings now existing or that may be hereafter erected within the city shall be numbered in accordance with the provisions of this article. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-1

State law reference--Authority of city to require and provide for house numbering, R.R.S. 1943, 16-614.

 

Sec. 19-17.  Base lines.

 

In the institution of the system of numbering, two (2) base lines are hereby established:

 

(1)       Norfolk Avenue for all avenues extending in an east and west direction through the city; and

 

(2)       First Street for all streets extending in a north and south direction through the city.

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-2

 

 

Sec. 19-18.  Scheme.

 

(a)   On all avenues extending in an east and west direction the even numbers shall be on the north side of said avenues and the odd numbers on the south side of said avenues; on all streets extending in a north and south direction the even numbers shall be on the west side of said streets and the odd numbers on the east side of said streets.  Diagonal streets and boulevards not extending directly east, west, north, or south, shall conform as nearly as practicable with the foregoing provisions.

 

(b)   In all blocks adjoining Norfolk Avenue the numbers shall commence with one hundred (100) both north and south, shall continue with the next higher multiple of one hundred (100) for each block more distant from Norfolk Avenue.  In all blocks adjoining First Street the numbers shall commence with one hundred (100) both east and west, and shall continue with the next higher multiple of one hundred (100) for each block more distant from First Street.  These provisions shall be carried out insofar as is practicable, dependent, however, on the uniformity and regularity of the streets and avenues in the city.  At each street or avenue extending continuously through and across the entire city, the same series of numbers shall be used throughout the entire length of said street or avenue, regardless of any attempt to maintain continuity in the numbering.

 

(c)   In all blocks not exceeding one thousand (1,000) feet in length, a separate and distinct number, using no fractions or prefixes, shall be allocated to each forty-five (45) linear feet of property abutting upon any street or avenue, regardless of the platted or recorded dimension of any lot, sub-lot, tax-lot, or other land; provided however, that on Norfolk Avenue, Madison Avenue, Braasch Avenue and connecting streets between Madison and Braasch Avenue from First Street to Eighth Street the numbers shall be designated by the city engineer in conformity with the exact widths of the several properties.  These numbers shall be allotted consecutively commencing at the end of the block nearest to Norfolk Avenue or First Street, alternating odd and even numbers as set forth herein.  One property may be allotted more than one number, and in this case the property owner may select any of the numbers so allotted.  At corners of blocks, a number shall be allotted for both the street and the avenue sides of same.  Owners may use whichever of the two (2) numbers he chooses to select.  In the event that there may be more than one block on one side of a street fronting only one block on the opposite side of same street, the numbers directly opposite or across the street from each other shall be in the same series of hundreds, even though this requires the use of more than one series of hundreds in the same block, or carrying same series of hundreds through more than one block.  In any block of over one thousand (1,000) feet length it will be necessary to use two (2) or more series of hundreds. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-3

 

Sec. 19-19.  Plat.

 

It shall be the duty of the zoning official or his or her designee to prepare and maintain for public use and examination in his or her office, a plat of the entire city, showing all streets and avenues, and with the proper number in series of hundreds indicated upon each block, pursuant to the provisions of this article.  From time to time the zoning official or his or her designee shall make such alterations, additions or extensions to this plat as may be necessary by reason of the platting of new additions, opening of new streets or avenues, extension of city limits, or for any other reason.  In designating the correct block numbers, where irregularities occur, as mentioned herein, the decision of the zoning official or his or her designee shall be accepted as correct. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-4; Ord. No. 5194, § 3, 1-17-12

 

Sec. 19-20.  Correct number to be furnished by city; display.

 

(a)   Upon request by the owner of any house, building or other property in the city, the zoning official or his or her designee shall furnish the correct number for such property to the person so applying for same; provided, however, that such applicant shall furnish the zoning official or his or her designee with the proper legal description of such property sufficient to enable him or her to correctly identify same.

 

(b)   The zoning official or his or her designee is hereby authorized and directed to designate the proper number for all houses or other buildings fronting upon any street, avenue or other highway within the city, in accordance with the system and method of numbering herein set forth.  In all cases where existing houses or buildings are not numbered, or where a number is now being used which is not in compliance with the provisions of this article, and when buildings may hereafter be erected, it shall be the duty of the zoning official or his or her designee, either in person, by mail or by some authorized representative, to notify the owner of such building as to the proper number therefor, and it shall thereupon be the duty of such owner to cause the proper number to be placed upon said building within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice from the zoning official or his or her designee. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-5; Ord. No. 5194, § 3, 1-17-12

 

Sec. 19-21.  Numbers to be plainly visible.

 

All numbers for buildings shall be conspicuously placed upon the portion of said building facing toward the street or avenue on which the number applies, and so as to be plainly, visible from the street or avenue.  The numerals shall be not less than two (2) inches in height and may be of metal, or may be painted or represented by any other satisfactory method. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-6

 

Sec. 19-22.  Improper maintenance of numbers.

 

Any person who shall wrongfully take down, alter, deface, destroy or obliterate any number upon or from any building, or who shall substitute or permit to be substituted an erroneous or improper number upon any building, or who shall retain or permit to be retained any erroneous or improper number upon any building after receiving due notice of said fact from the zoning official or his or her designee shall be guilty of an offense. 

 

Source:  Code 1962, § 9-3-7; Ord. No. 5194, § 3, 1-17-12

 

The public information contained herein is furnished as a public service by the City of Norfolk. The official record is maintained by the City Clerk's Office as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 16-317. A printed version of the Norfolk Municipal Code is available at the City Clerk's Office and the Norfolk Public Library.

 

The City Clerk's Office may be contacted at (402) 844-2000 or by email bdeck@ci.norfolk.ne.us