After discussing plans for a new bicycle and pedestrian committee and passing an ordinance to increase their efforts to notify residents of land use changes, the Rolla City Council also went through several items of old business, including the final reading of the subdivision of property on Oaklane Drive and changing the height regulations on buildings in town.

The Council began their meeting with an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Sewer User Agreement with Kenneth Light. According to council documents, Light is “planning to build a new single family dwelling on the subject parcel (10300 Audubon Place).” The council passed the ordinance before moving onto the matter of the subdivision on Oaklane Drive.

The applicant is proposing to split 901 Oaklane Drive into two parcels through the resubdivision process. This lot split is occurring, according to council documents, in order for the city recognize a line that was created through the recording of a deed at the county level. Until this line is legally recognized by the city, which is done by the applicant legally subdividing the parcel, the applicant cannot receive building permits to build a multi-functional family building on each new lot.

According to council documents, the new lots that will be created from this split will be limited to six units.

Following the discussion on the subdivision, the council considered the new height regulations for buildings. The request comes from the Community Development Department, who requested for the way building height and stories are calculated to be modified, as well as several zoning districts be given new height limitation adjustments.

The proposal for the new regulations said maximum height regulations may promote aesthetics, but their main purpose is to provide adequate light, air and security from fire as well as preventing the overcrowding of land. Council documents listed several reasons to change these regulations, including better categorization of zones. The proposal said that Chief Ron Jones from Rolla Fire and Rescue indicated that raised building regulations might be advantageous for fire and rescue operations.

The council passed both ordinances, splitting the subdivision and raising height regulations.