The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-1-13-1050

Applicant:Columbus Consolidated Government
Owner:Columbus Georgia, Elliott Family Properties, LLC., Holsey Chapel Christian, and David B. Thurman
Location812, 818, 824, 828, 830, 832, 834, and 840 6th Avenue; 802, 806, 811, 812, 813, 815, 816, 817, 818, 819, 821, 825, 826, 827, 828, 831, 832, 834, 835, 840, and 842 7th Avenue; 800, 805, 811 and 823 8th Avenue; 711 8th Street; 618, 700, 720, 822, 824, 826, and 830 9th Street.
Acreage:7.296 acres
Current Zoning Classification:UPT (Uptown)/RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/RO (Residential Office )/GC (General Commercial)/LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped/Vacant
Proposed Use of Property:Multifamily Apartments
Council District:District 7 (Woodson)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended condition is: 1) Create dialog between the City of Columbus, the Columbus Housing Authority, the businesses, churches, residences, and organizations that are not only within the 300 ft but the entire Liberty District shareholders area.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and is consistent with the Liberty District Master Plan.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area D
Land Use Designation:
High Density Mixed Use/Mixed Use /General Commercial

Consistent with the Liberty District Master Plan since it calls for multifamily residential and live/work areas on these blocks.
The purpose of RMF2 is to provide high density residential uses which correlates with the RO (Residential Office) zoning designation whose intent is to provide higher density residential uses and lower density office uses.
Environmental Impacts:The property lies within the floodplain area, but does not lie within the floodway area. The developer will need an approved drainage plan prior to issuance of a Site Development permit, if a permit is required.
City Services:Property is served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:This rezoning request does not anticipate generating a negative impact on the transportation network.
Surrounding Zoning:North – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/UPT (Uptown)/GC (General Commercial)/RO (Residential Office)
South – RO (Residential Office)/RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/GC (General Commercial)/LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4)
East – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/GC (General Commercial)/ RMF1 and 2 (Residential Multifamily 1 and 2)
West – UPT (Uptown)/GC (General Commercial)/SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School Impact
School
12-13 Current Enrollment
Capacity
Available Space
Anticipated Impact on School
Downtown Elementary School (PK – 5)
532
550
18
10
Marshall Middle School (6 – 8)
332
675
343
5
Jordan High School (9 – 12)
710
1475
765
5
Projection
Because this will be a mixed housing development similar to Ashley Station (former Peabody Apartments site) and Arbor Pointe(former Baker Village site), these projections are based on what we have seen in student enrollment from Ashley Station and Arbor Pointe after their revitalization.

Revitalization Information:

84 Multi-Family Units (did not include 1 bedroom units): 84 x 24% = 20.1 students [Normal % used for multi-family housing is 6% of the number of units. Since this revitalization will include some low-rent housing units we have increased this %.]

16 – 1 bedroom units
60 – 2 bedroom units
24 – 3 bedroom units
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category A buffer along all property lines bordered by the GC and LMI zoning districts. The 3 options under Category A are:
1) 5 feet with a certain amount of shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet and a wood fence or masonry wall.
2) 10 feet with a certain amount of shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet.
3) 30 feet undisturbed natural buffer.
Attitude of Property Owners:Thirty (30) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received two calls regarding this case. One was an inquiry about the possible impact on the Liberty District; the other caller was concerned about the possible impact on the area and conformity with the Liberty District Master Plan.
Additional Information:The purpose of this rezoning request is to relocate Phase I of the Booker T. Washington multifamily apartments currently located between Victory Drive and 5th Street and Veterans Parkway and 5th Avenue. Phase I consist of approximately 100 units (16-1Br/1Ba, 60-2Br/2Ba, and 24-3Br/2Ba) and the addition on 416 parking spaces. Total acreage for Phase I is approximately 10 acres. The acquisition of the Vista Bakery/S-L Snacks GA, LLC properties is underway to complete Phase I of this project. This portion will be rezoned at a later date.

This redevelopment project will continue to be managed by the Columbus Housing Authority and it consists of a total of three phases. Phase I and II will have the residential component with a total of approximately 200 units and Phase III of the project will have the commercial component.

The proposed project is located within the Liberty Heritage Historic District. It is also within the 5th and 6th Avenue Redevelopment Area.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Traffic Analysis
BTW Columbia's concept map 2_w Comments.pdfFuture Land Use Map_Updated 1-24-13.pdfNew Land Use Map 02-15-13.pdfREZN 1-13-1050 Traffic Analysis.pdf