The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-4-14-0686

Applicant:Edgar Hughston
Owner:Same
Location4400 South Stadium Drive
Acreage:5.43 acres
Current Zoning Classification:NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential Office)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped
Proposed Use of Property:Multifamily Apartments
Council District:District 6 (Allen)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The condition is to allow for a reduction of the rear property buffer from 40 ft. to 25 ft.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The Planning Department recommends the same condition as the one recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area A
Land Use Designation:
General Commercial
Environmental Impacts:The property does not lie within the floodway and floodplain 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:After conducting a 7 day traffic count the beginning of May, we have concluded that this rezoning request does not anticipate generating a negative impact on the transportation network. The existing level of service (LOS) is C for NC Zoning District and it will go to a LOS B with the proposed RO Zoning District for 56 units.
All traffic related issues seem to be related to peak time problems due to the schools operating in that area.

This site shall meet the Codes and regulations of the Columbus Consolidated Government for commercial usage.

Note: A 25 speed limit ordinance was approved for South Stadium Drive back in 2005 from 7-9 AM and 2-4 PM during school days only.
Surrounding Zoning:North – MCSD-SFR2 (Single Family Resiential 2)/RO (Residential Office)
South – J.R. Allen Parkway
East – NC (Neighborhood Commercial)/ RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
West – RO (Residential Office)/SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)/RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School Impact
School
13-14 Enrollment
Capacity
Available Space
Anticipated Impact on School
Eagle Ridge Academy
(PK – 5)
738
1092
354
1
Blackmon Road Middle School (6 – 8)
629
1287
658
1
Shaw High School
(9 – 12)
1156
1443
287
0
Projection

40 Multi-Bedroom Units: 40 x 6% = (2.4) students
Buffer RequirementsNo side and rear buffer is required since the neighboring zoning is RO.
Attitude of Property Owners:Ninety Five (95) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received three calls in opposition. Their main concerns were with the traffic and congestion in the area particularly during school hours. There are two schools in the area, Shaw High School and Eagle Ridge Academy.
Additional Information:The applicant rezoned this property back in 1990 from R-4 (High Density Residential) to C-2 (Neighborhood Shopping District). See Ordinance #90-10. Also in 2006, the applicant requested a rezoning from NC to GC. At that time PAC and the Planning Department recommended approval, but the case was denied by City Council (Case #ZC0604-1).

He is now requesting to rezone the property from NC to RO to build a total 56 multifamily units (16-1 bedroom, 24-2 bedroom and 16-3 bedroom). He is planning to provide a total of 117 parking spaces.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Site Plan
Traffic Analysis
Ordinance #90-10
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