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STAFF REPORT

REZN-07-14-1623

Applicant:David C. Kirk
Owner:The Billings Family
Location7260, 7300, & 7400 Blackmon Road
Acreage:14.1
Current Zoning Classification:RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped/Vacant
Proposed Use of Property:Grocery store with gas sales
Council District:6 (Allen)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Approval based on the fact that the request is consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan and is compatible with existing land uses.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional approval based on the fact that the request is consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan and is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended conditions are:
1) The following conditions shall apply to the Blackmon Road-Greystone Drive / Proposed Driveway #1 (Intersection #1):

A) Construct two west-bound approach lanes on the project driveway: a shared through/right-turn lane and exclusive left-turn lane, which shall line up with the median at Greystone Farms.
B) Construct one south-bound left-turn lane into the driveway
C) Construct one north-bound right-turn lane into the driveway
D) Install a traffic signal prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy
E) Construct a north-bound left-turn lane into Greystone Drive

2) The following conditions shall apply to Blackmon Road & Proposed Driveway #2:
A) Construct two west-bound approach lanes on the project driveway: a left-turn lane and a right-turn lane.
B) Construct one north-bound right- turn lane into the driveway.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A
DRI Rcommendation:N/A
General Land Use:Consistent
Planning Area B
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:A traffic study was performed for this rezoning and was reviewed by the City Traffic Engineer.
Surrounding Zoning:North – JR Allen Parkway
South – RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
East – RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
West – GC (General Commercial)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the RE1 zoning district. The 3 options under Category C are:
1) 20 feet with a certain amount of canopy trees, under story trees, and shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet.
2) 10 feet with a certain amount of shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet and a wood fence or masonry wall.
3) 30 feet undisturbed natural buffer.
Attitude of Property Owners:Ninety (90) property owners within 1,000 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received one comment in support; several comments to disapprove; one comment to inquire; and one comment regarding traffic concerns.
Additional Information:The applicant is proposing a Walmart Neighborhood Market with gas sales on this property. The proposed store size is 42,000 square feet.
Attachments:Aerial Land-Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Site Plan
Elevations
Land Use Map.pdfLand Use Map.pdfFuture Land Use Map.pdfFuture Land Use Map.pdfSITE PLAN - 4421.pdfSITE PLAN - 4421.pdfArchitectural Elevations and Rendering.pdfArchitectural Elevations and Rendering.pdf