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STAFF REPORT

REZN-4-13-1794

Applicant:American Gold Exchange/Brenda Whitten
Owner:DM Snavely Jr. Properties, LLC, and American Gold Exchange, Inc.
Location1646 and 1648 Manchester Expressway
Acreage:0.91 acres
Current Zoning Classification:NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:1648 - Pawn Shop; 1646 - Tire Service (vacant)
Proposed Use of Property:Pawn Shop
Council District:District 8 (McDaniel)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and consistent with future land uses.

The recommended condition is: 1) Billboards shall be prohibited.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and consistent with future land uses. The rezoning will also make the pawn shop property a conforming use.

The recommended condition is the same as the one recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Consistent
Planning Area D
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:This rezoning request does not anticipate generating a negative impact on the transportation network.

This site shall meet the Codes and regulations of the Columbus Consolidated Government for commercial usage.
Surrounding Zoning:North –NC (Neighborhood Commercial)/GC (General Commercial)/SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)
South –RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/ NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
East –GC (General Commercial)/ NC (Neighborhood Commercial)/LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)
West – NC (Neighborhood Commercial)/GC (General Commercial)/ RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactN/A.
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the RMF2 zoning districts. 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:Twenty Two (22) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department has not received any comments in regards to this case.
Additional Information:The purpose of this rezoning request is to bring the existing 5,012 sq. ft. building and business to conforming status. The existing pawn shop (Money Mizer/Northside) is legal nonconforming for two reasons:

1) No use in an NC zone is permitted to exceed 5,000 square feet.
2) Pawn shops are not permitted in an NC zoning district.

The pawn shop owner is seeking to purchase the property at 1646 Manchester Expressway, connect the buildings, and combine the parcels into one under one zoning classification.

Both parcels currently provide a total of 28 parking spaces.
Attachments:REZN-4-13-1794 Traffic Analysis.pdfLand Use Map.pdfFuture Land Use Map.pdfCollage.pdfAerial Site Plan w comments.pdf
Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Traffic Analysis
Collage