Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

10/10/2017

Agenda Report # 39


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Driveway Variance - 6015 Caribou Drive

INITIATED BY: Donna Newman, Director of Engineering


Recommendation: Approval is requested to deny the request for variance to allow driveway access to Forrest Road from 6015 Caribou Drive.

Background: Staff has received a request from the owner of the property at 6015 Caribou Drive to allow a new driveway access to Forrest Road. Section 7.9.2(B). of the UDO states "Residential Lots in any major or minor subdivision shall have no direct access to a collector or arterial street unless approved by the Council, or to State or U.S. numbered highway unless approved by Georgia DOT." Forrest Road is classified as a major collector.

Analysis: The property owner has existing driveway access to Caribou Drive within the Huntwood Subdivision. There are over 30 properties on the north side of Forrest Road between Woodruff Farm Road and Schatulga Road that could have similar request for access. Allowing this driveway would set a precedence for others. The City is expending approximately $7.0 million on widening and improving traffic flow along this section of Forrest Road. Approval of these type of requests for access would negate the improvements being made. This particular parcel is located approximately 150 ft. from Lansing Avenue and could create conflict for the intersection.

Financial Considerations: Addition of the driveway would add approximately $500 in additional cost to the Forrest Road Widening Project.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There are no projected annual impacts.

Legal Considerations: The UDO outlines Council approval for driveway request along Collector or Arterial Roads.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested to deny the request for variance to allow driveway access to Forrest Road from 6015 Caribou Drive.


6015 CARIBOU DR_001.pdf

A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DENIAL OF A REQUEST FOR A DRIVEWAY ACCESSING FORREST ROAD FROM THE REAR OF THE PROPERTY AT 6015 CARIBOU DRIVE.

WHEREAS, the property owner of 6015 Caribou Drive has requested a driveway to access Forrest Road from the rear of the property; and,

WHEREAS, Section 7.9.2 of the Unified Development Ordinance requires Council approval to access a collector or arterial street, and Forrest Road is classified as a major collector street; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Engineering has reviewed the request and recommends denial of granting a new driveway access to Forrest Road.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

The request for a driveway accessing Forrest Road from the rear of the property at 6015 Caribou Drive is denied.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor