Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

11/13/2018

Agenda Report # 50


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Creekrise Subdivision - Variance Request for Single Entrance

INITIATED BY: Engineering Department


Recommendation: Denial is recommended for a variance to Section 7.8.1 (F) and 7.9.3 (A) of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) excusing the requirement for a second entrance for subdivisions with more than 99 lots as was requested in order to plat and development future additions to Creekrise Subdivision which would exceed 99 lots.

Background: Section 7.8.1.F of the UDO requires a single entrance to a subdivision shall serve no more than 99 lots. The code does allow for the Engineering Director to waive this requirement following sound engineering practices. The existing subdivision currently contains 58 lots with a request to add an additional 85 lots totaling to 143 lots.

Analysis: Staff has had several meetings with developers and their attorney requesting a variance to the UDO to exceed the 99 lots requirement for a single entrance subdivision. The Director of Engineering denied the request to waive the requirement because the number of lots exceeded the maximum limit by over 40% which is outside the normal variance allowance. There is also concern with the number of lots having a single access that crosses an earthen dam that is subject to inundation. The Planning Department is opposed to the variance due to concerns with the single entrance and ability to provide public safety and public services. Public Works is committed to providing services regardless of the number of lots. The Fire/EMS has concerns about the expansion of Creekrise development due to the single fire apparatus access road crossing an earthen dam between a lake and large creek. The National Fire Codes, even though they have not been adopted by the State of Georgia or City of Columbus, require 2 access routes for 101-600 households. Staff checked with two former City Traffic Engineers of other communities and both agreed the development should be required to have two access points. In checking with other similar size cities the following was noted: Augusta/Richmond - 100 lots require 2 entrances, Savannah- no restrictions, Sandy Springs - 200 lots require 2 entrances, Montgomery, Al no restrictions and Chattanooga, TN 200 lots require 2 entrances.

George Mize representing the owners sent in a letter of request for a variance. The owners/developers have met with an adjoining property owner to try and get a secondary emergency access for the proposed addition but were unable to negotiate an agreement. According to the owners/developers the terrain makes in difficult and economically unfeasible to provide another entrance.


Financial Considerations: The City would accept any additional public streets and infrastructure for maintenance.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City is responsible for maintenance of all public streets.

Legal Considerations: Council approved Ordinance 18-4 providing Council the authority to grant variances to 7.8.3 -Design Standards.

Recommendations/Actions: Denial is recommended for a variance to Section 7.8.1 (F) and 7.9.3 (A) of the Unified Development Ordinance(UDO) excusing the requirement for a second entrance for subdivisions with more than 99 lots as was requested in order to plat and development future additions to Creekrise Subdivision which would exceed the 99 lots.



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A RESOLUTION
NO.

A RESOLUTION GRANTING A VARIANCE REQUEST FOR CREEKRISE SUBDIVISION MADE PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 7.8.1(F) AND 7.9.3(A) OF THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA (“UDO”).

WHEREAS, the owners/developers of several lots in the vicinity of the Creekrise Subdivision have through their counsel submitted a variance request to exceed the 99 lot limit for a single entrance in order to develop an additional 85 lots not to exceed 150 lots;

WHEREAS, Section 7.8.1 (F) and Section 7.9.3(F) of the UDO require a single entrance to a subdivision serve no more than 99 lots;

WHEREAS, the aforementioned UDO Sections permit this Council to issue a variance to this requirement when all four of the following conditions are met:


4. A determination by Council that the granting of a variance will not interfere with the provision of City services along the impacted streets, inhibit the access of public safety vehicles into the affected area, result in, extraordinary public expense, or otherwise threaten the safety of the public; and,

WHEREAS, having heard from the applicant, the Engineering Director, Planning Director and Public Safety this Council finds that the conditions for granting a variance have been satisfied.

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

The request for a variance to exceed the 99 lot requirement for a single entrance as required in the UDO is granted, and the platting and development of future additions to Creekrise Subdivision not to exceed 150 lots entrance is hereby permitted.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ____ day of __________, 2018 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 House voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor