Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

02/25/2014

Agenda Report # 78


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Sidewalk Variance - 7533 Veterans Parkway

INITIATED BY: Department of Engineering


Recommendation: The staff does not recommend a delay in sidewalk installation but if Council desires, approve the attached Resolution authorizing a variance to City Code Section 7.10.1 for the development at 7533 Veterans Parkway to allow the sidewalk construction be delayed until adjoining properties are developed or within a two year period, whichever occurs first.

Background: Valley Rescue Mission is constructing a new retail facility at 7533 Veterans Parkway. This new development was reviewed by the Engineering Department with plans approved that included a five (5') concrete sidewalk along the west side of Veterans Parkway across the public street frontage in accordance with City Code Section 7.10.1. The Building Committee for the Valley Rescue Mission has submitted a letter dated February 5, 2014 to delay the installation to a future date at which time the building should be operational and receiving income.

Analysis: City Code Section 7.10.1 was approved as part of the adoption of the UDO in response to request by citizens for additional sidewalk throughout the community. This Code requires that all new residential, commercial and industrial development provide sidewalks along the City's right of way as part of the construction. The City includes sidewalks on all major roadway projects and under an annual contract. The City is also in the final stages of adopting and implementing an Alternative Transportation Plan as well as Complete Streets Program. Sidewalks are key elements of both of these programs.

Financial Considerations: There are no financial impacts to the City.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The Department of Public Works would be responsible for maintenance of the sidewalk after the initial installation as part of the normal operating budget.

Legal Considerations: A variance to City codes involving public right of ways require Council approval.

Recommendations/ Actions: The staff does not recommend a delay in sidewalk installation but if Council desires, approve the attached Resolution authorizing a variance to City Code Section 7.10.1 for the development at 7533 Veterans Parkway to allow the sidewalk construction be delayed until adjoining properties are developed or within a two year period, whichever occurs first.


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A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A VARIANCE TO THE CITY SECTION 7.10.1 FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AT 7533 VETERANS PARKWAY, VALLEY RESCUE MISSION RETAIL CENTER; ALLOWING THE SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL SIDEWALK IS INSTALLED ON ADJACENT PROPERTIES OR FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

WHEREAS, construction plans were approved for the construction of the afore mentioned retail center that included the construction of a five (5') concrete sidewalk in accordance to City Code Section 7.10.1 along the west side of Veterans Parkway for the length of the property; and,

WHEREAS, the postponing the construction of the sidewalk until other sidewalk in the area is installed and pedestrian traffic develops or a period of two (2) years from the adoption of this resolution, whichever comes first reduces the initial financial impact; and,

WHEREAS, the owner shall receive written notification from the Director of Engineering when the conditions described herein trigger the need for the installation of the five (5') concrete sidewalk across the frontage of 7533 Veterans Parkway; and,

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

That a variance be granted to City Code Section 7.10.1 for the construction of sidewalks to allow the installation of sidewalks for this development to be postponed until the development of the sidewalks in area or for a period of two years whichever occurs first.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2014, 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 Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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