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STAFF REPORT

REZN-4-13-1705

Applicant:Gamache Properties, LLC./Warren Mason
Owner:The Medical Center, Inc.
Location839 Veterans Parkway, 308 9th Street, 842 and 844 3rd Avenue
Acreage:1.357 acres
Current Zoning Classification:UPT (Uptown)/HIST (Historic)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Vacant (Formerly Auto Dealership)
Proposed Use of Property:Auto/Truck Minor Repair (Sale of Automotive Enhancements)
Council District:District 7 (Woodson)
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 conditions are: 1) Billboards shall not be allowed in this property 2) Remove the street buffer requirement as set forth in Section 4.5.8 of the Columbus Unified Development Ordinance. The reason for this request is that demolishing the existing paving to create a 5’ wide planting zone would significantly impact the existing parking and manageability of vehicles on the site.

The Veterans Parkway Streetscapes Project is also located right in front of 839 Veterans Pkwy. The streetscape project includes improvements such as: landscaping, utility relocation and hardscape items such as new directional signage and lighting. All improvements have been completed.
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 recommended conditions are the same as the ones 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 lies 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 –UPT (Uptown)
South –GC (General Commercial)/HIST (Historic)
East – UPT (Uptown)/GC (General Commercial)/ SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4)
West – HIST (Historic)/ UPT (Uptown)/CRD (Central Riverfront District)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses
School ImpactN/A.
Buffer RequiremntsN/A.
Attitude of Property Owners:Fourty Six (46) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received an inquiry about the case questioning a property located in HIST zoning district.
Additional Information:The purpose of this rezoning request is to rezone four parcels to operate an auto/truck minor repair that is relocating. This location was previously used as a car dealership. The existing 20,506 sq. ft. building and parking area are zoned UPT, HIST, and GC. The proposed use is allowed in GC. There are 91 parking spaces, including 2 handicap accessible spaces currently at this location.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Traffic Analysis
Collage
Site Plan with Comments.pdfREZN-4-13-1705 Traffic Analysis.pdfLand Use Map.pdfFuture Land Use Map.pdfCollage.pdf