The Columbus Consolidated Government
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-5-13-2116

Applicant:Edwards Strategic Investments & Acquisitions, LLC / Trey Carmack
Owner:Edwards Strategic Investments & Acquisitions, LLC
Location850, 904, 926, 934, 942, 1126 and 1150 Morris Avenue
Acreage:39.14 acres
Current Zoning Classification:SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4)
Proposed Zoning Classification:LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)
Current Use of Property:Stuart Woodworks - Mostly Vacant (850), Existing Warehouse and Storage (904), Vacant (926), Discount Auto - Auto Parts (934), Undeveloped (942), Valley Components - Building Materials Fabrication (1126), and Undeveloped (1150)
Proposed Use of Property:Light Manufacturing Use (850), Warehouse and Storage (904), Light Manufacturing Use (926), Discount Auto - Auto Parts and Metal Recycling Center (934), Undeveloped (942), Valley Components - Building Materials Fabrication (1126), and Undeveveloped (1150)
Council District:District 1 (Barnes)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan and is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended conditions are: 1) An 8 feet streetscape buffer shall be maintained along the front portion of the 934 Morris Road property as required by the City Arborist and 2) a wooden fence shall be added to all areas required by the City Arborist as depicted in the fence detail drawing.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan and is compatible with existing 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 E
Land Use Designation:
Light Manufacturing / Industrial
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.
Surrounding Zoning:North – RMF2 (Residential Multi-Family 2)
South – SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3) / SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4)
East – GC (General Commercial)
West – RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1) / RMF2 (Residential Multi-Family 2)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer RequiremntsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the GC 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.

Also, the site shall include a Category D buffer along all property lines bordered by the SFR4 zoning districts. The 3 options under Category C are:
1) 40 feet with a certain amount of canopy trees, under story trees, and shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet.
2) 30 feet with a certain amount of shrubs / ornamental grasses per 100 linear feet and a wood fence or masonry wall.
3) 75 feet undisturbed natural buffer.
Attitude of Property Owners:Four Hundred and Thirty Seven (437) property owners within 1,000 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received some inquiries about the case three of them were asking about the possible impact on the environment and/or traffic in the area. Only one resident expressed opposition since she believes the proposed recycling center will adversely impact the environment considering that there are elderly people in the area.
Additional Information:A rezoning was approved back in June 2010 to rezoned approximately 90 acres from LMI to SFR4 to build new single family homes and neighborhood commercial uses. The rezoning was approved under Ordinance # 10-22. According to the applicant, their construction plans fell through due to the economic collapse, now they have four light manufacturing properties that are in nonconforming status.

The purpose of this rezoning request is to rezone 39.14 acres and bring the existing light manufacturing uses into conforming status. Their plans are to add a new metal recycling center at 934 Morris Road. The existing 6,878 SF building will be used as a metal recycling center and will provide approximately 5 parking spaces. The applicant is not planning to add or expand any new structures at this location.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Traffic Analysis
Renderings
Aerial Map.pdfFLU Map UPDATED.pdfMorris Rezoning Site Plan.pdfREZN-5-13-2116 Traffic Analysis.pdf934 Morris Rd_Recycling Center Rendering.pdfMorris Rezoning Fencing Detail.pdf