The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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Applicant:Ben Billings
Owner:Ben Billings
Location7350 Blackmon Road
Current Zoning Classification:RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Vacant
Proposed Use of Property:Commercial Retail Stores and Office
Council District:District 6 (Allen)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Approval Based on the staff report and compatibility with existing land uses.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Approval based on compatibility with existing land uses and future land use within the Comprehensive Plan.
Fort Benning's Recommendation:N/A
DRI Recommendation:N/A
General Land Use:Consistent
Environmental Impacts:The property does not lie within the floodway and floodplain area. The developer will need an approved drainage plan prior to issuance of the Site Development permit, if a permit is required.
City Services:Properties are served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:All trips will enter and exit on the access roads off of Blackmon Road. If rezoned to GC the projected traffic will increase by 409 trips daily. The projected level of service will still be classified as A.
Surrounding Zoning:North - RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
South - GC (General Commercial)
East - RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
West - RO (Residential Office) and GC (General Commercial)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land-uses.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the RE1 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.
Attitude of Property Owners:Thirty two (32) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received zero comments opposing this case.
Additional Information:This development should provide supporting commercial uses to the current residential developments surrounding the area as well as promoted denser development in a mixed-use node.
Attachments:Land Use and Zoning Map.pdfFuture Land Use.pdfBillings Blackmon Village Rezoning 10-23-15.pdf