The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
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Date: 09/05/2013

To: Honorable Mayor and Councilors
City Manager
City Attorney
Clerk of Council

Subject: (VARI-08-13-2808) Hardship variance to waive street frontage requirements for certain lots of a new subdivision at 9240 River Road.


Applicant: Sammy Caves

Owner: Same

Acreage: 39.9 acres

Current Zoning Classification: RE1 (Residential Estate 1)

Current Use of Property: Undeveloped

Proposed Use of Property: Single family residential

Planning District: A

General Use: Rural Residential

Environmental Impacts: None

Surrounding Zoning: RE1 (Residential Estate 1) - North
RE1 (Residential Estate 1) - South
RE1 (Residential Estate 1) - East
RE1 (Residential Estate 1) - West

Traffic Impact: None

Planning Departments Recommendation:
CONDITIONAL APPROVAL based upon the fact that the strict enforcement of the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance is not applicable to the subject property. The recommended condition is: the access code to the gated entrance shall be provided to all Columbus Consolidated Government public safety entities.

Reasonableness of Request:
The proposed variance is reasonable because it conforms to the existing character of the surrounding area with compatible uses.

Attitude of Property Owners:

Other Recommendations:


Public Safety:
There are no existing issues with fire access and protection with this subdivision. The private easement is a paved road that is well maintained and of sufficient width for a fire truck (per Fire/EMS). Batten Creek subdivision has adequate fire hydrant proximity and is 0.4 miles from the nearest fire station. Proximity to hydrants and a fire station is excellent. However, the development shall be required to provide the access code to the gated entrance to all Columbus Consolidated Government public safety entities.

Public Works:
The Columbus Public Works Department provides trash pick-up for the Batten Creek subdivision. However, garbage trucks do not enter the gated subdivision. Residents are required to bring their trash to the gate.


In order to grant the requested variances, the City Council must make a decision that is based upon all of the following findings required by the variance regulations of the Columbus Zoning Ordinance:

(a) The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to the public safety, health, or welfare or injurious to other property;
(b) The conditions upon which the request for a variance is based are unique to the property for which the variance is sought and are not applicable generally to other property;
(c) Because of the particular physical surroundings, shape or topographical conditions of the specific property involved, a particular hardship to the owner would result, as distinguished from a mere inconvenience, if the strict letter of these regulations are carried out; and

(d) The variances will not in any manner vary the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan or Official Map.

The granting of this variance to waive the minimum street frontage requirement will not detract from the intent and spirit of the Zoning Ordinance and will not adversely impact the overall objectives of the area as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.


Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department
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