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STAFF REPORT

REZN-10-13-3158

Applicant:RETEL Services/Kathy Kelly-Jacobs
Owner:Brookstone School, Inc.
LocationSouthwest Portion of 5576 River Road
Acreage:1.0 acre
Current Zoning Classification:SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
Proposed Zoning Classification:NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped
Proposed Use of Property:Wireless Communication Facility (Monopole)
Council District:District 2 (Davis)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The rezoning is needed in order to make that area of the parcel match the existing zoning classification which is NC.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area A
Land Use Designation:
Single Family Residential
Environmental Impacts:The property lies within the 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 – NC (Neighborhood Commercial)/
SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)/RO (Residential Office)
South – N/A
East – SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
West – SFR1 & 2 (Single Family Residential 1 & 2)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactN/A.
Buffer RequirementsN/A.
Attitude of Property Owners:Eight (8) property owners within 1,000 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department has not received any comments in regards to this case.
Additional Information:The applicant is seeking to rezone the property to NC to then get a special exception granted to build the new cell tower structure for AT&T. A separate special exception request has been submitted (EXCP-10-13-3159).

The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) indicates under Table 3.2.10 - Section 4.2.72 that new cell towers are not allowed in a single family residential zoning classification. New towers are allowed with a special exception in a neighborhood commercial zoning district.

AT&T proposes to build a 150' monopole that will be constructed to hold a minimum of four (4) wireless carriers. The subject property is approximately forty-two (42) acres and is currently undeveloped. AT&T is leasing a 100 x l00 footprint from Brookstone School for the construction of the wireless facility. It is the intent to leave as much of the natural vegetation as possible on the property and around the facility. They will be planting 8' evergreens around the compound where the natural vegetation has to be removed. The proposed facility meets all required setbacks from any residential structure. They will be entering the Facility from an existing drive along River Road.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Coverage Map (Before vs. After)
Concept Plans
Pictures (Existing)

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