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Subject: (EXCP-10-15-2143) Special Exception Use request to allow for a place of worship with more than 250 seats located at 5301 Sidney Simons Boulevard, Columbus, Georgia.

George W. Mize, Jr. has submitted an application for the Special Exception Use cited above. The property is located in a GC (General Commercial) zoning district. The site for the proposed Place of Worship with more than 250 seats is the Rock Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Inc. at 5301 Sidney Simons Boulevard. The purpose of the Special Exception Use is to allow for the operation of a place of worship with over 250 seats located within the GC (General Commercial) zoning district:

Access into and out of the property in question will provide for adequate traffic and pedestrian safety. Anticipated traffic flow volumes will be increased due to the addition of seating within the sanctuary. Emergency vehicles will have adequate access to the principal structure and accessory uses. Services such as water, sewer, utilities, police, and fire protection will be adequate and serve the proposed use at this location. The hours of operation for this use will not have an adverse impact on the neighboring properties in the area. This structures height, size and location should match the uses found in other GC properties. The church currently exists in this location. The addition of new sanctuary (250+ seats) requires the need for a Special Exception Use.

The Planning Advisory Commission recommended Approval at the November 04, 2015 meeting.

The Planning Department recommends that the Council Approves the use because the application for a Special Exception use meets the criteria for approval.


Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department

Enclosure/ Attachment

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