The Columbus Consolidated Government
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-09-17-1876

Applicant:Juanita Lewis
Owner:Same
Location4261 St. Mary's Road
Acreage:1.12 acres
Current Zoning Classification:RO (Residential-Office) with conditions
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential-Office) w/o conditions
Current Use of Property:Day care center
Proposed Use of Property:Personal Care Home, Type II
Council District:District 1 (Barnes)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Approval based on the staff report and the fact it is compatible with existing land-uses.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional approval based on the fact it is compatible with existing land-uses. The recommended condition is a carry-over from the previous ordinance: the existing driveway shall be upgraded to a commercial driveway.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A
DRI Rcommendation:N/A
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area E
Future Land-Use: Single Family
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 a Site Development permit, if a permit is required.
City Services:The property is served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:This site shall meet the Codes and regulations of the Columbus Consolidated Government for residential and/or commercial usage.
Surrounding Zoning:North - SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
South - RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1) & SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
East - SFR1 (Single Family Residential 1) & SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
West - SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land-uses.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer Requirements
The site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the SFR2 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:Thirteen (13) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received zero calls and zero emails regarding the rezoning.
Additional Information:
The petitioner is requesting the rezoning condition change so housing can be located on the parcel. Ones indicated in red are currently UDO requirements and/or have been mitigated since the rezoning in 2003. The above described has the following conditions:

1. All lighting shall be deflected internally using deflector shields. – Now part of the UDO requirements

2. Any external trash dumpsters / compactors shall be visually obstructed by a structure that is aesthetically similar to the proposed project. – Now part of the UDO requirements

3. No external trash dumpsters / compactors shall be located along the property lines bordered by the R-IA zoning district. – Now part of the UDO requirements

4. Screening for air conditioners, refrigeration units, and heat pumps shall be required for all development on the property. – Now part of the UDO requirements

5. The existing driveway shall be upgraded to a commercial driveway.

6. The property shall be used as day care center administrative offices only until such time as traffic improvements are made to St. Mary’s Road. Improvements on St. Mary’s Road consisted of a roundabout at the intersection of Lakefront Drive, Northstar Drive and St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s is now connected to Old Cusseta through Bunker Hill Road and Antietam Drive

7. No housing shall be allowed on the property.

8. If the property subject to rezoning ceases to be used as day care center administrative offices, then the planning division shall rezone the property to R-1A.

9. The requirements of the Buffer Ordinance applicable to property zoned A-0 adjacent a residential district shall apply to the property subject to rezoning. – Now part of the UDO requirements

Attachments:Aerial.pdfExisting Land Use.pdfFuture Land Use.pdfCLRK_COUNCIL_XP_20030924_101521.pdf