Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

04/10/2018

Agenda Report # 102


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Whitesville Walk Variance Request -1312 Woodville Court-Lot 15 C

INITIATED BY: Engineering Department


Recommendation: Denial is requested for a variance request for platting and development of Lot 15 C, Whitesville Walk, to Article 8 of Chapter 7 of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) City Code Section 7.8.3 -Design Standards for Streets requiring the installation of a cul-de-sac when the logical extension of a subdivision is terminated.

Background: Section 7.8.3.H requires the developer to provide a cul-de-sac for a dead end street where the logical extension of the street is terminated due to lack of future access to adjoining property. The 2012 Fire Code requires a turnaround for any access roads in excess of 150 feet. Engineering has consulted with the required departments with the Fire Department, Public Works being opposed.

Analysis: During the original development approved it was proposed to extend the subdivision to the adjoining property for future expansion. In our conversations with Mr. Leary it is our understanding that is no longer feasible due to lack of interest by adjoining property owners. The development was approved with a note that a temporary turn around would be required. Approval of the lot without a turnaround would be in violation of the Fire Code. It would also require ambulances, garbage trucks and other larger vehicles to reverse down the street or use private driveways to turn around.

Financial Considerations: Any future problems with the road being extended without a proper turn around would be at the expense of the City.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City is responsible for maintenance of all public streets.

Legal Considerations: Council recently approved Ordinance No. 18-4 providing Council authority to grant variances to 7.8.3-Design Standards for Streets.

Recommendations/ Actions: Denial is requested for a variance request for platting and development of Lot 15 C, Whitesville Walk, to Article 8 of Chapter 7 of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) City Code Section 7.8.3 -Design Standards for Streets requiring the installation of a cul-de-sac when the logical extension of a subdivision is terminated.



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A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A VARIANCE TO CITY CODE SECTION 7.8.3.H -DESIGN STANDARDS REQUIRING A PERMANENT CUL-DE-SAC OR TEMPORARY TURN-AROUND AT THE END OF A DEAD END STREET WHEN THE LOGICAL EXTENSION OF THE STREET IS TERMINATED; AUTHORIZE THE PLAT AND DEVELOP LOT 15 "C", FOURTH ADDITION TO WHITESVILLE WALK WITHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY TURN-AROUND OR PERMANENT CUL-DE-SAC.

WHEREAS, James E. McVay representing the owner Leary & Brown, Inc. is the owner of the remnant Lot 15 "C" in the proposed Fourth Addition to Whitesville Walk; and,

WHEREAS, City Code 7.8.3.H of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) requires a Cul-de-sac or temporary turn-around at the end of dead-end streets; and,

WHEREAS, there are no immediate plans to extend the street nor has a permanent or temporary cul-de-sac been provided; and,

WHEREAS, the owner of the lot has requested a variance to the requirement to provide a permanent or temporary turn-around in order to plat the lot and construct a single family residence.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That a variance is hereby authorized to Leary & Brown, Inc. to City Code 7.8.3.H and to plat and develop Lot 15 "C" in the Fourth Addition to Whitesville Walk without construction of a permanent Cul-de-sac or temporary turn-around.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ____ day of _________ 2018 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



_______________________________ ________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


A RESOLUTION
NO. _____


A RESOLUTION DENYING A VARIANCE TO CITY CODE SECTION 7.8.3.H -DESIGN STANDARDS REQUIRING A PERMANENT CUL-DE-SAC OR TEMPORARY TURN-AROUND AT THE END OF A DEAD END STREET WHEN THE LOGICAL EXTENSION OF THE STREET IS TERMINATED; DENY THE PLAT AND DEVELOPMENT OF LOT 15 "C", FOURTH ADDITION TO WHITESVILLE WALK WITHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY TURN-AROUND OR PERMANENT CUL-DE-SAC.

WHEREAS, James E. McVay representing the owner Leary & Brown, Inc. is the owner of the remnant Lot 15 "C" in the proposed Fourth Addition to Whitesville Walk; and,

WHEREAS, City Code 7.8.3.H of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) requires a Cul-de-sac or temporary turn-around at the end of dead-end streets; and,

WHEREAS, there are no immediate plans to extend the street nor has a permanent or temporary cul-de-sac been provided; and,

WHEREAS, the owner of the lot has requested a variance to the requirement to provide a permanent or temporary turn-around in order to plat the lot and construct a single family residence; and,

WHEREAS, the staff recommendations presented to Council by the Public Safety and Public Works Departments suggest that the granting of a variance would interfere with the provision of City services along the impacted street, and inhibit the access of public safety vehicles into the affected area. Accordingly, the findings necessary for a variance to be granted pursuant to Section 7.8.3 K. of the UDO could not be made.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That a variance is hereby denied to Leary & Brown, Inc. to 7.8.3.K of the UDO and deny approval of a plat and development of Lot 15 "C" in the Fourth Addition to Whitesville Walk without construction of a permanent Cul-de-sac or temporary turn-around.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the ____ day of _________ 2018 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



_______________________________ ________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor