The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
Telephone (706) 653-4116
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Applicant:St. Francis Hospital, Inc./Rick Lowe
Owner:St. Francis Hospital, Inc.
Location4119, 4121, 4123 Maxwell Street; 4152, 4148, 4142 St. Francis Avenue; 4042, 4036, 4030 and 4031 Acacia Drive
Acreage:2.68 acres
Current Zoning Classification:SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential Office)
Current Use of Property:Single Family Residences/Vacant Lot
Proposed Use of Property:Parking Lot
Council District:District 8 (McDaniel)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended conditions are:
1. Off-Site Parking shall be permitted for distances in excess of 500 feet to allow St. Francis Hospital to shuttle employees back and forth to the Columbus Airport, 3250 W. Britt David Road, Columbus, GA 31907.

2. St. Francis Hospital shall maintain an off-site parking agreement for a minimum of 511 parking spaces until permanent parking is established On-site on the St. Francis Hospital campus, including the area to be rezoned, all as shown on Exhibit “A” attached hereto (hereinafter referred to as the “Campus”) and on any other property within the area of the Campus that has been subsequently rezoned for such parking purposes, or until the additional parking provided for under the off-site parking agreement is no longer needed as determined by the Traffic Engineering Manager.

3. The Traffic Engineering Manager and the Inspections and Code Enforcement Director shall check the normal daily parking demand for St. Francis Hospital after the 2013 building project reaches 95% occupancy. The parking demand may be checked subsequently on six (6) month intervals to determine if the On-site parking capacity for St. Francis Hospital within the Campus and any other property within the area of the Campus that has been rezoned for St. Francis Hospital parking purposes meets the normal parking demand.

4. Should said parking surveys determine that there is adequate parking on the Campus and any other property within the area of the Campus that has been rezoned for such parking purposes upon completion of on-site parking, the Traffic Engineering Manager, with concurrence from the Inspections and Code Enforcement Director, is authorized to notify St. Francis Hospital in writing that the off-site parking agreement is no longer needed.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and consistent with the future land-use map of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan, for the property located at 4031 Acacia Drive. The Planning Department recommends the same conditions as those recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Consistent (4031 Acacia) and Inconsistent
Planning Area D
Land Use Designation:
Office/Professional and Single Family Residential
Environmental Impacts:The properties do 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: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 –SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)/RO (Residential Office)
South – SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)/RO (Residential Office)/NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
East – SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)/RO (Residential Office)/RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
West – SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)/RO (Residential Office)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactN/A.
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the SFR3 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:Forty (40) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received one comment in opposition. Her concerns were increased pollution, traffic, reduced amount of green areas, noise and reduced value of properties in the area.
Additional Information:The purpose of this rezoning request is to build a 380 employee parking lot for St. Francis Hospital, 265 of those spaces will be located within these ten (10) lots. All other spaces are already rezoned, in the process of being rezoned (REZN-4-13-1799) or will be rezoned at a later date (REZN-8-13-2817). This parking area will be used from Monday thru Friday dayshift only in order to provide convenient parking for St. Francis’ patients and their families.
The Traffic Engineering Department and Planning Department reviewed the parking study provided by St. Francis Hospital and determined that there is a need for an additional 511 spaces that could be resolved by keeping the off-site/share parking agreement that they currently have with the Columbus Airport and St. Francis Hospital, Inc.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Exhibit A
Traffic Analysis
ST FRANCIS-WOODRUFF ROAD LAYOUT-K#2.pdfREZN-7-13-2614 Traffic Analysis.pdfLand Use.pdfFuture Land Use Map.pdfExhibit A - St Francis Hospital Campus.pdfConcept Plans.pdfCollage.pdf