The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-3-14-0584

Applicant:The Planning Department
Owner:Housing Authority of Columbus/Development Authority of Columbus Georgia
Location1532 and 1544 Benning Drive; 3551 Victory Drive; 3512 Levy Drive
Acreage:17.63 acres
Current Zoning Classification:RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Demolished Structures (Old Baker High School Site)
Proposed Use of Property:General Restaurant, General Retail, Grocery or Food Store, Business and Professional Office
Council District:District 3 (Huff)
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 and partially meets the future land use designation according to the 2028 Comprehensive Plan.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:Fort Benning has no objections to the proposed rezoning request.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Partially consistent
Planning Area C
Land Use Designation:
Mixed Use (1532)/Public Institutional (1544)/General Commercial (3551 & 3512)
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. No significant traffic impact to the surrounding properties and streets will occur, if access criterion is addressed. Parking will be reviewed when plans are submitted.
Surrounding Zoning:North – RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/GC (General Commercial)
South – GC (General Commercial)
East – RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/GC (General Commercial)/LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)
West – RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)/GC (General Commercial)/SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactNo school impact.
Buffer RequirementsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the RMF2 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:Thirty Two (32) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received two inquiries about this case. They wanted to know more details about the proposed project.
Additional Information:The City of Columbus has partnered with the Housing Authority to assemble these parcels to then resell them to a developer for commercial purposes. The current zoning does not allow for commercial uses; therefore, rezoning is needed.

Some of these properties are located within the Victory Drive Overlay District, so additional standards need to be met.

Also, these lots are located within the City’s Enterprise Zone whose main purpose is to help create employment for its residents and help revitalize the area.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Ft. Benning Proximity Map
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