The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-01-16-0136

Applicant:Columbus Consolidated Government
Owner:Columbus Consolidated Government
Location3508 Oberlin Drive, 072-008-008
Acreage:2.99 Acre
Current Zoning Classification:SFR1 (Single Family Residential 1)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential Office)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped
Proposed Use of Property:Botanical Gardens and Education
Council District:District 2 (Davis)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Approval based on the staff report and compatibility with existing land uses
Planning Departments Recommendation:Approval based on compatibility with existing land uses and future land use within the Comprehensive Plan.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A
DRI Rcommendation:N/A
General Land Use:Consistent
Planning Area A
Environmental Impacts:The developer will need an approved drainage plan prior to issuance of a Site Development permit, if a permit is required.
City Services:Properties are served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:This rezoning request does not anticipate generating a negative impact on the transportation network.
Surrounding Zoning:North – GC (General Commercial)
South – SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3)
East – SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2)
West –GC (General Commercial)
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 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:Sixteen (16) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received two calls and/or emails in opposition regarding this rezoning.
Additional Information:The Botanical Gardens have been in existence at this location for a number of years. However, when designated, it was on state property which supersedes local zoning laws. Today the property belongs to a non-profit and any expansion fall under said zoning laws.
Attachments:Land Use and Zoning Map.pdfFuture Land Use.pdf14117_Columbus BG_Plan_site plan.pdf