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

REZN-3-14-0607

Applicant:The Planning Department
Owner:Development Authority of Columbus GA
LocationThe North East Portion of 6087 Technology Parkway
Acreage:43 acres
Current Zoning Classification:HMI (Heavy Manufacturing Industrial)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential Office)
Current Use of Property:Undeveloped
Proposed Use of Property:Business/Professional Office (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia)
Council District:District 6 (Allen)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended condition is as follows: Parking shall be restricted to 2,100 parking spaces. Any request for parking changes shall be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The condition is the same as the one recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:Fort Benning has no objections to the proposed rezoning request.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area E
Land Use Designation:
Park/Recreation/Conservation/Heavy Industrial
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: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 – HMI (heavy Manufactuing Industrial)/RE1 (Residential Estate 1)
South – HMI (heavy Manufactuing Industrial)
East – HMI (heavy Manufactuing Industrial)
West – HMI (heavy Manufactuing Industrial)
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 HMI 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:Four (4) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department has not received any comments in regards to this case.
Additional Information:Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) is planning to relocate their offices to this location, but the current zoning does not allow for office uses. Rezoning to RO is needed in order for them to open their business here. This parcel is located at the Muscogee Technology Park.

BCBSGA is planning to build a 3-story building with 235,000 sq. ft. and 1,850 parking stapes for employees and visitors. They are planning to have multiple entrances.
Final development plans must comply with all Tree and Landscape requirements of the UDO, in particular with parking lot requirements. Tree Density requirements must be based on entire lot size. Any existing trees that are counted for saving must be sustainable. Tree Landscape and Buffer plans produced by a separate entity from civil engineer must accompany civil plan. All Street Buffer requirements of the UDO must be met in final development design.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Fort Benning Notification Map
Site Plan
Traffic Analysis
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