The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
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Applicant:Rob McKenna
Owner:Columbus Botanical Gardens, INC
Location3603 Weems Road, 071-006-009
Acreage:18.00 Acres
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:A small portion on the Southeast quadrant lies 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:Properties are served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:This rezoning request does not anticipate generating a negative impact on the transportation network. Current Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) on Weems Road is 6,540. Projected AADT will be 7,349 and retain a Level of Service (LOS) of C. AADT for the proposed development will increase by 251 trips a week. Trips will increase by 40 for the weekday, 211 for Saturday and Sunday will increase by 72 trips.
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:Eighty five (85) 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 the 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