The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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STAFF REPORT

REZN-11-13-3414

Applicant:Southeast Management/Ricardo Goddard
Owner:Southeast Management Company/Lofts at Swift Mill, LLC./Swift Mill Commercial Park, LLC
Location1510, 1506, 1426 and 1410 6th Avenue
Acreage:7.942 acres
Current Zoning Classification:LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial) /UPT (Uptown) with Conditions
Proposed Zoning Classification:UPT (Uptown) with Amended Conditions
Current Use of Property:Two (2) Vacant Properties and One (1) Residential Building
Proposed Use of Property:Multifamily Dwellings and Offices
Council District:District 7 (Woodson)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and consistent with future land uses of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan. The recommended amended conditions are:

Amend by deleting condition #1 that read as follows:

1. The developer shall comply with the site plan for "Swift Mill Redevelopment Project" drawn by Gullatte Associates, Inc., dated May 17, 2010 and said site plan is hereby incorporated by reference.

Keeping conditions #2 and #3 as they are written and extending them to all parcels in this request:


2. The developer shall install and maintain an eight-foot high privacy fence and adjacent landscaping to include shrubbery as specified by the City Arborist.

3. The developer shall include a noise disclosure statement concerning the adjacent railyard in each lease or deed to any of the property subject to rezoning. Said noise disclosure statements shall be filed by the developer or any owner in the records of the Clerk of the Muscogee County Superior Court along with any lease or deeds of record related to the property subject to rezoning. A sample noise disclosure statement is attached to this ordinance.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and consistent with future land uses of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Department recommends the same conditions as those recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission plus one additional condition:

4. The proposed development shall meet the Property Development Regulations for Mixed-Uses in the Uptown (UPT) zoning district.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Consistent
Planning Area D
Land Use Designation:
High Density Mixed Use
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:The area 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 – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/RMF2 (Residential Multifamily 2)
South – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/GC (General Commercial)/UPT (Uptown)
East – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/GC (General Commercial)
West – LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial)/UPT (Uptown)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School Impact
School
13-14 Enrollment
Capacity
Available Space
Anticipated Impact on School
Downtown Elementary (PK – 5)
527
550
23
1
Double Churches Middle School (6 – 8)
468
650
182
Jordan School (9 – 12)
723
1200
477
Projection
10 (2) bedroom Units: 10 x 6% = .6 (1) students


The other 57 one bedroom units will have minimum impact on our schools.
Buffer RequirementsThe Unified Development Ordinance does not address buffering in the UPT zoning district abutting property LMI zones.
Attitude of Property Owners:Twenty Two (22) 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:The applicant applied to rezone part of these properties back in 2010 under case # REZN-4-10-3966 (the original plan is attached). The request was approved with conditions under ordinance # 10-33. A total of 3 conditions were approved under their request. They are as follows:

1. The developer shall comply with the site plan for "Swift Mill Redevelopment Project" drawn by Gullatte Associates, Inc., dated May 17, 2010 and said site plan is hereby incorporated by reference.

2. The developer shall install and maintain an eight-foot high privacy fence and adjacent landscaping to include shrubbery as specified by the City Arborist.

3. The developer shall include a noise disclosure statement concerning the adjacent railyard in each lease or deed to any of the property subject to rezoning. Said noise disclosure statements shall be filed by the developer or any owner in the records of the Clerk of the Muscogee County Superior Court along with any lease or deeds of record related to the property subject to rezoning. A sample noise disclosure statement is attached to this ordinance.

Due to casualty, part of the mills were burned to the ground which will not allow them to meet the original plan which was incorporated as a condition, so the purpose of this application is to amend some of the conditions and include one parcel which has an LMI zoning classification.

The applicant is asking to amend condition #1 by deleting it.

The Planning Department is recommending adding a new condition to maintain the consistency of the development as far as setback requirements go.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Site Plan
Traffic Analysis
Ordinance # 10-33
Original Concept Plan
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