The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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Date: 07/01/2014

To: Honorable Mayor and Councilors
City Manager
City Attorney
Clerk of Council

Subject: (VARI-07-14-001454) Hardship variance to waive street frontage requirements for certain lots of a new subdivision at 7827 Layfield Road.


Applicant: Mitchell Watkins

Owner: Same

Acreage: 162.8 Acres

Current Zoning Classification: RE1 – Residential Estate 1

Current Use of Property: Undeveloped / 1 Single Family Residential Structure

Proposed Use of Property: Same

Planning District: B

General Use: Rural / Residential

Environmental Impacts: None

Surrounding Zoning: RE1- Residential Estate 1 - North
RE1- Residential Estate 1 - South
RE1- Residential Estate 1 - East
RE1- Residential Estate 1 - West

Traffic Impact: None

Planning Departments Recommendation:
CONDITIONAL APPROVAL based upon the fact that the strict enforcement of the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance is not applicable to the subject property. Said condition is that any new access easements be adequate for fire truck access and turn-around ability.

Reasonableness of Request:
The proposed variance is reasonable because it conforms to the existing character of the surrounding area with compatible uses.

Attitude of Property Owners:

Other Recommendations:


Public Safety:

Public Works:


In order to grant the requested variances, the City Council must make a decision that is based upon all of the following findings required by the variance regulations of the Columbus Zoning Ordinance:

(a) The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to the public safety, health, or welfare or injurious to other property;
(b) The conditions upon which the request for a variance is based are unique to the property for which the variance is sought and are not applicable generally to other property;
(c) Because of the particular physical surroundings, shape or topographical conditions of the specific property involved, a particular hardship to the owner would result, as distinguished from a mere inconvenience, if the strict letter of these regulations are carried out; and

(d) The variances will not in any manner vary the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan or Official Map.

Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department
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