STAFF REPORT

REZN-5-14-0996

Applicant:Bob Smith/Waverly Terrace Senior Apartments, LLP
Owner:Muscogee County School District
Location1112 29th Street
Acreage:2.795 acres
Current Zoning Classification:RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)
Proposed Zoning Classification:RO (Residential Office)
Current Use of Property:School (Previous Academic Success Center)
Proposed Use of Property:Multifamily Apartments (Senior Apartments)
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. The recommended conditions are as follows:

1. Allow for a reduction in the total amount of parking spaces required from 140 to 108 parking spaces, which is a 23% reduction.
2. Allow for a reduction in the minimum parking space dimensions form 9’ x 20’ to 9’ x 18’.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The Planning Department recommends the same conditions as those recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A.
DRI Rcommendation:N/A.
General Land Use:Inconsistent
Planning Area D
Land Use Designation:
Single Family Residential
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 – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)
South – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)
East – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)/MROD (Mill Restoration Overlay District)/GC (Genral Commercial/NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
West – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)/HIST (Historic)/GC (Genral Commercial)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactNo school impact.
Buffer RequiremntsNo side and rear buffer are required.
Attitude of Property Owners:Sixty Nine (69) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received one email from an individual who is in support of the case. He wants this site to be redeveloped so that it can improve the area. We also had two citizens who attended the PAC meeting and expressed support for this proposed redevelopment.
Additional Information:The purpose of this rezoning request is to rehabilitate the existing building, which was uses as a school, to build 80 multifamily senior dwelling units: 8-studio, 32-1 bed, 32-2 bed and 8-3 Bed.

The current zoning classification (RMF1) allows them to build multifamily apartments but at a much lower density, 14.5 units per acre, compared to the proposed zoning classification (RO) which allows for 43 units per acre.

The applicants are planning to provide a total of 108 parking spaces which is under the requirement established in Section 4.3.11 of the UDO. They are requesting the following conditions:

1. Allow for a reduction in the total amount of parking spaces required from 140 to 108 parking spaces, which is a 23% reduction.
2. Allow for a reduction in the minimum parking space dimensions form 9’ x 20’ to 9’ x 18’.

This property is also located within the Waverly Terrace Historic District, so BHAR approval is needed before conducting the rehabilitation of this building.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Building Concept Drawing
Site Plan
Traffic Analysis
Collage
ALL.pdf