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

REZN-04-16-0711

Applicant:Ben Boles
Owner:Richard Ensminger
Location2285, 2300 & 2312 Whittlesey Road, 189-017-020, 189-017-021 & 189-017-022
Acreage:2.38 Acres
Current Zoning Classification:LMI (Light Manufacturing and Industrial) & NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
Proposed Zoning Classification:GC (General Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Ensminger Crane Service and Office Space
Proposed Use of Property:Retail & Restaurants
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:Conditional approval based on compatibility with existing land uses and development of the surrounding area as a regional commercial center. The properties are surrounded by Right-of-Way on all three sides. Buffer requirements for these properties should be waived.
Fort Benning's Rcommendation:N/A
DRI Rcommendation:N/A
General Land Use:
Inconsistent
Planning Area F
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:Properties are served by all city services.
Traffic Impact:Traffic Impact will increase slightly on Whittlesey Road do to the change in land use. This section of Whittlesey Road is currently under construction and will move from a two lane road to a four land with a turning lane. LOS should not be effected.
Surrounding Zoning:North – GC (General Commercial)
South – LMI (Light Manufacturing and Industrial)
East – LMI (Light Manufacturing and Industrial)
West – LMI (Light Manufacturing and Industrial)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land-uses. This is an expansion of current services provided within the area of Whittlesey Boulevard and Bradley Park Drive.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer RequirementsStandard Buffer requirements, if not waived, are described below.

The site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the LMI 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:Ten (10) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received one call and zero emails regarding the rezoning.
Additional Information:None
Attachments:Future Land Use.pdfFuture Land Use.pdfLand Use.pdfLand Use.pdfREZN-04-16-0711 2300 Whittelsey Road (GC)_site plan.tifREZN-04-16-0711 2300 Whittelsey Road (GC)_site plan.tif