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STAFF REPORT

REZN-5-13-2118

Applicant:Tracie Sumbler
Owner:Mary Gardner Walker and Deanna Davis
Location1347 and 1353 23rd Street
Acreage:0.284 acre
Current Zoning Classification:RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1)
Proposed Zoning Classification:NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
Current Use of Property:Vacant / Real Estate Office
Proposed Use of Property:Restaurant, General & Take-Out
Council District:District 8 (McDaniel)
Planning Advisory Commission's Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses. The recommended conditions are: 1) Neon signs shall be prohibited and 2) the property shall be used for a general restaurant and take-out restaurant only.
Planning Departments Recommendation:Conditional Approval based on the fact that the request is compatible with existing land uses and the structure is an existing commercial building. The recommended conditions are the same as those recommended by the Planning Advisory Commission with one amendment to Condition #2 and two additional conditions: 2) the property shall be used as a restaurant (general and/or take-out) or office only, 3) the number of required parking spaces shall be reduced from 25 spaces to 20 spaces, and 4) a Type C, Option 2 buffer shall be required for the portions of the properties abutting an RMF1 zoning district. Said buffer shall be reduced from 10 feet of plantings to 0 feet of plantings. A wood fence or masonry wall shall be required.
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.
Surrounding Zoning:North – RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1)
South – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)
East – RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1)
West – RMF1 (Residential Multifamily 1)
Reasonableness of RequestThe request is compatible with existing land uses.
School ImpactN/A
Buffer RequiremntsThe site shall include a Category C buffer along all property lines bordered by the RMF2 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:Forty-four (44) property owners within 300 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department received comments at PAC regarding this case. No one opposed the case.
Additional Information:This proposed project is located within the East Highland Redevelopment area.

The applicant is proposing to use the existing 1,869 SF building for a take- out/general restaurant use. They will provide a total of 20 parking spaces, including 2 handicapped accessible spaces.

The applicant is requesting to add the following conditions: 1) Allow for a reduction in the number of parking spaces from 25 to 20 (change from 1 space per
75 SF to 1 space per 94 SF) and 2) Allow for a reduction on the Type C, option 2 buffer from 10 feet to 0 feet required along all properties bordered by RMF1 zoning district.

The reason for this request is that in order to incorporate most of the parking required, there won’t be room to incorporate the buffer required. Although, the applicant is planning to add either a wood fence or masonry wall as required under Section 4.5.6 of the UDO.
Attachments:Aerial Land Use Map
Future Land-Use Map
Concept Plan
Traffic Analysis
Building photo
Land Use - UPDATED JUNE 4.pdfFuture Land Use UPDATED JUNE 4.pdfSite Plan UPDATED.pdfREZN-5-13-2118 Traffic Analysis UPDATED.pdfIMG_3592.JPG