The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
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01/29/2019

Honorable Mayor and Councilors

City Manager

City Attorney

Clerk of Council

Subject: (REZN-01-19-0007) Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) regarding Table 3.1.1. – Health and Fitness Facilities to read as follows:


Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department

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STAFF REPORT




APPLICATION

(REZN-01-19-0007) Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) regarding Table 3.1.1. – Health and Fitness Facilities to read as follows:

PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT
Use
Category
HISTRE10RE5RE1RTSFR1SFR2SFR3SFR4RMF1RMF2MHPUPTCRDNCROCOGCSACLMIHMITECHNOTES
Health & Fitness FacilitySEPPPPPPP
PLANNING ADVISORY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION

The Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) considered this text amendment at their meeting on January 16, 2018. The PAC recommended denial with a 4-3-1 vote.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION

The Planning Department recommends approval.

MAPS & PHOTOS

Additional Information:
This Text Amendment would allow Health and Fitness Facilities into the Historic District as a Special Exception Use.

Background:
In August 2018, a permit for building alterations at 710 Front Avenue were issued to the contractor and the plans were approved. In September-October 2018, inspections were performed and the occupant (Crossfit CSG) received a Certificate of Completion. On October 8, Joanne Cogle, the business owner, came in to pull a Certificate of Occupancy for a Health & Fitness Facility. However, said use is not a permitted use in the HIST zoning district. Upon consultation with the Planning Department, it was deemed a government facility (where zoning does not typically apply). Ms. Cogle was permitted to operate.

On November 12, 2018, the Planning Department received an email of complaint from a neighbor. The Planning Department forwarded the email to the City Attorney’s Office for an opinion. After some back and forth with the neighbor, the City Attorney ruled on November 16 that the property was not exempt from zoning due to OCGA 50-8-2, which concerns regional commissions (the River Valley Regional Commission is part owner of the building). Special Enforcement is sent to the property on December 3 to advise the business owner to come into zoning compliance.

Ms. Cogle appeared on the December 11 City Council Public Agenda to request a temporary Certificate of Occupancy until she can pursue the rezoning/text amendment process. Council was presented with two options: rezone the property from HIST district to CRD district or amend the text of the UDO to allow Health & Fitness Facilities as a Special Exception Use in the HIST district.