Clerk of Council
(REZN-4-16-0793) Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in regards to the River Road Overlay District.
The River Road Overlay District is proposed as additional requirements for development along River Road, from all lands that are undeveloped and/or any developed lands that are redeveloped after the date of adoption of this ordinance which are located within 750 feet of the right-of-way of River Road (starting at intersection with J.R. Allen Parkway and River Road and running north along River Road to the Harris County line) with a 750-foot depth at each intersection, or as shown on the official zoning map of the Columbus Consolidated Government.. The proposed ordinance is attached.
A total of seven hundred and eighty (780) property owners within 750 feet of the subject properties were notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Department has received approximately four (4) calls/emails in support of the case. They agree with enhancement of aesthetic qualities of development within the River Road corridor. One of the callers was in opposition. His concerns are about the new design requirements for proposed commercial development within the River Road corridor. Some other callers were inquiring about the purpose of this overlay district and implications in this area.
The Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) considered this text amendment at their meeting on May 18, 2019. The PAC recommended conditional approval. The condition would stop the overlay district on the East side at Schley Creek.
The Planning Department recommends approval.
Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department
Ordinance FINAL Draft River Road Overlay_to schley road.pdf
The purposes of this section are to:
2. These standards shall apply to all redevelopment activities. Redevelopment is defined as one or more of the following:
(A)Vehicular Access to Site. Within the Corridor, the subdivision of lots along an arterial road shall not be allowed if designed so that each lot has its own individual access to the major road unless approved by the Director of Engineering. Each pod of development, or if subdivided, each lot (including out parcels), shall be connected with on-site access to a frontage road or interconnecting driveway, rather than directly to the arterial road.
(B) Interparcel Access. All land parcels, excluding single-family residential, fronting the Corridor right-of-way shall have interparcel connectivity via either a frontage road or a travel way that is delineated from parking areas such that short trips between developments can be made without use of the major road within the corridor. Within a focus area, development shall interconnect with the road or travel way network of any adjacent development or site within the focus area unless the Director of Engineering determines such connection would constitute an undue hardship.
(3) When parking areas are provided in a front yard (in between a public road right-of-way and a principal building), a combination of landscaped earthen berm and evergreen hedge with a minimum height of 18 inches shall be used. The total height of landscaped earthen berm and hedge combination shall reach a minimum height of 2.5 feet at planting. Screening shall be located in the planting yard if it does not impede other uses or purposes of the yard.
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