The Columbus Consolidated Government
Planning Department
Post Office Box 1340 Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
Telephone (706) 653-4116
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Website: www.columbusga.org/planning






06/09/2016

Honorable Mayor and Councilors

City Manager

City Attorney

Clerk of Council

Subject:


(REZN-4-16-0793) Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in regards to the River Road Overlay District.

UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE REVISIONS
(Explanation of Revisions)

1. Explanation of Revisions: Amend by adding a Section 2.5.23.

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.

Sincerely,

Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department

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STAFF REPORT

Subject: (REZN-4-16-0793) Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in regards to the River Road Overlay District.


APPLICATION



PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT

Section 2.5.23 River Road Overlay District Ordinance



A. Purpose and Intent.

The purposes of this section are to:


B. Definitions. C. Applicability. D. Encouraged Uses.
E. Design Requirements/Access.
F. Building Placement, Height and Intensity.
G. Provisions for Specific Uses.

H. Gas Station Pump Islands.

I. Outside Display and Storage and Service Areas.

J. Stormwater Detention Facilities.
K. Architecture.

The following requirements shall apply to all properties lying within the River Road Corridor except single-family developments.

L. Land Use and Plan Review.


PLANNING ADVISORY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION

The PAC recommended conditional approval. The condition would stop the overlay district on the East side at Schley Creek.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION

The Planning Department recommends approval.


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