2018 Planning and Zoning Minutes

January 8, 2018

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES

January 8, 2018

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on January 8, 2018.  Chairperson Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Mark Revenew, Wade Simmons, Robert Wellmaker and John Winn.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Buckstine, seconded by Commissioner Winn, with no opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

1.      Requested zoning map amendment for approximately 93 acres located at the end of N. Rogers Street and Morgan Street for Satilla Capital Partners

Satilla Capital Partners, LLC has petitioned to rezone a portion of approximately 93.909 acres from R-1A (Single-Family Residential) and a C-2 (Heavy Commercial) zoning district to an R-3B (Multi-Family Residential) and an R-4 (Townhome and Condominium) zoning district.  The property is located at the end of N. Rogers Street and N. Morgan Street, adjacent to I-95 and bordered to the north by Pipemakers Canal.  The use will be for an assisted living facility, multi-family units, townhomes, single-family residential homes, commercial/billboards and an entry road.  Attorney Harold Yellin presented the request, stating that this request is the most viable choice, based on past rezoning petitions for multi-family (R3) zoning, which was withdrawn by the petitioner, and a petition for industrial zoning being denied.  Further, that there are no plans to access from the south of the property, except for emergency access.  Mr. Yellin added that while the development is similar to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) in that it is mixed-use residential, it does not meet the City’s requirements, which is 500 acres. Also, that the area is shown as a commercial zone on the City’s Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use map.  Commissioner Simmons questioned whether access from the south would be limited to emergency vehicles only, wherein Mr. Yellin was in agreement. Several residents of Benton Drive, N. Morgan Street and Rogers Street expressed concern over the potential for an increase in drainage problems, since a portion of this area is located within a flood zone, their roads being opened up for access to the property and the location of the construction entrance.  Beverly Holbrook, resident of Pooler, expressed concerns over the potential of overcrowding schools in this area. Commissioner Buckstine asked if a preliminary site plan could be submitted to see if the concerns are going to be addressed, with Ryan Thompson, of Thomas & Hutton, in agreement. After further discussion and review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, with the conditions that access from the south will be limited to emergency vehicles only, and a preliminary site plan of the overall development being submitted for approval, specifically addressing at least the drainage and traffic issues as well as the plans for the individual components of the development. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Revenew and passed without opposition.

 

2.      Requested side yard building setback variance for Satilla Capital Partners

Attorney Harold Yellin requested the item be tabled.  This request was honored.

 

3.      Conditional use request to construct a nursing home in an R-1A zoning district

Attorney Harold Yellin requested the item be tabled.  This request was honored.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

1.       Site plan/landscape plan review for The Pete Store at 101 Barrow Drive

This request was tabled at the December 11, 2017 meeting due to the petitioner not being present to address Commissioner Buckstines’ concern over the landscaping plan and the lack of any trees being on the site and Commissioner Simmons’ concern over the loading/unloading area being at Barrow Drive, which is the only way in and out of Fire Station #3. Randy Richter, of Coleman Company, Inc. stated that a driveway has been planned to access Pine Meadow Drive. Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan and Mr. Richter stating that 16 trees have been added, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1.      Revised plat review for 100 & 105 Distribution Drive

Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, Inc. presented a revised subdivision plat for 100 & 105 Distribution Drive to remove the 100’ undisturbed buffer.  After discussion regarding the buffer being a condition placed on the rezoning of this property several years ago, Mr. Burke asked that the item be tabled.  Commissioner Winn made a motion to table.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

2.      Posting of a maintenance bond/final plat review for Harmony, Phase 4

Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, Inc. presented a maintenance bond and the final plat for Phase 4 of Harmony Subdivision. Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the final plat.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

 

 

3.      Site plan/landscape plan review for Maui Plaza, Phase 2

Due to the petitioner not being present, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to table the item.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition. 

 

4.      Site plan/landscape plan review for Pooler  Dental at 2140 Pooler Parkway

Charles Page, of Hill Foley Rosso, LLC presented the site plan for Pooler Dental, a 4,000 sq. ft. office with 32 parking spaces. Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Simmons, to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council.  Motion passed without opposition. In regards to the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine questioned if the buffer adjacent to Westbrook Lane would remain, wherein Mr. Page replied that he has met with a representative of Savannah Quarters and will obtain their approval of the plan prior to any trees being removed.  Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve the landscape plan, contingent upon the trees in the area adjacent to Westbrook Lane not being cleared.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Revenew and passed without opposition.

 

5.      Site plan/landscape plan review for The Karate Studio at 811 S. Rogers Street

Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, Inc. presented the site plan for a 9,900 sq. ft. building on S. Rogers Street.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

6.      Site plan/landscape plan review for Southeastern Freight Lines expansion at 1717 Old Dean Forest Road

Michael Newman, of Ayercorp, Inc. presented the site plan for an expansion and loading dock at Southeastern Freight Lines.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addresses prior to the plan being submitted to Council.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Revenew and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan and Mr. Newman agreeing to replace the Loblolly Pines with trees from the City’s preferred tree list, Commissioner Winn made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon $3,450.00 being paid to the tree bank.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Revenew and passed without opposition.

 

 

 

7.      Preliminary site plan review for At Home located on Outparcel 20-Outlet Mall of Georgia

Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, Inc. presented a preliminary site plan for At Home, a 108,490 sq. ft. retail building.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Revenew made a motion to recommend approval of the preliminary site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Winn and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:25 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Revenew and passed without opposition.

                       

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Kimberly Classen                                                                                                                                Zoning Administrator