2015 Planning Agenda

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January 12, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 12, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 12, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by LeNolon Edge. Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

Chairman Samuel Bostick administered the Oath of Office to our newly appointed Alternate, Brian Cornwell and our newly appointed Commissioner, Blair Jeffcoat.

Samuel Bostick was elected to serve another year as Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board and LeNolon Edge was elected to serve as Co-Chairman.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.         Forest Lakes, Phase 4 Plat Revision to add a 20’ drainage easement between lots 14 and 15: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. The revision includes the addition of a 20’ drainage easement between lots 14 and 15 for future access to potential drainage systems to the north of the property.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the plat revision for Phase 4 of Forest Lakes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

2.         Posting of Performance Bond / Final Plat Review for Hunt Club, Phase 4A: Hal Kraft with Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung Engineering, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 38 single-family lots and is located off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway at the end of Westwind Drive. The developer is seeking to have the plat approved and recorded by posting a performance bond to guarantee the completion of the infrastructure. Mr. Kraft stated that the adjacent wetlands referenced are isolated and were previously permitted by the Corps of Engineers.  The permit expired and the developer is in the process of renewing it, which will allow this area to be filled as needed. As a result, the plans were revised and approved for the relocation of Safari Drive for access to a future phase of this development. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend posting of the performance bond and approval of the final plat for The Hunt Club, Phase 4A, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Edge made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

















                                                                           


January 26, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 26, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 26, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Petition for Amendment to the Zoning Conditions on the R-8 Tract: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Burke stated that Mayor & Council approved the original amendment to the Godley Station PUD Master Plan on January 17, 2006, placing conditions and restrictions on the use and development of the property known as the R-8 Tract, including a non access easement agreement for the public into the Worthington Community so that no future access would be available. Further, stating that the proposed amendments would increase the allowed density within the designated multi-family portion of the R-8 Tract from 210 to 221 units, and add New or Used Auto Sales & Service as a permitted use on Tract 5.  PUBLIC COMMENTS: Holly Young, resident of Worthington Subdivision, appeared before the board stating that this tract of land is deed restricted and presented a copy of the recorded deed to the board for their review. Further, she stated that there is a major difference between deed restrictions and development standards, and that in the deed it states this declaration shall have perpetual duration unless prohibited or limited by law. Ms. Young defined the word perpetual as “lasting for an indefinitely long time”. Penny Olliff, resident of Worthington Subdivision, appeared before the board stating that she is in opposition of allowing a new or used auto sales center on Tract 5, due to the potential increase in traffic and the risk of the non-access easement into the Worthington Community being removed. Martha Coley, resident of Durham Park Townhomes, appeared before the board stating that she is concerned with the amount of leased units in her development, increase in traffic on Durham Park Boulevard, lack of over flow parking, widths of the existing streets and lack of green space.  Joe Dennis, resident of Durham Park Townhomes, appeared before the board with concerns of lack of green space, overflow of trash compactors, potential increase in traffic and lighting from a proposed new auto sales facility. PETITIONERS RESPONSE: Mr. Burke stated that per the Attorney for Coleman Company, the only way to lift the proposed conditions is with an amended agreement from the adjacent property owners.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to deny the petition for an amendment to the zoning conditions on the R-8 Tract, due to the Tract having deed restrictions and unresolved issues with the adjacent property owners.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Revised Landscape Plan for Pro Transport Trucking Terminal at 165 Distribution Drive: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Zittrouer stated that the original landscape plan included trees in the wetlands, therefore, a revision was required.  The disturbed area is approximately 25.72 acres and requires a total of 386 trees to be planted. The developer is proposing to plant 165 trees leaving a deficit of 221, with the intention of paying into the City of Pooler Tree Fund in the amount of $16,575.00 (221 x $75/tree).  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the revised landscape plan for Pro Transport Trucking Terminal at 165 Distribution Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

3.            Minor Subdivision / Recombination Plat Review of Lots 38 and 40 in the Westside Business Park, creating Lots 40A and 40B:  Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, presented the minor subdivision/recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to subdivide Lot 40 into two (2) lots, creating Lots 40A and 40B. Lot 40A is zoned C-2 (Heavy Commercial) and Lot 40B is zoned I-1 (Light-Industrial). Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the minor subdivision/recombination plat of Lots 38 and 40 in the Westside Business Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

February 9, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
February 9, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 9, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, Blair Jeffcoat, LeNolon Edge, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. (delayed due to PUD Review Board meeting held prior)

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and LeNolon Edge led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine. Motion was seconded by Alice White and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Proposed Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase I PUD Master Plan and Development Standards: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Bostick reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. This amendment is to change the text for multi-family building height requirements from three (3) stories (50’ maximum) to a 50’ maximum building height, and revise the total number of multi-family units from 544 to 754. The area in the Village Quarter that was previously slated for a third phase of Village Green Townhomes was relinquished by the townhome developer, and Savannah Quarters would like the option in their marketing for this area to become multi-family. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the proposed amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase I PUD Master Plan and Development Standards. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.  

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Buffalo Wild Wings @ 1323 Benton Boulevard: Tom Cetti, with Wolverton & Associates, on behalf of Pooler Investment Partners, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. There were questions from the board regarding congested parking and shared parking. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that when the overall development was approved, the parking ratio was calculated with five (5) spaces per 1,000 square feet of building area. Following some discussion, a motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the site plan for Buffalo Wild Wings, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed with Commissioner Buckstine in opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to approve the plan, contingent upon approval by the Godley Station Architectural Review Board.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

3.            Preliminary Construction Plan / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Davenport, Phase II located at the end of Easthaven Boulevard:  Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 104 single-family residential lots along with associated rights-of-ways, utilities and infrastructure in the Southwest Quadrant/Savannah Quarters PUD development. There were some questions from the board regarding the number of proposed lagoons, open space and a proposed amenity. In response Mr. Kraft stated that four (4) lagoons are proposed. David Cecchele, with Savannah Quarters, stated that there is a four (4) acre tract at the traffic circle on East Haven Boulevard that will be set aside for an amenity center to accommodate, Phases I and II of Davenport. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Davenport, Phase II, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

 4.            Minor Subdivision Plat review of Lot A-1A, Towne Center at Godley Station: Dan Fisher, with EMC Engineering, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to combine a 1.17 acre portion of Parcel 1, Lot A-1A, Towne Center at Godley Station and a 1.31 acre portion of the remainder of lot A-1A creating Parcel 2, Lot A-1A. The proposed use will be for a hotel. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1A, Towne Center at Godley Station. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition. 

5.            Construction Plan review for East Spine Road, Phase 4: Ben Washburn, with Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project is for the construction of a roadway extension (Easthaven Boulevard) and associated utilities for future residential development in the Southwest Quadrant/Savannah Quarters PUD in the City of Pooler. Easthaven Boulevard will be extended east to the Savannah - Ogeechee Canal in accordance with the approved master plan. This will be a public roadway, owned and maintained by the City of Pooler. Water and sewer mains will be installed along the roadway to provide service to the adjacent development tracts. This project was previously reviewed and approved by the City in 2007 and the first half of the roadway was constructed and accepted by the City in 2008. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the construction plan for East Spine Road, Phase 4, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner White made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:47 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.



February 23, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
February 23, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 23, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine,                 Co-Chairman LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Co-Chairman LeNolon Edge called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation and Blair Jeffcoat led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine. Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Morgan Parkway Stop N Stor at 1010 S.H. Morgan Parkway: Chuck Singleton, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This is the next phase of the previously approved surcharge plan. The purpose is to construct a 79,733 sq. ft. self storage facility with 2,050 sq. ft. of office and garage space, one (1) outparcel, a common detention pond, and associated infrastructure to support it. The property is located on the corner of Pooler Parkway and S.H. Morgan Parkway. Commissioner Buckstine questioned the absence of a dumpster on the site plan. In response, Mr. Singleton stated that, due to the type of commercial business, a dumpster is not required, but one will be added if needed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval of the site plan for Morgan Parkway Stop N Stor, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to approve the plan, contingent upon additional plantings being placed in the rear of building C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.   



There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Waters made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:11 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

March 9, 2015

                                                                                                                              City of Pooler
                                                                                                                      Planning and Zoning Minutes
                                                                                                                               March 9, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 9, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Brian Cornwell, Co-Chairman LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Co-Chairman LeNolon Edge called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Brian Cornwell gave the invocation and Craig Brewer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Proposed Amendment to Wynn-Capallo PUD Development Standards: Hal Kraft, with HusseyGayBell, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Co-Chairman LeNolon Edge reminded the board that this item was discussed by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting, and a recommendation was made to deny the amendment. The request is to eliminate the 35% cap on 55’ wide lots and allow all remaining single family lots to be developed under the SF-1 lot classification. All of the other development standards such as setbacks, height, total allowable units and other standards remain unchanged from the original PUD approval. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend denial of the proposed amendment to the Wynn-Capallo PUD Development Standards. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition.

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed TCW (Tennessee Commercial Warehouse) located at 230 Nordic Way: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 3,136 sq. ft. office space, a 2,500 sq. ft. shop with a fueling station, a 4,116 sq. ft. warehouse and truck transfer station, with associated parking and infrastructure. There were some questions from the board concerning the proposed lighting, the potential increase of noise for adjacent property owners, hours of operation and parking. In response,  Mr. Coleman stated that downward cast lighting will be installed, the previously approved 220’ buffer will help reduce noise, the hours of operation for the office will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and the truck yard will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Further, he stated that the number of parking spaces is based on the City of Pooler’s Ordinance, with additional spaces being provided for truck drivers. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval of the site plan for TCW, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to approve the plan as designed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Warehouse/Office Building located at 35 Coleman Boulevard: Steve Rushing, Owner, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 12,600 sq. ft. of office space and 33,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space with associated parking. There were questions from the board concerning the absence of a dumpster on the site plan, loading docks and dust control measures. In response, Mr. Rushing stated that the loading docks will be flat, dumpster pads will be added as required and a dust-free type of gravel will be used. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed warehouse/office building at 35 Coleman Boulevard, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and a dumpster pad being added to the site plan.  After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.


4.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Hilton Home 2 Hotel located at 860 Towne Center Boulevard: Dan Fisher, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a four (4) story, 68,836 +/- sq. ft. hotel with 107 rooms and associated parking. Public Comments: Beverly Holbrook, adjacent property owner, questioned the need for additional hotels in this area. Petitioner’s Response:  Mr. Fisher stated that the intent is to serve the water park and the neighboring attractions. The board reminded the public that hotels are a permitted use in this zoning district. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Hilton Home 2 Hotel, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to approve the plan, contingent upon the Crepe Myrtle’s being replaced with trees from the City’s preferred tree list for commercial projects. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition. After further review of the landscape plan, it was determined that the Crepe Myrtle Trees were shown on the landscape plan in addition to the required number of preferred trees.


5.            Final Plat review for the expansion of Bethel Cemetery located on Little Neck Road: Fred Greer, President of the Bethel Association, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Greer asked the board to table this item until the required signatures can be obtained. A motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to table this request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

6.            Minor Subdivision Plat review of Tract 1-C in the North Godley Industrial Park, creating Tract 1-C-1 and Tract 1-C-2: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Tract 1-C-1 and Tract 1-C-2. Tract 1-C-1 will consist of 3.891 acres and Tract 1-C-2 will consist of 13.541 acres. The property is located off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway on the corner of Nordic Drive and Nordic Way. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Tract 1-C in the North Godley Industrial Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

7.            Posting of Performance Bond / Final Plat review for The Outlet Mall of Savannah: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend posting of the performance bond and approval of the final plat for The Outlet Mall of Savannah. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:41 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. 

March 23, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 23, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 23, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, LeNolon Edge, Alice White and Linda Waters. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Alice White. Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. H. Mark Harrington, on behalf of Heritage Bank of the South, has petitioned the City of Pooler for a Zoning Text Amendment to add “Auto Body Repair and Paint Shops” as a conditional use in the C-2 Zoning District:  Phil Kieffer, representing Mark Harrington, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Currently an auto body repair and paint shop is not listed as a permitted use or a conditional use in the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning District. The intent is to provide a first-class auto body repair facility that will offer auto body repairs and painting to serve the citizens of Pooler and the surrounding area. There was some discussion from the board regarding the potential overspray and the need for business to be conducted indoors. Mr. Kieffer responded by stating that this type of business is all conducted inside and the painting will be completed in a painting booth to eliminate odor and the potential of overspray. Further, he stated that this type of business will be governed by EPA regulations. The board reminded the petitioner that if the text is amended to add auto body repair and paint shops as a conditional use, he will have to submit a conditional use application and come before this board for a recommendation and then be placed on Council’s agenda.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval for a zoning text amendment to add Auto Body Repair and Paint Shops as a conditional use in the C-2 Zoning District, contingent upon all auto repair and paintning being conducted inside an enclosed building.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2.            Final Plat Review of the expansion of Bethel Cemetery located on Little Neck Road: A motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to table this item until such time the petitioner requests to be placed on the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review of Port City Logistics Warehouse located at 195 Nordic Way: Mark Crapps, with Kern & Company, LLC, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 230,400 sq. ft. warehouse and associated parking located at 195 Nordic Way. Mr. Crapps stated that a meeting was held with Fire Chief Wade Simmons to address his comments regarding the project, and a revised utility sheet showing an additional fire hydrant has been submitted to the city, and the hydrant detail has been added to the plans.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for Port City Logistics Warehouse located at 195 Nordic Way, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. Mr. Crapps presented the landscape plan and reminded the board that the developer will be contributing into the tree bank. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan, contingent upon the Bosque Elm Trees on the western side of the property being replaced with Foster Hollies (a hybrid of American Holly) and adding additional shrubbery to the northern side of the property to screen the security fence. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition.

4.            Minor Subdivision Plat Review of Lots 204 & 205, Westbrook, Phase 5: Hal Kraft, with HusseyGayBell Engineers, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lots 204 & 205, Westbrook, Phase 5. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

5.            Construction Plan Review for Nordic Way Extension: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to extend the existing Nordic Way to the west 400’ and to the east 185’ to serve the recently submitted TCW site and future developments. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval for the construction plans for Nordic Way Extension, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and “No Parking” signs being added along Nordic Way.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

 Commissioner LeNolon Edge addressed the board regarding the purpose of the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah Area. The Test Site is being designed to further test methods of encouraging householders to respond online. Mr. Edge stated that the test census is now available online and he challenges everyone to participate. The website is www.census.gov/2015

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:55 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

April 13, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 13, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 13, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Conditional Use Request to construct an auto body repair and paint shop at 63 Columbia Drive: Phil Kieffer, representing Mark Harrington, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to provide a first-class auto body repair facility that will offer auto body repairs and painting to serve the citizens of Pooler and the surrounding area. Currently an auto body repair and paint shop is not listed as a permitted use or a conditional use in the C-2 Zoning District. Therefore, a text amendment was proposed and approved on 1st reading before Mayor & Council, and 2nd reading is scheduled for Monday, April 20, 2015. The operating hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There was some discussion from the board regarding the filtration system, the type of canopy that will be used for the covered estimating area (as noted on the preliminary drawing) and the type of fence that is being proposed. In response, Mr. Kieffer stated that the developer will utilize the most modern filtration technology (as required by EPA), and that he is not sure of the type of canopy that is being proposed, but the details will be submitted with the site plan that is forthcoming.  In addition, he stated that the proposed fence will meet the requirements of the City. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct an auto body repair and paint shop at 63 Columbia Drive, contingent upon all auto body repair work and painting being conducted inside an enclosed building and approval of the aforementioned zoning text amendment on 2nd reading by City Council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Final Plat Review for Danbury Park, Phase 2: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The phase will consist of nine (9) townhome lots and is located off Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters, adjacent to Golf Fairway #3. All of the required infrastructure was completed in Phase 1. A final inspection was performed, and all of the punch list items have been addressed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the final plat for Danbury Park, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3.            Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat for Somersby, Phase 2C:  Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 44 single-family residential lots, and the site is located south of the intersection of Somersby Boulevard. A final inspection was performed, and all of the punch list items have been addressed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend posting of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Somersby, Phase 2C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

 4.            Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat for Davenport, Phase 1: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 46 single-family residential lots and is located in the southwest quadrant of I-95 and I-16, east of Quacco Road. A final inspection was performed, and all of the punch list items have been addressed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend posting of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Davenport, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

Commissioner LeNolon Edge reminded everyone to complete the census survey online at www.census.gov/2015 if they have not already done so.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

April 27, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 27, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 27, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance review for Westbrook, Phase 5B: Hal Kraft, with, Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed phase will consist of 27 single-family residential lots and is located off Westbrook Lane at Tupelo Street. This project was previously approved in March of 2006. One half of the subdivision was constructed and accepted just prior to the recession. Construction on the second half of the subdivision was delayed due to the lack of development activity. The original lot layout and infrastructure design of the project have not changed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Westbrook, Phase 5B, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.





May 11, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 11, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 11, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Conditional Use Request to allow construction of an Assisted Living Care Facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, representing Development Associates, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman reminded the board that a conditional use was previously approved by City Council on May 20, 2013 for this same use. However, according to Article V, Section 7 (D), a conditional use permission granted by the City Council shall be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of approval. Therefore, this item is required to be reviewed and approved prior to any land disturbing activity. The intent is to develop an assisted living senior housing apartment building with 91 beds, surrounded by an office park. According to Appendix A, Article IV, Section 19, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living care facilities are only considered as a conditional use within a C-2, (Heavy Commercial) Zoning District. Mr. Coleman stated that the rooms will be leased, not privately owned, with rental fees ranging from $3,000.00 to $3,500.00 per month. Further, he stated that each resident must be able to vacate the premises within 12 minutes, prior to acceptance.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the conditional use to allow construction of an assisted living care facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

2.            Dozier Cook has petitioned to rezone the property at the corner of Pine Barren Road and US Highway 80 East, from R-A to C-2 and I-1: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, on behalf of Dozier Cook, presented the rezoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to rezone approximately 9.16 acres located on the corner of US Highway 80 East and Pine Barren Road from an R-A (Residential Agricultural) Zoning District to I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning, and C-2 (Heavy Commercial) Zoning. The portion on the corner of US Highway 80 East (approximately 300’ in depth) will be rezoned to C-2 with the remaining portion that fronts directly onto Pine Barren Road to I-1. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval to rezone the property located on the corner of US Highway 80 East and Pine Barren Road from an R-A Zoning District, to a C-2 and I-1 Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. 

 NEW BUSINESS:

3.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a proposed Assisted Living Care Facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  The subject property is located adjacent to the Towne Lake Subdivision with access from Godley Station Boulevard and Southern Junction Boulevard.  The site is currently a partially developed lot with parking, drive aisles, utilities, storm infrastructure and building pads. The developer intends to re-grade a portion of the parking, and the drive aisles, remove and replace some of the utilities and storm system, and to develop an assisted living senior housing apartment building with 91 beds, surrounded by an office park. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed assisted living care facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and ARB approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. In regards to the landscape plan, Mr. Burke stated that the plan will be presented to the board at a later date for approval.

4.            Minor Subdivision Plat review for Cory & Chelsea Henneman at 1335 South Rogers Street:  Chelsea Henneman, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their and recommendation. Ms. Henneman stated that the intent is to create a one (1) acre parcel that will include the existing residence for financing purposes. The remaining parcel will consist of approximately 17.269 acres. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat for Cory & Chelsea Henneman located at 1335 South Rogers Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.  

 5.            Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat review for Westbrook, Phase 9A: Ben Washburn, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 18 single-family residential lots and is located off Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters, adjacent to the Fairways development. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend posting of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Westbrook, Phase 9A, contingent upon Public Works final inspection.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.



May 26, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 26, 2015
 

For lack of a quorum, the regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick,* LeNolon Edge, and Brian Cornwell were the only members present.

(*Commissione LeNolon Edge arrived for the meeting at approximatley 6:51 p.m.)

June 8, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 8, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 8, 2015. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Linda Waters.  Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Revised Plat for Somersby, Phase 2C: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation.  The purpose of this revision is to amend the 25’ building setback line for Lot 257. This is a corner lot with the building setback line fronting Marshland Pointe. The potential buyer is requesting that the front of the dwelling face Casey Drive, therefore, the setback line needs to be revised. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the revised plat for Somersby, Phase 2C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Jeffcoat made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:12 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

June 22, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 22, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 22, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell and Alice White. Mayor Mike Lamb and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Requested Zoning Map Amendment of approximately 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light-Industrial) Zoning District: Attorney Phillip McCorkle, representing Morgan Lakes Property, LLC and North Godley Developers, Inc., presented the zoning map amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. McCorkle stated that Jimmy DeLoach Parkway was designed to carry truck traffic directly into the Port of Savannah without the necessity of using overburdened roads such as Highway 21 and Dean Forest Road. Therefore, the property in question should be zoned light industrial for warehouse/distribution uses to continue the development of the parkway.  Further, that the last mile is almost completed, which will take the parkway to the main gate of the Port, and property will be acquired to link Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from its existing terminus on Highway 80 to I-16. Mr. McCorkle also stated that the parkway will be the major truck corridor for products coming in and out of the Port going north and west on I-16. In addition, the smaller size and quality of warehouse/distribution facilities proposed for this site are in great demand. There were some questions from the board regarding the undeveloped land between the Morgan Lakes Subdivision and this tract, the need to revisit the roadway connection from the temporary western terminus of Highland Boulevard to its intersection with Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, the width of the proposed right-of-way, a buffer and truck traffic. In response, Mr. McCorkle stated that the undeveloped land to the west of Morgan Lakes Subdivision could possibly be purchased by other industrial developers, and a berm topped with trees will be designed for the buffer.  Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company Engineering, stated that they could expect an average of 500 truck trips per day, at full capacity. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment of 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to I-1, contingent upon taking into consideration the recommendation to provide an additional 80’ set aside for rights of way to accommodate, at some point, a four lane, divided roadway of a design to safely provide access for both the Godley Station residents and truck traffic, and a traffic signal to be installed upon signal warrants being met or as required by governing agencies. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Revised preliminary construction plan review for Harmony, Phase 2: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the revised preliminary construction plans to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this revision is to develop the subdivision into Phase 2 and Phase 3.  Phase 2 will consist of 24 lots and the proposed Phase 3 will consist of 15 lots. Construction for the 24 lots in Phase 2 has been completed and the owner’s intent is to post a maintenance bond and record the subdivision plat to initiate construction. The remaining 15 lots in Phase 3 will be platted at a later date following the completion of construction. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the revised preliminary construction plans for Harmony, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition.

3.            Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat for Harmony, Phase 2:  Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend posting of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Harmony, Phase 2, contingent upon the certificate from the engineer stating that all of the improvements were installed as required and final inspection sign off being received from Public Works. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:32 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition.

July 13, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 13, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 13, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, Brian Cornwell and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer.  Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:
1.            Review of Clearing and Grading Plan for Pooler Development Park, Lots 5 & 6: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  The subject lots are located along the southern side of Priya Circle at the intersection of E. Highway 80. In their current states, the lots are undeveloped and wooded, consisting of hardwood and Pine Trees. Lot 5 is currently zoned C-2 (Heavy Commercial) and Lot 6 is zoned I-2 (Heavy Industrial). The lots have frontage along Priya Circle and Lot 5 includes frontage along E. Highway 80 with access from Priya Circle. Mr. Coleman stated that the proposed project will include, the clearing and preliminary grading for future commercial/industrial development. Further, that the infrastructure is already in place for both lots, and the sediment control plan meets the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, and/or rules and regulations governing land disturbing activities. Noting that the stormwater management facilities have been constructed for the Development Park, which includes the storm water conveyances and detention pond(s), with the utility service lines being connected to the site upon future development. There were some questions from the board regarding, upgrades to the existing canal, adjacent property owner, starting date, parking requirements, and the proposed site plan that was submitted. Public Comments: Jackie Carver, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board in opposition. Ms. Carver stated that if approved, the removal of the existing trees would only reveal the unsightly view of containers at Strickland Oil and large equipment at Dozier Crane. Further, that according to the ordinance, a land disturbing activity permit can only be issued after the submittal of a site plan. Also, based on a Flood Zone “A”, and a canal located along the rear of the property, that may be identified as State Waters, could prompt the need for additional information by the State and Federal Governments. Further, noting that according to Section 42-204 of the Ordinance, a landscape plan should be submitted with the site plan for approval, prior to any land-disturbing activity.  Petitioner’s Response:  Mr. Coleman responded by stating that a site plan, with required parking and landscaping was presented. Further, that he will discuss with the developer, options for a buffer to remain on Lot 5, which fronts E. Highway 80.  In reference to the flood zone, Mr. Coleman stated that it is recommended that if a flood zone has not been determined, the minimum base flood elevation shall be 3’ above the highest adjacent grade. Commissioner Cornwell added that he is not comfortable in making a motion to approve this item without the advice from the City Attorney.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to defer the request for two weeks, so that a legal opinion can be obtained.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

2.      Review of Clearing and Grading plan for Harmony Mass Grading Project: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The subject property is located at the end of Harmony Boulevard, near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Quacco Road. The property is currently wooded and is zoned PUD, with access from Harmony Boulevard. This proposed project will include the clearing and preliminary grading for future residential development as part of an overall approved master plan. The water and sewer mains have already been constructed throughout in previous phases of construction. The stormwater management facilities have also been constructed for the previous phases, which include the storm water conveyances and detention ponds. The infrastructure, including the road access, will be extended through the site upon future development. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to approve the clearing and grading plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed with Commissioner White opposing. 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:51p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

July 27, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 27, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 27, 2015. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Alice White.  Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.            Review of Clearing and Grading Plan for Pooler Development Park, Lots 5 & 6: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  Mr. Burke stated that this item was deferred by the Planning & Zoning Board during the July 13, 2015 meeting, seeking a legal opinion. It was determined by the City Attorney that a site plan was needed. Therefore, Mr. Burke requested that the clearing and grading plan be deferred until the next Planning & Zoning meeting, pending site plan approval.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to honor the petitioners’ request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.      Landscape Plan Review for The Oaks at Pooler Assisted Living Care Facility (previously known as Towne Lake ALC Facility) located at 125 Southern Junction Blvd: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the landscape plan to the board for their review and approval. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the landscape plan for The Oaks at Pooler Assisted Living Care Facility located at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard, contingent upon all of Public Works’ comments beings addressed, the plan being revised to show the disturbed acreage, adding a tree count legend, and modifying the notes to reflect a two-year maintenance period for all vegetation. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

3.      Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Applebee’s located at 160 Tanger Outlets Boulevard: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  The existing site is currently cleared and is zoned C-2 (Heavy Commercial). The intent is to construct a 5,084 sq. ft. restaurant with associated parking and infrastructure. There was some discussion from the board regarding drive aisles, shared parking, outside seating access and curb-cuts. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for Applebee’s, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Jeffcoat made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:43 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.





August 10, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 10, 2015
 6:00 p.m.


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 10, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Mayor Mike Lamb were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Alice White and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Requested Zoning Map Amendment of approximately 16.014 acres located on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision, from R-1A (Single-Family Residential) to R-3A (Multi-Family Residential) Zoning District: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, representing Forest Lakes Developers, LLC, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The R-3A District is defined as an area designed for the development of multi-family dwellings, with compatible nonresidential uses. Some of those nonresidential uses may include a clubhouse, a sales office, and a recreational center with facilities that are intended primarily to provide service to the residents after a site plan applications is submitted and approved.  Also, within an R-3A Zoning District, the net density per ace is 12 units. Mr. Coleman stated that the intent is to construct a gated townhome community consisting of 75, two and three bedroom units, ranging from 1350 to 1550 sq. ft. with an amenity site that will include a pool. There were questions from the board regarding the buffer, additional parking, potential increase in traffic, noise, decrease in property values and proposed green space.  Jack Wardlaw, with Forest Lakes Developers, LLC, responded by stating that the adjacent properties have a 25’ buffer/common area located in the rear of the property, with several lots having a 20’ drainage and maintenance easement. Further, that the intent is to leave an undisturbed buffer in addition to the existing buffers. Furthermore, Mr. Wardlaw stated that the intent is to decrease the density, creating a more desirable environment, which will in turn, reduce the amount of potential traffic, noise, and create more green space.  Public Comments: There were several adjacent property owners that appeared before the board in opposition. The concerns included, increase in traffic, property values, density, creating precedence for the undeveloped areas surrounding this site, increased noise, drainage and safety. Petitioners Response: Mr. Wardlaw stated that in his opinion, this rezoning request is conducive with the adjacent properties, adding that directly across the street is The Morgan Family Tract PUD, which includes mixed uses, with multi-family being one of the uses. Further, that with the additional buffering and the townhomes not being built directly behind the homes located on Pine View Crossing, the noise level will not be an issue.  In addition, he stated that with the community being gated, safety should not be of concern. Following discussion and consideration of the standards for granting a zoning map amendment, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, contingent upon the number of townhomes not to exceed 75 and will run with the land as a deed restriction. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.  

2.             Requested Zoning Map Amendment of approximately 17.239 acres located at 1335 S. Rogers Street, from R-1A (Single-Family Residential) to R-A (Residential-Agricultural) Zoning District: Chelsea Henneman, property owner, presented the zoning map amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 3600 sq. ft. high-end facility dedicated for various pet services. The facility will offer daycare, overnight boarding and grooming services. Ms. Henneman stated that in her opinion, this property fits the R-A description, which is described as an area designated for a mixture of agriculture and limited commercial uses in a rural manner whereby forest and agricultural uses are protected from adverse impacts of urban sprawl and strip development. Also, that using this land to facilitate an indoor pet care facility will not only be appealing to the Pooler community, but it coincides with the City’s 30-year comprehensive plan. Further that in a recent survey, six out of ten homes in Pooler currently have a dog, and that a facility and park dedicated to such, will promote a sense of place, not to mention bring the community together. Ms. Henneman also stated that this will give her an opportunity to reach out to Boy/Girl Scouts offering classes in pet care and training, the local rescue and shelter groups to encourage adoptions, raise donations through fun promotional activities, and hold Therapy Dogs International, and search and rescue training sessions. There were questions from the board concerning, the potential increase in traffic, noise, waste, access and spot zoning. In response, Ms. Henneman stated that the walls of the building will have the required insulation to buffer sound, there will be no outdoor runs, the buffer will exceed 500 ft. away from the nearest property owner, and according to a traffic study completed in March of 2015, only 7,500 cars passed through this area in a 48-hour period. Further that a private septic system will be used to dispose of waste daily and also arrangements will be made with Waste Management to dispose of any additional waste as needed, and she reminded the board that the Department of Agriculture will inspect the facility to assure proper sanitation regulations are being followed. Public Comments: There were several adjacent property owners that appeared before the board in opposition. The concerns included noise, wetlands, odors and increased traffic flow.  Following discussion and consideration of the standards for granting a zoning map amendment, a motion was made by Commissioner Cromwell to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, with the condition that the only allowed use under R-A will be “Animal Boarding Place” for the 17.239 acre tract as a deed restriction. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White with Commissioner Jeffcoat in opposition,

3.            Posting of a Performance Bond/Final Plat review for Westbrook, Phase 6A:  Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell Engineering, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 10 single-family residential lots and is located at the end of Blue Moon Crossing. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the performance bond and the final plat for Westbrook, Phase 6A, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and final inspection by the Public Works Department. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

4.            Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Hunt Club, Phase V: Ben Washburn, with Coleman Company, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 25 single-family residential lots and is located at the end of Southwilde Way. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. 



5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Oglethorpe Square, Phase II: Michael Hussey, with SunDial Land Surveying, representing Beacon Builders, presented the site plan/landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of two (2) buildings with a total of 16 units, and is located on Pine Barren Road. Following some discussion, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to approve the site plan/landscape plan for Oglethorpe, Square 2, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:15 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.





August 24, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 24, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., due to the fact there was no official business to discuss.



September 14, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 14, 2015

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 14, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Blair Jeffcoat. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:
1.            James Faulkner, of 1118 Forest Drive, is requesting a variance to allow his daughter and granddaughter to reside in the existing structure located behind the primary residence on a temporary basis:  James Faulkner presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Faulkner stated that his intention is to renovate the rear detached building into a temporary residence for his daughter and granddaughter for a minimum of one-year to be eligible for in-state college tuition rates,  by constructing temporary walls creating two (2) bedrooms, one (1) bathroom and a kitchen.  Further, stating that she will reside there until she completes her degree, approximately two-and-half to three years. There were concerns from the board regarding life safety issues, building permits, past inspections on the building, the fact that the current zoning only allows one residence per lot and the request not meeting any of the criteria standards required for granting a variance. Scotti Moore, with Crossroads Realty, stated that permits were pulled on the detached building, but she was not sure if any inspections were ever done, and that her client will be glad to present site plan drawings of the proposed renovations to City Council for their review. Following some discussion, Commissioner Waters made a motion to recommend denial of the variance request, based on it not meeting any of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.
2.            Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 Development Standards to revise the total number of multi-family units from 754 to 789: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the revision to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Kraft stated that this request is to revise the total number of multi-family units from 754 to 789, an increase of 35 units. Further, stating that the area in the Village that was previously slated for a third phase of Village Green Townhomes was relinquished by the townhome developer, therefore, Savannah Quarters would like the option in their marketing for this area to become multi-family. In addition, the four multi-family tracts behind the gates in Westbrook have all been re-zoned to single-family in order to move multi-family development to the more fitting Village Quarter area of the development. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to recommend denial of the proposed amendment to the Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 Development Standards. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.   

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

September 28, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 28, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 28, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Samuel Bostick, Brian Cornwell, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, was also in attendance. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Alice White. Motion was seconded by Linda Waters and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.         10’ Side Yard Setback Variance for 405 Sikes Drive: Edwin Smith, of 405 Sikes Drive, presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 27’ x 27’ open-face brick carport onto the existing residence at 405 Sikes Drive. According to Appendix A, Article III, Section 6 (A), the minimum required side yard setback must be at least 10’ in an R-1A (Single-Family Residential) Zoning District. Following some discussion, the petitioner requested this item be tabled until the next regularly scheduled meeting to allow him to determine how much of a variance is needed. A motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to table this item until the next meeting. per the petitioner’s request Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

2.         Jabot PUD Master Plan Amendment #6: Jeff Halliburton, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to add a 24.89 acre parcel, formerly known as Parcel 2 of the Baker Tract, with a net acreage of 8.96 acres, and a 21.73 acre parcel, formerly known as the Armstrong Tract, with a net acreage of 17.17 acres, to the Jabot Tract PUD Master Plan. The Master Plan shows approximate locations of the transition from one land use to another. The actual project boundaries for the designated land uses will be set at the preliminary site plan submittal to the Planning Commission and City Council. The Jabot Tract is master planned as a Planned Unit Development. As part of the submission, Development Standards establishing districts within the planned community were included by the site developer, Foram Group, Inc. On September 5, 2000, the development standards and the PUD Map were both adopted by the City. Mr. Halliburton stated that this request is being identified as Amendment #6, and the following is being proposed:
·        Incorporate Parcel 2 of the Baker Tract into the PUD and designate the land use as Multi-family,
o   Incorporate Parcel 2A of the Armstrong Tract into the PUD and designate the land use Multi-family,          
o   Revise the land use of Parcel “B” to allow net acreage adjacent to Pooler Parkway anda portion adjacent to the ponds Heavy Commercial, and
o   Add development standards for Mid-Rise Multi-family Residential allowing four (4) to six (6) stories.
There were some questions from the board regarding the proposed increase of height to 75-feet in  the multi-family land use designation, the increase in density, the proximity of the proposed development, the buffers, access, the potential increase in traffic, decrease in property values and the need of an additional traffic signal. In response, Mr. Halliburton stated that the request for the mid-rise multi-family residential development would be similar to the Hugh Project in Savannah near the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, which has a two-story parking garage and a four-story multi-family building directly above the parking area. Further that a traffic study will warrant the need of an additional traffic signal along the Pooler Parkway only as development is near build-out, the traffic will access the Armstrong Tract from Memorial Boulevard and the parcel on the west side of the Pooler Parkway already has curb cuts in place.  Mr. Halliburton stated that his client is willing to amend the request for the Armstrong Tract zoning classification, and let it remain as is (Heavy Commercial), if accepted into the Jabot PUD.  There were several adjacent property owners that appeared before the board in opposition. The concerns included, increase in traffic, increase in density, and height, safety issues, encroaching into the wetlands and the buffers.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Cornwell made a motion to recommend approval to incorporate Parcel 2 of The Baker Tract and Parcel 2A of The Armstrong Tract into the Jabot PUD, with all current zoning designations and land uses to remain as is, with no change. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

3.      Zoning Map Amendment of 305 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C: Holly Young, with Re/Max Properties, representing, Lovezolla Investments, LLC, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to demolish the existing old house on Lot 21 to construct a duplex apartment very similar to the one across the street. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval to rezone 305 Carver Street from an R-1A (Single-Family Residential) Zoning District to an R-2C (Two-Family Residential) Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

4.      Zoning Map Amendment of 309 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C: Holly Young, with Re/Max Properties, representing, Lovezolla Investments, LLC, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to demolish the existing old house on Lot 23 to construct a duplex apartment very similar to the one across the street. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval to rezone 309 Carver Street from an R-1A (Single-Family Residential) Zoning District to an R-2C (Two-Family Residential) Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

6.      Maintenance Bond/Final Plat review for Durham Park, Ph. II: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to dedicate the utilities and easement to the City of Pooler. The developer is requesting to submit a cash bond in the amount of $30,272.00 in order to have the plat recorded. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Durham Park, Phase II. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Waters made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:37 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

October 12, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 12, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.         10’ Side Yard Setback Variance for 405 Sikes Drive:  At the petitioners’ request, this item was tabled during the previous Planning & Zoning meeting, to allow him to determine how much of a variance is needed. After review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to deny the variance request, based on it not meeting any of the criteria for granting a variance, insufficient information and the fact that the petitioner did not show up for the meeting.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.      Minor Subdivision Plat review of a 5 Acre Tract located at 1221 Big Bend Road for Joseph Austin: The intent is to create Parcel A and Parcel B. Parcel A will consist of approximately 4.11 acres and Parcel B will consist of approximately .89 acres. Following some discussion, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of a 5 acre tract located at 1221 Big Bend Road, contingent upon the proper notes being added to the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

3.      Posting of a Maintenance Bond/Final Plat review for Durham Park, Phase 3:  Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to dedicate access and utility easements to the City. All of the punch list items have been addressed, and the developer is requesting to post a cash bond in the amount of $54, 397.25 in order to have the plat recorded. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Durham Park, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

4.      Recombination Plat review of Parcel A, Parcel B, even numbered lots 226 through 280, the amenities site and create a 60’ drainage, access and utility easement across Tract 7, for Durham Park Townhomes, LLC: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to recombine Parcel A, Parcel B, lots 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 240, 242, 244, 246, 248, 250, 252, 254, 256, 258, 260, 262, 264, 266, 268, 270, 272, 274, 276, 278, 280, the amenities site, and create a 60’ drainage, access and maintenance easement across Tract 7. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Parcel A, Parcel B, evened numbered lots 226 through 280, the amenities site, and a 60’ drainage, access and utility easement across Tract 7 for Durham Park Townhomes, LLC. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

October 26, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 26, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 26, 2015. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat and Brian Cornwell.  Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Ernest Buckstine.  Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Zoning Text Amendment to add “Consumer fireworks retail sales facility, store or temporary structure” as a conditional use in the I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District: House Bill 110, Fireworks; Sales, Taxes, Safety, and Penalties will allow the sale of fireworks in Georgia beginning January 1, 2016. Georgia’s Safety Fire Commissioner will issue a state license to sell fireworks after an applicant meets specific insurance and criminal background requirements and pays the state license fee. Fireworks can be sold statewide and local governments cannot ban or restrict firework sales within their jurisdiction, however, they will be allowed to regulate where they can be sold through local zoning regulations. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend approval to add consumer fireworks retail sales facility, store or temporary structure as a conditional use in the Light Industrial Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cornwell and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.      Minor Subdivision Plat review for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC: Ben Washburn, with HGB, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The request is to create a 12.81 acre parcel from Tract 3, the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters. The desired land use of this parcel of property is intended for a grocery store. Commissioner Buckstine expressed his concerns regarding the potential increase in traffic. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition

  3.    Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Lot 5, Pooler Development Park: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed project will include developing the lot and the construction of a 5,000 sq. ft. commercial building, with associated parking. The water and sewer main have already been constructed throughout and laterals to each individual lot. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for Lot 5, Pooler Development Park, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

4.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Lot 6, Pooler Development Park: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed project will include developing the lot and the construction of a 5,000 sq. ft. commercial building, with associated parking. The water and sewer main have already been constructed throughout and laterals to each individual lot. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for Lot 6, Pooler Development Park, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

5.      Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Berkeley Walk, Phase III: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern Company, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of approximately 4.85 acres with 41 single-family attached units, and is located off East Haven Boulevard. Mr. Zittrouer stated that the engineering comments have been addressed and revised plans are forthcoming. Following some discussion regarding the dumpster and the need for a compactor, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Berkeley Walk, Phase III, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

November 9, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 9, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 9, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Water and Alice White. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer.  Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Minor Subdivision/Recombination Plat review of 323 E. Mell Street for Neil Simmons: The purpose of this request is to create a minor subdivision of a 1.05 acre tract, known as Lots 39, 40, 41, 48, 49, 50, Block 11, Collins Subdivision into Parcel 1 and Parcel 2, with both being 0.522 acres each. Several adjacent property owners appeared before the board with concerns that Parcel 2 is being rezoned to multi-family. Chairman Bostick explained to the adjacent property owners that this request is to simply subdivide a large parcel into Parcel 1 and Parcel 2, with no intentions of rezoning the property. Following some discussion from the board, Commissioner Waters made a motion to recommend denial based on the fact that the petitioner was not present to address the concerns of the adjacent property owners. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

2.      Revised Minor Subdivision Plat review for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC: Ben Washburn, with HGB, presented the revised minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This portion of land was platted and did not properly go before Council for approval. This tract has existing access by Village Green and Harley Lane. Water and sewer connections are also in place to serve the tract. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the revised minor subdivision plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

  3.    Right-of-Way Plat review for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC: Ben Washburn, with HGB, presented the right-of-way plat to the board for their review and recommendation. East Haven Boulevard, Phase 4 is a small portion of right-of-way that was presented to Council and approved on December 15, 2008, prior to the recession. Due to the recession, this project stalled and did not move forward, and a signed plat was never located or recorded. Due to these circumstances, and the renewed interest to move forward, this is the revised plat for final approval. The plat has been updated with new signature blocks and a revision date. Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the right-of-way plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

4.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan for Dozier Crane: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The recently cleared 9.16 acre tract is intended to be developed into a sales and service location for Dozier Crane to include an office building, a canopy, an asphalt parking lot and both concrete gravel crane parking areas, as well as associated utility infrastructure, located on the corner E. Hwy. 80 and Pine Barren Road.  There were questions from the board regarding large cranes accessing Highway 80, the curb cut being in close proximity to the traffic light located at Pine Barren Road, the decel lane for the discount bread store, and the display areas. Mr. Burke stated that during the design of the Pine Barren Road improvements, an additional curb cut for Strickland Oil and Dozier Crane was intended. Further, that the display areas were not added to the site plan, due to the fact that they are trying to save as many significant trees as possible. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend approval of the site plan for Dozier Crane, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan, contingent upon preserving the significant trees surrounding the proposed concrete display pads. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:49 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

November 23, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 23, 2015
 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 23, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters, Alice White and Brian Cornwell. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer. Motion was seconded by Blair Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.         Site Plan for a proposed addition and parking lot expansion/Landscape Plan review for Rehoboth Ministries New Covenant Church at 820 W. Hwy. 80:  John Farmer, with Fretus Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Farmer stated that the intent is to add a 3800 sq. ft. addition to the existing building and expand the parking lot to accommodate the new addition. There were some questions from the board regarding the drainage, the detention ponds and the number of parking spaces on the preliminary site plan. In response, Mr. Farmer stated that this development will utilize an on-site stormwater detention pond to handle the 100-year storm event, and the post-development release rate will not exceed the pre-development release rate. In addition, he stated that the required number of parking spaces reflect the City’s Ordinance, one (1) space for every four (4) seats. Following some discussion, Commissioner White made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for the proposed addition and parking lot expansion for Rehoboth Ministries New Covenant Church at 820 W. Highway 80, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat, and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan, contingent upon nine (9) additional Live Oak Trees measuring at least 3” in dbh being added to the landscape plan, and all of the Cypress Trees on site that are not thriving being replaced. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

2.      Final Plat review for the Fairways, Phase 16: This phase is located on Kingfisher Circle off Blue Moon Crossing and will consist of nine (9) townhome lots. All of the infrastructure within the Fairways at Savannah Quarters, including utilities, will be privately owned.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways, Phase 16, contingent upon the layout being the same as the approved preliminary construction plans and Public Works sign off being received. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

 There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

December 14, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 14, 2015


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, December 14, 2015. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine,LeNolon Edge, Samuel Bostick and Linda Waters. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Samuel Bostick gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Craig Brewer was seconded by Ernest Buckstine and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Requested Zoning Map Amendment of approximately 16 acres on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision, from R-1A  (Single-Family Residential) to R-3A (Multi-Family Residential) Zoning District: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, representing Forest Lakes Developers, LLC, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The R-3A District is defined as an area designed for the development of multi-family dwellings, with compatible nonresidential uses. Some of those nonresidential uses may include a clubhouse, a sales office, and a recreational center with facilities that are intended primarily to provide service to the residents after a site plan application is submitted and approved.  Also, within an R-3A Zoning District, the net density per ace is 12 units. Mr. Coleman stated that the intent is to construct a gated townhome community consisting of 75, two and three bedroom units, ranging from 1350 to 1550 sq. ft. with an amenity site that will include a pool. Several adjacent property owners appeared before the board to express concerns regarding the proposed buffer,  the potential increase in traffic and noise, the decrease in property values, the request not being a logical extension of the zoning boundaries (single-family residential), the potential increase in drainage issues, the number of buildings being increased from the request submitted in August of this year (from 13 to 14), and the fact that this would not improve the pattern of uses in this area. Further, that the re-zoning would precipitate similar requests in the future, and would adversely affect the neighborhood. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the re-zoning is conducive with the surrounding properties and this would be a great transition from commercial zoning along Pooler Parkway in the direction of single-family residential areas.  Further, that the proposed buffer between the two developments will stretch from 45 feet in some areas to 73 in others, when combined with existing Somersby HOA buffer. Following some discussion and review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, contingent upon the number of townhomes not to exceed 75 and run with the land as a deed restriction. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2.            Requested Zoning Map Amendment of approximately 16 acres on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Bridgewater Subdivision, from C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to R-3C (Multi-Family Residential) Zoning District: Pat Ianell, with PDI Architecture, presented the re-zoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to have this parcel rezoned from heavy commercial to multi-family to allow the construction of 246 luxury apartments with amenities that will include a clubhouse and a pool. The development will include 72 one-bedroom units, 126 two-bedroom units, forty eight three- bedroom units and eight (8) garages. Mr. Ianell stated that this multi-family zoning will act as a transition area between commercial and single-family residential zoning districts. There were some questions from the board concerning the potential increase of traffic on Pine Barren Road, the requested zoning of R-3C (due to a small site, and the maximum density in a R-3C zoning district being 20 units per acre), detention ponds, and construction of an additional road. In response, Mr. Ianell stated that many of the concerns will be addressed during the site plan submittal. Following some discussion, and review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend denial of the request as presented from C-2 to R-3C, and as an alternative, recommend approval from C-2 to R-3B (which only allows 16 units per acre). Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

 3.            Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 Development Standards to increase the number of attached Golf Villas from 93 to 98 detached Golf Villas: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Kraft stated that this request is only to revise the remainder of the partially developed Golf Villas from attached (duplex) villas to detached villas, and increase the total number of golf villa units from 93 to 98, to account for past and proposed changes to the master plan layout. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval to amend the development standards for Savannah Quarters, Phase 1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

4.            Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Forest Lakes, Phase 7: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This proposed phase of development will consist of three (3) single-family estate lots, ranging in size from 1.09 acres to 1.47 acres, and the infrastructure to support them. The site is located off Lake Heron Way and Grand View Drive. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Waters to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Forest Lakes, Phase 7, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan for Woodspring Suites Hotel at 120 Southern Junction Boulevard: Tom Havens, with Coastal Civil Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a four-story, 11,708 sq. ft. hotel, with 124 rooms, and 127 parking spaces. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan for Woodspring Suites Hotel, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon the species and the number of trees being revised to meet the tree ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.