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2011 Zoning Minutes

NOTICE OF DISCLAIMER: These document are not guaranteed accurate or intended to be the official meeting minutes.  They are intended to provide a general overview about meeting activity. To obtain official meeting minutes, please contact the Pooler City Clerk's office.

January 24, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 24, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 24, 2011. Members present were Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Laura Chan and Nancy Bachner. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilman Mike Royal, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing:

MSBP Partners, LLC has petitioned The City of Pooler to rezone a 5.780 acre tract located on the south side of Pine Barren Road, adjacent to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal, from an R-A (Residential-Agricultural) Zoning District to an I-1, (Light Industrial) Zoning District: Michael Fell with Kern-Coleman & Company on behalf of MSBP Partners, LLC presented the rezoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Fell stated that the petitioner feels that the property should be re-zoned from R-A to I-1 to be consistent with the development taking place in the area. Commissioner Taylor asked if the petitioner would be in opposition to the conditions placed on the rezoning petition of a 14.06 acre tract located in the same area that was approved by Mayor and Council on October 3, 2005. In response, the petitioner stated that he felt the owner would agree to the conditions. With no further comments, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval to rezone a 5.780 acre tract located on the south side of Pine Barren Road, adjacent to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal, from an R-A (Residential-Agricultural) Zoning District to an I-1, (Light Industrial) Zoning District, contingent upon allowing all permitted uses within an I-1 Zoning District, except “manufacturing home sales” and “bars or nightclubs”. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.


Larry and Holly Young have petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to allow construction of a convenience store/service station at 830 West Highway 80 in a C-1, Light-Commercial Zoning District: Holly Young presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The front portion of the property (1.65 acres) will be used to construct a 3,116 sq. ft. (76’ x 41’) Enmark convenience store/gas station and a 1,344 sq. ft. car wash. In addition, the rear portion of the property contains 1.14 acres and is currently zoned residential. With the exception of using the residential portion of the property for the placement of a detention/retention pond and a four-inch sanitary service line, the remaining undeveloped portion will be used to buffer the proposed convenience store/gas station from the residential neighborhood. Ms. Young stated that a flyer had recently been placed on the mailboxes of the adjacent property owners giving details of the proposed development, noting that some major changes have taken place since the petition was presented before Mayor and Council on February 19, 2007. The property to the immediate right has recently been rezoned from Residential to Commercial, the residence is now vacant, and is on the market for sale. Further, the retail space that was previously proposed by Enmark has been deleted from the site plan. Ms. Young addressed the board in regards to having to sell this property based on increasing costs of taxes and insurance, no matter what happens with this petition. In addition, she reminded the board that Enmark has agreed to leave 1.15 acres as a natural buffer with plenty of trees, along with a 6’ privacy fence and that the property will be deed restricted which will pass to future property owners and that many uses like arcades, game rooms, child care facilities, and eating establishments would not require a conditional use since they are all permitted uses. In addition, that this property must be developed to its fullest potential. Ms. Young presented pictures of one of the most recent Enmark developments in South Carolina which is a model of the proposed Enmark convenience store/gas station for 830 West U.S. Highway 80. Also, Ms. Young discussed in great detail the review criteria for granting a conditional use. Public Comments: Sandy Glick, adjacent property owner, expressed her concerns to the board in regards to the underground storage tanks being so close to her property and access to her property from U.S. Highway 80, in regards to the proposed decel lane. Further, she reminded the board that her property was recently rezoned from Residential to Commercial-Professional. Robert Folmar, resident of Worthington Estates, stated that he is opposed to the development, but is not in opposition to the other permitted uses within a C-1 Zoning District. Further, he stated that he is also concerned with the possible decline of the value of his property, and the potential for additional traffic. Romanda Talley, resident of Worthington Estates, presented opposition to this request, stating that she is concerned with the safety and security of the neighborhood, additional traffic, dangers of the fuel trucks entering and exiting onto U.S. Highway 80, lighting, the number of proposed gas pumps, and the noise from the proposed car wash and vacuums. Lanell Edge, resident of Worthington Estates, is opposed stating that her property is directly behind the Georgia State Forestry Station and she has concerns with the proposed lighting, as well as property value decreasing. John Steele, resident of Worthington Estates, stated that he is in opposition and is concerned with additional traffic, property value decreasing, and the safety of neighbors and pedestrians. Ron Walker, resident of Worthington Estates, is in opposition and is concerned with the potential for additional traffic from Cardinal Street to Durden Drive and the proposed decel lane on U.S. Highway 80. Darrell Glick, adjacent property owner, expressed his opposition by stating that another gas station on Highway 80 is not needed, and will only add more traffic on Highway 80 which is already heavily traveled, and questioned the amount of buffer being proposed. In response, Larry Young stated that the proposed lights will only be 15’ in height and will be downcast lighting. In addition, Ms. Young stated that the fuel tanks are double walled and monitored for safety. Further, she stated that the fuel deliveries will be after hours between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. There was discussion from the board concerning the following: the water drainage from the proposed car wash, only one ingress and one egress, the length of the decel lane, a proposed turning lane along with directional arrows and current speed limit in the area. In response, Ms. Young stated that a site plan will have to come before the Mayor & Council before being approved and all drainage issues will be addressed at that time, and that Georgia Department of Transportation has strict guidelines that must be followed and they have approved the single curb cut off of U.S Highway 80 into the proposed Enmark site. Discussion followed wherein Commissioner Taylor reminded the board that no other commercial project may be willing to offer a 1.15 acre buffer, and that something far worse could be developed on this piece of property, reiterating the permitted uses that will not require the approval of a conditional use. With no further comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the conditional use to allow construction of a convenience store/gas station at 830 West U.S. Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed with Commissioners Fletcher and Chan opposing.


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:50 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

February 14, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 14, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 14, 2011. Members present were Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Laura Chan and Mary Louise Lanier. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Public Hearing:

Raleigh Young has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone an 18.42 acre Tract located off Wildcat Dam Road south of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad from R-1A, a Single-Family Residential Zoning District to R-A, a Residential-Agricultural Zoning District: Raleigh Young, property owner, presented the rezoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Young stated that he feels that the property should be re-zoned from R-1A to R-A in order to keep the land use the same as from the 1930’s to preserve for the grandchildren as requested by his grandmother. Archie Seabrooks, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board stating that he and his family own approximately 50 acres off of Wild Cat Dam Road, 10 acres near the church and 15 acres across the railroad and all of this land has been used for farming for the last five (5) generations and would like to see the use continue for his grandchildren when they inherit the property. Commissioner Lanier questioned the current zoning, asking if the zoning was always R-A, why is it not R-A. Ms. Carver stated that all of the surrounding property is currently zoned R-1A, and has been for at least 30 years, and that the use is considered a non-conforming use since livestock was an allowable use when the City of Pooler annexed the property in question. However, there are restrictions in terms of expanding any farming activities, and if the use becomes a nuisance, this will be addressed by the City of Pooler, under the Nuisance Ordinance. There was discussion from the board in regards to the current zoning of the surrounding property, the year of annexation, the current use of the property, and the rezoning classification with the restrictions. After discussion, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval to rezone an 18.42 acre Tract located off Wildcat Dam Road south of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad from R-1A, a single-Family Residential Zoning District to R-A, a Residential-Agricultural Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.
Review and approval of recombination plat of Lots 2311 through 2315, Building 31, Phase II, Harmony Townhomes located on Acapella Avenue: Michael Fell of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Fell stated that the new owner is building a different product than was proposed by the original developer. Further, he explained the number of lots has not changed, nor has the number of units, only the lot configurations. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Lots 2311 through 2315, Building 31, Phase II, Harmony Townhomes located on Acapella Avenue. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan 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 Lanier and passed without opposition.

February 28, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 28, 2011


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Members present were Larry Olliff, Don Taylor, Nancy Bachner, Mary Louise Lanier, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance.  Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:


NEW BUSINESS:

1.      Recombination Plat Review of Tract 3B and B for Sandra McGraw Sowell located on Old Louisville Road:  Travis Sowell presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation.  He explained that he plans to sell Parcel C along with the wood frame house.  With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Tract 3B and B located on Old Louisville Road.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.



2.      Final Plat Review of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase III which consists of four (4) townhome lots located on Kingfisher Circle off of Blue Moon Crossing:  Gary Turnbull of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation.  The purpose of the plat is to record four (4) new additional townhome lots in Phase III of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters. Commissioner Taylor stated that the rear building setback on Lot 7D is not labeled.  With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the final plat of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase III, contingent upon the labeling of the 25’ rear building setback line.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.


Discussion:  The board was asked to review the zoning ordinance and make a list of potential changes to be discussed at a later date.  Commissioner Chan, concerned

about emergency response time to the Sangrena Woods Subdivision, inquired about the possibility of a one-way access from Plantation Drive to the Pooler Parkway through Ike LaRoche Drive. The board suggested that she speak with the City Manager and the Fire Chief regarding this issue.   

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

March 14, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 14, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 14, 2011. Members present were Larry Olliff, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Laura Chan and Nancy Bachner. Mayor Mike Lamb, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. (delayed due to the PUD Review Board meeting held prior).  

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition. 

Public Hearing:

  1. Barry Gabrielson of 806 S. Rogers Street requested a variance for a privacy fence that will encroach into the front yard setback 20 feet:  Barry Gabrielson, property owner, presented the variance request to theboard for their review and recommendation. Mr. Gabrielson stated that his intent is to construct a 6’ wooden privacy fence between his property and the basketball court that is currently owned by The City of Pooler to eliminate people from walking through his property. There was some discussion from the board in regards to whether or not this request meets two out of the three criteria for granting a variance, and consideration was given for a 36” decorative fence in place of the 6’ wooden privacy fence.  Public Comments : Ricky Colby, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board stating that he was not in opposition, and that a wooden privacy fence would give Mr. Gabrielson much needed privacy.  After discussion, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the variance for a privacy fence located at 806 South Rogers Street that will encroach into the front yard setback 20 feet. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.
 NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Final PUD approval of the Godley Towne Center Master Plan located at the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard: Tom Cetti of Wolverton & Associates presented the final PUD to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. The land use is classified as Commercial/Retail under PUD Master Plan for Godley Station and is subject to the Development Guidelines for the Southern Portion of Godley Station dated October 11, 1999. Mr. Cetti stated that the proposed plan meets all requirements of the City of Pooler Zoning Ordinance, but does not meet all of the requirements of the South Godley development guidelines.  Mr. Cetti discussed the Certificate of Approval Resolution from the Architectural Review Board of The Southern Portion of Godley Station Association, Inc. wherein the variances attached hereto as Exhibit “A” were approved. There were comments from the board in regards to the approximately 1000 proposed parking places with no traffic study being conducted and the potential clearing of the property.  With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the Godley Towne Center Master Plan located at the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.


  1. Savannah Quarters Phase 15 Final PUD approval that includes development standards for a new Fire Station and other accessory municipal uses: Hal Kraft with HGB&D presented the final PUD amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Phase 15 consists of approximately 3 acres, and the proposed use is for a City of Pooler Fire Station and other accessory municipal uses. The accessory uses may include a new City of Pooler water well, an elevated water storage tank, a sewer pump station, and other minor uses. The property is bounded on the south by Quacco Road, on the west by future commercial development, on the north by Hamilton Grove Subdivision, and on the east by an individual residential property. Mr. Kraft further stated that the proposed buffer requirements meet and/or exceed the requirements of the City’s ordinance and undisturbed buffers will be utilized on the property lines adjacent to residential property. In addition, Mr. Kraft stated that an LDA was submitted to clear the site based on the preliminary site plan of the proposed fire station and review by the Planning and Zoning Commission and that 48 significant trees will remain on the site to comply with The City of Pooler Tree Ordinance.  With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the Savannah Quarters Phase 15 Final PUD Amendment that includes development standards for a new Fire Station and other accessory municipal uses. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.


  1. Review of minor subdivision plat creating Parcels 1 and 2 from a 40.90 acre tract located on the south side of Pine Barren Road: The purpose of this plat is to create Parcel 1 and Parcel 2 from a 40.90 acre tract being a portion of the former Baker Tract. Parcel 1 will consist of 16.01 acres and Parcel 2 will consist of 24.89 acres and is located on the south side of Pine Barren Road. With no comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat creating Parcels 1 and 2 from a 40.90 acre tract located on the south side of Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded my Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.


  1. Posting of a Performance Bond / Final Plat Review for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters: Kevin Smith of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, representing K. Hovnanian Homes, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation.   Mr. Smith stated that this phase will consist of 40 lots and is located south of Quacco Road off of Gateway Drive. Further, that the developer is seeking to have the plat approved and recorded by posting a performance bond to guarantee the completion of the infrastructure. Chairman Olliff questioned the minimum lot widths and if this is in compliance with the lot width percentages that were approved by Mayor and Council. In response, Mr. Smith stated that when Phase 2 of The Gates was approved, the lots met the requirements according to the Savannah Quarters PUD Development Standards. With no further comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the final plat for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.


  1. Review of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 1: Hal Kraft with HGB&D presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This revision is to revise the lot line between lots 127 and 128 and lot 145 in order for the side yard of lot 145 to match the surrounding lots and for lots 127 and 128 to gain additional rear yard space. Further, he stated that since the lot line being revised is also the phase line between Phases 1 and 2, both subdivision plats need to be revised. No changes have been made to the locations of the buildings and all three lots are still owned by the developer. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.
  1. Review of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 2: Hal Kraft with HGB&D presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This revision is to revise the lot line between lots 127 and 128 and lot 145 in order for the side yard of lot 145 to match the surrounding lots and for lots 127 and 128 to gain additional rear yard space. Further, he stated that since the lot line being revised is also the phase line between Phases 1 and 2, both subdivision plats need to be revised. No changes have been made to the locations of the buildings and all three lots are still owned by the developer. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.
 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

March 28, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 28, 2011


  

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 28, 2011. Members present were Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Laura Chan and Mary Louise Lanier. Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called themeeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

New Business:



  1. Site Plan / Landscape Plan for a proposed Dollar General located at 511 West Highway 80:  Brian Sullivan with Sullivan Wickley Properties presented the site plan/landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Sullivan stated that the proposed structure will be a 10,640 sq. ft. free standing building on a 1.26 acre parcel. Further, the access to the site will be provided through the adjacent Coastal Bank site with improvements proposed to their entrance along West Highway 80 and a shared access drive to the Dollar General site. During the Planning & Zoning meeting, there were concerns from the board regarding the engineering comments, the type of dumpster enclosure and the architectural appearance of the west side of the building.  In response, Mr. Sullivan stated that the engineering comments have been addressed and plans have been resubmitted and the dumpster is currently designed as a free standing unit, but can be enclosed and constructed with a facade that will match the exterior of the building. Further, the west side of the building can be designed to create a more pleasing appearance by adding some braking points using the same material as the front of the building.  Craig Beck, resident of Pooler, addressed the board with concerns regarding the potential increase of delivery trucks, the expected date of completion, and the potential increase in traffic creating a “chokepoint.” In response, Mr. Sullivan stated that with the store doubling in size, there will definitely be an increase in delivery trucks, but with two (2) points of access, traffic should not be an issue, and the time of completion ranges from 75 to 90 days. With no further comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Dollar General located at 511 West Highway 80, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, the architectural design on the west side of the building being modified,            and adding a dumpster enclosure of masonry. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, after discussion concerning the type of trees being proposed, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval of the landscape plan as modified showing the live oaks. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.
  1. Positing of a Warranty Bond / Final Plat Review of the Hunt Club, Phase 3A located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway: Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 3A will consist of 12.8 acres and will include 48 single-family residential lots. The development is located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, approximately 2 miles west of Benton Boulevard. Craig Beck, resident of Pooler, questioned the price range of the homes in the development. In response, Mr. Kraft stated that the homes will be of the same product developed in the previous phases and will be constructed by Beazer Homes. With no further public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend the posting of the warranty bond and approval of the final plat for the Hunt Club, Phase 3A. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition


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

April 11, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 11, 2011


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. due to the fact there was no official business to come before the board.

April 25, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 25, 2011 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 25, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Laura Chan, Nolon Edge, Nancy Bachner and Craig Beck. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called themeeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Larry Olliff introduced Craig Beck as our newly appointed alternate to the Planning & Zoning Board and administered the Oath of Office.

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

Public Hearing:

  1. Bansi Properties, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a ten acre water park located at the end of Towne Center Drive:  Commissioner Don Taylor stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.  Jay Patel, on behalf of Bansi Properties, LLC, presented the request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Patel stated that his intent is to develop a ten acre water park that will include a lazy river, a plunge pool, a wet deck, tunnel slides, pro-racer slides, play structures, a flow rider, a kid’s pool, an administration building, a retail building, a filter building, two (2) shower buildings and a kiosk building. Further, that the proposed hours of operation will be April thru September, 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., daily, with approximately 1200 visitors per day. Mr. Patel also stated that he would like to be open for business by April of 2012. There was some discussion from the board in regards to the type of  bus stop shown on the preliminary drawing, the landscaping islands, the number of parking spaces, the type of sign being proposed, the total acreage owned by Bansi Properties, LLC, plans of expansion, and the competition of the proposed water park at Highway 204 and Interstate 95. In response, Mr. Patel stated that Bansi Properties, LLC currently owns a total of 61 acres, but the ten acre portion will be purchased by an outside firm, the bus stop is not for public use, the number of parking spaces are based on existing water parks, with one parking space per four (4) visitors,   the sign will be constructed according to the City of Pooler’s sign ordinance, and the landscaping islands will be staggered. In addition, Mr. Patel stated that he has no comment on the construction of the proposed water park located at Highway 204 and Interstate 95, but he plans to move forward with the proposed project, and at this time, no expansion of the water park has been discussed. Ms. Carver reminded the board that any expansion of the conditional use must be approved by City Council. After discussion and review of the criteria for granting a conditional use, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a ten acre water park located at the end of Towne Center Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Commissioner Taylor returned to his seat on the board.
 

  1. Morgan Lakes Final PUD Master Plan Amendment # 1 to adjust product allocation within Parcel 1, Phases 1 – 6: Ryan Thompson with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Mr. Thompson stated that the intent is to amend the Final PUD Master Plan for Parcel 1, Phases 1 – 6 as “Amendment # 1” and subsequently update the PUD land use to be in conformance with the amended Final PUD Master Plan. Further, that Amendment # 1 will revise the plan to adjust product allocation within the phases of the Master Plan to accommodate the current market demands. Upon approval of this amendment, one (1) single 65’ wide lot will be added to Phase 6, with no change in the overall density. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the Morgan Lakes Final PUD Master Plan Amendment # 1 to adjust product allocation within Parcel 1, Phases 1 – 6. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.
 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Phase 3 of the Mitsubishi Power Systems Plant located within the Mega Site off Pine Meadow Drive: Gary Shuman with HGB&D presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Shuman stated that the proposed development is an expansion of the existing facility located on what is formerly known as the “Mega Site” and this is Phase 3 of a multi phased development and covers four (4) acres within the previously approved Phase 1 & 2 development. Further, the proposed building will be located adjacent to the existing building in Phase 2 along with 63 additional parking spaces being added in addition to the original 300 spaces. Included in this Phase will be an additional rail spur off of the current rail line that serves the site that will also serve Bay 4. Mr. Shuman also stated that during the initial plan review, one (1) comment was received from the City of Pooler Fire Chief, requesting that a crushed stone fire lane be provided and that this request has been agreed upon by the applicant. Commissioner Edge questioned the hatched and shaded areas on the site plan. In response, Mr. Shuman stated that the hatched areas represent a heavy duty paving surface at the rear of the building and the shaded area represents regular paving at the front of the building for the additional 63 parking spaces. Commissioner Beck questioned additional drainage. Mr. Shuman responded by stating that the rear of the site will drain through inlets and piping and then routed to the existing stormwater detention facility that was developed to accommodate all of the storm water runoff. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan for Phase 3 of the Mitsubishi Power Systems Plant located within the Mega Site off Pine Meadow Drive, contingent upon the Fire Chief’s comment being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Following review and discussion of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge and seconded by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.


  1. Recombination Plat review of a portion of The Farm at Morgan lakes, Phases 1A and 1B depicting a change in some of the townhome lots to single- family lots on Hitching Post Lane and Cattle Run Way:Ryan Thompson with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation.  Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Mr. Thompson stated that as a result of the PUD Master Plan Amendment # 1, a recombination is needed to convert 44 townhome lots (31 from Phase 1A and 13 from Phase 1B) into 20 detached single lots. With no comments, Commissioner Chan made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat of a portion of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A and 1B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.  
 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Edge made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:35 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

May 9, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 9, 2011


 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 9, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon, and Craig Beck. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Larry Olliff gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

For lack of a quorum, no action was a taken regarding the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting.

There was no old nor new business to come before the board.



There being no business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:15 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.

May 23, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 23, 2011


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 23, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon, Mary Louise Lanier, Don Taylor, Laura Chan, Nolon Edge, Nancy Bachner and Craig Beck. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the April 25, 2011 meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing:

1.      Janet Long has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a Family Home Daycare from her residence at 309 Moore Avenue: Janet Long, homeowner, presented the request to the board for their review and recommendation.  The property is currently zoned R-1A (a single-family residential dwelling district).     Ms. Long stated that her intent is to relocate and continue her family home daycare that she has operated for the past 23 years at 516 Heritage Court.  Further, that the proposed hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. If approved, Ms. Long would be allowed to keep from three (3) to six (6) children at this location. There was some discussion from the board concerning the current owner of Lot D, the number of children she is currently caring for, the ages of the children, Fire Department inspections, number of visits from the State, and the current condition of the rear fence. In response, Ms. Long stated that she is the owner of Lot D, she currently cares for her grandchildren as well as three (3) other children with the oldest being 10 years of age, the State conducts all of the inspections and they have strict guidelines that must be followed and adhered to, prior to a license being issued.  Public Comments: Danielle Bucher of 408 Stuart Street appeared before the board with the following concerns: liability of children getting in her yard and falling into her pool, children putting their hands through her chain link fence and getting bit by her dog, the age limit of the children in family home daycares, and the condition of the petitioner’s privacy fence. Nicolette Smith of 407 Stuart Street appeared before the board with further concerns that included, rezoning of the property, if the conditional use will follow with new ownership, maintenance of the 15’ drainage easement and the condition and the type of the existing fence at 309 Moore Avenue. Petitioners Response: Ms. Long stated that in the 23 years that she has been in business, she has never received a complaint, the children will have a designated outdoor play area, she has liability insurance, and the State conducts periodic inspections for compliance of State regulations regarding family home daycares.  Raymond Taylor of 321 Moore Avenue appeared before the board in opposition of the conditional use in a residential area stating that this approval may set precedence for future family home daycares on Moore Avenue. Ms. Carver explained that family home daycares are listed as a conditional use in the R-1A Zoning Districts and there are strict criteria for filing an application. As for Mr. Taylor’s concern about other potential family home daycares on Moore Avenue, Ms. Carver stated that no home occupation can locate within 1000 feet of an existing home occupation.  Based on the review of the criteria for granting a conditional use, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a family home daycare from Janet Long’s residence at 309 Moore Avenue. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.      Minor Subdivision Plat review of Lot A-1 located at the end of Towne Center Drive to create Lot A-1A and Lot A-1B: Commissioner Don Taylor stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Dan Fischer with EMC Engineering Services, on behalf of Bansi Properties, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Fischer stated that the intent is to subdivide a 65 acre tract into a minor subdivision consisting of Lot A-1A, a 51.78 acre tract and Lot A-1B, a 10 acre tract that is adjacent to the Royal Cinema. Both tracts of land are zoned for Commercial/Retail within the Godley Station PUD. A conditional use was recently approved by the Mayor & Council for construction of a proposed water park on Lot A-1B, which will consist of 10 acres. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1 located at the end of Towne Center Drive to create Lot A-1A and Lot A-1B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Commissioner Don Taylor returned to his seat on the board.

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

June 13, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 13, 2011

 The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. due to the fact there was no official business to come before the board.

June 27, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 27, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 27, 2011. Members present were Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Laura Chan, Don Taylor and Nancy Bachner. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Co-Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. (delayed due to the PUD Review Board meeting held prior).

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing:

The WODA Group petitioned the City of Pooler for a 15’ front setback variance within a townhome development to allow the minimum front yard setback from the edge of the nearest lane to be reduced from 25’ to 10’: Joe Severin, Project Manager, with Long Engineering presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this item was a tie vote by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Mr. Severin stated that the request is for a 15’ front setback variance from the approved Jabot PUD Development Standards and the City of Pooler’s regulations for the Harmony district, which will reduce the requirement for a minimum front yard setback of 25 feet from the edge of the nearest travel lane to 10 feet. Further, the Harmony Greene Development has a heavy emphasis on green construction with a goal to minimize the environmental impact of the development. Mr. Severin also explained that the project is participating in several national green design programs, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and EarthCraft Communities, to monitor and certify the development. In addition, the requirement for the 25 foot setback is in direct conflict with several strategies of these programs, primarily encroachment into specified wetland buffers. Furthermore, wetlands provide many important ecological services and functions, including removal, flood attenuation, erosion control, underground recharge, and wildlife habitat. Therefore, the goal is to maintain a buffering averaging 75 feet along the wetland frontage and this cannot be achieved with the required 25 foot setback as specified in the PUD standards. Another goal for the project as stated by the petitioner is to present a clean, organized community by creating development standards for the community that will require all residents to park their vehicles within the provided garage and not allow parking within the driveway. Mr. Severin stated that if the project is required to adhere to the 25 foot setback, the driveway to each unit will increase from 10 feet to 25 feet, making this regulation increasingly more difficult to enforce. Board Comments: Commissioner Taylor questioned the possibility of increasing the depth of the proposed driveways from 10 feet to 13 feet. In response, Mr. Severin stated that the footprints can be moved back an additional three (3) feet to provide the depth of the driveway to accommodate a standard or larger vehicle. Further, that the shifting of the buildings and the driveways will aid in the noise reduction from Interstate 16. Public Comments: Several adjacent property owners appeared before the board to express their concerns in regards to the following: inadequate parking, increased traffic, emergency vehicle passage, adequate storage space, layout of units, sidewalks, maintenance agreement after a period of 20 years if the units are sold individually, increase in crime and a decrease in property value. Petitioner’s Response: Denis Blackburne with The WODA Group responded by stating that additional parking spaces can be provided in addition to the parallel spaces that are proposed on the site plan. Mr. Severin stated that the intention of the program is to limit the amount of impervious surface by promoting public transit and alternative travel methods. Further, the parking requirements have been met with 75 parking spaces being proposed, which is equivalent to one and a half spaces per unit. In addition, the layout of the units are mixed with 2 (two), 3 (three), and 4 (four) bedroom units in each building with there being 10, (two) 2 bedroom units, 30, (three) bedroom units and 10, 4 (four) bedroom units. After discussion, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of a 12’ front setback variance in lieu of the requested 15’ front setback variance, contingent upon additional parking being provided and based on the request meeting #1 and #2 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.
New Business:

Final PUD Approval and Site Plan/Landscape approval of the proposed Harmony Greene Townhome Development on Harmony Boulevard: Joe Severin, Project Manager, with Long Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project is approximately 28.1 acres, of which 9.9 acres are designated wetlands and will consist of 50 townhome rental units. Denis Blackburne with The WODA Group stated that this development is described as affordable housing with all financial aid provided through low income tax credits and the amount of rent is determined by the average median income. The Harmony Greene development has a heavy emphasis on green construction and in addition to the green design programs, the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Manual encourages the protection of primary conservation areas and reducing clearing and grading limits as Green Infrastructure Practices. Some residents from The Harmony Subdivision expressed concerns to the board for the need of a privacy fence between the Harmony Greene Townhome Development and the proposed Harmony Amenity Site. Commissioner Taylor questioned the number of engineering comments that have not been addressed. In response, Mr. Severin stated that he met with Bill Nicholson of HGB&D prior to this meeting and all of the comments will be addressed prior to the next scheduled Council meeting. Further, per the previous motion regarding the variance, the site plan will be revised to reflect additional parking and the setback will be changed from 15’ to 13’. With no further discussion, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to table this item until all of the comments have been addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan, with Commissioners Reardon, Taylor and Edge in opposition, therefore, motion did not pass. Commissioner Taylor then made a motion to recommend Final PUD approval and site plan approval for the proposed Harmony Greene Townhome Development on Harmony Boulevard, contingent upon a privacy fence being placed on the site plan as previously discussed, and of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval of the landscape plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.


Minor Subdivision plat approval of Lots 13, 14, and a recombination of the rear portion of Lots 14 and 15 to create a third lot on Carver Street: Timothy Lovezzola, property owner, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is located on Carver Street between Skinner Avenue and Moore Street. The minor subdivision meets the requirements of the subdivision ordinance. Therefore, Mr. Lovezzola stated that the intent is to subdivide Lots 13 and 14 and recombine the rear portion of Lots 14 and 15 to create three (3) separate lots within the Stofer Subdivision in order to construct a single family residence on Lots B and C. Further, the single-story block building on Lot C will be demolished along with the single-story framed shed on Lot A. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lots 13, 14, and a recombination of the rear portion of Lots 14 and 15 to create a third lot on Carver Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.


Site Plan/Landscape plan approval of a proposed Enmark Station at 830 West Highway 80: Mr. Stewart Daniel, Project Engineer for Enmark Stations, Inc., on behalf of Holly and Larry Young, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Daniel stated that the intent is to construct and operate a service station, convenience store and a car wash at 830 W. Highway 80. Further, only one (1) change was made in the site plan that was previously approved in relation to the conditional use, which required the shifting of the building back approximately 18 feet. With no further comments, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan of the proposed Enmark Station, contingent upon DOT approval and all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. In regards to the landscape plan, after some discussion, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the landscape plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Edge made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

July 11, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 11, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 11, 2011. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, Larry Olliff, Mary Louise Lanier, James Reardon, and Don Taylor. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Don Taylor and passed without opposition.

New Business:

Final Plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase IV which includes the clubhouse, the common area, and the right-of-way for the streets: Gary Turnbull with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to record the clubhouse, the common area and the right-of-way for the streets, for conveyance to the Homeowners Association. Commissioner Taylor stated that the acreage is not noted on the plat. In response, Mr. Turnbull stated that the plat will be revised to show the acreage prior to review by City Council on July 18, 2011. With no further comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase IV which includes the clubhouse, the common area, and the right-of-way for the streets, subject to the acreage being added to the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

July 25, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 25, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 25, 2011. Members present were Craig Beck, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, Chairman Larry Olliff, Mary Louise Lanier, James Reardon, Don Taylor, Councilman Bruce Allen, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a proposed Family Dollar located at 1028 West Highway 80: Jim Kilburn of Twin Rivers Capital, LLC on behalf of Pooler Retail, LLC presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Chan questioned the type of building material proposed on both sides of the building, further requesting aesthetically pleasing material. In response, the petitioner stated that he would forward this request to the developer. With no further comments, Commission Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Family Dollar located at 1028 West Highway 80, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed and consideration of the side elevations of the building being of a different material other than metal. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. Following review and discussion of the landscape plan, Commissioner Edge made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

2. Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a proposed Royal Skate Center located at 4 Towne Center Court: Tony Coker, General Contractor, on behalf of Fun City Investments, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coker stated that the intent is to construct a 23,000 square foot skating rink and restaurant with a tentative ground breaking proposed the third week in August. There was some discussion concerning the entrance to the existing movie theater in reference to the proposed skating rink entrance; wherein, Mr. Coker stated that he would further review the site plan for possible change, if needed. After discussion, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed site plan for Royal Skate Center located at 4 Towne Center Court. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Following review of the landscape plan for tree ordinance compliance, Commissioner Edge made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Chan made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:18 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.

August 8, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 8, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 8, 2011. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Beck, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, Chairman Larry Olliff, Mary Louise Lanier, and Don Taylor. Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff 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 Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. South Godley Enterprises, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone approximately 17 acres on Park Avenue from C-2, Heavy Commercial to R-3C, a Multi-Family Zoning District: Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company on behalf of South Godley Enterprises, LLC presented the rezoning request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the purpose of the rezoning is to sell the tract to a Class A apartment developer. Public Comments: Kumar Viswanathan, owner of The Preserve at Godley Apartment Complex, stated that when he purchased the 26 acres located within the Godley Station (PUD) Planned Unit Development, the entire adjacent tract was zoned residential. Further, that in December of 2000, the same property in question was rezoned from R-1A (Single Family Residential Zoning District) to C-2 (a Heavy Commercial Zoning District). In addition, Mr. Viswanathan stated that he was not in favor of the rezoning at that time, however, agreed, subject to a 50’ buffer being left between the multi-family parcel and the heavy commercial parcel. Mr. Viswanathan also stated that he is concerned with the number of multi-family units that have already been approved in the Pooler area as well as the number of undeveloped multi-family tracts. Mr. Viswanathan also added that he is concerned with a letter from the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport that states the Southeast corner of the parcel is in the flight path. There were questions from the board concerning the following: non-consistent zoning changes in this area, current occupancy rates, future plans for the units if the economy turns around, the number of proposed units and the square footage, average rental, income level requirements, potential increase in traffic and the economic impact with increased population. Dan Molidor, with Colonial Properties Trust, owner of several apartment complexes within the area, expressed his concerns to the board regarding the following: oversaturation of the market with multi-family zoning since many areas within Pooler are already zoned for this type of development, interfering with an economy that has now started to stabilize and the fact that they rely strongly on existing zoning for their business plans, and further, that the approval of this rezoning request would be detrimental to the existing apartment communities within the Pooler area. Petitioner’s Comments: In response, Jack Wardlaw of South Godley Enterprises, LLC stated that the rental market is increasing due to the fall in the economy and this type of development is in great demand. Further, Mr. Wardlaw stated that he feels as though he has the right as a property owner to rezone his property and this development will create tax revenues of approximately $350,000 a year. In addition Mr. Wardlaw reiterated to the board that the portion of property in question of rezoning is not within the path flight of the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Mr. Lance Churno with Davis Development responded by stating that his company will be responsible for purchasing, developing and managing the proposed apartment community, and this particular product will consist of approximately 238, two (2) story units, with 214 having an attached garage. Further, he stated that 16 percent of the units will be three (3) bedrooms, 1400 sf units, 50 percent being two (2) bedrooms, 1100 sf units and the remaining portion being one (1) bedroom units with floor space ranging from 750 sf to 900 sf. The amenities will be fenced with lush landscaping being provided. The average level of income will be subject to 30% of gross income with a required credit check. Following further discussion from the board and prior to calling for a motion, Chairman Olliff reminded the board to review Section 10 (The Standards for Zoning Ordinance or Map Amendment). With no further comments, Commission Taylor made a motion to recommend approval to rezone approximately 17 acres on Park Avenue from C-2 to R-3C. Motion died for lack of a second. After discussion, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend denial of the rezoning of approximately 17 acres on Park Avenue from C-2 to R-3C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with Commissioners Taylor and Chan opposing.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Site Plan Review for Mitsubishi Power Systems (Savannah Machinery Works), Phase 4 ~ Balance Bunker @ 1000 Pine Meadow Court: Steve Wohlfeil with HGB&D presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Wohlfeil stated that the tract of land known as the “Mega-Site” has been subdivided by the Georgia Ports Authority to create a 119.34 acre parcel to be developed by Mitsubishi Power Systems America. Out of this tract, a 36 acre portion has been developed as Phases 1 and 2 of a comprehensive site development, with Phase 3 being located within these two (2) phases. In addition, Phase 4 is of a multi- phased development and covers four (4) acres within the approved Phases 1 and 2 and will consist of the balancing bunker facility addition that will include a building and paved areas. Phases 1, 2, 3, & 4, being contained within the original 36 acres, have met the requirements of the Pooler Tree Ordinance and no additional trees are planned as part of this phase. Commissioner Edge questioned the purpose of the proposed wells. In response, Mr. Wohlfeil stated that water will go into the towers to act as a cooling agent and will then vaporize into the air. In addition, he stated that they are waiting on a permit to be issued from the well drilling company. Further, that the withdrawal will either be subtracted or metered from Savannah’s or Pooler’s withdrawal allotment, with the decision being made by the City of Pooler to allow for a permit to drill or the purchase of the pipe for water from the City of Savannah. After discussion, Commissioner Chan made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for Mitsubishi Power Systems (Savannah Machinery Works), Phase 4, Balance Bunker @ 1000 Pine Meadow Drive, subject to the withdrawal and discharge of water being approved by the City of Pooler. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

3. Lowe’s / Pooler Parkway, LLC – Release of Performance Bond / Minor Subdivision Plat review and road right-of-way dedication to the City of Pooler: A final inspection was performed on July 14, 2011 by the City of Pooler’s Public Works Department. Therefore, a request for the release of the performance bond was presented to the board for their review and recommendation. The minor subdivision plat depicts the dedication of the roads with the exception of a 200 ft. section over the sewer line and leaving the sanitary sewer line in place. The 200 ft. section of the roadway and the sanitary sewer line under it will be maintained by Pooler Parkway, LLC. With no discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the release of the performance bond, the minor subdivision plat and road right-of-way dedication to the City of Pooler. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review of a proposed Parker’s Convenience Store @ Godley Station Boulevard and Pooler Parkway: Brad Sirmons with Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Sirmons stated that the Parker’s Company proposes the development of a Parker’s Convenience Store at the intersection of Pooler Parkway and Godley Station Boulevard on a two (2) acre site that is currently zoned Commercial-Retail within the Godley Station PUD (Planned Unit Development.) The proposed development will consist of approximately 4280 square feet with an additional 5120 square feet of leasable space. There will be one (1) proposed gas canopy which will consist of eight (8) pump islands for a total of 16 vehicle fueling positions. Access to the site will be from proposed curb cuts along Godley Station Boulevard and Trader’s Way. There were questions from the board concerning the facade of the building and proposed buffers between adjacent property owners. In response, Mr. Sirmons stated that the building façade will be of brick and the rear of the building will be constructed out of concrete, screened with plantings. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Parker’s Convenience Store @ Godley Station Boulevard and Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. In regards to the landscape plan, after some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Edge made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:05 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

August 22, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 22, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 22, 2011. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Beck, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, Chairman Larry Olliff, Mary Louise Lanier, James Reardon and Don Taylor. Mayor Mike Lamb, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Terry Coleman on behalf of Certus Bank has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone approximately 19.33 acres of Tract 2, of the Roberts Tract from C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to I-1 (Light Industrial): Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company, on behalf of Certus Bank presented the rezoning request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the purpose of this request is to rezone the eastern portion of the tract to be compatible with the surrounding uses. The property is located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, approximately 2500 ft. east of Farm Lake Drive, just west of Triple B Trail. Mr. Coleman stated that approximately 78 acres of Tract 1, of the Roberts Tract was rezoned from R-A and R-4 zoning to I-1, a Light Industrial Zoning in 2008 that was conditioned upon a buffer of 220 feet as follows: 48 feet of undisturbed wooded buffer, a berm, and a detention pond 50 feet wide, and an access easement 20 feet wide. Further, the intent is to sell the property to the Tippman Group for the development of a refrigerated warehouse storage facility. Mr. Coleman also stated that the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway was created by Chatham County for the purpose of truck traffic to and from the Georgia Ports Authority. Mr. Gary Kumrska with the Tippman Group was present to address the board as the proposed owner, developer, builder and operator. Mr. Kumrska explained to the board that they are a family owned business and currently own and operate approximately 15 refrigerated warehouse storage facilities with the cost starting at $20 million dollars. Further, the proposed 150,000 square foot facility will store frozen goods for outlying companies from three (3) months to three (3) years at a temperature of negative 22 degrees. Mr. Kumrska also explained to the board that the buildings are designed to be vapor tight, with little or no noise being heard from the outside, and they are designed to be shielded from adjacent property owners to reduce noise. In addition, the Tippman Company targets clients with slow moving items to keep the truck traffic to a maximum of 30 truck deliveries per day. There were concerns from the board regarding the following: the height of the building, hiring local employees, type of fence enclosure, the maximum size of the building and restricting the permitted uses within a light industrial zoning district. Petitioner’s Response: In response, the petitioner stated that the maximum height of the proposed building will be 45 feet, out of the 37 people that will be hired, all with the exception of a HR employee, an IT employee and a Manager, will be hired locally, a fence that is aesthetically pleasing will be placed around the perimeter of the building and the size of the warehouses vary from 150,000 square feet to 300,000 square feet in size. With no further comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval to rezone approximately 19.33 acres of Tract 2, of the Roberts Tract from C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to I-1 (Light Industrial), contingent upon the following uses being excluded: (7) outdoor drive-in theaters, (10) research or experimental stations and laboratories, (11) radio and/or television station transmission or reception towers, (16) manufactured home sales, and (17) bars or nightclubs. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Review and recommendation of a minor subdivision / recombination plat of Lots 26, 27, and 29A located on Pipemaker’s Canal in the Pooler Park of Commerce for Tide Chase Holdings: Mike Ferreira with MITR Surveying Company, on behalf of Tide Chase Holdings presented the minor subdivision/recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose is for a recombination of existing land and dedication of existing drainage and conservation easement. The total area of property will consist of approximately 19.65 acres. Lots 26 and 27 are currently undeveloped commercial parcels. Additional land will be added to Lot 29A for a storage yard and the new parcel created will be for drainage and a conservation easement. With no comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision/recombination plat of Lots 26, 27, and 29A located on Pipemaker’s Canal in the Pooler Park of Commerce for Tide Chase Holdings. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

3. Recombination Plat Review of Harmony Townes, Bldg. 19, Lots 1191 – 1196 on Sonata Circle: Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the purpose of the plat is to adjust the property lines to match the new product, with no change in the number of units. Ms. Carver asked after the build out of the development, what is the percentage of the mix. In response, Jack Wardlaw, part owner of J.C. Wardlaw Construction stated that out of the 185 lots, he purchased 41, making the new product mix less than 25 percent. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the recombination plat for Harmony Townes, Bldg. 19, Lots 1191 – 1196 on Sonata Circle. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

4. Recombination Plat review of Harmony Townes, Bldg. 38, Lots 2381 – 2385 on Gallery Way: Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the purpose of the plat is to adjust the property lines to match the new product, with no change in the number of units. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the recombination plat for Harmony Townes, Bldg. 38, Lots 2381 – 2385 on Gallery Way. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

September 12, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 12, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 12, 2011. Members present were Co-Chairman Don Taylor, Nancy Bachner, Craig Beck, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, Mary Louise Lanier and, James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Co-Chairman Don Taylor called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Minor Subdivision Plat review creating Parcels E-2A, E-2B and a 60’ right of way from Parcel E-2 at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard: Christy Lawrence with Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company, on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Lawrence stated that the purpose of the minor subdivision is for commercial development. Parcel E-2A will consist of 1.635 acres, Parcel E-2B will consist of 52.395 acres and the 60’ right of way will consist of .386 acres. There was discussion from the board regarding the potential use and the proposed egress. In response, Ms. Lawrence stated that the potential use will be an Enmark Gas Station/Convenience Store with a car wash and the egress will be on Memorial Boulevard. With no further comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat to create Parcels E-2A, E-2B and a 60’ right of way from Parcel E-2 at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2. Review of Recombination Plat to combine Lots 53B and a portion of Lot 60 Rothwell Subdivision for Jerry and Barbara Womble into one lot for tax purposes: The purpose of this recombination plat is to create one legal lot of record to eliminate receiving two (2) separate tax bills. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the recombination plat to combine Lots 53B and a portion of Lot 60 Rothwell Subdivision for Jerry and Barbara Womble into one lot for tax purposes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3. Preliminary Construction Plan review / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Godley Towne Center located in the northwest quadrant of Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway: Tom Cetti with Wolverton & Associates presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Cetti stated that the developer intends to construct infrastructure to serve as many as seven (7) commercial/retail parcels that range in size from 1 acre outparcels to a 15.5 acre anchor tenant parcel. The developer is asking to clear the entire 23.75 acre tract as part of infrastructure construction and allow individual parcel tenants to address requirements set forth in the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance as each lot is developed. There was some discussion from the board regarding the following items: curb cuts, number of parcels already sold, clear cutting the entire site, timeline of infrastructure, amount of impervious surface and potential tenants. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that the intention is to clear cut the entire site and sell the timber in order to fund the infrastructure, and this would begin as early as January 2012, with a completion date of 60 to 90 days to follow. Further, that the amount of impervious service will be determined with specific parcel developments. Mr. Cetti also stated that the detention pond that is proposed will be designed to develop the six (6) outparcels to 80 percent impervious. Further, that a curb cut will be determined at a later date for Parcel 1A, but all other parcels have been identified with access points. In addition, the developer is in active negotiations with purchasers for every parcel in the development, and Parcels 1, 2 and 3 will be under construction before the infrastructure project is complete. With no further comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plans for Godley Towne Center located in the northwest quadrant of Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge, and passed without opposition. In regards to the tree ordinance compliance, there was discussion from the board regarding the following items: clear cutting the entire site, cleared commercial tracts remaining undeveloped for years, visual unsightliness from Pooler Parkway and bonding of the landscape plan. Mr. Andrew Feiler, property owner, addressed the board in response to some of their concerns, by stating that a substantial portion of the site must be cleared to facilitate construction of the infrastructure, and that preservation of pockets of trees will not provide an aesthetic benefit to the development. Mr. Feiler also stated that no clear cutting will occur prior to the sale of any outparcels. Further, that a 50’ wide strip of the Pooler Parkway frontage is occupied by utility easements and a pump station, with a similar 30’ wide strip of the Benton Boulevard frontage being occupied by utility easements and both frontages have already been clear cut in order to facilitate utility installation. In addition, Mr. Feiler stated that there are existing soil problems and a minimum of 2’ of fill will be needed to bridge existing soil conditions. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item until the next Planning & Zoning meeting in order for the developer to propose an agreement to the board regarding their concerns. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.

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

September 26, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 26, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 26, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Nancy Bachner, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge, and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Larry Olliff gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Recombination Plat review of Lots 1 and 2, Wheeles Subdivision located at 512 South Skinner Street and 602 South Skinner Street for Carolyn Wheeles: The purpose of this recombination plat is to shift the lot line to widen Lot 2-A to include the existing driveway that currently serves the residence located at 602 South Skinner Street. With no comments, Commissioner Chan made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Lots 1 and 2, Wheeles Subdivision located at 512 South Skinner Street and 602 South Skinner Street for Carolyn Wheeles. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Minor Subdivision Plat review of Lot A-2, Towne Center at Godley Station to create public road right-of-ways: The purpose of this minor subdivision plat is to dedicate the right-of-ways to the City of Pooler. In addition, there will also be a Hold Harmless Agreement in place. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Chan to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot A-2, Towne Center at Godley Station to create public road right-of-ways. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

3. Plan review for construction of a 250 ft. commercial access road from Memorial Boulevard: Christy Lawrence with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the construction drawings to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Lawrence stated that the access road will be approximately 250 ft. long within a 60 ft. right-of-way located on the south side of Memorial Boulevard and will provide access to the future Enmark gas station that will be located on Parcel E-2A at the southeast corner of Memorial Boulevard and Pooler Parkway. There were questions regarding the wetlands, the engineering comments and if Parcel E-2A would have direct access to Pooler Parkway. In response, Ms. Lawrence stated that the wetlands permit should be received at any time, the engineering comments have been addressed and resubmitted for Bill Nicholson’s final review. Further, there will be no access from the Pooler Parkway to Parcel E-2A. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the construction of a 250 ft. commercial access road from Memorial Boulevard, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the wetlands permit being issued. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Enmark Convenience Store and Car Wash located on the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Pooler Parkway: Stewart Daniel, Project Manager for Enmark Stations, Inc presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Daniel stated that the intention is to construct and operate a service station, convenience store and a drive-through car wash on Lot E-2A, located on the corner of Memorial Boulevard and the Pooler Parkway. There were questions regarding the points of access, the fuel truck flow, the type of dumpster enclosure, proposed building material, canopy lighting and drainage. In response, Mr. Daniel stated that there is one (1) right-in only access off of Memorial Boulevard that already exists, there are two (2) access points off of the proposed access road, with the main one being between the fueling canopy and the convenience store, and the rear access point is an exit only, which will be utilized as a car wash escape lane. Further, the dumpster enclosure material will match the building façade, the bottom of the structure will be constructed of Savannah Gray Brick, tan hardy plank siding, white trim and a metal roof with a matching car wash, the lighting is flush mount designed under the fueling canopies, and curb and guttering exists all the way around the perimeter of the building with all water being directed to an existing lagoon. With no further questions, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Enmark Convenience Store and Car Wash located on the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Pooler Parkway, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. In regards to the landscape plan, after discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

Commissioner Edge made a motion to add Item #5 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Tree Ordinance Compliance for Godley Towne Center located in the northwest quadrant of Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway: Tom Cetti with Wolverton & Associates presented the tree ordinance plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This item was tabled at the last Planning & Zoning meeting in order to give the developer time to propose an agreement to the board addressing their concerns. Mr. Cetti stated that the developer is requesting that they be allowed to clear cut the front portion of the site approximately 320’ deep measured from the Pooler Parkway right-of-way, because of the need of visibility requirements for tenants looking to occupy parcels along the Parkway. Further, the developer is agreeing to preserve a 100’ wide strip of existing trees and understory to serve as an interim visual buffer along Benton Boulevard, Maxwell Drive, and along the north side of the proposed access drive. If existing trees and understory vegetation within visual buffer areas is insufficient to provide intended screening, the developer agrees to provide plantings of wax myrtles as a supplement. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the tree ordinance compliance for Godley Towne Center located in the northwest quadrant of Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway, by accepting the agreement dated September 14, 2011 from Wolverton & Associates outlining the plan to mitigate tree clear cutting concerns expressed by Planning & Zoning Board members on September 12, 2011. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

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

October 10, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 10, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 10, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Craig Beck, Don Taylor, Mary Louise Lanier and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Minor Subdivision Plat review of a portion of Lot A-2B and a portion of Lot B to create Lot 1, a 17-acre tract on Park Avenue that was recently rezoned to R-3C: Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company on behalf of South Godley Enterprises, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the purpose of this minor subdivision is to create a 17 acre tract from a portion of Lot A-2B and a portion of Lot B in order to construct a 238 unit multi-family development. With no comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of a portion of Lot A-2B and a portion of Lot B to create Lot 1, a 17-acre tract on Park Avenue that was recently rezoned to R-3C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

2. Recombination Plat review of Lots 246 through 260 in The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A and 1B, to add the 20’ abandoned alley way to the rear of each lot: With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Lots 246 through 260 in The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A and 1B, to add the 20’ abandoned alley way to the rear of each lot. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.


3. Lee, West, Walsh, LP has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone approximately 83 acres at the intersection of Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road from RA-1 (Residential-Agricultural Limited ) and C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to I-1, a Light-Industrial Zoning District: Commission Lanier stepped down from the board to excuse herself from any discussion of this item. Terry Coleman with Kern-Coleman and Company presented the rezoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. The Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) has reviewed information concerning the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) and has determined that the proposed action would be in the best interest of the region, and therefore, of the state. The property is located approximately 1.3 miles east of I-95 between Pine Barren Road and Old Louisville Road. The proposed land use will be for warehouse and flex space needed to support the Port and other industries in Pooler and surrounding areas. If rezoning is approved, the intersection of Old Louisville Road and Highway 80 will re-locate to align with Pine Barren Road. Intersection improvements along with signalization are proposed and will provide access to Highway 80 for the anticipated truck traffic generated by this project. Mr. Ping Tyner, Mr. William Hunter and several other adjacent property owners along Old Louisville Road appeared before the board in regards to ongoing drainage issues in this area, the condition of Old Louisville Road, ongoing truck traffic, noise, dust, buried tires, detention ponds and proposed buffering. Mary Louise Lanier, an adjacent property owner, expressed the following concerns: the potential increase of truck traffic on Highway 80, drainage issues noted in the letter received from Chatham County Department of Engineering, maintaining the commercial zoning district along Highway 80 and restricting the uses in the I-1 zoning district. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the goal is to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that is generated, provide for natural on-site control and treatment of runoff, and optimize the location of stormwater management facilities. Further, that the developer is proposing a building area of approximately 33 acres, with approximately 32.96 acres of open space that will include an 8.24 acre stormwater management system and the remaining 16.4 acres will be utilized for driveways and parking. In addition, Mr. Coleman stated that a traffic engineering study has been completed for the intersection of Pine Barren Road and Highway 80 with signalization being a recommendation. Mr. Coleman also stated that the intention is to direct large truck traffic to the proposed traffic signal and not allow truck access onto Old Louisville Road which will be strictly enforced by authorities. Mr. Coleman added that concerns expressed by the adjacent property owners will be addressed during the site plan approval process. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval to rezone approximately 83 acres at the intersection of Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road from RA-1 (Residential-Agricultural Limited) and C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to I-1, a Light Industrial Zoning District, contingent upon the front portion of the property remaining a C-2 (Heavy Commercial) Zoning District and eliminating the following permitted uses in an I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District: (4) repair garages, (6) animal hospitals, kennels and/or boarding facilities, (7) outdoor drive-ins theaters, (8) building material sales yards and lumber yards, including the sale of rock, sand, gravel and the like, (10) research or experimental stations and laboratories, (11) radio and/or television station transmission or reception towers, (15) truck service centers, (16) manufactured home sales, and (17) bars or nightclubs. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition. Commissioner Lanier returned to her seat on the board.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Beck made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:36 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

October 24, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 24, 2011


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 24, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Don Taylor, Mary Louise Lanier, Nancy Bachner, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Minor Subdivision Plat review of Tracts 1 and 2 of the Robert’s Tract creating Lot 3, a 34.77 acre tract that was recently rezoned to I-1 for cold storage warehousing: Barr Thomas with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Thomas stated that the purpose of the minor subdivision is to create Lot 3, which was recently rezoned to I-1 (a Light Industrial) Zoning District, for cold storage warehousing. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Tracts 1 and 2 of the Robert’s Tract creating Lot 3. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

2. Westbrook, Phase 8, Plat Revision to resolve an encroachment issue for Lot 585, add 20’ drainage easements to the rear of Lots 557-558 and 570-572 and make several note changes on the plat: Hal Kraft with HGB&D presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Kraft stated that the purpose of the plat revision is to adjust the lot line for Lot 585 resolving an encroachment issue, with the remainder of Lot 585 (Parcel A) being deeded to the golf course, an additional 20’ drainage easement being added to the rear of Lots 557- 558 and 570-572 for future use if needed, general note #2 being revised to include reciprocal easements with the golf course and general note #14 being added to address the new Parcel “A.” With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the Westbrook, Phase 8, plat revisions. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3. Posting of Performance Bond / Final Plat review of Godley Towne Center located on the northwest corner of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard: Tom Cetti with Wolverton & Associates presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Cetti stated that the major subdivision is located on the northwest corner of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard and will consist of four (4) lots. Further, the developer is seeking to have this subdivision plat approved and recorded under a performance bond in the amount of $1,419,246.75. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the posting of a performance bond and approval of the final plat for Godley Towne Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant to be located at 220 Pooler Parkway: Ms. Roberta Holcomb, Project Manager for Logan’s Roadhouse presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Holcomb stated that the developer is proposing to construct a 6,505 sf. full service restaurant with a bar at 220 Pooler Parkway. Chairman Olliff questioned the dumpster enclosure and if all of the engineering comments have been addressed. In response, Ms. Holcomb stated that the dumpster enclosure will be constructed of split-faced block to match the facade of the building and all of the engineering comments will be addressed prior to the next Council meeting. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant to be located at 220 Pooler Parkway, subject to all of the engineering and Public Works comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, there was discussion regarding the proposed number of trees not meeting the number of trees per acre requirement. A motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table the landscape plan for modifications in order to comply with the tree ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

Stuart Spencer of Thomas & Hutton via email requested that item #5 be added to the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to add this item to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

5. Recombination Plat Revision of a portion of the Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A & 1B to remove Lot 246 from the previously approved plat: The purpose of this revision is to remove Lot 246 from the previously approved recombination plat. This lot has already been sold and is held in different ownership than the remainder of the lots being recombined. For that reason, the developer is asking to have it excluded from this plat and address any recombination or reconfiguration of Lot 246, if any, at a later time. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the revised recombination plat of a portion of the Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A & 1B to remove Lot 246 from the previously approved plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

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

November 14, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 14, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 14, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Don Taylor, Mary Louise Lanier, Craig Beck, Laura Chan and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Landscape Plan Review for a proposed Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant located at 220 Pooler Parkway: Roberta Holcombe, Project Manager for Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc. presented the landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Holcombe stated that the disturbed area will consist of 1.5 acres and the planting of 23 proposed trees will meet the required tree ordinance for the City of Pooler. With no comments, Commissioner Chan made a motion to recommend approval of the landscape plan for a proposed Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant located at 220 Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Final Plat review for Phase V of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters: Gary Turnbull with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Turnbull stated that the purpose of the plat is to create Lot 6B for property transfer. After some discussion, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the final plat for Phase V of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, contingent upon creating an inset of an outline of the larger tract in which Lot 6B is being cut out of and a note referencing the recorded plat in which this one is linked to. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3. Revised Site Plan and Landscape Plan for Parker’s Convenience Store to delete retail portion of building: Kevin Smith with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the revised site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Smith stated that due to a recent market study, the owner now wishes to remove the retail bay contained in the original project which is under construction. This would consist of the deletion of the building, as grading for the pad and installation of utilities to serve the pad will remain a part of the project. The development is located on the corner of Godley Station Boulevard and Pooler Parkway. There were some questions regarding the proposed landscape and parking within the proposed retail bay area. In response, Mr. Smith stated that the area will be graded and grassed as well as trees being planted in order to meet the City of Pooler’s minimum tree requirement. Further, all of the proposed 27 parking spaces associated with the retail bay will be eliminated from the site plan. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck to recommend approval of the revised site plan for Parker’s Convenience Store. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck to recommend approval of the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

4. Revised Plat for Pooler Marketplace to adjust the lot line between Lots 3 and 4: At the request of the petitioner via e-mail, a motion was made by Commissioner Chan to table this item until the next regularly scheduled P & Z meeting. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

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

November 28, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 28, 2011


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 28, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Don Taylor, Nancy Bachner, Laura Chan, LeNolon Edge and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Proposed text amendment for site plan approval not to exceed 12 months: The purpose of the text amendment is to require developers to resubmit for site plan approval if building permits are not issued within one year of approval. With no comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed text amendment for site plan approval not to exceed 12 months. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Sketch plan review for Royal Cinema expansion located at 5 Towne Center Court: Commissioner Don Taylor stepped down to excuse himself of any discussion of this item. Falgun Patel, of Royal Entertainment Group, LLC, presented the sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Patel stated that the intention is to add an additional three (3) screens to the existing cinema which will be the largest cinema in the coastal region. There were questions from the board regarding the engineering comments not being addressed. In response, Dan Fisher with EMC Engineering stated that he and his client are aware of the fact that the parking requirements have not been met and would like to apply for a parking variance. Mr. Fisher also stated that there will be a net gain of 17 spaces and will utilize cross parking easements on adjacent properties, including the undeveloped parcel located on the corner of Towne Center Court and Towne Center Drive if necessary. Further, Mr. Fisher stated that the additional proposed impervious surface was accounted for in the original detention design. In addition, Mr. Fisher stated that he will meet with Bill Nicholson to clarify the engineering comment regarding the addition of four (4) additional handicap parking spaces. After some discussion, Commissioner Chan made a motion to deny the sketch plan for Royal Cinema expansion located at 5 Towne Center until all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. Commissioner Taylor returned to his seat on the board.

Mike Altman of Cortland Partners, Inc. requested that item #3 be added to the agenda.
A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor. Motion was seconded by Commissioner
Edge and passed without opposition.

3. Site Plan and Landscape Plan for Whitefield Marsh Apartments located at the intersection of Pine Barren Road & Wild Cat Dam Road: Mike Altman with Cortland Partners, Inc presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation stating that he had been working on this project since 2008. Mr. Altman stated that this project is part of the Morgan Tract Parcel C1 multifamily development on 14.1 acres located at the intersection of Pine Barren Road and Wild Cat Dam Road. The density for the development has been designed with not more than 18 units per acre within the Morgan Family PUD and will include approximately 252 units in nine (9) buildings. The complex will include a pool and amenity area and a limited number of free standing garage buildings, and the majority of the buildings will be three stories of various shapes and sizes to fit the shape and topography of the existing site. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for Whitefield Marsh Apartments. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. During the review of the landscaping plan, Mr. Altman confirmed that a buffer will be maintained along Pine Barren Road, not clear cut, and additional plantings will be added. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition.

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

December 12, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 12, 2011

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, December 12, 2011. Members present were Chairman Larry Olliff, Don Taylor, Nancy Bachner, Laura Chan and LeNolon Edge. Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Don Taylor gave the invocation and Larry Olliff led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Don Taylor. Motion was seconded by Laura Chan and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Sketch plan review for Royal Cinema expansion located at 5 Towne Center Court: Commissioner Don Taylor stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Dan Fischer with EMC Engineering and Falgun Patel, of Royal Entertainment Group, LLC, presented the sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to add an additional three (3) screens to the existing cinema, which will be the largest cinema in the coastal region. There were some questions from the board regarding the impervious surface, the parking requirements and additional handicap parking spaces. In response, Mr. Fischer stated that the outparcel will be paved and there is a Cross Access/Cross Parking Agreement that was entered into on the 30th Day of November, 2011 with Royal Entertainment Group, LLC and NRN Management, Inc.; the four (4) to one (1) parking ratio has been met along with one (1) additional handicap parking space being added. With no further questions, Commissioner Edge made a motion to recommend approval of the sketch plan for Royal Cinema expansion located at 5 Towne Center Court. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Chan and passed without opposition. Commissioner Taylor returned to his seat on the board.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Minor Subdivision Plat Review creating Parcel C-1, a 14.12 acre tract out of Parcel “C” of the Morgan Tract: Henry S. Morgan presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for review and recommendation. The subdivision is required to facilitate the sale and development of the property as multi-family use, which is compliant with the current zoning. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Chan to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat creating Parcel C-1, a 14.12 acre tract out of Parcel “C” of the Morgan Tract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Chan made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.