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2013 Zoning Minutes

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January 14, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 14, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 14, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Beck, LeNolon Edge, Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon and Don Taylor. 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.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Pooler Residence Inn Hotel located on Towne Center Boulevard:   Alec Metzger with EMC Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 78,636 sq. ft. hotel with 117 rooms on Towne Center Boulevard within the Godley Station PUD.  There were some concerns from the board in regard to the easements, truck deliveries, and the width of travel lanes for emergency vehicle access. In response, Mr. Metzger stated that the easement dedications will be platted and recorded at the Chatham County Courthouse and the travel lane has been designed according to specifications for emergency vehicle and delivery truck access. In addition, Mr. Metzger stated that revised plans have been forwarded to the City’s engineer and to the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. With no further comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for Pooler Residence Inn Hotel located on Towne Center Boulevard, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, Godley Station ARB approval and approval from the Savannah Airport Commission. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for St. Joe’s Immediate Care Facility at 107 Canal Street:  Nathan Long with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed development will consist of a 4,700 square foot immediate care facility. The site is bounded by the Cancun Mexican Restaurant to the north, Canal Street to the east and Pooler Parkway to the west. The total site is approximately 1.2 acres.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for St. Joe’s Immediate Care Facility at 107 Canal Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.  Regarding the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Goodwill Industries on Pooler Parkway: Nathan Long with Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Council recently approved the recombination of Parcels L, M, and N in the Crossings at Godley Station for this development. The proposed 16,000 square foot Goodwill Industries will be located on Grand Central Boulevard, northwest of Godley Station Boulevard and Pooler Parkway intersection. There were some concerns from the board in regard to the facade on the north side of the building facing Pooler Parkway, hours of operation, the number of employees, truck deliveries, Godley Station ARB approval and the estimated time of completion. Mr. Long stated that the finish date is expected to be around the end of October 2013. Further,  Connie Curtis with Goodwill Industries stated that the center will employ approximately 25 full-time employees, the hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a midnight processing crew. Mr. Long introduced Brian Felder of Felder & Associates to the board for clarification of the type of building material that will be used for the north side. Mr. Felder stated that the initial plan was to construct the wall out of metal wall panels. However, per the request of the Godley Station ARB, the north wall will be constructed of brick veneer with oversized polished blocks for the columns. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Goodwill Industries on Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. In regard to the landscape plan, there were questions from the board concerning the buffer from Pooler Parkway and the visibility of the truck loading docks. Mr. Long stated that they will leave the existing vegetation on the northeast corner, add additional plantings and add a fence to screen the loading dock area from Pooler Parkway traffic. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

4.            Site Plan/ Landscape Plan review for McDonalds Restaurant at 200 Pooler Parkway: Waylon Hoge of Integrity Engineering & Development Services presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed development will consist of the construction of a 4,715 square foot restaurant with 95 seats and an inside play area. The site is located on the corner of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard. There were some questions from the board regarding the visibility of the play area from oncoming traffic, the location of the entrance, the potential advertising on the dumpster enclosure and the material that will be used for the dumpster enclosure. In response, Mr. Hoge stated that the play area will be on the front corner facing both Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway with shaded glass to obscure a portion of the interior.  Further, the site will be accessible only from the rear, off of Benton Boulevard, and the dumpster enclosure will match the material of the building. Mr. Hoge also stated that the Godley Station ARB is very strict with outdoor advertisement. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for McDonalds, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition. In regard to the landscape plan, there were some questions from the board concerning the number and the type of preferred trees listed. In response, Mr. Hoge stated that the seven (7) Japanese Zelcova Trees were replaced with Willow Oaks and that he will check on the number of preferred trees. Since the landscape plan did not meet the City of Pooler’s Tree Ordinance requirements based on the number of proposed trees per acre, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck to table the plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

5.            Revised subdivision plat for Hunt Club, Phase 3-A to correct side setback lines on Lots 203 and 209: Hal Kraft with HGB&D Engineering presented the revised plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to revise the building setbacks for Lots 203 and 209 to be consistent with all of the existing corner lots within the Hunt Club subdivision. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the revised plat for Hunt Club,       Phase 3-A, Lots 203 and 209. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Beck and passed without opposition.                                              

6.            Site Plan review for a new maintenance building and guardhouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems located at 1000 Pine Meadow Drive: Gary Schuman with HGB&D presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed work will consist of the construction of a previously planned guardhouse and the expansion of the existing dumpster enclosure, while adding a maintenance/storage building, paved areas and underground utilities supporting the existing manufacturing facility. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval for a proposed maintenance building and guardhouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver asked the board to add item #7 to the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Beck and seconded by Commissioner Bachner to add the item to the agenda and passed without opposition.

7.            Nordic Cold Storage Facility revised Landscape Plan: The developer has revised the landscaping on the berm that runs along the east side of Nordic’s property, in an attempt to be a “good neighbor”, as the berm separates the industrial property from a horse farm. A motion was made by Commissioner Beck to approve the revised landscape plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner 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 Beck and passed without opposition

January 28, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 28, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Board was held on Monday, January 28, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, LeNolon Edge, Chairman Larry Olliff, Mary Louise Lanier and 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 Nancy Bachner. Motion was seconded by LeNolon Edge and passed without opposition.

Chairman Larry Olliff introduced Craig Brewer and Samuel Bostick as the newly appointed Commissioners to the Planning & Zoning Board and administered the Oath of Office.

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to outgoing Planning & Zoning Commissioner Mary Louise Lanier, thanking her for dedicated service to the City.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Review of site improvements for Boilermaker’s Local 26 located at 1525 Dean Forest Road:   Chairman Olliff presented the item to the board and asked for any comments since the petitioner was not present. Commissioner Edge questioned the lack of detail. Commissioner Taylor questioned if all of the engineering comments had been addressed. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver stated that additional information was forwarded to the City engineer and that all of the outstanding comments have been addressed and that a clean letter has been received from Bill Nicholson of HGB&D.  With no further comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to recommend approval of the site improvements for Boilermaker’s Local 26 located at 1525 Dean Forest Road.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with Commissioner Edge opposing.

2.            Final Plat Review for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 9:  Gary Turnbull with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Turnbull stated that the purpose of this plat is to record Lots 1A and 1B on Kingfisher Circle in Phase 9 of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 9. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

3.            Minor Subdivision/Recombination Plat to provide R-O-W dedication for realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park: Commissioner Lanier stepped down to excuse herself from any discussion of this item. Chad Zittrouer with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision/recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Zittrouer stated that the purpose of the minor subdivision/recombination plat is to provide right-of-way for the realignment of Old Louisville Road and to adjust the property line of  Lots 1, 2, and the northern portion of  Lot 3, within the L.H. Mock Subdivision and a portion of Lot 24, which is part of the Houston Tract. Public Comments: Michael Haymans, resident of Old Louisville Road, asked the board to confirm that the access to and from Old Louisville Road would be through the newly constructed road. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the minor subdivision/recombination plat to provide R-O-W dedication for realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Commissioner Lanier returned to her seat on the board.

4.            Site Plan Review for Re-alignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park: Chad Zittrouer with Kern-Coleman & Company requested this item be tabled until the next regularly scheduled meeting. A motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table the site plan for realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

5.            Posting of Performance Bond/Final Plat Review of Hunt Club, Phase 3B: Hal Kraft with HGB&D Engineering presented the final plat review of Hunt Club, Phase 3B to the board for their review and recommendation.  The final plat submittal consists of the remaining portion of the previously approved Hunt Club Phase 3 subdivision and will contain 58 single-family residential lots. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend acceptance of the performance bond and approval of the final plat for Hunt Club, Phase 3B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.
                                          
6.            Proposed Zoning Text Amendment to add “Pawn Shops” in the C-2 Heavy Commercial Zoning as a permitted use: Craig Moore, property owner, presented the zoning text amendment to add “Pawn Shops” as a permitted use in the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning District to the board for their review and recommendation. The current ordinance does not permit a “Pawn Shop” in C-2 zoning districts as a permitted use nor as a conditional use. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the zoning text amendment to add “Pawn Shops” in the C-2 zoning district as a permitted use. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.

Walker Hoge of Integrity Engineering & Development Services asked the board to add item #7 to the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Edge and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to add item #7 to the agenda and passed without opposition.

7.            Revised Landscape Plan for McDonalds Restaurant located at 200 Pooler Parkway: Walker Hoge of Integrity Engineering & Development Services presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation, noting that an additional eight (8) trees were added to meet the requirements of the tree ordinance.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the revised landscape plan for McDonalds Restaurant located at 200 Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

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

February 11, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
February 11, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 11, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon and Don Taylor. 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.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.            Site Plan review for re-alignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park:   Chad Zittrouer with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Based on the comments from the board and the number of outstanding engineering comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to table this item for two more weeks. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Savannah Car Wash @ 420 Pooler Parkway:  Mark Mobley with EMC Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Mobley stated that the plans were submitted in December of 2012, and after receiving a list of comments from the City Engineer, a revised set was resubmitted to the City of Pooler and the City Engineer on January 25, 2013 along with a letter stating how the outstanding comments were addressed.  Further, Mr. Mobley stated that he is waiting on the detailed information from the manufacturer of the water recycling equipment and it will be forwarded as soon as it is received. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan for Savannah Car Wash located at 420 Pooler Parkway, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.  Regarding the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3.            Construction Plan review for widening the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road: The petitioner requested this item be tabled. A motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to honor the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

4.            Site Plan/ Landscape Plan review for The Village on Pooler Parkway: Tom Cetti with Wolverton & Associates presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed Village on Pooler Parkway is a 19.8 (+/-) acre parcel that is located on the corner of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard. The project will consist of approximately 138,671 square feet of mixed use retail and restaurant space on 17.7 acres. The remaining 2.1 acres will be outparcels for future development. The existing site has been cleared and consists of an access road and infrastructure, but is otherwise undeveloped.   Mr. Cetti informed the board that the four (4) major anchors will include: TJ Maxx, Ross, Michael’s and PetSmart. There were some concerns from the board in regard to delivery trucks’ access in and out of the development and what parcels are served by the existing detention pond behind building eight (8).  In response, Mr. Cetti stated that an auto-turn simulation program is utilized in order to create all traffic flow for truck deliveries and that the detention pond in the rear of building eight (8) falls within the existing Logan’s development and the corner parcel with release rates per the City of Pooler’s requirement, but the detention area for this development will be completely redesigned to accommodate all run-off.   With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for The Village on Pooler Parkway.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.  

5.            Recombination Plat review for Godley Towne Center: The petitioner requested this item be tabled. A motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to honor the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

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

February 25, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 25, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 25, 2013. Members present were Larry Olliff, Craig Brewer, Samuel Bostick, Nancy Bachner, 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 6:00p.m.

Chairman Larry Olliff gave the invocation and LeNolon Edge led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Commissioner Bachner made a motion to re-elect Larry Olliff to serve as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition. Samuel Bostick made a motion to re-elect Don Taylor to serve as Co-Chairman. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Site Plan review for re-alignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park: Based on the request of Chad Zittrouer with Kern-Coleman & Company, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Recombination Plat review for Godley Towne Center: Tom Cetti with Wolverton & Associates presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The plat coincides with the site plans that have been previously approved by this board for the Godley Towne Center. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the recombination plat for Godley Towne Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

3. Site Plan I Landscape Plan review for Olive Garden @ 280 Pooler Parkway: Jack DeGagne, Site Development Manager for Darden Restaurants, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated the proposed Olive Garden has 7,774 square feet, 268 seats and 139 parking spaces. Further, he has been working with the Godley Station ARB to address all of their comments and should have the approval letter in a few days. Commissioner Bostick questioned the two-way drive proposed off of Maxwell Drive, expressing concern that pedestrians may want to tum left onto the one-way boulevard. As a solution, Mr. DeGagne will address this concern with suitable signage. Commissioner Olliff asked about the material of the dumpster enclosure. In response, Mr. DeGagne stated that the dumpster enclosure will be the same material and color as the building and will be a secure area.

With no other comments, Commissioner Bostick made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for Olive Garden, subject to the city engineer's approval of the signage being added to the drive off of Maxwell Drive to prevent a left tum. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. DeGagne pointed out to the board that in the southwest corner of the property a Willow Oak tree has been shifted southward to prevent blockage of the proposed monument sign. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the landscape plan with the adjustment of the Willow Oak tree in the southwest corner of Maxwell Drive to prevent blockage of the proposed monument sign. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

4. Final Plat review for The Fairwavs (a), Savannah Quarters, Phase 10: Gary Turnbull with 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 more lots for future development. Commissioners Brewer and Reardon both found distance measurements missing on Lots 6D, 5B and 4D. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways @Savannah Quarters, Phase 10, subject to insertion of the intermediate dimensions on the affected lots. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Site Plan I Landscape Plan review for Pooler Storage @ 240 Park Avenue: Commissioner Brewer stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Wofford Stribling with Earthsource Engineering presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. There was some discussion regarding the remaining three comments from the city engineer, the purpose of the rear entry access and the color of the opaque fencing. In response, Mr. Stribling stated that plans will be resubmitted this week addressing the three comments. Further, he stated that the rear entry access will be open during regular office hours and will act as a pull through for vehicles. Also, he stated that the opaque fencing will be the same color as the building. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan for Pooler Storage, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Stribling stated that due to the nature of the project, there is insufficient space for the required tree planting. Only 17 out of 60 trees are proposed on the landscape plan. The owner is requesting a landscape hardship and reimbursement into the tree fund for the remaining 43 unused trees. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the landscape plan, with the stipulation that the owner pays into the tree bank for the 43 unused trees. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. Commissioner Brewer returned to his seat on the board.

6. Proposed Text Amendment to add "Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living care facilities" as a conditional use in C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning Districts: Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the proposed text amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. For clarification, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver stated that hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living care facilities are allowed as a conditional use in
R-1A (residential zoning districts), but not allowed in any commercial zoning districts as a

permitted use nor as a conditional use. Further, Mr. Coleman indicated the site being considered for an assisted living care facility is in the commercial area of the Godley Station PUD where the school was once proposed. There was some discussion whether nursing homes should be excluded and if the proposed uses should also be considered in C-P and C-1, commercial zoning districts. Chairman Olliff asked the board to address the request before them and discuss uses within the other commercial zonings at a later date. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the proposed text amendment to add "Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living care facilities" as a conditional use in C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning Districts. Motion was seconded by Commission Brewer and passed without opposition.

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.

March 11, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 11, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 11, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Don Taylor. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.            Site Plan review / Landscape Plan review for realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park: Chad Zittrouer with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The area has been cleared and construction will include the realignment of Old Louisville Road to U.S. Highway 80 at the intersection of Pine Barren Road.  A permanent timber type barrier will be installed and existing pavement will be removed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road. There were several questions from the board in regard to the location of the existing well, outstanding engineering comments, the location of the existing fence and drainage throughout the area. In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that there is a well capping process that will be followed, revised plans will be submitted to Bill Nicholson on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and drainage will be addressed during the site development submittal and prior to the Certificate of Occupancy being issued. Public Comments: Several adjacent property owners appeared before the board with their concerns. Mary Louise Lanier of 1323 E. Highway 80 questioned the private drive connection to Old Louisville Road and drainage issues occurring with recent flooding. Michael Hayman of 5214 Old Louisville Road asked the petitioner if the entire road will be constructed at one time. Todd Downs of 1256 E. Highway 80 expressed concerns with vehicular traffic noise and a nuisance being created by oncoming headlights, requesting the construction of a privacy fence along the maintenance easement of the canal. Petitioner’s Response: Mr. Zittrouer stated that prior to shutting down the entrance to Old Louisville Road, the realignment along with a new traffic signal at U.S. Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road will be completed. Further, he stated that he will meet with the owner of the site prior to Council to discuss the construction of a privacy fence placed 600’ along the maintenance easement of the canal. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan to include the landscape plan, for the realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, consideration given to the addition of a privacy fence along the rear of the adjacent property within the maintenance easement of the canal and subject to fence location being approved by Public Works. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Recombination Plat to adjust several lot lines in Phase 2 of The Retreat @ Forest Lakes:  Craig Brewer stepped down from his seat on the board to present the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to adjust four (4) common lot lines to provide adequate building separation. With no comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat to adjust several lot lines in Phase 2 of The Retreat @ Forest Lakes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  Craig Brewer returned to his seat on the board.

Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company asked the board to add item #3 to the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor and seconded by Commissioner Edge to add this item to the agenda and passed without opposition.

3.    Minor Subdivision/Recombination Plat for right-of-way dedication for the realignment of Old Louisville Road for Bassford Industrial Park, Phase 1: Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision/recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. A change was made to the plat since the approval by Planning & Zoning on January 28, 2013. The purpose of the plat is to adjust minor lot lines due to the number of lanes being decreased from four (4) lanes to three (3) lanes and to designate the northwest corner as common area to be owned and maintained by N.L. Bassford, Jr. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the minor subdivision/recombination plat for right-of-way dedication for the realignment of Old Louisville Road for Bassford Industrial Park,     Phase 1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

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

March 25, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 25, 2013
 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 25, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Don Taylor. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. 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 LeNolon Edge and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:
 
1.            Construction Plan review for widening the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road: Travis Burke with Kern-Coleman & Company, on behalf of The City of Pooler, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  Mr. Burke stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and revised plans were submitted to Bill Nicholson on March 25, 2013. A traffic signal is proposed at the intersection of Pine Barren Road and U.S. Highway 80 to minimize traffic congestion in this area. Approximately 35,413 sq. ft. of new asphalt will be added to widen Pine Barren Road and provide acceleration and deceleration lanes. Highway 80 shall remain intact, except for the 4’ shoulder that will be milled and overlaid. After discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the construction plan for widening the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Recombination Plat of the eastern portion of Lot 27 and western portion of Lot 28 located at 112/116 East Highway 80, for Edwin Smith:  Edwin Smith, property owner, presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to combine a portion of Lots 27 and 28 into one parcel for future development. After some discussion, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat of the eastern portion of Lot 27 and western portion of Lot 28 located at 112/116 East Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  

 

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Pooler Retail Center, Phase II, located on Towne Center Drive: Imran Niazi, on behalf of DD Patel, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Niazi stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and revised plans were submitted to Bill Nicholson for final review on March 25, 2013. The intent is to construct 5,150 sq. ft. of restaurant space and 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The disturbed area will consist of 1.54 acres and is located on Towne Center Drive behind Cheddar’s Restaurant. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for Pooler Retail Center, Phase II, located on Towne Center Drive, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Co-Chairman Don Taylor questioned the number of required trees for the project noted on the landscape plan. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

 

4.            Review and recommendation of proposed revision to the Savannah Quarters, Phase 2 PUD Development Standards: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D Engineers, presented the revision 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 proposed change is to add “hotel” to the list of allowable uses for the medical/commercial tract in Phase 2 of the Savannah Quarters PUD. With no discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the proposed revision to the Savannah Quarters, Phase 2 PUD Development Standards. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed, with Commissioner Bachner in 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 Brewer and passed without opposition.

April 8, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
      April 8, 2013
 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 8, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

 NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Gate Petroleum demolition and site improvements at 418 East Highway 80:  The proposed work will include the demolition of an outdated 4900 square foot building and construction of a new 4950 square foot convenience store. The project will include pavement demolition for the creation of 1195 square feet of new landscaped green space area with a new masonry dumpster enclosure. Site work will include features to bring the site up to current ADA compliance for disabled parking, and required pedestrian access at front and rear of building.  With no discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the demolition and site improvements for Gate Petroleum located at 418 East Highway 80, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.  

 

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Savannah Quarters Medical Center located at the northeast corner of Pooler Parkway and Quacco Road: Hal Kraft with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. An amendment was approved by Council on April 1, 2013 to add hotel as an allowable use on this medical commercial tract and this project is the first phase of the development of the overall 53-acre tract. The proposed development consists of a 120,000 square foot medical office building and a hotel connected with 175 rooms. The medical office building will feature core medical services as well as surgical wings for out-patient surgery. Patients will be able to utilize the hotel for pre and post surgery accommodations and it will also serve as a typical hotel facility. Parking is composed of two uses, some of which will be shared; therefore, for the hotel portion, the City of Pooler’s parking standard of one space per each room plus one space per employee was used. A 15% parking share factor was used and yields 472 required spaces. However, 482 parking spaces have been provided for the medical office building area of the site, which exceeds the calculations. Mr. Kraft stated that a traffic study was completed a year and a half ago resulting in the need of signalization only at build-out of the entire 53-acre tract. Commissioner Bostick questioned the long term plan in regards to green space. In response, Mr. Kraft stated that the future phases on the south end may require green space, but not in this proposed phase. Commissioner Brewer questioned the 1929 Datum documented on the site plan. Mr. Kraft stated that this was an error and that only the 1988 Datum was used, adding, that this will be corrected as soon as possible. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Savannah Quarters Medical Center located at the northeast corner of Pooler Parkway and Quacco Road, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Kraft stated that Phase 1 consists of 17 acres, and each phase will be cleared after site plan approval and the planted trees will be various species from the City of Pooler’s preferred tree list.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

 
Commissioner Bachner made a motion to add Item #3 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

 
3.            Recombination plat of remaining portions of the O.F. and Thelma Love Tract on Quacco Road: Terry Coleman with Coleman Company presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to reposition the interior lot lines to create equal parcels. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the recombination plat of remaining portions of the O.F. and Thelma Love Tract on Quacco Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

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

April 22, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
      April 22, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 22, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Southwest Quadrant Phase 11 Final PUD Master Plan ~ 4th Revision:  Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, on behalf of Mongo Homes, requested that this item be withdrawn. Commissioner Taylor made a motion to accept the request to withdraw the item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.  

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed restaurant / dental office at 276 Pooler Parkway for Pooler Investment Partners, LLC: Based on the request of Evan Bennett of Wolverton & Associates, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

3.            Preliminary Construction plan review / tree ordinance compliance for Somersby, Phase 2-C: Travis Burke of Coleman Company presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 2-C will consist of 44 single family lots and is a continuation of the recently completed Phase II-A and B. This phase will be constructed by extending both Somersby Boulevard and Casey Drive and the infrastructure items to support it. Further, Mr. Burke stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Following some discussion regarding several areas of green space and wetland buffers within this phase of development, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Somersby, Phase 2-C. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. In regard to the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition,  

4.            Posting of a maintenance bond / Final Plat review for Godley Industrial Park to plat fire station site, life station site and Nordic Drive right-of-way on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway:  Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, on behalf of North Godley Developers, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to dedicate the right-of-way entrance, the City of Pooler fire station site and the City of Pooler lift station site. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Godley Industrial Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.  

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

May 13, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 13, 2013 


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 13, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1. Heyhami Group, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a 105’ sign height variance to construct a 135’ pylon sign in the NE corner of the proposed Steak ‘ n Shake property located at 10 Mill Creek Circle: Terry Coleman with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the variance to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that his client is requesting a sign height variance that is equal to the height of the existing Red Roof Inn pylon sign. He further stated that the sign will need to be tall enough to get the same exposure as the adjacent properties. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: the path of the fall of the proposed pylon sign, the visibility of the sign from northbound and southbound of I-95 and the overcrowding of signs in that area of Pooler Parkway and I-95. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the path of the fall would more likely be the southbound I-95 ramp, and the visibility of the sign traveling northbound is the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum and the visibility of the sign traveling southbound is the ramp to Pooler Parkway from I-95. In addition, Mr. Coleman stated that there is a high market demand for pylon signs and the distance between the proposed Steak ‘n Shake sign and the existing Red Roof Inn sign is adequate enough to prevent overcrowding. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the 105’ sign height variance to construct a 135’ pylon sign in the NE corner of the proposed Steak ‘n Shake property, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed, with Commissioner Bachner opposing.

2. Town Lake Park of Commerce has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to allow construction of an assisted living care facility on four (4) existing building pads located at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard: Terry Coleman with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the conditional use to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct on building pads 300, 400, 500 and 600, an assisted living care facility, which is an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for people for whom independent living is not appropriate, but who do not need 24-hour medical care. The number of proposed rooms is 86 +/-, with six (6) of the rooms designed for double occupancy. Commissioner Bachner questioned the type of security that will be put in place for the residents. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the facility will have doors that remain locked at all times and a staff member will have to ring residents in and out. Commissioner Bostick questioned the detention pond enclosure. Mr. Coleman stated that some type of fence will be constructed to ensure the safety of all residents. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the conditional use to allow construction of an assisted living care facility on four (4) existing building pads located at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard, subject to adequate separation being provided between the buildings and the lagoon for the safety of the residents. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

3. Stop N Stor has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the NW quadrant of Pooler Parkway and US Highway 80: Jay Maupin with Maupin Engineering presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The mini-warehouse storage facility will consist of 30,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage, 23,000 square feet of non-climate-controlled storage and a 3,300 square foot manager’s office. Mr. Maupin commented on the letter received from adjacent property owner, Heather Brock of 1049 Woodland Drive, who was unable to attend the meeting. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: potential increase in traffic, curb cuts, the removal of more trees along the exit ramp and at the rear of the property, distance from the masonry wall to the detention pond, elevation of the building pads, the correct size of the storage units and the distance from the proposed building to the exit ramp off of Pooler Parkway, In response to concerns expressed by Ms. Brock and board members, Mr. Maupin stated that the curb cuts will have to meet all of the GDOT requirements, the only trees that are planned to be removed are the ones that will interfere with the building pads and the drainage. He further stated that the developer is willing to plant additional trees for an adequate buffer, the actual size of the storage buildings is noted on the preliminary plan that was submitted, and all required setbacks will be met. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the NW quadrant of Pooler Parkway and US Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Steak ‘n Shake restaurant to be located at 10 Mill Creek Circle: Travis Burke with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 3,800 square foot Steak ‘n Shake restaurant and the infrastructure to support it. The restaurant will seat 118 people inside and 12 people outside, with 64 parking spaces, 3 of which are reserved for handicapped/disabled drivers, with over flow parking in the existing Sam’s parking lot. Chairman Olliff questioned the dumpster enclosure. In response, Mr. Burke stated that the dumpster enclosure will be constructed out of the same material as the building. Commissioner Bostick questioned the pedestrian markings shown on the plan. Mr. Burke stated that all required striping will be installed. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Steak ‘n Shake restaurant located at 10 Mill Creek Circle. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

5. Master Site Plan review of a proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia to be located adjacent to I-95, south of the existing Sam’s Club and north of the Pipemaker’s Canal: Terry Coleman with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the master site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. It is the developer’s intent to construct approximately 507,000 square feet of outlet mall with an additional 600,000 square feet of outparcel development, including anchor retail, outparcels, and a hotel. The proposed development will require extensions of Park Avenue and Benton Boulevard as well as offsite improvements at the intersections of Pooler Parkway and I-95, Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway and Park Avenue. Improvements and extensions of the existing water and sewer infrastructure will be required as well to support the proposed development. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: the potential increase in traffic, ramp improvements and additional signage. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that a traffic data study from 2010 is included in the (DRI) Development of Regional Impact findings report. He further stated that GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) currently has plans to improve the northbound lane at the interchange of I-95 and Pooler Parkway. Mr. Coleman also stated that when the site plan is submitted, additional signage will be discussed and reviewed at that time. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the master site plan for a proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bostick made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 13, 2002 at 6 p.m. Members present were: Tim Lovezzola, Larry Olliff,

Craig Brewer, Fleta Pepper, Debbie Ryan Watts, and Holly Young. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver, City Planner Tim Inglis, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilmen Jack Brewton and Wayne Seay were also in attendance. Chairman Holly Young called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved upon a motion made by Larry Olliff. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

Donny Tuten’s request to rezone 1.05 acres on south Rogers Street from R-1A, Single Family Residential to C-1, a Light Commercial Zoning. Chairman Holly Young explained that when Mr. Tuten’s property was annexed into the City of Pooler the Garden Acres Plaza was “grand-fathered in” as a non-conforming use. When Mr. Tuten applied for a building permit for an addition to the plaza, he was asked to petition the City of Pooler to rezone his property for commercial use. With no public comment nor any questions from the board, a motion was made by Larry Olliff to approve the request to rezone 1.05 acres on South Rogers Street from R-1A, a Single Family Residential Zoning to C-1, a Light Commercial Zoning. Motion was seconded by Debbie Ryan Watts and passed without opposition.
David Stanford’s request for a conditional use to build a church in R-1A, a Single Family Residential Zoning. David Stanford, Pastor of Westside Baptist Church presented the request for a conditional use to the board for their review and recommendation. According to Article IV, Section 5,©(1), a church may be permitted in a residentially zoned area as a conditional use if approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Aldermanic Board. The project will consist of an 8,000 square foot church building with associated parking and utilities. With no public comment, Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve Mr. Stanford’s request for a conditional use to build a church in R-1A, a Single Family Residential Zoning. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.
Fortune Plaza, Inc’s request to rezone 2.15 acres in the southeast corner of eastbound U.S.80 and south Skinner Street from C-1 to C-2. Chairman Holly Young excused herself from any discussion on this item due to a conflict of interest. Anne K. Smith, AIA of LKS Architects presented the request for rezoning to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Smith explained that her client is proposing a 280’ x 65’ shopping center with the main access from Collins Street. She further stated that no application has been made for a curb cut from eastbound Highway 80. Commissioner Debbie Ryan Watts stated that she has concerns with any access to the site from Skinner Street. Many residents who live on south Skinner Street were present to state their opposition to the rezoning. Leo McDonald is concerned about potential uses allowed in C-2, a Heavy Commercial Zoning and existing traffic hazards at the intersection of Skinner Street and eastbound highway 80. Johnny Doonan stated that Skinner Street is used as a short cut to Rogers Street, which adds to the traffic congestion at Skinner and eastbound highway 80 intersection. He is also concerned that his property values will depreciate with some of the uses allowed in C-2. Sherry Ward is concerned about traffic, buffering and drainage in the area. Derrell Davis is strongly opposed to any further commercial encroachment along Skinner and air pollution from potential commercial development. Wilson Roberts reminded board members that he believes the Collins Street right-of-way is still owned by the railroad and has been an issue with other rezonings in the area. Petitioner Anne Smith stated that she would like to amend her request for the rezoning to be conditional upon acquiring a D.O.T. permit off Highway 80 and no access from Skinner Street to the development. Following some discussion about the ownership of the Collins Street right-of-way, Petitioner Anne Smith asked that this item be tabled so this issue could be researched. Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to table this item until the June 10th meeting. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed with no opposition
West Chatham Baptist Church Site Plan/landscape Plan Review. Michael Hussey of HGB&D presented the site plan to the board for their review. Mr. Hussey stated that they are not impacting any wetlands with the development and plans have been revised addressing the engineer’s comments. With no public comment, a motion was made by Larry Olliff to approve the West Chatham Baptist Church site plan contingent upon all of the comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, City Planner Tim Inglis had the following comments: no tree survey was done of 24” trees and larger in disturbed area and the replanted trees that are listed on the landscape plan should be labeled DBH (diameter at breast height). Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve the landscape plan for the West Chatham Baptist Church contingent upon the aforementioned comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.
Clem Burnside’s request to subdivide a 6.25 acre tract on Pine Barren Road into Lots A & B and a recombination of a portion of this tract to Lot C. Charles Peek presented this request to the board for their review. The 6.25 acre tract is being subdivided into Lots A & B and a portion is being combined to Lot “C”. Charles Peek plans to purchase 2 acres from Clem Burnsed to build a single family residential home. The property is zoned R-1A and there is no public water and sewer to this tract of land. With no public comment, Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve Clem Burnsed’s minor subdivision on Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.

6. Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase 4 Greenspace Plan Review. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the greenspace plan to the board for their review and comments. Mr. Kraft stated that Phase 4 is the final phase of this subdivision and it will tie into Quacco Road. The developer is proposing a 50’ undisturbed buffer along Quacco Road, as well as a buffer along the upland side of the wetland line. Chairman Young questioned if there was a tree survey done and Mr. Kraft stated that he would have it within a couple of days. Therefore, a motion was made by Larry Olliff to approve the greenspace plan for Phase 4 of Bridgewater Subdivision contingent upon submittal of the tree survey. Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed without opposition.

Westbrook Subdivision, Phases 3C and 3D Preliminary Construction Plans. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the construction plans to the board for their review and recommendation. This project is in the Westbrook Development at Savannah Quarters and was included in the Savannah Quarters Phase 3 Final PUD plan approved by City Council on September 4, 2001. Phases 3C and 3D contain 56 single family lots with associated roads and utilities. Plans are being revised to address all the engineer’s comments. Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans for Westbrook Subdivision, Phases 3C and 3D contingent upon all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed without opposition.
Westbrook Subdivision, Phases 3C and 3D Greenspace Plan Review. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the greenspace plan to the board for their review. The tree survey revealed seven significant trees falling within or immediately adjacent to the utility easement that will be saved. A typical tree save/lot lay-out is shown on the greenspace plan. The greenspace plan meets and exceeds the City of Pooler’s Tree Ordinance. Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve the greenspace plan for Westbrook Subdivision, Phases 3C and 3D. Motion was seconded by Craig Brewer and passed without opposition.
Review and Approval of the revised development guidelines for the golf villas in Phase I of the southwest quadrant of Savannah Quarters. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D had presented these changes to the PUD Review Board prior to the meeting. The overall density will not change. Development standards for golf villas were added under “Density Standards” and golf villas were added under “Use Standards”. Debbie Ryan Watts made a motion to approve the revised development standards for Phase I of the southwest quadrant of Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.
Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters Final PUD Approval for Phase V and approval of the development standards. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D had presented Phase V along with development standards to the PUD Review Board prior to the meeting. Phase V consists of a single family residential area of approximately 100 acres. The proposed density and development standards are the same as all of the other residential development standards in the southwest quadrant of the Savannah Quarters.
A motion was made by Debbie Ryan Watts to approve the Final PUD for Phase V along with the development standards. Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed without opposition.

Ollie Bonaparte and Robert McGurt, property owners on Skinner Road approached the board about not having access to their property. The board asked them to furnish the city with deeds that confirmed their accusations and the city would review the documentation. There being no further business to come before the board, a motion of adjournment was made by Tim Lovezzola and seconded by Craig Brewer.

June 10, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 10, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 10, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Mayor Mike Lamb, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Nordic Warehouse, Phase II:  Mark Crapps with Kern & Company, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed development will consist of a building addition and a truck loading area. The site is approximately 7.1 acres.  Mr. Crapps stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Commissioner Bostick questioned the ongoing complaints about the noise from the condensing units. Eric Safko, with Arco Design, stated that the noise is still an issue from some of the adjacent property owners, but with the construction of the tall building that is proposed in Phase II, the noise should decrease. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the site plan for Nordic Warehouse, Phase II. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.  Regarding the landscape plan, there were some questions from the board concerning the number of proposed trees on the berm and the number of trees listed on the landscape plan to be contributed to the tree bank fund. In response, Mr. Safko stated that the berm will be overcrowded if all of the required trees are planted. Further, he stated that the difference in the number of trees required and the number of trees being provided will be corrected on the landscape plan from 44 to 40.  With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.    

2.            Final Plat of The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 11: Gary Turnbull, with The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation.  The purpose of this plat is to record Lots 4A and 4B in Phase 11 of The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters. Commissioner Bostick questioned if the sidewalks will be in compliance with ADA regulations. In response, Mr. Turnbull stated that there are no sidewalks in the development. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 11. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.  

3.            Minor Subdivision Plat of a 24.76 acre tract located in the southwest corner of Mell and Rogers Street for Pinewood Village Apartments:  C.J. Chance, with HGB&D presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to create two parcels for the future development of Pinewood Village Apartments. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of a 24.76 acre tract for Pinewood Village Apartments. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

4.            Donald Catrabone has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a Pawn Shop located at 425 W. Highway 80:  Donald Catrabone presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Catrabone stated that he has a potential tenant who would like to operate a pawn shop at 425 W. Highway 80. Commissioner Bostick questioned receipt of approval from the Chief of Police. In response, Greg Hewitt, potential tenant, stated that all of the required paperwork has been submitted to the Clerk of Council for approval. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a pawn shop at 425 W. Highway 80, contingent upon approval from the Chief of Police.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.            Donny Tuten has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use for beer and wine sales in an eating establishment within a C-1 Zoning District located at 1111 S. Rogers Street:  Mark Scomo, the applicant, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation.  The intent is to open an establishment that will serve both buffet and plated meals with beer and wine. The establishment will also be available by reservation to the public for private party rentals, and the hours of operation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. There were some questions from the board regarding the number of parking spaces and the number of employees. After some discussion, Commissioner Bostick made a motion to recommend approval of a conditional use for beer and wine sales at 1111 S. Rogers Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

6.            Amendment to the Godley Station PUD Master Plan to add communication towers and related facilities as a conditional use in commercial zones: Terry Thomas, with EMEGC, 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. Approvals have been received from The Southern Portion of Godley Station Association, Inc. and The Pooler Park of Commerce Property Owner’s Association. The proposed amendment will add communication towers and related facilities as a conditional use on commercial tracts within the Godley Station PUD Master Plan. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the amendment to the Godley Station PUD Master Plan to add communication towers and related facilities as a conditional use in commercial zones.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.  

7.            Vantage Tower Group, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunications tower facility at 118 Pipemaker’s Circle: Terry Thomas with EMEGC presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed tower site will provide in-building wireless coverage to residential and commercial areas in Pooler, particularly areas along Pooler Parkway. There were some questions from the board concerning the projection angle of the tower and the proposed fence enclosure. In response, Greg Knight, with AT&T Mobility, stated that AT&T has studied the area thoroughly and determined that a tower height of 145 feet above ground level is appropriate at this location to fulfill the RF requirements, and the construction of this tower will not interfere with the usual and customary transmission or reception of the radio, television, etc. enjoyed by the adjacent properties; nor will it interfere with Public Safety radio equipment in the vicinity. Further, he stated that a “Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation” letter has been received from the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Thomas explained to the board that the proposed fence enclosure is an eight-foot tall opaque vinyl fence with an abundance of landscaping surrounding the outside perimeter. Zoning Administrator, Ms. Carver, read aloud the required screening from the Wireless Telecommunications Facility Master Plan. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval for a conditional use to allow construction of a telecommunications tower facility at 118 Pipemaker’s Circle. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.                        

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

June 24, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 24, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 24, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Mayor Mike Lamb, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Outparcel 1A, in The Village on Pooler Parkway: Tom Cetti, with Wolverton & Associates, Inc., presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Cetti stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. The development will include a split-unit building with approximately 2,900 square feet of retail space and a 3,249 square foot dental office with required parking, landscaping and infrastructure. A verbal approval of the site plan has been received from Godley Station ARB, and they have requested additional screening to be added to the proposed landscape plan. Chairman Olliff questioned truck deliveries. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that deliveries will be made by small box trucks. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan for Outparcel 1A, in The Village on Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan and after some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Phase I of Pinewood Village Apartments located on Rogers Street: C.J. Chance, with HGB&D, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 64-unit, one-story apartment complex in Phase I, a community building and associated utilities. Mr. Chance stated that when the property was rezoned in May of 2012, a condition was placed on the number of allowed apartments for the 25 acre parcel; therefore, the total in Phase I and Phase II will be 124 one-story apartments for the elderly (age 55 and over). Further, he stated that this proposed project will be the same product as the Sheppard Station Apartment Complex in the Brighton Woods Subdivision. This project is funded by the State, with strict requirements concerning permits and inspections. All of the engineering comments have been addressed, with the exception of extending an 8-inch water line to loop the system on Whatley Street and Sheftall Street, which requires approval from the City of Pooler. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: sidewalks, the privacy fence and proposed parking. Mr. Chance stated that all of the sidewalks that are adjacent to parking will be six (6) feet wide and the sidewalks that are not adjacent to parking will be (4) feet wide. He also stated that this type of development has to go through a third party review for ADA compliance. Mr. Chance stated that there are 134 parking spaces provided including 15 handicap spaces, 10 of which are van accessible. Public Comments: Margie Wilson of 420 Winskie Road appeared before the board to express her concerns with the ongoing drainage issues in this area. Wilbert Brunson, adjacent property owner, also appeared before the board asking if the proposed apartments will be sold or leased. Petitioners Comments: Mr. Chance stated that all of the drainage will be directed into inlets that are in place and to the canal that runs along the eastern boundary of this development and is currently maintained by the City of Pooler, and the apartments are for the elderly, 55 and over. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for Phase I of Pinewood Village Apartments located on Rogers Street, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, after some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan as presented. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

3. Preliminary Construction Plan Review / Tree Ordinance Compliance for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 12: Gary Turnbull, with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of 36 townhomes on a 13.56 acre tract located off Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 12, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan, contingent upon the crepe myrtle trees being replaced with a preferred tree in compliance with the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

4. Master Grading Plan Review / Tree Ordinance Compliance for the Outlet Mall of Georgia: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the proposed project is a 500,000 square foot outlet mall with associated parking and supporting infrastructure. The purpose of this submittal is to acquire a mass grading permit to begin the clearing of the project site and surcharge the building pad. There was discussion from the board regarding the engineering comments, final approval from FEMA, storage of fill on adjacent property, the proposed berm and the temporary access over the Pipemaker’s Canal. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the developer is working with an adjacent property owner to allow storage of fill, information has been forwarded to FEMA and to the Corps of Engineers for approval, a temporary access will be created by placing timber mats in the bottom of the canal and a 25’ to 30’ berm with stabilized slopes will be created with the excess fill from the proposed development site. After further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the master grading plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to approve the plan, contingent upon the plan being revised to meet the tree ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

5. Schematic Master Plan Review for the Outlet Mall of Georgia: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this request is to acquire conceptual approval of offsite water and sewer extensions, stormwater master plan and offsite traffic improvements. All of the engineering comments have been addressed and have been submitted to Downer Davis, with Davis Engineering, for review. GDOT has approved the interim plan for improvements to begin on I-95. There was discussion from the board regarding traffic flow, a traffic study and proposed access points. Mr. Coleman stated that there will be dual lanes turning left off of Park Avenue and a dedicated right turn lane; improvements to Benton Boulevard will include a five (5) lane section, with two (2) incoming lanes, a dedicated left turn lane, a dedicated right turn lane and a dedicated straight through lane. Further, he stated that these were the only improvements recommended following the previous traffic study and there will only be two (2) main access points. After further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the schematic master plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed, with Commissioner Bachner opposing.


6. Outlet Mall of Georgia building height variances: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the building height variances to the board for their review and recommendation. The petitioner is requesting 55 ft. building height variances for six (6) tower features, 15 ft. building height variances for two (2) entry features and nine (9) corner features for the proposed Outlet Mall. Mr. Coleman stated that the ordinance allows a maximum building height of 45 ft., and the proposed tower features will not exceed 100 ft. Further, he stated that the entry and corner features will be a maximum of 60 ft. tall, which will require a 15 ft. variance. Mr. Coleman stated that the tower is to be occupied as a single story commercial occupancy classification to a maximum structural elevation of 2 ft. above the finished floor, and the area above the occupied space is solely for access to the electrical service for exterior signage. These will be service access only, and the areas will be covered with a roof at an elevation of approximately 68 ft. above the finished floor. There was discussion from the board regarding the overall aesthetics of the development and the proposed location of the tower and entry features. After further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the building height variances for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed, with Commissioner Bachner opposing.

7. Outlet Mall of Georgia site signage variances: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the site signage variances to the board for their review and recommendation. The petitioner is requesting site signage variances to allow two (2) principal use signs along I-95 frontage, a 120 ft. sign height variance for two (2) principal use signs along I-95, a 1270 sq. ft. variance on two (2) principal use signs along I-95, a 70 ft. height variance and an 85 sq. ft. variance per sign face on the directory sign at Benton Boulevard & Pooler Parkway, a nine (9) foot height variance and a 54 sq. ft. variance per sign face area for 10 directional signs.. Mr. Coleman stated that the two (2) proposed signs along I-95 frontage will advertise the mall with a digital image on the top of the sign. Steve Wester, with Henry Graphics Architectural Signage, appeared before the board and presented a Sign Program PowerPoint illustrating the locations, the types and detailed drawings of the proposed signs. Mr. Wester stated that the intent is to have two (2) billboard size LED message center signs that will be stacked on top of one another, with the ability to change the graphics to display scrolling messages, public announcements or anchor tenants; the signs will also have the ability to remain static. Further, he stated that these types of signs are needed to attract attention to the development. There was discussion from the board regarding the number of principal use signs being requested, message time intervals, the potential distraction from I-95, types of advertising that will be displayed and the number of signs in the quadrant. In regard to the proposed sign variance on Pooler Parkway & Benton Boulevard, there was discussion from the board concerning the aesthetics of the sign in the proposed location. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the intent is to catch the attention of patrons who exit northbound I-95, heading west on Pooler Parkway. After further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item for further review. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed, with Commissioner Edge and Commission Reardon opposing.

8. Outlet Mall of Georgia building signage variances: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company,, Inc. presented the building signage variances to the board for their review and recommendation. The petitioner is requesting building signage variances to allow an average of 1.5 sq. ft. per linear feet of tenant building signage, with a maximum allowed of up to 7,095 sq. ft. for all building signs, to allow an increase in the size of electronic message boards to a maximum of 240 sq. ft. and allow full color matrix with animated displays for tower and entry features, and to allow an increase in the number of signs to a maximum of five (5) signs per wall on tower features and a maximum of four (4) signs per wall on entry features. Mr. Coleman stated that the architect has determined that the wall signage will not exceed the 40% threshold on any one wall. Therefore, the sign variance being requested to allow an average of 1.5 sq. ft. per linear feet of tenant building signage with a maximum allowed of up to 7,095 sf. ft. for all buildings signs is not needed at this time. There was discussion from the board regarding the animated display signs and the location of the signs. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the digital animated signs will be located on two (2) sides of the corner features and all four (4) sides of the main 100’ tower feature. After further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the building signage variances for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bostick made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:47 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

July 8, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 8, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 8, 2013. Members present were Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen was also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Recombination Plat of Lots 2391 – 2396, Building 39, Phase I, Harmony Townes Subdivision: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to adjust the property lines to match a new product, with no change in the number of townhomes. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Lots 2391 – 2396, Building 39, Phase I, Harmony Townes Subdivision. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for a proposed 145’ monopole wireless telecommunication facility located at 118 Pipemaker’s Circle: Terry Thomas, with EMEGC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this tower is to add more services to the immediate area and to qualify AT&T the ability to improve spectrum use by adding fourth generation (4G) LTE service. This improvement is part of AT&T’s goal of 46,000 new facilities in the next several months. The tower itself will be a low-profile design to minimize the visual impact and will be owned by Vantage Tower Group; the ground area will be owned by 2H Holdings, LLC. The equipment compound shall be ten thousand square feet (100 x 100), and the tower, along with the equipment, will support the needs of up to five (5) carriers. There were some questions from the board regarding the number of outstanding engineering comments. In response, Mr. Thomas stated that he is working diligently on the comments and will have them all addressed prior to Council. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the site plan for a 145’ monopole wireless telecommunication facility to be located at 118 Pipemaker’s Circle, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, and all of Cityscape’s recommendations being met. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, after some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to approve the plan, contingent upon the wax myrtle trees being replaced with a preferred tree in compliance with the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3. Alan Dasher of Stop N Stor has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80: Jay Maupin, with Maupin Engineering, presented the conditional use to the board for their review and recommendation. The mini-warehouse storage facility will consist of 25,200 sq. ft. of non-climate-controlled storage space, 28,050 sq. ft. of climate-controlled storage space and an office with 24-hour access. Mr. Maupin stated that a recommendation for approval was granted by the Planning & Zoning Board on May 13, 2013; however, a motion to deny was passed by Council on May 20, 2013. Further, he stated that the preliminary site plan has since been modified to meet and exceed the GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) requirements for a deceleration lane on U.S. Highway 80, by sharing an existing curb-cut on the adjacent property to the west of the proposed site. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval for a conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bostick made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6.25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

July 22, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 22, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 22, 2013. Members present were Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation and Craig Brewer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1. Tiffany Jones has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a beauty shop at her residence located at 1106 Forest Drive: Tiffany Jones presented the conditional use to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is currently zoned R-1A (single-family residential) Zoning District. According to Article IV, Section 5, a home occupation is only allowed as a conditional use in an R-1A Zoning District. Ms. Jones stated that she would like to operate a beauty shop at her residence on a part-time basis with one (1) chair. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of a conditional use to operate a beauty shop at 1106 Forest Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. The Title Pawn People, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a pawn shop in Fortune Plaza located at 301 SE Highway 80: Eric Freedlander, on behalf of The Title Pawn People, LLC, requested that this item be withdrawn. Commissioner Brewer made a motion to accept the request to withdraw the item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.


NEW BUSINESS:


3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed water park to be located on Towne Center Drive, Lot A-1B: Mark Mobley, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Olliff questioned the overall water park layout. In response, Mr. Mobley stated that the layout is being prepared by a different architect and that this site plan is for the infrastructure to serve the water park and the auxiliary buildings associated with the park. Commissioner Edge questioned the shared parking spaces. Mr. Mobley stated that with an estimated 1000 visitors per day, 250 spaces are required and 347 have been provided. It should be noted that these plans create a deficiency in required parking for the adjoining theater site and that replacement spaces will be guaranteed by an “encroachment agreement letter” that is forthcoming. It will be the City’s responsibility to monitor this situation. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed water park to be located on Towne Center Drive, Lot A-1B, contingent upon the details of the overall water park layout being presented to the Planning & Zoning Board for review. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Chili’s Grill and Bar to be located at 270 Pooler Parkway: Based on the request of John Chudoba of Freeland & Kauffman, Inc., a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

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

August 12, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 12, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 12, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Chili’s Grill & Bar located at 270 Pooler Parkway: John Chudoba, with Freeland and Kaufman, Inc., presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 5,985 square foot restaurant and the infrastructure to support it. The restaurant will seat 252 people, with 92 parking spaces, 4 of which are reserved for handicapped drivers. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: the dumpster enclosure, the existing driveway, the proposed driveway and the type of structure on the outside of the right rear of the building. In response, Mr. Chudoba stated that the dumpster enclosure will be out of the same material as the building and the structure at the rear of the restaurant will be an exterior storage building that will open into the enclosed courtyard. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Chili’s Grill & Bar located at 270 Pooler Parkway, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Final Plat of Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1-G: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the final plat of Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1-G. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Aerofinish Manufacturing Facility at 123 Westside Boulevard: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item until August 26, 2013. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

4. Ben Wall, Jr. is requesting approval of a conditional use to operate a Commercial Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility at 125C Pine Meadow Drive: Ben Wall, Jr. on behalf of P.M.P. Inc. presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The current zoning of the property is I-2, a Heavy Industrial Zoning District and the proposed use will occur in a 6,400 sq. ft. enclosed building. The biomedical waste is treated by an autoclave, which uses no chemicals or incineration to treat the waste, only steam heat. The treated waste will be emptied into a compactor, and then transferred to an approved offsite facility for disposal. There was discussion from the board regarding the following: the type of waste that will be treated, potential truck traffic, what landfill will be utilized, quality control, potential noise and potential odors. In response, Angel Aguiar, of Bondtech Treatment Technology, stated that the medical and international waste will be delivered in a covered, UPS-style truck into the facility and will be treated in accordance with all local, state and federal laws. Further, he stated that this process will not produce any noise and at the end of each treatment cycle, which is usually one (1) hour, there is a release of sterile steam for about 60 seconds, and the steam is relatively odorless and will not cause a nuisance. Mr. Aguiar also stated that there will be approximately 40 vehicle trips per day and given that Pine Meadow Drive is 4-laned with very little traffic, there will be no potential added truck traffic to the area. In addition, he stated that the approved landfill that will be utilized is Superior Landfill on Little Neck Road. After review of the criteria for granting a conditional use, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the conditional use request to operate a commercial biomedical waste treatment facility at 125C Pine Meadow Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5. North Godley Industrial Park, LLC is requesting a zoning map amendment to delete conditions placed on a 27.22 acre portion of the Roberts Tract located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the zoning map amendment request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the petitioner is requesting the conditions be deleted as follows: remaining portion of Tract 2 – delete “only use permitted would be cold food storage” and remaining portion of Tract 1 – delete “restrict building height to 35 feet”. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the zoning map amendment to delete the conditions placed on a 27.22 acre portion of the Roberts Tract located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.


Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. asked the board to add item #6 to the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to add the item to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

6. Recombination Plat Review of the remaining portions of Tract 1 and Tract 2 of the Roberts Tract: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, Inc., presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation, stating the title block will be corrected to reflect that the item presented is a recombination plat, not a minor subdivision. The purpose of this plat is to relocate the property line to create a 9.37 acre parcel and a 17.85 acre parcel for an industrial warehouse distribution facility. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the recombination plat of the remaining portions of Tract 1 and Tract 2 of the Roberts Tract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.


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

August 26, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 26, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 26, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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 HEARINGS:

1. Everett Royals has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone 3.52 acres on Raymond Road from RA-2 to I-1: Don Royals, property owner, has requested that this item be withdrawn. Commissioner Taylor made a motion to accept the request to withdraw the item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Aerofinish Manufacturing Facility at 123 Westside Boulevard: Jay Maupin, with Maupin Engineering, Inc., presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility for the construction of airplane cabinetry. Chairman Olliff questioned the dumpster enclosure material. In response, Mr. Maupin stated that the enclosure will be masonry to match the facade of the proposed building, with wooden gates. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Aerofinish Manufacturing Facility at 123 Westside Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan, contingent upon the developer paying into the City of Pooler Tree Bank the amount of $1,000.00 as noted on the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for proposed retail shops at 405 Pooler Parkway: Theo Stone, with LeCraw Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project will include the development of an 8,600 square foot multi-tenant building and its associated parking lot, along with utility extensions. The project is located on the east side of Pooler Parkway, next to the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant. There was some discussion from the board concerning the dumpster enclosure, the outdoor seating, truck deliveries, proposed tenants and parking. In response, Mr. Stone stated that the dumpster enclosure will be constructed out of block and brick to match the façade of the proposed building, the outdoor seating will not be under a covered patio, the deliveries will be made to the rear of the building, and the majority of the parking will be in the rear of the building, since the building faces Pooler Parkway. Further, he stated that the proposed tenants will include Starbucks Coffee Company, McAlister’s Deli and Tijuana Flats Restaurant. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for proposed retail shops located at 405 Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan, contingent upon the landscape plan being revised to show a detail of the proposed 20’ landscaped buffer, adjacent to the Preserve at Godley Station Apartments. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

4. Minor Subdivision Plat of Lot A-1A on Towne Center Boulevard for BPR Properties: Alec Metzger, with EMC Engineering, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to create Parcel 1, a 6.65 acre tract, for the construction of a proposed Residence Inn Hotel. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1A on Towne Center Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Cheer Savannah located on Pipemaker’s Circle: Mark Crapps, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed development will consist of two phases, with the first phase consisting of a 15,000 square foot building with 69 vehicle parking spaces. The second phase will consist of an 8,750 square foot addition, which is proposed in the future. Chairman Olliff questioned the dumpster enclosure and the variance mentioned in the letter from the city engineer, dated July 22, 2013. In response, Mr. Crapps stated that the enclosure will be masonry, and the variance will be requested from the Pooler Park of Commerce. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Cheer Savannah, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

6. Site Plan remodeling of Chick-fil-A restaurant, located at 180 Pooler Parkway: Rick Krietemeyer, with Interplan, LLC, presented the site plan remodeling to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to add approximately 273 square feet to the existing building, add 98 square feet of storage area adjacent to the existing dumpster enclosure and to modify the drive-thru lane, adding a second order point. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan remodeling of Chick-fil-A. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

7. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Reese Warehouse, located at 50 Columbia Drive: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

8. Recombination Plat of Lot 10 and Lot 11 at the intersection of Old Dean Forest Road and U.S. Highway 80: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

9. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Gerdau Steel Office Building at 1755 Old Dean Forest Road: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

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

September 9, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 9, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 9, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Alice White. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation and Nancy Bachner 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1. South Godley Enterprises, LLC is requesting a 20’ sign height variance to place a monument sign at the intersection of Park Avenue & Pooler Parkway: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the request to the board for their review and recommendation. The petitioner is requesting a 20’ sign height variance to allow a 50’ monument sign for adequate visibility for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia along Pooler Parkway. Mr. Coleman stated that the monument sign will have the Premier Outlets of Georgia logo on the top, with two (2) spaces for tenants. The Villas, an apartment complex located behind Publix shopping center, will occupy one of the two spaces. For comparison purposes, Commissioner Bostick presented to the board and the petitioner, photographs of the entrance signage to the Mall of Georgia, in Buford and St. Johns Town Center Mall, in Jacksonville, Florida. There was discussion from the board concerning the following: the number of signs previously approved for the proposed outlet mall, the potential distraction, the aesthetics of the sign in the proposed location, blocking the sign visibility for Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union, the criteria for granting a variance not being met and the proposed sign not being consistent with the other signs along the Pooler Parkway. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the sign height variance is needed because this development will have in excess of 120 individual tenants and major anchor stores. The increased height and size is needed for visibility purposes; the proposed sign will be very attractive and will add character along the Pooler Parkway and would not obstruct the view of the existing sign for the Credit Union. Mr. Coleman also reminded the board that there is an existing 40’ x 60’ sign easement at the proposed location. Further, he stated that the request meets #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance. Commissioner Bostick made a motion to deny the 20’ sign height variance, based on the request not meeting two of the three criteria for granting a variance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with Commissioner Brewer and Commissioner Reardon in opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2. Recombination plat of Lot 10 and Lot 11 at the intersection of Old Dean Forest Road and U.S Highway 80: Mark Crapps, with Kern & Company, presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the recombination plat is to combine Lots 10 and 11, creating a 5.89 acre parcel for the construction of a new office building. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Lot 10 and Lot 11 at the intersection of Old Dean Forest Road and U.S Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Gerdau Steel office building at 1755 Old Dean Forest Road: Mark Crapps, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project will include the construction of a 1,575 square foot new office building with improved parking. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan for Gerdau Steel office building, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Dollar General at 1501 Quacco Road: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

5. Proposed sign ordinance amendment for temporary special events: Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, presented the sign ordinance amendment to address temporary special event signage to the board for their review and recommendation. The board presented the following recommendations: more specific clarification regarding insurance claims for damaged signs, 24-hour events and yard sale signs. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the sign ordinance amendment, with Council giving consideration to the recommendations presented by the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

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

September 23, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 23, 2013

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 23, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation and Nancy Bachner 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Dollar General at 1501 Quacco Road: Dennis Trotter, with Trotter General, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 9,100 square foot retail store with improved parking. The project is located off of Quacco Road, across from Berwick Lakes Subdivision. There was some discussion from the board concerning the dumpster enclosure, the entrance to the site, the proposed turn lanes and the disturbed area next to the existing canal. In response, the petitioner stated that the dumpster enclosure will be of brick on three (3) sides to match the façade of the proposed building, the proposed drive will be between Berwick Lakes Subdivision and Hampton Place Subdivision, and at this time no road improvements have been discussed. Further, Mr. Trotter stated that the plan shows a proposed undisturbed 45’ right-of-way along the existing canal, to preserve the vegetation. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Dollar General located at 1501 Quacco Road, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, and the dumpster enclosure detail being revised. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan, contingent upon the comments received from Public Works concerning the deficit of 12 trees being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Preliminary Construction Plan review / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Forest Lakes, Phase IV: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of approximately 12.40 acres with 37 single-family residential lots. The site is located west of Godley Station Boulevard and north of Pooler Parkway, at the end of Forest Lakes Drive. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the construction plan for Forest Lakes, Phase IV, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

3. Minor Subdivision Plat review of Lot 8 in Pooler MarketPlace: Hal Kraft, with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering, presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to create three (3) lots. Lot 8A will consist of 1.81 acres, Lot 8B, 2.61 acres and Lot 8C, 0.89 acres. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot 8 in Pooler MarketPlace. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

4. Recombination Plat review of an 8.40 acre tract on Quacco Road: The purpose of the plat is to create Tracts 1 and 2 for the construction of a proposed Dollar General on Tract 2. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the recombination plat of an 8.40 acre tract on Quacco Road, contingent upon the reference datum for the benchmarks being added to the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Construction Plan review for the Benton Tract Berms / Tree Ordinance Compliance: Hugh Matthews, with England-Thims & Miller, Inc., on behalf of Ben Carter Enterprises, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project will consist of constructing two (2) berms; the one located at the north end of Benton Drive will be approximately 55’ in height, and the second one located at the north end of Pine Street, on what is known as the “Benton Tract” will be 15’ in height. The subject property consists of two (2) locations totaling approximately 33.60 acres that will be purchased by the Outlet Mall of Georgia, LLC. The existing sites are currently undeveloped, wooded parcels, and the berms will be created from the excavation of the proposed outlet mall area, the outparcel areas and the proposed road extensions. There was some discussion from the board concerning the following: comments from adjacent property owners, the fenced in area, the access road, the material of the berms, the maintenance of the berm, drainage and environmental issues. In response, Mr. Matthews, with ETM, Inc., Terry Coleman and Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, all addressed the board by stating that no comments have been received from the adjacent property owners, the berm will be maintained by the owner, with access to the site being controlled by a chain link fence with a gate. Mr. Matthews confirmed that the material of the two (2) berms will be created from the excavation of the entire surrounding parcels owned by the Outlet Mall of Georgia and the future road extensions. Mr. Burke stated that the fence will be installed once the berms are stable and that berm 1 will not obstruct any offsite water and berm 2 will provide a bypass channel for offsite water. Further, he stated that stormwater management for the two (2) berms will be in the form of grass channels, down drain pipe systems, and shallow, dry detention facilities. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the construction plan for the Benton Tract Berms, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan, contingent upon the developer reimbursing the City of Pooler Tree Bank for 307 trees, as noted on the landscape plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

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

October 14, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
      October 14, 2013


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 14, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, Don Taylor and Alice White. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Bedie Brantley is requesting a conditional use to operate a beauty shop from her residence located at 131 Read Street:  Bedie Brantley presented her request to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is currently zoned R-1A (single-family residential dwelling district). According to Article IV, Section 5, a home occupation is only allowed as a conditional use in an R-1A Zoning District. Ms. Brantley stated that she would like to operate a beauty shop at her residence on a part-time basis. Mr. Charles Dixon of 135 Read Street appeared before the board to express his concern with the proposed parking area being too close to his bedroom window and asked if it can be moved to the other side of the house. Ms. Lacy Hicks, of 129 Kelly Street, appeared before the board to express her concern with potential flooding if concrete is used for the parking area. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver stated that a study is being proposed in the areas of Read Street and Kelly Street to determine if drainage improvements are needed.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a beauty shop at 131 Read Street, contingent upon the parking area being relocated to the left side of the property. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:
2.            Preliminary Construction Plan review / Tree Ordinance compliance for Forest Lakes, Phase V: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of five (5) single-family lots, ranging in size from 0.28 acres to 0.48 acres, and the infrastructure to support them.  The site is located west of Godley Station Boulevard and north of Pooler Parkway, at the end of Forest Lakes Drive. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Forest Lakes, Phase V, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

3.            Minor Subdivision Plat review of Tract 3, The Roberts Tract: Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, just west of Triple B Trail. The total 26.26 acre tract will be subdivided into two (2) parcels, Tract 3A (13.54 acres) and Tract 3B (12.72 acres), and the proposed land use is for a cold storage facility. Commissioner Taylor questioned the benchmark on the plat. Mr. Valentine stated that the benchmark is missing and the plat will be revised. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Tract 3, the Roberts Tract, contingent upon the plat being revised to show the benchmark. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

4.            Preliminary Construction Plan review / Tree Ordinance compliance for Durham Park, Phase 2: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Durham Park is an existing Master Planned Community located north of U.S. Highway 80 off of Pooler Parkway. The Durham Park community currently consists of 13 townhome buildings and an Amenity Site. Phase 2 will include 9 townhome buildings, with a total of 50 units and the infrastructure to support them. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Durham Park, Phase 2, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Bostick questioned the tree count. In response, Mr. Burke stated that since the developer agreed to provide a 150’ undisturbed buffer, with only a 20’ buffer required, they are asking for consideration to count 30 trees in the buffer area as part of the required tree count.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan, contingent upon consideration being given to count the 30 trees in the buffer, based on the stipulation that was agreed upon during the approval of Durham Park, Phase 1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.


5.            Preliminary Construction Plan review / Tree Ordinance compliance for Harmony, Phase 2:  Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 24 single-family residential lots and the extension of Melody Drive and the infrastructure to support it. Harmony, Phase 2 was previously submitted to the City of Pooler and consisted of the extension of both Melody Drive and Harmony Boulevard. The developer decided to remove the Harmony Boulevard extension and only extend Melody Drive at this time. Many residents of the Harmony Subdivision were present to express their concerns to the board. Their concerns include the following: landscaping not being maintained, dying trees not being replaced, the proposed site plan and construction start date of the amenity center, open communication with the Homeowners Association, no return phone calls from the realtors or developer, property values, HOA dues and the vacant parking lot of the proposed amenity center being utilized by non-residents. Jack Wardlaw, with Landmark 24, addressed the board in reference to these concerns.  Mr. Wardlaw stated that this development has gone through several different developers, banks and foreclosures in the last five (5) years or so. Therefore, the banks are very leery about loaning money to developers for construction of an amenity center.  Further, he stated that the only answer that he could provide at this time is that when the banks start loaning money, the amenity center will be built, but until then, a portion of the Homeowners Association fees, which are now in excess of approximately $100,000.00, will be reserved for the amenity center, Mr. Wardlaw also added that an amenity center of this size would cost over $500,000.00 to construct. Furthermore, Mr. Wardlaw stated that the City of Pooler Ordinance does not require an amenity center to be built in neighborhoods. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Harmony, Phase 2, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

6.            Decorative fence request at W. 206 Symons Street: Randy Walker, property owner, presented the request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Walker stated that the fence has been in place for over two (2) years and he was not aware he needed a permit prior to construction. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the decorative fence request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.  

 There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:35 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

October 28, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
      October 28, 2013


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 28, 2013. Members present were Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation, and Alice White led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:
1.            Conditional Use request to construct a 140’ monopole Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 5 Towne Center Court:  Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item and the following item. Jonathan Yates, on behalf of AT& T / National Wireless Construction V, LLC, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose is to add more services to the immediate area and to qualify AT&T the ability to improved spectrum use by adding fourth generation (4G) LTE service. This improvement is part of AT&T’s goal of 46,000 new facilities in the next several months. The tower itself will be a low-profile design which limits the number of antennas at each antenna elevation slot to three (3); one (1) per each 120 degree sector. The purpose is to reduce the visual impact as much as possible within heavy traffic pattern locations. The plan is for the tower and ground equipment to support the needs of up to five (5) carriers. Mr. Yates reminded the board that a “Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation” letter has been received from the Federal Aviation Administration. Commissioner Bostick questioned the need for additional towers within a six-mile radius.  In response, Greg Knight, RF Engineer with AT&T Mobility, stated that this tower is a capacity overload facility that has the intent to fill the needs of AT&T and other carriers to alleviate the high number of dropped calls and poor interconnections in the area. Further, he stated that the advancing growth of high speed wireless broadband operations will be the greatest beneficiary, and that AT&T as are numerous carriers, in the greater Savannah area has reached capacity at many sites. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct a 140’ monopole wireless telecommunications facility at 5 Towne Center, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

2.            Conditional Use request to construct a 145’ monopole Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 1222 Quacco Road: Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Jonathan Yates, on behalf of AT& T / National Wireless Construction V, LLC, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose is to add more services to the immediate area and to qualify AT&T the ability to improved spectrum use by adding fourth generation (4G) LTE service. This improvement is part of AT&T’s goal of 46,000 new facilities in the next several months. The tower itself will be a standard monopole design allowing the maximum number of antennas at each aperture required by some carriers to utilize a single antenna level and not multiple antenna elevations. The plan is for the tower and ground equipment to support the needs of up to five (5) carriers. The proposed location is within a mixed zoning area consisting of various uses. This location will be a capacity overload facility that has the intent to fill the needs of AT&T and other carriers to alleviate the high number of dropped calls and poor interconnections in the area. Mr. Yates reminded the board that a “Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation” letter has been received from the Federal Aviation Administration. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the conditional use request to construct a 145’ monopole wireless telecommunications facility at 1222 Quacco Road, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  Commissioner Brewer returned to his seat on the board.


3.            Conditional Use request to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of U.S. Highway 80 and Pooler Parkway: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, on behalf of Alan Dasher, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The mini-warehouse storage facility will have 24-hour access and consist of 43,347 sq. ft. of non-climate controlled storage space, 33,250 sq. ft. of climate controlled storage space and a 2,975 sq. ft. office. Commissioner Bostick questioned the revised access points, multiple driveways, the possibility of a right-in, right-out, the distance from the proposed driveway from the Pooler Parkway exit ramp, the proposed width of the driveway and the potential increase of traffic at the intersection. Mr. Coleman stated that the developer has since acquired additional property to create the frontage road needed for access, the office has been relocated from the outparcel, fronting U.S. Highway 80, to the parcel directly behind 1130 U.S. Highway 80, and the revised preliminary site plan shows that only one driveway will be utilized, eliminating multiple driveways, this plan will eliminate any additional curb cuts off of U.S. Highway 80 for future access, the driveway width will be approximately 25’ from curb line to curb line, and with the site being proposed as a storage facility, there should be minimum traffic.   Further, Mr. Coleman stated that some of these concerns are part of the site plan approval process, adding that a full set of engineering plans has yet to be developed. Frank Stanhope, resident, appeared before the board to express his concerns with multiple storage units in the Pooler area with less than 100% capacity, access points and safety issues.  In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the Georgia Department of Transportation and the City Engineer will review the site plans for access issues and safety concerns.  With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use request to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the NW quadrant of U.S. Highway 80 and Pooler Parkway, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use and previous safety issues having been addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

A motion was made by Commissioner Edge, seconded by Commissioner White to move item #7 and item #8 to be discussed immediately following the Public Hearing. Motion passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

4.            Recombination / Minor Subdivision Plat of 5.10 acres and 9.04 acres of the Lanier Tract creating three (3) lots (aka 1040 & 1060 East Highway 80): Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the recombination/minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is for financial purposes only. Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the recombination/minor subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.            Construction Plan review for water main extension, lift station and gravity sewer to serve Bassford Industrial Park:  Chad Zittrouer with Kern& Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is for these improvements to be constructed in conjunction with the re-alignment of Old Louisville Road. Mr. Zittrouer stated that revised plans have submitted to the engineer been Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the construction plan for water main extension, lift station and gravity sewer to serve Bassford Industrial Park, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

6.            Revised Site Plan for Pooler Water Park, to include the interior design, utility lateral adjustments and revised driveway entrance: Dan Fischer, with EMC Engineering, presented the revised site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Fischer stated that the revised site plan includes details of the interior design, and the utility plan was revised to coincide with the change in the driveway entrance. The board questioned the number of required parking spaces shown, dumpster enclosure and the height of the fence around the park. In response, Mr. Fischer stated that previously 17 parking spaces were being lost, but with the change to the driveway entrance only seven parking spaces are being deleted. Further, the dumpster enclosure will be split-faced block, and the proposed fence will be 48” high to meet Chatham County Health Department requirements. The board recommended a six foot fence for safety and security reasons. Owner, Jay Patel, was fine with the fence height increase to six feet. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Fischer stated that the only change is additional plantings at the entrance to the water park. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the revised site plan for Pooler Water Park interior design and the revised landscape entrance, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the number of required trees being maintained. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.  

7.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 5 Towne Center Court: Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item and the following item. Jonathan Yates, on behalf of AT& T / National Wireless Construction V, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project area includes a proposed 4,422 square-foot lease area that is occupied by a parking lot, maintained grassed area, and a wooded area and a proposed approximate 715-foot long by 25-foot wide access easement that would run along an existing paved drive. The purpose of this site is to offload the capacity constraints and improve in-building access in this area. Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed monopole wireless telecommunications facility at 5 Towne Center Court, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Yates explained that the proposed site is behind the movie theater, adjacent to a 30’ wetlands buffer that would provide additional screening, and the Godley Station ARB has recommended planting 19 blue princess hollies instead of the traditional Leyland Cypress. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

8.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Wireless Telecommunications Facility at 1222 Quacco Road: Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Jonathan Yates, on behalf of AT& T / National Wireless Construction V, LLC presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project area will include a proposed 4,954 square-foot leased area and a proposed approximately 275-foot long by 25-foot wide access easement. The purpose of this site is to offload the capacity constraints and distribute the traffic by adding a new cell site in the grid. Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed wireless telecommunications facility at 1222 Quacco Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Commissioner Bostick asked how the landscaping would be maintained. In response, Mr. Yates stated that, at first, water will have to be supplied, but as the trees mature, water will not be required. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition. Commissioner Brewer returned to his seat on the board.

9.            Major Subdivision Plat of 151.68 acres, south of the Pipemakers Canal for the Benton Tract Berms: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the major subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the major subdivision is to set defined boundaries for the transfer of property to develop the Benton Tract Berms. Following some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the major subdivision plat for the Benton Tract Berms. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

Richard Edwards of CityScape Consultants, Inc., appeared before the board to explain why we will be seeing more and more requests for Wireless Telecommunications Facility sites in the Pooler area. Further, he stated that the City of pooler, City of Savannah and Chatham County are high service demand markets and it will not take long before all tower infrastructures will reach maximum loading.

 There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner White made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

November 25, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 25, 2013


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 25, 2013. Members present were Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

LeNolon Edge gave the invocation and Craig Brewer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.    Bedie Brantley has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a beauty shop at her residence located at 131 Read Street:  Bedie Brantley presented her request to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is currently zoned R-1A (single-family residential dwelling district). According to Article IV, Section 5, a home occupation is only allowed as a conditional use in an R-1A Zoning District. The intent is to operate a beauty shop on a part-time basis with two (2) chairs and one (1) employee.  Public Comments: Tonya Munn, resident of Kelly Avenue, stated to the board that since the driveway has been moved to the other side of the residence, she feels more comfortable with the ongoing drainage issues; however, she is concerned with the property being rezoned to commercial in the future and the value of her home being decreased.  Ms. Munn also stated that she and some adjacent property owners are concerned with the increase in traffic, the number of employees and potential signage. In response, Ms. Munn was informed that with the guidelines in place for a conditional use, a sign display or external indication of any home occupation is not permitted.  Howard Clements, property owner of 135 and 139 Read Street, expressed his opposition, stating that the value of his property will decrease if a business is approved in a residential area.  He also stated that he is concerned with potential increase in traffic, the number of cars that will be in the drive-way and the lack of water and sewer capacity in this area.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a beauty shop at 131 Read Street, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2.     Edwin Smith has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a Pawn Shop at 114 E. Highway 80: Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Edwin Smith presented his request to the board for their review and recommendation. According to Article IV, Section 18, a pawn shop is only considered within the C-1 (light commercial) Zoning District, as a conditional use. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct a Pawn Shop at 114 E. Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

 3.            Chandra Ganti of 117 Magnolia Drive has petitioned the City of Pooler for a 3’ 6” rear yard setback variance to construct a 12’ x 22’ screened porch to the rear of the residence:
 Commissioner Bostick disclosed to the Chairman and to the board members that he lives on the same street as the petitioner, but has not had any discussion with the petitioner or any of the neighbors regarding this request. Chandra Ganti presented his request to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this variance is to construct a 12’ x 22’ screened porch to the back of the existing dwelling.  According to Appendix A, Article III, Section 6 (a), the minimum required rear yard setback must be at least 20’ in a single-family residential zoning district. There were some questions regarding the plot plan showing the proposed addition and the measurements noted on the drawings. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the requested 3’ 6” rear yard setback variance at 117 Magnolia Drive, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.


 NEW BUSINESS:

4.   Recombination/Minor Subdivision Plat of 12.043 acres on Quacco Road: Michael Fell, of Coleman Company, on behalf of New Asbury Park, LLC presented the recombination/minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create two (2) parcels, Tract 1A and Tract 1B from 12.043 acres of the Beverly Plantation and the Florence V. Britt Tract. Tract 1A will consist of 10.9 acres and Tract 1B will consist of 1.143 acres. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the recombination/minor subdivision plat of 12.043 acres on Quacco Road.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.    Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a 4500 sq. ft. retail building at 114 E. Highway 80: Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Edwin Smith requested that this item be tabled until the next Planning & Zoning meeting. A motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table this item per the request of the petitioner.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

 Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, asked the board to add item #6 to the agenda under new business.  A motion was made by Commissioner Edge to add the item to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.

6.  Minor Subdivision Plat Revision for Tract 3, The Roberts Tract: Dan Valentine with Kern & Company presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the revision is to correct the owner’s name on the recorded plat. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the revised plat for Tract 3 of The Roberts Tract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

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

December 9, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 9, 2013


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, December 9, 2013. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Chairman Larry Olliff, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Don Taylor and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator 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 Nancy Bachner 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 Samuel Bostick and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.           Jacquelyn Pollard has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to operate a family home daycare at 117 Quiet Pine Circle:  Ms. Pollard presented her request to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is currently zoned Single-Family Residential within the Morgan Family PUD. If approved, Ms. Pollard would be allowed to keep from three (3) to six (6) children at this location.  Her intent is to care for only five (5) children at this location with the hours of operation being from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Ms. Pollard has received a letter of permission to operate under the guidelines of the Morgan Pines Homeowners Association.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval of the conditional use to operate a family home daycare at 117 Quiet Pine Circle, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2.       Southwest Quadrant, Phase 11 Amendment to the Development Standards: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, 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. The revision includes the removal of a proposed pool in the amenity area and replacing it with a park that will include playground equipment. Mr. Coleman stated that the amendment to the development standards would only apply to Parcel 28-A, a 33.912 acre portion Tract 12, in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to recommend approval to amend the development standards for Southwest Quadrant, Phase Eleven. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

 NEW BUSINESS:

3.      Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Cook-Out Restaurant at 480 Pooler Parkway: Frank Miller, with Commercial Site Design, on behalf of Cook-Out Restaurant, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 3,640 square foot, sit-down restaurant with approximately 70 seats. The disturbed area will consist of approximately 1.32 acres. There were some questions from the board concerning the size of the proposed transformer pad illustrated on sheet C2, the proposed 40 x 18 loading area, the outstanding engineering comments, the drive-thru design, the proposed location of the grease trap, the dumpster enclosure and the driveway alignment. Mr. Miller stated that the transformer pad will be designed per the specifications outlined by the electric company, all of the engineering comments have been addressed and revised plans have been submitted.  Further, he stated that the drive-thru is designed to cut the wait time in half, by utilizing what is called a cross-over drive-thru, and the loading area will be designed for truck deliveries only.  Mr. Miller also stated that the dumpster enclosure will match the facade of the proposed building, and since Traders Way has a 25 MPH speed limit, this offset of the driveway alignment will not pose a safety hazard.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Cook-Out Restaurant at 480 Pooler Parkway, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan, contingent upon adding an additional tree to comply with the tree ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Taylor and passed without opposition.

4.     Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a 4500 sq. ft. retail building at 114 E. Highway 80: Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Edwin Smith presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Smith stated that he has not been able to get in contact with the engineer to determine if all or any of the outstanding comments have been addressed. Zoning Administrator, Jackie Carver, asked the board to consider approving the proposed site plan for Mr. Smith, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Further, Ms. Carver stated that this is a unique circumstance; the City of Pooler has purchased the property where the existing Pooler Pawn & Diamond is located, and the owner needs to move forward with the site plan before the city can begin the demolition process to construct a new City Hall. There were some questions from the board concerning the surface of the proposed parking lot, the dumpster enclosure and the location of the benchmarks.  In response, Mr. Smith stated that the majority of the parking lot will be permeable brick pavers and the dumpster enclosure will match the facade of the building. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Taylor to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bostick to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

5.               Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Reese Warehouse at 50 Columbia Drive: Tom Havens, with Coastal Civil Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 10,000 square foot office/warehouse building on Lot 30 in the Westside Business Park. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.
6.               Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for the Bassford Industrial Park: Based on the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

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