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January 13, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 13, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 13, 2014. 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.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Alan Dasher has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone approximately 6.37 acres in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S Highway 80 from R1-A (Single-Family Residential) to C-1 (Light Commercial):  Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the rezoning request to the board for their review and recommendation.  Mr. Coleman stated that the request is to rezone a total of 6.37 acres of the Lloyd Tract to C-1 (light commercial) for the construction of a mini-storage warehouse facility. Mr. Coleman informed the board that 300’ along U.S. Highway 80 is zoned C-1 (light commercial), and the remaining portion is zoned R1-A (single family residential). Chairman Olliff questioned if all of the parcels have access to the properties being rezoned to light commercial. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the parcels will all have access to U.S. Highway 80.  Mr. Coleman also stated that six (6) existing curb cuts are being eliminated, with only one (1) being replaced. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval to rezone 6.37 acres in the NW quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80 from R1-A to C-1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2.            Alan Dasher has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a mini-storage warehouse facility in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that this item has come before this board and Council three (3) times in the past, with P&Z recommending approval and Council denying due to safety issues on U.S. Highway 80. In addition, he stated that adjacent property has been acquired and a frontage road has been designed to accommodate access to all of the properties. Further, after all of the safety issues were addressed and a revised preliminary site plan was submitted, Council recommended approval on November 18, 2013. Further, Mr. Coleman stated that within a week of receiving approval, he received notice from the City of Pooler stating that the conditional use request was null and void, due to the property having a split zoning of  C-1 (light commercial) and R1-A (single family residential).  A mini-storage warehouse facility is neither a permitted use nor a conditional use in an R1-A zoning district.  Mr. Coleman was informed by the City of Pooler that the property that is currently zoned R1-A would have to be rezoned C-1, prior to a conditional use being approved. Public Comments: Bill Grainger, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board to express his concern with access to his property from U.S Highway 80 for commercial marketing purposes. Commissioner Bachner questioned the current access. In response, Mr. Grainger stated that his property has access from Sangrena Drive.  Commissioner Edge reminded Mr. Grainger that if this conditional use is approved, it holds no guarantee that his trac of land will be rezoned to commercial. Mr. Grainger stated that he is asking for consideration from this board, if this conditional use is granted, that access be granted to his property from Highway 80. Commissioner Bostick questioned if Mr. Grainger’s property would have access from the proposed frontage road shown on the conceptual site plan. Petitioner’s response: Mr. Coleman stated that Mr. Grainger and Mr. Dasher have met and discussed several options for access to his property. Mr. Coleman also stated that access from the frontage road is limited due to property currently owned by Billie Tyler.  Heather Brock, adjacent property owner, addressed her concerns to the board questioning why a site plan/road construction plan has not been presented to the adjacent property owners, the size of the proposed buffer, the facade of the building and the potential increase in traffic. Councilwoman Benton asked for clarification if access is being hindered by the adjacent property owned by Billie Tyler. In response, Mr. Coleman presented a conditional use exhibit showing the layout of the tracts of land adjacent to the property owned by Alan Dasher. 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, based on the request meeting the criteria for granting a conditional use. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for the Bassford Industrial Park:  Based on a request from the petitioner, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:
4.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed Wild Wing Café at 417 Pooler Parkway: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project is for the development of a 1.8 acre commercial parcel, Lot 8A, at Pooler Marketplace, that will consist of a 249-seat restaurant.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed Wild Wing Café, located at 417 Pooler Parkway, 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, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to table the plan for the reason that, the preferred trees were not identified on the plan, and only a limited landscape plan was submitted. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.
5.            Posting a Maintenance Bond / Final Plat review for Somersby, Phase 2B: Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend posting of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Somersby, Phase 2B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bostick and passed without opposition.  

6.         Site Plan review for a proposed 499 sq. ft. addition to the Enmark Convenience Store located at 907 E. Highway 80: After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of a 499 sq. ft. addition to the Enmark Convenience Store located at 907 E. Highway 80, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the notes on sheet MEP-2 being corrected to reflect the City of Pooler, not the City of Springfield.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

7.      Site Plan modification to the proposed Pooler Residence Inn located at 900 Towne Center Boulevard:  Given that the modification is minor, and that the site plan was previously approved by Council on January 22, 2013, this item only requires review by the City engineer and staff. No other action is required.

Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver introduced Linda Waters as our newly appointed Alternate and Ernest Buckstine as our newly appointed Commissioner to the Planning and Zoning Board, and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton administered the Oath of Office.

The board voted to elect Samuel Bostick to serve as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board and Nancy Bachner to serve as Co-Chairman.

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

January 27, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
January 27, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 27, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Chairman Samuel Bostick, Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Alice White and Linda Waters.  Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Jack Forehand has petitioned the City of Pooler for a one-tenth of a foot building setback variance for building #400 and building #600 at 1018 West Highway 80 to allow the property to be subdivided:  Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, on behalf of Jack Forehand, presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation.  The purpose of the variance is to allow the property to be subdivided. According to Appendix A, Article III, Section 6 (B), the minimum required rear building setback must be at least 10’ in a C-2 (Heavy Commercial) Zoning District. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval for a one-tenth foot building setback variance for buildings #400 and #600 at 1018 West Highway 80 to allow the property to be subdivided. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.
 
2.            Ben Wall, on behalf of P.M.P., Inc. has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to add a transfer station at 125B Pine Meadow Drive where waste is currently stored on site and transferred daily: Ben Wall, 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 an 8,000 sq. ft. enclosed concrete building. The designated use of the facility will be to transfer solid waste from one transportation vehicle to another for transportation to a disposal facility or processing operation in general accordance with the Georgia Rules for Solid Waste Management, 39-3-4.  The hours of operation will be 24 hours a day, 6 days per week, with peak hours from 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. There was some discussion from the board regarding contaminated runoff, the distance from the adjoining property line, truck traffic and hazardous waste. In response, Ben Wall and Steve Harbin, with Harbin Engineering, stated that as required by EPD, all contaminated runoff from wash water shall be discharged to a wastewater treatment system and, before final release, shall be treated in a manner approved by EPD. Further stating that all of the adjoining property is owned by the Wall family and no dwelling units are on or near the proposed location of the transfer station. Mr. Hardin also stated that all personnel go through EPD training in order to identify hazardous materials and that all suspicious materials are set to the side for further clarification. With no further comments and after review of the criteria for granting a conditional use, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the conditional use to add a transfer station at 125B Pine Meadow Drive.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed with Commissioner Bachner opposing.

3.            Jeff Hubbard, on behalf of Bible Baptist West, has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a church in an R-1A Zoning District located on the west side of Sangrena Drive: C.J Chance, of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers, on behalf of Jeff Hubbard, presented the conditional use to the board for their review and recommendation. According to Appendix A, Article IV, Section 5 (c), churches or other places of worship with attendant educational and recreational buildings are only allowed in an R-1A (Single-Family Residential) Zoning District as a conditional use. The proposed church building will be used for fellowship, attendant recreation, educational components, worship and ministry in the community.  The entire tract is currently 27 acres, with a 16 acre portion being used as the proposed church. Mr. Chance stated that the plan is to construct the buildings in three (3) phases.  Phase I, a 25,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose building, Phase II, a 17,000 sq. ft. sanctuary, and Phase III, a 30,000 sq. ft. educational building.  There was some discussion from the board regarding the number of proposed parking spaces, potential increase in traffic, a traffic study being completed and the proposed educational components. Several residents from Sangrena Woods Subdivision appeared before the board to express the following concerns: the subdivision only having one entrance and one exit, direct access from Highway 80, the maintenance of the roads, the potential of increased traffic, clear cutting of the property, the required buffer, traffic backing up on Sangrena Drive, turning left onto Highway 80, the elderly turning in or out of the subdivision on or off of Highway 80 in peak hour traffic.  In response, Mr. Chance stated that the number of required parking spaces per the City of Pooler Ordinance is 125, and that 245 spaces have been proposed. Further, that buffers, building setbacks, and screenings to residential areas may be included to provide for separation to residential areas. In addition, Mr. Chance stated that should there be a need for traffic mitigation, the church is amenable to utilizing an off duty law enforcement official to ease traffic concerns. Mr. Hubbard stated that currently there is not a Wednesday night service and that the Sunday worship service is from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and that they currently only have approximately 200 people in attendance at any given time. Following some discussion, which included review of the conditional use criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct a church in an R-1A Zoning District, contingent upon Phase III, the educational building, not to be included at this time. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

4.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for the Bassford Industrial Park:  Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Zittrouer stated that the purpose is to construct thirteen warehouses ranging in size from 20,000 sq. ft to 270,000 sq. ft and associated parking on a 45 acre tract. There was some discussion from the board concerning the dumpster enclosure, traffic on Old Louisville Road and the storm water runoff. In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that the dumpster does not have an enclosure due to the nature of the business and that the storm water runoff has been designed to enter the ditch surrounding the property and flow into the Pipemakers Canal.  Further, Mr. Zittrouer stated that the truck traffic will not be entering or exiting on Old Louisville Road. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Bassford Industrial Park. 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 balance owed to the tree fund is paid in full. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

5.            Landscape Review for Wild Wing Café at 417 Pooler Parkway: Hal Kraft, with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering, presented the landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. After review of the landscape plan and some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

6.            Revised Landscape Plan review for Phase 12 of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters: Gary Turnbull, with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Turnbull stated that the purpose of the revision is to balance the distribution of trees throughout the community and to locate trees in more desirable locations, by moving willow trees closer to the lagoon, adding cypress trees near the lagoon, changing street trees to live oaks, and adding elm trees in areas to provide shade.  After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the landscape plan, contingent upon a 26-month landscape bond being posted at completion. Motion was seconded by Commission White and passed without opposition.

7.            Outlet Mall of Georgia Lift Station/Force Main Site Plan review: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project will consist of a new lift station and force main to serve the Outlet Mall of Georgia. The proposed lift station will be located within the mall site along with the majority of the force main. The proposed lift station will include: lift station site in accordance with City of Pooler specifications, 6’ diameter, 26’ deep wet well, submersible pumps, SCADA and controls. The proposed 6,820 LF of force main will be routed through the mall site; will manifold the existing Park Avenue Ext. lift station, and continue off site to tie into the existing R-8 lift station sewer system. The force main will also include a directional drill under Pipemakers Canal and a jack & bore under Durham Park Blvd.    With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia Lift Station/Force Main, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.  

8.               Outlet Mall of Georgia Site Plan / Landscape Plan review: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project will consist of a 507,000 sq. ft. outlet mall for various retail merchants and restaurants. The project also includes 21 outparcels at various locations around the mall site, with a grand total of 1,100,000 sq. ft. of building space. There was some discussion from the board regarding the proposed train and the safety of the children, within the outside area of the outlet mall. Mr. Burke stated the outlet mall is proposing an outside kiddy corner with a carousel and a train. Hugh Matthews, Project Engineer, stated that the train will have rubber tires and will travel in a designated lane around the outside, and will accommodate adults to supervise small children. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, and that this does not in any way approve any road name changes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, at the request of the landscape architect, David Shade, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

A motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to add item #9 under new business. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

9.     Minor Subdivision Plat review to recreate Lots 161 and 162, Westbrook, Phase 3D:  Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Holly Young with Remax Savannah, on behalf of the property owner, Tonya Spivey, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the plat is to recreate Lots 161 and 162 for recording purposes. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat to recreate Lots 161 and 162, Westbrook, Phase 3D. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. Commissioner Brewer returned to his seat on the board.

Heather Brockman, resident of Sangrena Woods, addressed the board in regards to a privacy fence being installed along the sidewalk of Pooler Parkway adjacent to the rear of her property and the need for a traffic signal at Highway 80 and Sangrena Drive.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:51 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

February 10, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
February 10, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 10, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, Linda Waters and Alice White.  Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. (delayed due to PUD Review Board Meeting held prior).

Chairman Samuel Bostick 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 James Reardon. Motion was seconded by Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Newton Priester is requesting a variance to construct a second single-family residence at 612 N. Rogers Street:  Newton Priester presented his request to the board for their review and recommendation. The owners’ intent is to occupy the existing residence while building a new one. Mr. Priester stated that he will have the old dwelling demolished as soon as the certificate of occupancy is issued. According to permitted uses within the zoning, only one primary residence is allowed per lot. A temporary varaince is needed because a building permit would be issued on a second single-family residence on the same lot.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval for a variance to construct a second single-family residence at 612 N. Rogers Street, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

2.            Kimley-Horn & Associates, on behalf of Sixteen West Savannah, LLC & EPT DownREIT, Inc. has petitioned the City of Pooler to amend the Development Standards / Final PUD Master Plan from Commercial to Commercial / Multi-Family within Phase 7 of the Savannah Quarters PUD: Bill Schilling, with Kimley-Horn & Associates, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Bostick reminded the board that this item was denied by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Mr. Schilling stated that a more detailed presentation was given during the PUD Review Board Meeting and asked the board if they had any additional questions or concerns. In addition, he asked the board to include as part of the motion items of concern so they can be addressed during the public hearing before City Council.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend denial of the request to amend the Development Standards/Final PUD Master Plan from Commercial to Commercial/Multi-Family within Phase 7 of the Savannah Quarters PUD, based on lack of clarification of the land use, and the number of proposed multi-family residences to be established versus commercial mixed use. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with Commissioner Reardon opposing.  

OLD BUSINESS:

3.            Revised Landscape Plan Review for the Outlet Mall of Georgia: At the request of the petitioner, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.    

NEW BUSINESS:

4.            Construction Plan Review for the Benton Boulevard Extension Road Improvements to serve the Outlet Mall of Georgia:  Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project will consist of the following improvements to Benton Boulevard: existing pavement will be milled and overlaid, two new lanes are to be added to the existing roadway, a new westbound turn lane will be added to Pooler Parkway, and the new roadway will be tied into Park Avenue Extension. All improvements have been designed to accommodate anticipated traffic flow for the Outlet Mall of Georgia and 21 outparcels. The board questioned the number of proposed turn lanes from Pooler Parkway to Benton Boulevard. In response, Mr. Burke stated that the improvements will include two turn lanes from eastbound and westbound Pooler Parkway onto Benton Boulevard. There was mention of a proposed name change for Benton Boulevard by Mr. Coleman, on behalf of the developer. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver reminded the board that the item being discussed is the review of the construction plan for the Benton Boulevard Extension, and any street name change should be submitted to City Council for approval. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the construction plan for the Benton Boulevard Extension road improvements, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner White made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

February 24, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
February 24, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 24, 2014. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Linda Waters and Alice White.  Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.            Revised Landscape Plan review for the Outlet Mall Of Georgia:  Eric Shade, with Site Solutions Landscape Architecture & Land Planning, presented the plan to the board for their review.  Mr. Shade stated that the revised landscape plan has addressed all of the comments received from the City Staff, addressed buffer concerns and created a plant list for every sheet. In addition, he stated that all of the required trees will not be planted; therefore; funds will be contributed to the tree bank as a form of alternative compliance to the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the revised landscape plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:
2.            Minor Subdivision Plat Review of a 25.957 acre tract, known as Parcel 4 of the CC Jones Tract, creating Parcel A and Parcel B: Commissioner Brewer stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Craig Brewer, on behalf of the owners, William Grainger & Kenneth Grainger, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Parcel A, a 15.162 acre tract and parcel B a 10.795 acre tract for future development. Public Comments: Heather Brock, resident of Sangrena Subdivision, asked the board if this is the tract of land that has been in question for the church purchase for Bible Baptist. Jay Duran, of 305 Sangrena Drive, questioned if culvert pipes will be installed in the drainage ditch that runs along the back of the homes on Sangrena Drive. Petitioners Response: Mr. Brewer stated that prior to any land development, a design plan will have to be approved by City Council and that Parcel A has been designated for the proposed Bible Baptist Church. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of a 25.947 acre tract, known as Parcel 4 of the CC Jones Tract, creating Parcels A & B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition. Commissioner Brewer returned to his seat on the board.

3.            Minor Subdivision Plat review of Lot A, Clyde E. Daniels Tract, creating Lot 4 and Lot 5: Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Lot 4, a 0.858 acre tract and Lot 5, a 0.957 acre tract, for each existing building to have a separate lot. Mr. Valentine stated that for the record, a note was added to the plat in reference to the variance that was approved by City Council on February 3, 2014, approving a one-tenth of a foot rear building setback variance for both lots.  With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot A, Clyde E. Daniels Tract, creating Lot 4 and Lot 5. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

4.            Tree Ordinance Compliance for a proposed warehouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems located at 1000 Pine Meadow Drive:  Chad Grass, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the “Tree Save Area Exhibit” to the board for their review. The proposed development will consist of a +/- 65,000 sq. ft. warehouse located to the north of the existing Mitsubishi manufacturing facility and the disturbed area will be approximately 4.8 acres.  Mr. Grass stated that the plan requires a total of 72 trees to be planted per the Tree Ordinance; with only 14 being planted, the intention is to dedicate a portion of the property as a “Tree Save Area” to comply with the ordinance.  Mr. Grass stated that the reason for this request is that Mitsubishi was built in phases; funds were paid into the tree fund for the tree deficit, and in lieu of contributing again, they would like to take credit for the trees located in the designated tree save areas to meet the tree ordinance requirements for the site. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the “Tree Save Area Exhibit” as presented for a proposed warehouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems located at 1000 Pine Meadow Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

March 10, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 10, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 10, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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 Nancy Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a proposed warehouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems located at 1000 Pine Meadow Drive: Chad Grass, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation.  The proposed warehouse, located to the north of the existing Mitsubishi manufacturing facility, will consist of a 65,000 sq. ft. distribution center and associated truck court with employee parking. Mr. Grass stated that the plan requires a total of 72 trees be planted, per the Tree Ordinance; with only 14 being planted, the intention is to dedicate a portion of the property as a “Tree Save Area” to comply with the ordinance, which was previously approved by the Planning & Zoning board on February 24, 2014. There were some questions from the board concerning the designated tree save area, and how Mitsubishi will guarantee the City of Pooler that these trees will not be removed. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for a proposed warehouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems, subject to an approval being received from the Georgia Ports Authority regarding stormwater management, the receipt of approval for the water service and sewer design by the City of Savannah and the applicant recording with Chatham County the designated tree save area and/or conservation easement. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

2.            Final Plat review for The Fairways, Phase 12: Gary Turnbull, with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase is located on Kingfisher Circle off of Blue Moon Crossing and will consist of 11 townhome lots. All of the infrastructure within the Fairways at Savannah Quarters, including utilities, will be privately owned and maintained. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways, Phase 12.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

3.            Recombination Plat review of the Daniels Tract, Phase II for Lots 1, 2, 3 and a portion of the common area for LSREF2, Baron, LLC: Dan Valentine, with Kern & Company presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Lots 1, 2, and 3 for each existing building to have a separate lot with shared parking. He further stated that the parking on each lot will exceed ordinance requirements. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the recombination plat of the Daniels Tract, Phase II for Lots 1, 2, 3 and a portion of the common area. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

4.            Construction Plan Review for Triple B Trail (Improvements/Infrastructure):  Per the request of the City, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a warehouse/trucking facility in the North Godley Industrial Park off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway:  Per the request of the City, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. Mr. Johannes de Rijck, resident of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, addressed the board regarding the development of North Godley Industrial Park off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway creating significant concerns among the current residents. He further stated that the residents of The Farm at Morgan Lakes petitioned both the Army Corp. of Engineers, as well as the City of Pooler, to addresssome of the issues, and have received no response. The residents were informed that these issues should be addressed before City Council as an official request to be placed on the next agenda.

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 Edge and passed without opposition.

March 24, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
March 24, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 24, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Alan Dasher’s Zoning map Amendment request to change the zoning of 6.37 acres known as a portion of the Lloyd Tract, from R-1A to C-1: Attorney Tom Mahoney, III, on behalf of Alan Dasher, presented the zoning map amendment request to the board for their review and recommendation.  Mr. Mahoney reminded the board that this item has come before this board and Council several times in the past, with P&Z recommending approval and Council tabling the item due to a technical issue. Further, he stated that Council approved the petitioner’s request for this item to be withdrawn and then be allowed to re-apply without limitations. Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, stated that the request is to re-zone a total of 6.37 acres from R-1A to C-1 for a proposed mini-warehouse storage facility.  Further, stating that the property is located in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80. Mr. Coleman also reminded the board that adjacent property has been acquired and a frontage road has been designed to accommodate access to all of the properties. Chairman Bostick questioned if all of the ongoing issues have been resolved with adjacent property owner. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that as of now, no resolution has been agreed upon.  Attorney Philip McCorkle, on behalf of adjacent property owner William Grainger, stated that the criteria for granting a zoning map amendment and a conditional use indicate that an adjacent property owner has a standing in the matter to let their desires be known. Further, that Mr. Grainger has owned the adjacent property for decades and in 2005, a re-zoning was submitted for a commercial shopping center for the entire property, and after the economy slowed, the project did not develop within 12 months, therefore, the zoning reverted back to R-1A. Further, stating that Mr. Grainger has always looked at his property as one (1) piece of property to be developed for commercial use accessed by Highway 80, not Sangrena Drive, and if this request is approved, Mr. Grainger’s land will be cut off and not have access to Highway 80, nor will his property be visible from Highway 80. Mr. McCorkle noted that, in his opinion, the requested zoning map amendment does not meet #4 and #8 of the criteria, stating that if approved, Mr. Grainger’s property will have irreversible limitations on the area as it is and on any future plans for it. Mr. McCorkle also stated that he is concerned with the minimum proposed buffer between the commercial mini-warehouse storage facility and the residential properties, stating that the proposed commercial shopping center was proposing a +/-500 foot buffer. Commissioner Bachner questioned if Mr. Grainger has access to his property now.  In response, Mr. McCorkle stated that Mr. Grainger can access his property only from Sangrena Drive. Heather Brock, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board to express that she and several other property owners within Sangrena Woods are concerned with potential commercial uses and if the commercial area continues to expand, will the uses be as passive as a storage facility.  Further, she stated that with a vegetative buffer and the proposed wall separating the residential neighborhood from the commercial use, she feels more comfortable about eliminating any potential crime in the area. Mr. Coleman responded to Ms. Brock’s concerns, by stating that this action will not adversely impact adjacent or nearby properties and that the plan is to only construct a mini-warehouse storage facility on the said property, with a vegetative buffer and a masonry wall, being the back side of a mini-storage building. Mr. Mahoney stated that the access is not going to change for Mr. Grainger and it appears that he feels as though he has a sense of entitlement to access his property from Highway 80; when in fact, he has always had access from Sangrena Drive, but never Highway 80. Further, he reminded the board that the proposed use is low intensity; low traffic and the adjacent property owners will be buffered with an enclosure and a 25’ buffer, and stated that the City of Pooler Ordinance only requires a 20’ buffer where a commercial district abuts directly upon a residential district. Mr. McCorkle reminded the board that #8 of the criteria asks the question if the action will adversely impact adjacent (Mr. Grainger) or nearby properties in terms of property values, by rendering such properties less suitable (mini-warehouse storage facility) and therefore less marketable for the type of development to which they are committed or restricted (Mr. Grainger restricted to residential) in order to promote the public welfare and protect the established development pattern; and the answer, in his opinion, would have to be yes. Following discussion and consideration of the standards for a zoning map amendment, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval to rezone 6.37 acres in the NW quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2.            Alan Dasher’s Conditional Use Request to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80:  Attorney Tom Mahoney, III, on behalf of Alan Dasher, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Mahoney stated that this item has come before this board and Council several times in the past, with P&Z recommending approval and Council tabling the item due to a technical issue. Mr. Mahoney also stated that Council approved the petitioners request for this item to be withdrawn and then be allowed to re-apply without limitations. Mr. Mahoney also reminded the board that the conditional use request includes the area directly behind the zoning line shown on the exhibit, specifically for the construction of a mini-warehouse storage facility.  Mr. McCorkle noted that if Council approves the conditional use, there is a list of several uses that are allowed within a C-1 zoning district, and a mini-warehouse is not a permitted use, only a conditional use.  Further, stating that the permitted uses and the conditional uses are separate, with a conditional use requiring heightened scrutiny. In addition, the zoning map amendment standards are different from the conditional use standards, with one being a balancing test, and conditional use standards are conjunctive and all have to be proven by the petitioner prior to approval.  Mr. McCorkle noted, in his opinion, the conditional use request does not meet #2 and #7 of the criteria, and asked for recommendation to deny, based on the request failing to meet the standards. Following discussion and consideration of the standards for granting a conditional use, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the NW quadrant Pooler Parkway and U.S. Highway 80. 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 6:38 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition

April 14, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 14, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 14, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Alice White and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

Commissioner Bachner made a motion to move item #1 to the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.Sandra Sherwood-Davis, on behalf of Thomas E. Davis, III, as Executor of the Estate of Thomas E. Davis, Sr., has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a youth community daycare facility at 1335 S. Rogers Street:Commissioner Reardon stepped down to recuse himself from this item. Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated that the property is an 18 acre tract located close to the Hardin Canal at the end of the residential community on Rogers Street. He further stated that a large portion of this property is located in a flood zone, which will determine the proposed location of the new building. In addition, Mr. Coleman stated that the intent is to operate a daycare facility for children from the ages of 4 years old to 17 years old, Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday activities. He noted that some children will be dropped off first thing in the morning, and other children will be cared for in an after-school setting with well-supervised activities being offered. Mr. Coleman stated that the preliminary plan consists of an activity center building, parking and vehicular circulation, sports/ball fields, a basketball court, volleyball courts, a playground, activity areas, a vegetable and orchard garden. Mr. Coleman further stated that a meeting was held in his office with many of the adjacent property owners in attendance. There were concerns with the proposed preliminary site plan, one being the potential increase in noise for the abutting property owned by the Bakers. Taking those concerns into account, Mr. Coleman presented a revised plan to the board and the adjacent property owners that were present, relocating the parking lot to the other side of the building. The revisions include the location of the building being moved over an additional 100’, the parking lot being moved over an additional 80’ and the fence being moved over 50’ from the property line, allowing a separation of 250’ from Mr. Baker’s property line to the activity center building.  Mr. & Mrs. Ron Robinson appeared before the board to explain the proposed use of the property. Mrs. Robinson stated that her intention is to operate during the hours of 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekend care if needed. Further, she stated that she is requesting approval from the state for a license to care for 75 children and will request a license to care for 75 more, with a total of 150, as the need for care increases. Mr. Robinson stated that the facility will offer educational activities, and the children will benefit by having a safe environment, stimulating activities, homework assistance, character training, healthy cooking and eating classes, drug awareness classes, and child fitness encouragement. In addition, the facility will offer parenting classes and gang awareness classes. Kim Iler, Real Estate Agent with Coldwell-Banker, appeared before the board stating that this property has been on the market for a long time and in her opinion, the site would be an ideal location for a youth community daycare facility. Attorney J.B. Blackburn, on behalf of some of the adjacent property owners, presented their concerns to the board by stating that this area is currently zoned R-1A, which is the most restrictive zoning district within the zoning ordinance and this approval would change the character of the entire area. Mr. Blackburn stated his clients expressed concerns about the potential increase in traffic, noise and decreased property values. He noted that, in his opinion, this request does not meet all of the conditional use standards for granting such use. There were several adjacent property owners who appeared before the board to express concerns with the following: the potential increase of traffic on Rogers Street, noise, lack of  sidewalks and crosswalks at the location, the safety of the children playing around or near the ponds, shuttle buses going in and out of the proposed facility, the number of children, the hours and days of operation, construction traffic, traffic congestion caused by overlapping recreational activities, lack of a traffic study,  inadequate staff, and summer activities.    In response, Mr. Coleman stated the petitioner has agreed to have only special events on the weekends. Mr. Blackburn reminded the board to review #3 and #7 of the criteria, noting that the approval of this action will adversely impact adjacent property owners and nearby properties in terms of property values, and it will also constitute a nuisance due to vehicular movement and the type of activity associated with the proposed land use. Following some discussion and consideration of the standards for granting a conditional use, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval for a conditional use to construct a youth community daycare facility at 1335 S. Rogers Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with, Commissioner Brewer and Commissioner Buckstine in opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

OLD BUSINESS:

2.            Construction Plan review for Triple B. Trail (improvements/infrastructure):  Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 30’ wide asphalt road with 18” of curb and gutter on both sides. The new road will be slightly east of the existing access road, to avoid the 30’ Georgia Power right-of-way. The road will run approximately 1,175 linear feet north and south. Chairman Bostick questioned the tree replacement. In response, Mr. Burke stated that based on the type of development, the linear nature of the road, sewer lines,  and the storm and utility lines in the right-of-way, the developer will be required to monetarily reimburse the city for 65 unused trees. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the construction plan for Triple B. Trail, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed and EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.
 
3.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for a warehouse/trucking facility in the North Godley Industrial Park off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway: Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from this item. Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct two (2) 48,000 sq. ft. warehouse/office buildings, two (2) asphalt parking lots, an 118,622 sq. ft. concrete truck court, an access road, a storm pipe network, utilities, a detention pond and supporting infrastructure. Chairman Bostick questioned the dumpster enclosure. In response, Mr. Burke stated that there will be a double dumpster pad enclosed by a wooden fence. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan for a warehouse/trucking facility in the North Godley Industrial park, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed and EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Chairman Bostick questioned the tree protective area and the number of preferred trees that will be planted. In response, Mr. Burke stated that a protective barrier, not less than 4’ in height, will be erected around the protection zone, and the trees will be marked with bright blue ribbon around the trunk of each tree. In addition, the developable area is approximately 9.37 acres, and the number of required trees is 141, there are six (6) existing Live Oak trees with a DBH of 18” or greater that will count as 30 required trees. Therefore, 51 planted trees will be provided, and the developer will monetarily reimburse the city for 60 unused trees. With no further discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

NEW BUSINESS:

4.            Godley Towne Center revised subdivision plat to add utility easements: Tom Cetti, with Wolverton & Associates, presented the revised plat to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Cetti stated that this subdivision plat is intended to supersede the previous plat, which was recorded on March 14, 2013 to reconfigure an existing utility easement located on Parcel 4. Access, water, sewer and drainage infrastructure is currently available to each parcel being platted. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the revised subdivision plat for Godley Towne Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for RePete Retail Center, located at the corner of Old Dean Forest Road and U.S. Highway 80: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 5,200 sq. ft. retail center with associated parking, with offices in the front of the building and a warehouse in the rear of the building. Chairman Bostick questioned the correct address of the site. In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that he will confirm the address prior to the item being presented to Council. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan for RePete Retail Center, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:18 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

April 28, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
April 28, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 28, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Preliminary Construction Plan /Landscape Plan Review for Hunt Club, Phase 4A off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway: Hal Kraft, with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering, on behalf of Beazer Homes, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 4A will consist of 38 single-family lots and is consistent with the Master Plan previously submitted. Mr. Kraft stated that the wetlands permit has expired, and they are currently working with the Corps of Engineers to have the permit reinstated. Therefore, this phase will be constructed outside of the wetlands area.  All of the engineering comments have been addressed, and revised plans will be submitted as soon as possible. After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/landscape plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

2.            Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase III:  Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, on behalf of Durham Park Townhomes, LLC, presented the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance to the board for their review and recommendation. The existing site is currently an undeveloped cleared lot. Phases I and II of this development are at either ends of this current phase. The intent is to construct 15 buildings, to include a total of 86 townhomes, access roads, storm pipe network, utilities and supporting infrastructure.   Mr. Burke stated that the preliminary construction plan for Phase II was approved, contingent upon the amenity site being completed prior to the construction of Phase III.  He further stated that Phase III is the final phase of the development, and the amenity site has been completed and is open to the residents. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase III, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

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

May 12, 2014

 
CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 12, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 12, 2014. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, LeNolon Edge, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:
1.            Outlet Mall of Georgia Site Plan Revisions: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Burke stated that the changes to the development include a private fire protection system that has been added to serve the mall, and several of the mall buildings have been revised. He further stated that the changes include an addition of a 10-inch private fire loop around the mall site. This loop is charged by a fire pump located in the service court behind Building #5.  A private 10-inch fire service supply pipe from the proposed 16-inch water main in Tanger Outlet Boulevard to the fire pump has been added. This pipe is located along the center entrance road to the mall, and some adjustments will be made to other utilities to accommodate the addition of the fire loop.  The west water main loop will be decreased from 10 inches to 6 inches, since the water loop no longer carries fire flow. Mr. Burke further stated that several buildings around the site have been revised, moved, resized or added. These changes will include the curb line around the mall buildings being adjusted in several locations, grading adjusted to match building revisions, grading in all service courts being revised, adjusted parking near buildings #7 and #8, adding drainage structures, relocation of storm manholes, and adding a building horizontal control plan to the civil drawings. Following some discussion on the proposed changes, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan revisions for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, 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 Pooler Station:  Ron Crump, with The Contineo Group, on behalf of Rialto Capital Advisors, LLC, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is part of a master development and will use a master pond that was originally sized to accommodate for the completed parcel. Mr. Crump stated that the intent is to construct a 10,550 sq. ft. multi-tenant building on Lot 11, located at 155 Traders Way. Further, he stated that the tenants will include a restaurant, two (2) retail stores and a dental office. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for Pooler Station, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and relocation of the dumpster. After review of the landscape plan, and the proposed changes needed to meet the tree ordinance, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to table the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.  

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner White made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.



 







                                                                             


 

May 26, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
May 26, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in observance of our Memorial Day holiday.







                                                                                        






                                                                                          

June 9, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 9, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 9, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. (delayed due to the PUD Review Board Meeting held prior).

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

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

OLD BUSINESS:

1.            Revised Landscape Plan for Pooler Station:  After review of the revised landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC is requesting to amend the Final PUD Master Plan and Development Standards within Phase 4 of Savannah Quarters PUD:  Hal Kraft, with HGB&D, presented the  amendment to the board for their review and recommendation.   Chairman Bostick reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Phase 4 originally consisted of four (4)  parcels within Westbrook and was zoned multi-family. Over the years, three (3) parcels have been rezoned to single-family. The remaining parcel (Parcel 2B), includes the Fairways Townhome development. The Fairways  development was originally designed to include the entire parcel, but is now completed with 17 acres of undeveloped land remaining. The amendment to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan would change the remaining 17 acres from a multi-family to a single-family development. For the record, Commissioner Buckstine requested that consideration be given to buffering during the site plan stage. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval to amend the Final PUD Master Plan and Development Standards within Phase 4 of Savannah Quarters PUD. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3.            Minor Subdivision Plat review of 4.68 acres on Raymond Road for Ray Roberson: The intent is to create a minor subdivision plat of a 4.68 acre tract, known as Tract 25, and the northern 100’ of Tract 27, the Reynolds Dairy Tract, creating Lot A and Lot B. Lot A will consist of approximately 2.16 acres and Lot B will consist of approximately 2.52 acres. After some discussion from the board, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat for Ray Roberson. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:21 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.



June 23, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
June 23, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 23, 2014. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Proposed Zoning Text Amendment to add “Eating Establishments with live entertainment” as a permitted use in C-2, Heavy Commercial: Harry Kyriakides, Business Manager for the Mediterranean Tavern, presented the zoning text amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. The current ordinance does not permit an eating establishment with live entertainment as a permitted use nor as a conditional use. The intent is to provide an area for live entertainment, to include a cigar and hookah bar, within a separate area. This area can accommodate approximately 150 patrons within a 6,000 sq. ft. total leased area, located on Foxfield Way. There was discussion from the board regarding parking issues, hours of operation, and how many days of the week live entertainment will be offered. In response, Mr. Kyriakides stated that they are only interested in offering live entertainment on the weekends, and the hours of operation on the weekends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. Further, he stated that the surrounding businesses close at 9:00 p.m., and if additional parking is needed, he will have an agreement signed with Savannah Tire to utilize their parking lot located directly across the street. Commissioner Buckstine asked the petitioner if he would have any issues with proposing eating establishments with live entertainment to be added as a conditional use in C-2 instead of a permitted use in C-2.  In response, the petitioner stated that if this is what he has to do to offer live entertainment within his eating establishment, he has no problem with it. The board reminded the petitioner that if the text is amended to add eating establishments with live entertainment as a conditional use rather than a permitted use, he will have to submit a conditional use application and come before this board for a recommendation and then be placed on Council’s agenda. In response, Mr. Kyriakides stated that he does not want to wait for that decision. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval to add eating establishments with live entertainment as a permitted use in C-2, Heavy Commercial and to recommend approval of the definition of live entertainment as presented, contingent upon the review and approval of the city attorney. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed with Commissioner Buckstine in opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Minor Subdivision Plat of a 3.02 acre tract known as Lot 4, Towne Center at Godley Station, creating Lot 4-A and Lot 4-B:  Jay Maupin, with Maupin Engineering, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Lot 4-A and Lot 4-B in order to sell the frontage lot along Benton Boulevard.  Lot 4-A will consist of approximately 1.82 acres, and Lot 4-B will consist of approximately 1.20 acres. Chairman Bostick questioned the type of proposed development for Lot 4-A. In response, Mr. Patel stated that he is working with Greg Parker to construct a Parkers Convenience Store. Councilwoman Benton questioned if Lot 4-B will have access since there is only one curb cut on Towne Center Drive that accesses this entire parcel. In response, Mr. Patel stated that he is working with Mr. Parker on an access easement to Lot 4-B via Lot 4-A, if no additional curb cuts will be approved. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Lot 4, Towne Center at Godley Station, creating lots 4-A and 4-B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plat review for a proposed retail building at 6 Mill Creek Circle: Jeff Wilkerson, with LeGraw Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed project includes the development of a new multi-tenant retail building with a proposed 9,002 sq. ft. retail shop, a 2,403 sq. ft.  restaurant and its associated parking lot and utility extensions. There were some questions from the board concerning the location of the dumpsters, the dumpster enclosure, the number of required parking spaces, the facade of the building and the elevation of the building. In response, Mr. Dale Waldrop, with Carolina Holdings, stated that he was the contractor for the newly developed Starbucks, Tijuana Flats and McAlisters Deli on Pooler Parkway, and that all of the exterior walls of the proposed retail/restaurant building will be similar, the elevation will be raised up approximately four feet, and the location of the dumpsters was designed to eliminate truck traffic mixing with pedestrians. Further, he stated that the dumpster enclosure will be similar to the one at Starbucks, designed with brick and block to match the façade of the building, and have a cap to match the top of the building. Mr. Waldrop stated the restaurant will have 65 seats, and that 71 parking spaces have been provided for the entire 11,405 sf. ft. retail building. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed retail building at 6 Mill Creek Circle, 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 Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

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

July 14, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 14, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 14, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick and LeNolon Edge. Mayor Mike Lamb, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:25p.m. (Delayed due to the PUD Review Board Meeting held prior).

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan Amendment, Phase 16:  Hal Kraft, with HGB&D, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Bostick reminded the board that this item was discussed by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting, and a recommendation was made to approve the amendment with limited access for each parcel. This request is for approval of Phase 16 of the Southwest Quadrant/Savannah Quarters PUD. Phase 16 consists of two (2) parcels bounded on the east by Pooler Parkway, on the north by Westbrook Drive, and on the west and south by a large wetland area; it is currently zoned for commercial and office use. Also included in Phase 16 is a portion of the parcel bounded on the west by Pooler Parkway, on the north by Quacco Road, on the east by wetlands, and on the south by Easthaven Boulevard; the area is currently zoned for a medical center and medical office park uses. Phase 16 consists of approximately 67 upland acres and is proposed for mixed use, consisting of commercial, medical use and assisted living. These three (3) parcels were previously shown as undesignated commercial, office, medical center, and medical park uses on the PUD Master Plan. To maintain flexibility, a mixed-use designation is proposed for these parcels similar to the other PUD phases along Pooler Parkway. Pooler Parkway is a limited access road, and each parcel has designated access points that were created during the design and right-of-way acquisition process of Pooler Parkway. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan Amendment, Phase 16, accepting the recommendation from the PUD Review Board Committee, contingent upon a maximum of two (2) access points being granted per parcel, to allow some flexibility if necessary. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed with Commissioner Buckstine opposing.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for a proposed BoJangles Restaurant at 1021 East Highway 80:  Doug Morgan, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 3,844 sq. ft. restaurant at 1021 E. Hwy. 80, with associated parking. There were questions from the board regarding access points to the building and the dumpster enclosure. In response, Bradley Brigman, representing BoJangles, stated that the access points to the building are located on the north side of the building, with one on the opposite side, one on the south side of the building, one to be located on the west side of the building leading into the dining room, and a private entrance to be located in the rear for the kitchen and deliveries. He also stated that the dumpster enclosure will match the facade of the building, and the doors will be metal.  With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the site plan for a proposed BoJangles Restaurant at 1021 E. Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, there was some question from the board regarding the placement of the majority of the trees in the northeast corner. In response, Mr. Brigman stated that the parcel is very small, and with the location of the underground utilities and overhead power lines, the trees were grouped together to avoid obstruction of any existing utilities. With no further comments, Commissioner Bachner made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon at least two (2) of the trees being moved from the northeast corner, with one centered in each of the parking islands along the north side. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.   

3.            Final Plat of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 13, located on Kingfisher Circle off Blue Moon Crossing: Gary Turnbull, with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase is located on Kingfisher Circle off Blue Moon Crossing and will consist of 12 townhome lots.  All of the infrastructure within The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, including utilities, will be privately owned and maintained. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 13. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

 4.            Preliminary Construction Plan / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Westbrook, Phase 9 located off Blue Moon Crossing: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 9 is located off of Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters and will consist of 45 Single-family residential lots. This phase was originally zoned for multi-family and was just recently rezoned to single-family residential. There was some concern from the board regarding the required buffer between single-family and multi-family zoning. In response, David Cecchele, with Savannah Quarters, stated that the developers of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters and Westbrook have consensually agreed to leave a 10’ vegetative buffer on each side, creating a 20’ buffer between Westbrook, Phase 9, and Parcel 4 of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Westbrook, Phase 9, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

5.            Final Plat of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 14 located on Kingfisher Circle off Blue Moon Crossing: Mr. Turnbull, with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase is located on Kingfisher Circle off Blue Moon Crossing and will consist of nine (9) townhome lots.  All of the infrastructure within The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, including utilities, will be privately owned and maintained. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 14. 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 7:05 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

July 28, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 28, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 28, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.           The Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a 50’ front yard building setback variance for up to 75% of the outparcels within the 173 acre Outlet Mall Development: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the variance to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed variance request is to reduce the front yard building setback from 60’ to 10’ on 75% of the associated outparcels within the 173 acre Outlet Mall Development. By reducing the front yard building setback, it will allow greater flexibility for the development of the outparcels, and will improve the streetscape within the development. The improved streetscape will be accomplished by allowing up to 75% of the buildings to front closer to the roadway with the associated parking in the rear creating more of a downtown feel, in lieu of the roadway being fronted completely by parking lots.  Further, he stated that all efforts will be made to stagger the buildings to provide a flexible streetscape. There were some comments from the board concerning the number of outparcels that will have parking in the rear, what will be placed in the 10’ setback, what direction the building will face on outparcel #19, and how the final architectural renderings will be guaranteed. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that he is not sure at this time how many parcels will have parking in the rear versus parking in the front, the developers will have an option of plantings, etc. in the 10’ building setback, the proposed building on parcel #19 will face Tanger Outlets Boulevard, and all site plans, including the architectural renderings, will be reviewed by the developer and Coleman Company prior to submittal. Further discussion occurred as to whether the variance request met the criteria for granting a variance. In response, Mr. Coleman explained how, in his opinion, the request met criteria standards #1 and #3.  Public Comments: Rebecca Benton, adjacent property owner, stated that her only concern is, if the request submitted by the petitioner is approved, then properties similarly situated in the future needs to have the same consideration, Further, that she has commercial property that is being looked at by retail developers and more than likely, in the future, she, or someone on her behalf, may come before the board with the same request.Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the 50’ front yard building setback variance for up to 75% of the outparcels within the 173 acre Outlet Mall Development. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer, and passed with Commissioner Bachner and Commissioner Waters opposing.  


NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Surcharge Plan Review for Morgan Parkway Stop N Stor at the intersection of S.H. Morgan Parkway and Pooler Parkway for issuance of LDA Permit:   Commissioner Reardon stepped down to recuse himself from this item. Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The existing site is currently an undeveloped wooded lot. Due to the existing undesirable soil conditions, the intent is to clear and surcharge the site in order to provide a stable soil platform for future development. There were some questions from the board concerning the finished floor elevation, the detention ponds and the proposed parking being placed under the overhead power lines. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the site will be flush with S.H. Morgan Parkway, with an estimated finished floor elevation of 18’, the stormwater detention pond will be located in the front of the site and the minimum clearance height will be in compliance with regulations set forth by Georgia Power. With no further discussion, and all engineering comments being addressed, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the Surcharge Plan for Morgan Parkway Stop N Stor for the issuance of the LDA Permit. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

3.            Posting of maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review of The Gates, Phase 2B: Kevin Smith, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The developer has completed all infrastructure improvements, and the Public Works Department approves the development to begin the maintenance warranty period.  The roads and drainage infrastructure will be maintained by the homeowners association, and the water and sewer systems shall be owned and maintained by the City of Pooler. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for The Gates, Phase 2B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.  

 4.            Preliminary Construction Plan / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Davenport, Phase I: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The entire development will consist of 33.91 acres, with 46 single-family residential lots included in Phase I. The lots will range from 55 ft. to 70 ft. in width, and there will be a community park, with the infrastructure to support it. The site is located off of Easthaven Boulevard. Zoning Administrator, Jackie Carver reminded the petitioner that recent issues have occurred with developers not complying with the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance, stating that a residential lot shall have a minimum of three (3) preferred trees, of which one (1) shall be located in the front of the residence. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Davenport, Phase I, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. 


There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.



August 11, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 11, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 11, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstein, Samuel Bostick and Alice White. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.            Zoning Text Amendment to add “Cemetery” as a permitted use in the R-A Zoning District: Fred Greer, President of Bethel Cemetery Association, presented the zoning text amendment to the board for their review and recommendation.  A cemetery is not listed as a permitted use or a conditional use in the zoning ordinance. The Bethel Cemetery has been located on Little Neck Road since the 1800’s. Bethel Cemetery Association purchased the adjacent property in 2007 for the purpose of expanding the cemetery. Following some discussion, and after reviewing the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstein to recommend that a cemetery be added as a conditional use in an R-A Zoning District instead of a permitted use, (as requested in the proposed zoning text amendment). Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition.

2.            Conditional Use Request to operate a used auto sales office at 205 E. Highway 80: Adam Stevens, on behalf of Billie Bazemore, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to operate a used auto sales office with no more than eight (8) vehicles on the premises for sale at any given time. According to Article IV, Section 18 (D), a new or used auto sales and service center is only considered within the C-1 (Light Commercial) Zoning District as a conditional use. There was some discussion from the board regarding the proposed overlay district for old Pooler and whether this use would be appropriate in this area. After review of the criteria for granting a conditional use, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner recommending that the use not be transferred with the property and the conditional use be approved based on the preliminary site plan showing a total of eight (8) parking spaces, and subject to approval by the city attorney.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for a Child Care Network Center at 106 Westside Boulevard: Dan Gay, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct an 8,750 sq. ft. child care center and a playground with associated parking and utilities to support it. There were some questions from the board concerning the dumpster location. In response, Mr. Gay stated that the intent is to keep the dumpster completely out of the playground area and the dumpster is an accessible dumpster, which means, as required by ADA regulations, all trash enclosures must be handicap accessible. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for a child care network center at 106 Westside Boulevard, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

Commissioner Bachner left the meeting at approximately 6:48 p.m
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4.            Final Plat Review for Danbury Park, Phase I located off Blue Moon Crossing: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D Engineering, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The phase will consist of eight (8) townhome lots and is located off Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters, adjacent to Fairway #3. A final inspection was performed, and all punch list items have been addressed. The Public Works Department recommends acceptance of the water and sewer for this project. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstein to recommend approval of the final plat for Danbury Park, Phase I, subject to the fire hydrant leak being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.            Landscape Plan Revision to Zaxby’s located at 175 Pooler Parkway: Steven Stembridge and Scott Roberts, owners of Zaxby’s Restaurant, presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and approval. The intent is to remove six (6) existing trees in accordance with Section 42 of the City of Pooler Tree Ordinance. The trees will be replaced with Bosque Elms with a minimum 4” in diameter and 8’ in height. The area will be smooth-graded and replaced with sod to ensure stabilization. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the revised landscape plan for Zaxby’s. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:12 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

August 25, 2014

 

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 25, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was not held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. due to the fact there was no official business to come before the board.

September 8, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 8, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 8, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Brewer, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, LeNolon Edge and Alice White.  Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan review for Savannah Quarters Fitness Center: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project is located at the existing clubhouse/amenity center for the Westbrook Quarters development. The project scope consists of building the proposed fitness center adjacent to the existing pool and tennis facility. The fitness center has been on the master plan for the site since approximately 1999 and is the final amenity component to be constructed from the original master plan. The building is approximately 4,000 sq. ft., and the proposed limit of disturbance for the project is 0.3 acres. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for Savannah Quarters Fitness Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

2.            Final PUD Approval/Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Westbrook, Phase 6, located at the end of Blue Moon Crossing: Hal Kraft, with HGB&D Engineering, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This proposed phase of development will consist of 76 single-family residential lots. The site is located at the end of Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend final PUD approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Westbrook, Phase 6, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3.            Final PUD Approval/Preliminary Construction Plan/Tree Ordinance Compliance for Berkeley Walk, Phase II, located off of East Haven Boulevard: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of approximately 5.186 acres and 41 single-family attached units. The site is located off of East Haven Boulevard. Mr. Zittrouer stated that the proposed townhomes are the same product as the four (4) previously constructed. Commissioner Bachner questioned if the dumpster is being used by outside residents and if it is visible from the entrance to the development. In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that he was not aware of any issues until he visited the site. Further, he stated that he will meet with the developer and have a resolution prior to Council. Public Comments: Kathy Tucker, resident of Berkeley Walk, appeared before the board to express her concerns with the trash not being picked up in a timely manner, the fact that the dumpster is visible from the entrance, and on-street parking.  Rick Gilpin, resident of Berkeley Walk, appeared before the board to express his concerns about the dumpster and the fact that a compactor is needed immediately, the proposed units are not visually compatible with the existing units, less driveway space, no provisions for an amenity area/tot lot, and no overflow parking has been designed. Petitioner’s Response:  In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that the dumpster issues will be addressed prior to Council, there is a three (3) acre play area that can be utilized for outdoor activities, the new product is a smaller unit without garages and the parking requirements of two (2) spaces per unit meet the development standards that were adopted in 2007 by Council. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend final PUD approval of the preliminary construction plan/tree ordinance compliance for Berkeley Walk, Phase II, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and tree reimbursement for 19 trees. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

4.            Major Subdivision Plat Review for Bassford Industrial Park, Phase II: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to create a major subdivision of 92.773 acres, creating three (3) lots, an 80’ right-of-way, a lift station site, and a portion of the  former 40’ right-of-way of Old Louisville Road. The tract is located at the intersection of Old Louisville Road and East Highway 80. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the major subdivision plat for Bassford Industrial Park, Phase II.  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 6:32 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

September 22, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 22, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 22, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Craig Brewer, Ernie Buckstein, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, LeNolon Edge, Alice White and Linda Waters, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for the following variances on a proposed 50’ Directory Sign at the intersection of Pooler Parkway and Park Avenue: a 20’ sign height variance and a 34 square footage variance: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, on behalf of the Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC, requested that this item be withdrawn. Commissioner Bachner made a motion to accept the request to withdraw the item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for Forest Lake, Phase IV: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 37 single-family residential lots and is located north of Forest Lakes Drive and west of Tahoe Drive. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase IV. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

3.            Final Plat Review for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 15: Gary Turnbull, with the Fairways at Savannah Quarters, LLC, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The development will consist of four (4) townhome lots and the site is located on Kingfisher Circle off of Blue Moon Crossing. All infrastructure within the Fairways, including utilities, will be privately owned and maintained. With no comments, a motion was made Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the final plat for the Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 15. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

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

October 13, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 13, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 13, 2014. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, LeNolon Edge, Alice White and Linda Waters.  Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            Bethel Cemetery Association has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to allow a cemetery on Little Neck Road in an R-A, Residential-Agricultural Zoning District: Fred Greer, President of the Bethel Cemetery Association, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose is to allow a cemetery to be located on a lot fronting on Little Neck Road, adjacent to the Bethel Church Cemetery. There are no vacant burial sites available in the existing cemetery. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval for a conditional use to allow a cemetery on Little Neck Road in an R-A, Residential-Agricultural Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.  

NEW BUSINESS:

2.            Acceptance of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat Review for Forest Lakes, Phase V: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of five (5) single-family residential lots and is located on the south side of Forest Lakes Drive, between Grand View Drive and Royal Lane. This project has been inspected and approved by the City of Pooler Public Works Department to begin the two-year warranty period. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase V. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

3.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for a restaurant/retail space at 421 Pooler Parkway: Ron Crump, with The Contineo Group, presented the site plan/landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The project will encompass the construction of a new building along with its associated parking and adjoining structures. The site is 0.879 acres and will be developed as a 6,900 square foot commercial retail and restaurant building. Mr. Crump stated that the proposed restaurant will be a 4,500 square foot IHOP (International House of Pancakes). Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the site plan for a restaurant/retail space at 421 Pooler Parkway, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

 4.            Minor Subdivision Plat of Tract 1-B in the North Godley Industrial Park, LLC creating Lots 1-B-1, 1-B-2 and a 100’ Right-of-Way: Michael Fell, with Coleman Company, presented the minor subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to create a minor subdivision of 50.359 acres creating Lots 1-B-1, 1-B-2 and a 100’ right-of-way. Lot 1-B-1 will consist of 28.253 acres, and Lot 1-B-2 will consist of 20.169 acres. The property is located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat for North Godley Industrial Park.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine, and passed without opposition.

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

October 27, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 27, 2014



The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission was not held, due to the fact there was no official business to come before the boad.

November 10, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 10, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 10, 2014. Members present were Nancy Bachner, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, James Reardon, LeNolon Edge and Linda Waters.  Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1.   Preliminary Construction Plan Review/Tree Ordinance Compliance for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 3: Gary Turnbull, with the Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This proposed phase of development will consist of 19 townhome lots. The site is located near the intersection of Blue Moon Crossing and Kingfisher Circle.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bachner and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

2. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for the Harmony Amenity/Playground located at 155 Harmony Boulevard: Travis Burke, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The developer is proposing the clearing and grubbing of its proposed playground site, being 0.35 acres of its total amenity site of 5.58 acres, to construct a sidewalk and playground as a part of its amenities to the community. The playground will include seven (7) pieces of equipment. There were some questions from the board regarding the maximum number of children allowed on the playground area at one time, if a fence would be constructed around the perimeter, proposed seating for parents,  if curb stops are proposed and item 18, on page C4, referring to the City of Savannah. In response, Mr. Burke stated that no fence or curb stops have been proposed at this time, and the sidewalks will be five (5) feet wide. Mr. Burke also stated that he will have to confirm with the developer regarding proposed seating for parents.  Public Comments: Steve Young, resident, appeared before the board to express his concern with the playground being constructed prior to a pool for the residents. Further, he gave a brief narrative of the list of events that have taken place since the last Council meeting that was held on January 6, 2014. Chairman Bostick reminded Mr. Young that at the aforementioned Council meeting, the city attorney stated that this is a civil matter. Commissioner Edge questioned if a signed petition is available for review, and if not, he suggested one be created to strengthen the argument of the residents. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Bachner to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for the Harmony Amenity/Playground located at 155 Harmony Boulevard, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed.  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 6:32 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.


November 24, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 24, 2014

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 24, 2014. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon, Alice White and Linda Waters. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

1.            Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 11 Development Standards to eliminate 100 Townhomes and increase the number of Single-Family Detached Units from 175 to 210: Hal Kraft with HGB&D Engineers, presented the amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 11 originally consisted of 175 single-family detached units and 100 townhome units, for a total of 275 units. A single-family subdivision is under construction for the western half of this tract, consisting of 100 proposed lots; only 75 detached units remain available under the current development standards in the PUD. However, there are 100 “unused” townhome units approved for this tract. This revision will eliminate the 100 townhome units and increase the number of single-family detached units. This will result in a net decrease of 65 units.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brewer to recommend approval to amend the Development Standards within Phase 11 of Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Edge and passed without opposition.

2.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Panda Express Restaurant at 100 Tanger Outlets Boulevard: Matt Sistrunk, with Grimail Crawford Inc. presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 2,300 square foot quick serve Chinese Restaurant with a drive-thru, associated parking and landscaping. The parcel is referred to as Outparcel 1, of the Outlet Mall of Georgia, which is located in the northeast corner of Tanger Outlets Parkway North and Tanger Outlets Boulevard. Chairman Bostick questioned the dumpster enclosure. In response, Mr. Sistrunk stated that the dumpster enclosure will match the façade of the building. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for Panda Express Restaurant, 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 Edge to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner White and passed without opposition.

 
3.            Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Pro Transport Trucking Terminal at 165 Distribution Drive: Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The proposed site is located at the end of Distribution Drive. The site will be for a truck parking facility with gravel paving and storm water control structures.   The development will include five (5) 56’ x 12’ modular office trailers with required parking, under single ownership. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan for Pro Transport Trucking Terminal, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

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

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 8, 2014


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, December 8, 2014. Members present were Craig Brewer, Ernest Buckstine, Chairman Samuel Bostick, LeNolon Edge, James Reardon and Alice White. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Planning & Zoning Coordinator Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.            The Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for two (2) variances on a proposed directory sign in the right-of-way at the intersection of Park Avenue & Pooler Parkway: a 20-ft. sign height variance and a 126 sq. ft. sign face variance to install a 50-ft. directory sign: Travis Burke, with Coleman & Company, presented the variances to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 50’ directory sign in the right-of-way at the corner of Park Avenue & Pooler Parkway to allow adequate visibility along Pooler Parkway for the advertisement of the 120 tenants, including the outparcels, for the new proposed outlet mall. According to Article I, Section 66-6, freestanding signs shall not exceed 30 feet above the grade level of the adjacent street to which the parcel on which the sign is located; According to Article I, Section 66-1, directory signs shall not exceed two square feet of sign area per linear foot of frontage occupied by the development or 350 square feet, whichever is less. There was discussion from the board concerning the following: uniformity along Pooler Parkway, the overall height, the request meeting the criteria for granting a variance and traffic safety issues. In response, Mr. Burke stated that in his opinion, the request meets #1 and #3 of the criteria. Further, he stated that with a development of this size, there are unique physical circumstances beyond that of surrounding properties, with an excess of 120 individual tenants and that the granting of the variance will not result in the approval of an unauthorized use or cause detriment to the public good. Public Comments:  Robert Glore, representing Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union, appeared before the board in opposition, stating that he was not allowed to increase his sign height to 50-feet.  Mark Turner, owner of Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant, appeared before the board stating that he is in negotiation with Ben Carter to co-locate his two (2) businesses on the proposed 50’ directory sign.  He further stated that if the variance is denied, the visibility of his business will be diminished from Pooler Parkway. Mr. Turner also stated that he is not in opposition as long as he has the opportunity to advertise his two (2) restaurants, Cancun’s and Sisters of the New South on the lower panels of the proposed directory sign. Following some discussion and review of the criteria for granting a variance, a motion was made by Commissioner Edge to recommend approval for two (2) variances on a proposed directory sign in the right-of-way at the intersection of Park Avenue & Pooler Parkway, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed with Commissioner White opposing.

2.            Savannah Economic Development Authority has petitioned the City of Pooler for a 20-ft. side building setback variance on the North side of the property at 220 Nordic Way: Harold Yellin, on behalf of SEDA, presented the variance to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to double the size of the Nordic facility, and the building for Phase 2 must be joined to the existing building. The two phases will have two ownership groups and two lenders, necessitating the continued need for two lots. According to Appendix A, Article III, Section 6, (B), the minimum required side yard building setback must be at least 20’ in an I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District. Mr. Yellin stated that having two buildings disconnected while moving people, equipment, machinery, vehicles and inventory would create an operational hardship for Nordic as well as negatively impact safety and security. Commissioner Buckstine questioned the increase in noise that will be created with a new warehouse of this size.  Eric Safko, with Nordic Savannah, stated that the noise will in fact be reduced by connecting the two buildings. Following some discussion and review of the criteria for granting a variance, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval for a 20-ft. side building setback variance on the North side of the property located at 220 Nordic Way, based on the request meeting #2 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

3.            Nordic Savannah, LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler for a 20-ft. side building setback variance on the South side of the property at 220 Nordic Way: Harold Yellin, on behalf of Nordic Savannah, LLC, presented the variance to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to double the size of the Nordic facility, and the building for Phase 2 must be joined to the existing building. The two phases will have two ownership groups and two lenders, necessitating the continued need for two lots. According to Appendix A, Article III, Section 6, (B), the minimum required side yard building setback must be at least 20’ in an I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District. Following some discussion and review of the criteria for granting a variance, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval for a 20-ft. side setback variance on the South side of the property located at 220 Nordic Way, based on the request meeting #2 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

4.            Recombination Plat of Tract 3A and Tract 3B of the Roberts Tract on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway for Nordic Savannah, LLC: Harold Yellin, on behalf of Nordic Savannah, LLC presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to shift the former property line making the common building wall the new property line. The rear lot, Tract 3B, will decrease in size, and Tract 3A will increase in size, to allow construction of a 172,536 sq. ft. warehouse. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the recombination plat.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

5.            Revised Preliminary Construction Plan Review / Tree Ordinance Compliance for Harmony, Phase II: Travis Burke, with Coleman & Company, presented the revised preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The revision will include the extension of Melody Drive, along with 15 additional single-family residential lots and associated infrastructure, in addition to the previously permitted 24 single-family lots. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the revised preliminary construction plan, subject to 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 Edge to approve the plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer and passed without opposition.

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

December 22, 2014

City of Pooler
Planning & Zoning Minutes
December 22, 2014




The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission was not be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 due to the fact there was no official business to come before the board.