2017 Zoning Minutes

January 23, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES

January 23, 2017

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 23, 2017. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat, Linda Waters and Alice White. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also present at the meeting. Chairman Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

OLD BUSSINES

1.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for GBI Crime Lab located on Isaac G. LaRoche Drive: Mark Mobley, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 31,000 square-foot regional crime lab and the infrastructure to support it on a 7.1 acre site, located behind Fire Station No. 2.  This facility is intended to replace an existing facility on the south side of Savannah. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine, and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Jeffcoat to approve the plan, contingent upon the disturbed acreage being confirmed and the number of significant trees being addressed prior to the next regularly scheduled Council meeting. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.



NEW BUSINESS



2.            Plat revision for Towne Park Pooler, Phase 1, Lots 87-90 and 208 -212: The plat was presented to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to increase the depth of nine (9) townhome lots from 44 to 47 feet. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the revised plat for Towne Park Pooler. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

3.            Building Setback Variance for North Godley Developers on Triple B Trail: Terry Coleman, with Coleman Company, on behalf of Fiber Tech, presented the variance to the board for their review and recommendation. This variance would allow construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse to include a 2,000 sq. ft. office space on Triple B Trail, just off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Mr. Coleman stated that the company requires a building that is 110 feet deep and 450 feet wide, which supplies foam for automobile seats until shipped out.  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. There were some questions from the board regarding the proposed 10,450 sq. ft. future expansion noted on the site plan exhibit and a buffer for the residential property that is adjacent to the development. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the future expansion noted on the site plan will be utilized as warehouse space and will need a building setback variance as well. Further, that a buffer will remain for the adjacent property owners. Following some discussion and review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the building setback variance for North Godley Developers on Triple B Trail. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.   



4.            Revision to Forest Lakes Master Plan to increase the number of lots from 525 to 581: This item was removed from the agenda without discussion, per a request received from the petitioner. However, a resident of Forest Lakes, Aaron Higgins, asked the board to consider drainage issues in the area when the request returns for consideration.

 

5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Angle Self-Storage Facility at 1415 Quacco Road: Jim Angle and Jacquelyn Sherlin, property owners, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project will include the construction of six (6) self-storage buildings consisting of a total of approximately 62,498 sg. ft. with a 200 sq. ft. office, on a 2.95 acre parcel, and the infrastructure to support it. There were some questions from the board regarding the required buffers between a commercial district that abuts directly upon a residentially zoned district, and the anticipated date of construction. In response, the petitioner stated that the plans show a chain link fence with heavy vegetative buffering, including trees from the preferred tree list and the proposed date of construction is March 2017. Commissioner Buckstine reminded the petitioner that a conditional use was granted on March 28, 2016, and it shall be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of approval.   Therefore, final site plan approval is required prior to the last regularly scheduled Council meeting in February. Chairman Bostick reminded the petitioner that a commercial fence must be constructed of vinyl coated galvanized chain link fencing material to include all vinyl coated fence framework system, being black or hunter green in color, with a maximum height of eight (8) feet. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner White to recommend approval of the site plan for Angle Self-Storage Facility, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a, motion was made by Commissioner White to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

Linda Waters made a motion to elect Samuel Bostick to serve as Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board for another term. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

Alice White made a motion to elect Ernest Buckstine to serve as Co-Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Jeffcoat made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:15 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.











Respectfully submitted,







                                                                              Kimberly Classen

                                                                              Zoning Administrator

February 13, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES

February 13, 2017

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 13, 2017. Members present were Ernest Buckstine, Brian Cornwell, Samuel Bostick, Blair Jeffcoat and Linda Waters. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was also in attendance. Samuel Bostick called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

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

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



PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.            Requested Zoning Text Amendment regarding “Medical Centers”: The City of Pooler is requesting to amend Appendix “A”, Article II, for the purpose of defining “Medical Centers” and by amending Appendix “A”, Article IV, Section 19, for the purpose of adding Medical Centers to the permitted uses allowed in a C-2 (Heavy Commercial) Zoning District. A motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the requested zoning text amendment. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.



2.            Requested Variances for Sign/Flag Pole Height/Flag Surface Area for Dan Vaden Chevrolet: Scott Monson, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the variances to the board for their review and recommendation. Vaden Automotive is proposing a new dealership on approximately seven (7) acres located at 300 Outlet Parkway, just south of the Tanger Outlet site. The site currently has approximately 363 feet of frontage along the I-95 corridor and approximately 790 feet of frontage on Outlet Parkway. Mr. Monson stated that a 17’-6” height variance above the 30’ maximum height for a principal free standing sign, a 20’ flag pole height variance above the 40’ maximum height, and a 184 sq. ft. flag surface area variance over the maximum 32 sq. ft. is being requested by Vaden Automotive Group. Adding, that since the site is located away from the major roadways, exposure and identification of the dealership from the I-95 corridor is a vital part of the business plan, and without the variance approvals, in his opinion, this could jeopardize the site identification and limit the success of the business. Commissioner Cornwell stated that the city just settled litigation related to signs, and that this area is already congested with signs. Further, stating that Vaden will still have visibility for the business by erecting a sign and a flag pole that meet the requirements of the sign ordinance. Mr. Cornwall also stated that recommending approval of the sign variance could possible create a precedence among the businesses in the city that front I-95. George Fidler, Director of Engineering, with the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, appeared before the board stating that the airport approves the variance requests. Following some discussion, and review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to recommend denial of the 17’-6” height variance for the proposed principal free standing sign and the 20’ flag pole height variance, but recommends approval of the 184 sq. ft. flag surface area variance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Waters and passed without opposition.  



3.            Requested Zoning Map Amendment of 1427 Quacco Road: Jefte Flores, property owner, presented the zoning map amendment to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Flores stated that his intent is to rezone the property from an R-A (Residential-Agricultural) Zoning District to an I-1 (Light-Industrial) Zoning District to operate a truck service center. According to Appendix A, Article IV, Section 21, a truck service center is a permitted use in a light industrial zoning district. Following some discussion, the petitioner requested to withdraw his petition. Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to honor his request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. Commissioner Waters excused herself from the meeting early.   



NEW BUSINESS



4.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Valvoline Instant Oil Change at 141 Tanger Outlets Boulevard: David Harding, with Wolverton & Associates, presented the site plan to the board for their review. The intent is to construct a 1,688 sq. ft. facility and the associate parking and utilities to support it on Parcel 9A, also known as 141 Tanger Outlets Boulevard. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan, contingent upon the proposed monument sign being relocated to meet the sight distance requirements. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.



5.            Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Pooler Town Center (Durham Park Boulevard & Pooler Parkway: Tom Havens, with Coastal Civil Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 10,227 sq. ft. retail center, with six (6) retail spaces at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Durham Park Boulevard. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the stormwater report being provided to the City Engineer for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Cornwell to approve the plan, contingent upon shrubbery being added around the dumpster site. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.



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



Respectfully submitted,





                                                                              Kimberly Classen

                                                                              Zoning Administrator