2020 Zoning Minutes

November 23, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

November 23, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Commissioner Daniel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

Mrs. Chelsea Henneman

Commissioner

Absent

Ms. Shirlenia Daniel

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Falgun Patel

Commissioner

Present

Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Peter Chaison

Alternate

Absent

Kimberly Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the November 9, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                       Approved

1-Motion:      Commissioner Simmons

2-Second:     Commissioner Daniel

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.       Zoning Map Amendment of 516 Pine Barren Road from MH-1 to R-4: The petitioner has asked for this item to be tabled until further notice.

 

Result: A motion was made to honor the petitioner’s request.

1- Motion:     Commissioner Patel

2 - Second:   Commissioner Daniel

Passed without opposition.

 

2.       Zoning Map Amendment of 527 Pine Barren Road from MH-2B to R-1A: The petitioner has asked that this item be tabled until further notice.

 

Result: A motion was made to honor the petitioner’s request.

1- Motion:     Commissioner Patel

2 - Second:   Commissioner Daniel

Passed without opposition.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Southern Pipe at 1287 E. Hwy. 80: Alec Metzger, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 35,000 sq. ft. building, with a showroom, an office and storage, with associated site improvements on a 4.2 acre parcel. The parcel will be served by City water and a private pump station that was installed at the time of construction for Discount Bakery. After review of the landscape plan, Chairman Claxton stated that he has calculated the total number of inches 201” for the removal of significant trees that need to be mitigated in the amount of $40,200.00, and that this amount will be confirmed prior to City Council. 

 

Result: A motion was made to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan, contingent upon significant tree mitigation funds being paid into the tree fund prior to a preconstruction meeting being held.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:   Commissioner Patel

Passed without opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:11 p.m.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2- Second:    Commissioner Simmons

Adjourned without opposition.

 

November 9, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

November 9, 2020

 

           

There was no new business to be presented to the Board. Therefore, a meeting was not held.

October 26, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

October 26, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Commissioner Simmons led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

Mrs. Chelsea Henneman

Commissioner

Present

Ms. Shirlenia Daniel

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Falgun Patel

Commissioner

Present*

Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Peter Chaison

Alternate

Present

Kimberly Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

*In attendance, rotating with alternate commissioner.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the October 12, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                        Approved

1-Motion:       Commissioner Brown

2-Second:       Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLCI HEARING

 

1.      JABOT PUD AMENDMENT #12: Lamar Mercer, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, on behalf of 929, Properties, LLC, presented the amendment to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to amend the Master Plan and the Development Standards for the JABOT PUD to depict a second directory sign to be located in the Memorial Boulevard median, on the east side of Pooler Parkway, and reference two (2) directory signs. There was some discussion from the Board regarding the location of the sign, stating that according to Section 66-3 of the City of Pooler Sign Ordinance, privately owned signs erected on or above public property are prohibited, unless specifically authorized by the governmental entity responsible for such property, or a public utility company or contractor occupying or working on private property pursuant to a government contract or franchise. In addition, the Board had concerns with the utilities located in the median right-of-way, future growth and the potential need to widen Memorial Boulevard, design standards, maintenance of the sign, landscaping and public safety. The petitioner was reminded that if the Board recommends approval to allow an additional sign, this will not constitute the approval of the proposed location in the right-of-way. Further, that an easement agreement outlining liability, maintenance, and the type of sign, etc. would need to be executed and accepted by the City.

 

Result: A motion was made to recommend approval, contingent upon an easement agreement being executed and accepted by the City that will address the following:

  1. Utilities,
  2. Liability,
  3. Safety,
  4. Design,
  5. Maintenance; and,
  6. Sign removal
 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Henneman

2 - Second:     Commissioner Simmons

Passed with Commissioner Chaison in opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Minor Subdivision Plat review of Outparcels 4, 5 & 6, a portion of tract C, Pooler Parkway, LLC: Craig Brewer, with Brewer Land Surveying, on behalf of Pooler Parkway, LLC, presented the plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to create Parcel 4 (1.420 acres), Parcel 5 (1.642 acres) and Parcel 6 (1.663) acres, from a portion of Tract C, Pooler Parkway, LLC. There were questions from the Board regarding the setback requirements for commercial property that is defined as a through lot, easements noted on the plat, commercial sidewalks, safety of the Ring Road access from both, Pine Barren Road and Merlot Lane, setbacks and future drainage. In response, Mr. Brewer stated that this information was taken from previously recorded plats and the master plan that was created at the time of the Wal-Mart site plan submittal, and that all of this should be considered at the time of site plan approval. 

 

Result: A motion was made to recommend denial of the minor subdivision plat, due to the lack of information being provided regarding the access easement, public safety and building setbacks.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:      Commissioner Daniel

Passed without opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:41 p.m.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Brown

2- Second:      Commissioner Chaison

Adjourned without opposition.

October 12, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

October 12, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Commissioner Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Phillip Claxton introduced the new Planning & Zoning Commission members.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

Mrs. Chelsea Henneman

Commissioner

Present

Ms. Shirlenia Daniel

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Falgun Patel

Commissioner

Present

Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

Mr. Peter Chaison

Alternate

Present

Kimberly Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the September 28, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:            Approved

1-Motion:       Commissioner Brown

2-Second:       Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLCI HEARING

 

1.      Sign Variance for Popeye’s located at 1022 E. US Highway: Seneca Lawrence, with L&W Signs, on behalf of Sailormen, Inc., presented the variance to the Board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Lawrence stated that Popeye’s is proposing a pylon sign, since all of the surrounding businesses have this same type of sign. According to Article IV, Zoning Districts, Section 27, Main Street Overlay District, subsection (H), Signage, no pylon, pole signs or billboards will be allowed in this district. John Hadden of Savanah Quarters appeared before the Board in opposition of the sign variance. Following some discussion, Commissioner Brown stated that this request does not meet all of the sign variance standards.

 

Result: After review of the criteria, a motion was made to recommend denial for the sign variance.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Brown

2 - Second:     Commissioner Daniel

The motion to deny passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Posting of Maintenance Bond & Sidewalk Bond/Final Plat review for Westbrook, Phase 3-A: Hal Kraft, with HGB Engineering, presented this item to the Board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 17 townhome lots and is located off Blue Moon Crossing, in Savannah Quarters. The maintenance bond is in the amount of $53,795.50 and the sidewalk bond is $36,960.00, with these amounts being approved by Integrated Science & Engineering. Commissioner Winn questioned the required utility easement notes on the plat, stating that the City requires 15’ and the plat shows 10’. In response, Mr. Kraft stated that in 2019, the preliminary construction plans for this phase were approved with 10’ utility easements noted, and has since been constructed. Further, stating that the plats that were recorded in the past, show a 10’ utility easement as well. Following some discussion, a motion was made as follows:

 

Result: The recommendation is to approve the final plat, the maintenance and sidewalk bond, contingent upon the sign off being received from Public Works and verification of the width of the utility easements on previous plats for Savannah Quarters, prior to City Council.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:      Commissioner Daniel

Passed without opposition.

 

2.      Preliminary Plat/Landscape Plan review of a commercial subdivision for Mosaic Town Center, Tract II, including the site development plan: Rusty Windsor, with Thomas Hutton Engineering, on behalf of DJ Desai and HD Companies, presented this request to the Board for their review and recommendation. The preliminary commercial subdivision plat consists of 16 parcels on approximately 162.48 acres, located in the Southeast corner of I-16 and Pooler Parkway. There were questions from the Board regarding the landscape plan and the disturbed acreage, asking the petitioner to confirm the disturbed area, prior to moving on to City Council.  Phase 2, that will consist of approximately 49 acres, will include site development, pond excavation, drainage installation, utilities to various future outparcels, and the roadways with incorporated parking areas. The revisions to the plan since the last submittal, includes the extension of Blue Moon Crossing to Mosaic Circle, and a round-a-bout for future development access. Suri Avenue has been split into two roadways that will be separated by a new four-way intersection in the SE corner of this phase. The shape of the lake has also been revised to accommodate the roadway revisions and parcel layouts, and three (3) canals have been added.  Following some discussion, a motion was made as follows:

 

Result: The recommendation is to approve the preliminary plat/landscape plan, to include the site development plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, all sidewalks being installed by the developer or posting a performance bond prior to final plat, adjusting the stormwater detention slopes from 3:1 to 4:1, submitting an updated delegated review inventory, a note being added to the construction plan stating that all trees will be planted at least 5’ from all utility easements, adding 15’ dry utility easements on both sides of the roads throughout the project to be shown on the construction plans, preliminary and final plats, adding a note stating that the ownership of the drainage system will be private, deleting the sidewalk notes on the site development plan, and confirmation of the disturbed acreage for the required tree count, prior to City Council.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:      Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:05 p.m.

 

Result:            Approved

1- Motion:      Commissioner Brown

2- Second:      Commissioner Winn

Adjourned without opposition.

September 28, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

September 28, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Commissioner Wellmaker led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

 

Mr. Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Absent

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Absent

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the September 14, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                        Approved

 

1-Motion:       Commissioner Ashley Brown

2-Second:       Commissioner John Winn

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Zoning Map Amendment for 1403, 1405, 1407 and 1411 Pine Barren: The petitioner has asked for this item to be tabled until further notice.

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Ashley Brown

2 - Second:     Commissioner John Winn

Passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:08 p.m.

 

Result:            Approved

 

1- Motion:      Commissioner Robert Wellmaker

2- Second:      Commissioner John Winn

Adjourned without opposition

 

September 14, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

September 14, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Commissioner Wellmaker led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

 

Mr. Jim Ward

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Absent

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Via telephone

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the August 24, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                       Approved

1-Motion:      Commissioner Buckstine

2-Second:     Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton asked that Item #3 on the agenda be moved to Item #2.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Lot 1, 100 Distribution Drive: This item was tabled at the last P & Z meeting due to questions regarding the number and size of the significant trees on site. The petitioner was not present to discuss the item today. The proposed project is located off Distribution Drive and is part of an existing industrial subdivision. It is the intent of the owner to construct a drop off facility for container trailers, with a modular building on site for an office. The total size of the project site is approximately 3.62 acres. Following some discussion, it was noted that Integrated Science & Engineering stated on August 13, 2020, that in accordance with the City’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 42, Article VI, Section 42-199, the hardship alternative does not apply to significant trees. Further, to replace the significant trees in accordance with Section 42-198. Chairman Phillip Claxton reminded the Board that the ordinance is being amended to remove the statement from Section 42-199 (3), that states, “this would not apply to significant tree replacement.”

 

Result: After review of the site plan standards, a recommendation for approval of the site plan/landscape plan was made, contingent upon the tree fund fee being resolved by City Council and an approval letter from the Chatham County Health Department for the septic system being provided.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Simmons

2 - Second:   Commissioner Wellmaker

Passed without opposition.

 

2.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan for Memorial Boulevard Western Access Road: Scott Monson, with Thomas Hutton Engineering, on behalf of 929 Properties, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent it to install an access road that is approximately 260 LF, with the infrastructure to support it.  The road, utilities and stormwater will all be private. This access road will connect to Memorial Boulevard and the adjacent parcels. The disturbed acreage will be approximately two (2) acres.

 

Result: The recommendation is to approve the site plan/landscape plan for Memorial Boulevard Western Access Road, contingent upon the plans being revised identifying the access easement as private. Also, note that there are eight (8) trees that will be added to this project, to avoid trees being placed along the roadway extension.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:   Commissioner Ward

Passed without opposition.

 

3.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Memorial Boulevard Eastern Access Road: Scott Monson, with Thomas Hutton Engineering, on behalf of 929 Properties, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent it to install an access road that is approximately 260 LF, with the infrastructure to support it, and two (2)  stormwater detention ponds to support future development.  The road, utilities and stormwater will all be private. This access road will connect to Memorial Boulevard and the adjacent parcels. The disturbed acreage will be approximately 6.4 acres. Mr. Monson stated for the record, that the lack of landscaping on the Western Access Road project has been accommodated by the landscape plan for the Eastern Access Road, and will meet the requirement of the Tree Ordinance.

 

Result: Recommendation of approval for the site plan/landscape plan for Memorial Boulevard Eastern Access Road, contingent upon the plans being revised identifying the access easement as private, the landscape plan reflecting a total of 60 trees being planted, which includes an additional eight (8) trees from the Western Access Road plan, from the preferred tree list.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Simmons

2 –Second:   Commissioner Buckstine

Passed without opposition.

 

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.       Zoning Map Amendment of 5210, 5212, 5214 & 5218 Old Louisville Road from R-A to I-1: Greg Coleman, with Coleman Company, on behalf of Strategic Real Estate Partners, presented the zoning map amendment to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to rezone approximately 30.04 acres from an R-A (Residential Agricultural) Zoning District to an I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District. The desired land use is for 448,900 sq. ft. of warehouse distribution and the associated infrastructure. Mr. Coleman stated that the developer has agreed to extend city sewer and water to the site and improve Old Louisville Road from the end of the existing improvements to the eastern property line at 5210 Old Louisville Road. Oscar Acharandio, adjacent property owner, appeared before the Board with questions regarding the connectivity from the Bassford Industrial Park to the proposed development, due to the fact that he owns 9.97 acres located between the parcels. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that direct access to the proposed warehouse project will be from Old Louisville Road. Mr. Acharandio also stated that he is opposed to all plans from the city to acquire any of his property for the future widening of Old Louisville Road. Parcel identification numbers are as follows: 5-0987-01-022, 5-0987-01-023, 5-0897-01-024 and 5-0987-01-025.

 

Result: Recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, after review of the criteria, contingent upon the widening of Old Louisville being completed prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued. 

 

1-      Motion: Commissioner Simmons

2-      Second: Commissioner Winn

 

2.       Zoning Map Amendment of 516 and 527 Pine Barren Road from MH-1 & MH-2B to R-4: Terry Coleman, with Coleman and Company, presented the zoning map amendment to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to rezone approximately 94 acres (15 parcels) from a MH-1 and MH-2B (Manufactured Home) Zoning District to an R-4 (Townhomes and Condominiums) Zoning District. The development will consist of approximately 568 townhomes and the infrastructure to support it. Several adjacent property owners appeared before the Board with concerns regarding the existing residents, asking when construction will begin and how much notice will be given for them to relocate, buffers for the adjacent properties, access to the properties on Harmon Road and potential increase in traffic and drainage. There were questions from the Board regarding access and parking for the cemetery visitors since the City of Pooler Zoning Ordinance states than an R-4 zoning district requires the community to be gated and all roads remain private. Chairman Claxton reminded the Board that the ordinance also states that the minimum acreage for an R-4 zoning district is 20 acres, with the maximum acreage being 35 acres, however, after the 2nd reading and approval of the zoning ordinance update, there will no longer be an acreage requirement. Hal Hayes, developer of the proposed project, responded to some of the concerns, stating that it will be the responsibility of the seller to meet with all of the residents that will be effected by the proposed rezoning and that Harmon Road will be improved, since the easement cannot be moved according to the deed. Mr. Coleman and Mr. McKenzie stated that a traffic study will have to be completed, a DRI (Developmental Regional Impact) will have to reviewed and accepted and that the city requires that all development meet the Costal Stormwater Management Plan requirements, concerning drainage and stormwater designs. Further, that undisturbed buffers can be increased to 50’, the cemetery will be fenced, with access and adequate parking for all visitors. Parcel identification numbers are as follows: 5-1011-02-052, 5-1010-01-001, 5-1010-01-001B, 5-1010-01-008 and 5-1010-01-001C through 5-1010-01-001M.

 

Result: Recommend approval of the zoning map amendment, after review of the criteria, contingent upon Council approving the 2nd reading of the new zoning ordinance, which will allow for the project to proceed, based on a revision to the acreage limit within an R-4 zoning district, due diligence review of the cemetery to include access and a parking plan for visitors and ensure residential and public safety access remains available for the residents on Harmon Road.

 

1-Motion: Commissioner Simmons

2-Second: Commissioner Winn

Passed with Commissioner Buckstine in opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:15 p.m.

 

Result:           Approved

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Wellmaker

2- Second:    Commissioner Winn

Adjourned without opposition

August 24, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

August 24, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

Commissioner Wellmaker led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

 

Mr. Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Absent

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Via telephone

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the August 10, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:           Approved

1-Motion:      Commissioner Brown

2-Second:     Commissioner Wellmaker

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.       Flag Pole Height Variance at 155 Pine Barren Road: Scott MacPherson, Building Inspector, stated that he received a request for a 60’ flag pole to be constructed at Dozier Crane located at 155 Pine Barren Road. Further, stating that according to Chapter 66-7 (3) (c), the maximum height of a flagpole is 40 feet above the ground. Therefore, Dozier Cook, property owner, has requested a 20’ height variance.

 

Result: Recommend to delay the height variance at 155 Pine Barren Road, due to the fact that the petitioner was not present to answer questions from the Board.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Buckstine

2 - Second:   Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

2.       Front Yard Building Setback Variance at 103 Bramswell Road: Mr.  & Mrs. Loughrey presented the front yard building setback variance to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 10’ x 14’ golf cart garage that will encroach into the required 30’ front yard building setback line. The variance has been approved by the Savannah Quarters Architectural Review Board (ARB).

 

Result: After review of the variance standards, the recommendation is to approve the 10’ front yard building setback variance at 103 Bramswell Road.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Buckstine

2 –Second:   Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

3.       Sign Height Variance for Pooler Parkway of Georgia (mixed use development on Pooler Parkway): Scott MacPherson, Building Inspector, stated that he received a request for a 36’ Principal Use Sign to be located at the entrance of the proposed Clearlake Reserve mixed use development on Pooler Parkway. Mr. MacPherson stated that according to Chapter 66, Section 66-5 (c) (3) (c), the height of a principal use freestanding sign structure cannot exceed 30’. Bard Reynolds, Project Manager and Jason Burnside, with Signs by James, presented the variance to the Board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Bard stated that the proposed commercial entrance sign will be 36 feet in height, Further, stating that with the grade of the property being lower than Pooler Parkway, the required buffers, the existing trees and the landscaping requirements, in his opinion, would limit the visibility of the development.

 

Result: After review of the variance standards, the recommendation is to deny the sign height variance for Pooler Parkway of Georgia.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Wellmaker

2 –Second:   Commissioner Brown

Passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.       Posting of Performance Bond/Final Plat review for Clubhouse Residential, Phase 1: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of four (4) single-family residential lots. The construction of the roadway, drainage and utilities are not constructed yet, therefore, a performance bond is required to record the plat. The performance bond amount has been approved by Integrated Science & Engineering for $184,717.32.

 

Result: Recommend acceptance of the performance bond in the amount of $184,717.32

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:   Commissioner Simmons

 

 

Result: Recommend approval of the final plat for Clubhouse Residential, Phase 1

 

1-      Motion:       Commissioner Winn

2-      Second:        Commissioner Wellmaker

Passed without opposition.

 

2.       Posting of Performance Bond/Final Plat review for Hunt Club, Phase 8: Hal Kraft, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 56 single-family residential lots. The overall acreage is 89.7, with 17 acres to be disturbed. For the performance bond, the City maintained infrastructure will consist of work within the public roadway (pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, etc.) water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems. The performance bond amount has been approved by Integrated Science & Engineering for $2,613,428.32.

 

Result: Recommend acceptance of the performance bond in the amount of $2,613,428.32, contingent upon a Sidewalk Bond being posted, if at the time of final inspection, all of the sidewalks are not completed. 

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Winn

2 –Second:   Commissioner Brown

 

Result: Recommend approval of the final plat for Hunt Club, Phase 8, contingent upon Common Area B and C, being labeled as private ponds, and a note on the plat stating who will be responsible for maintaining the ponds.

 

1-Motion:      Commissioner Winn

2-Second:     Commissioner Wellmaker

Passed without opposition.

 

3.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Lot 1, 100 Distribution Drive: Alec Metzger, with EMC Engineering, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. This project is located off Distribution Drive and is part of an existing industrial subdivision. It is the intent of the owner to construct a drop off facility for container trailers, with a modular building on site for an office. The total size of the project site is approximately 3.62 acres. There were questions from the Board regarding the private internal sewer system, accessible water source and site drainage. After review of the landscape plan, there were questions regarding the number and the size of the significant trees on site.

 

Result: Recommend to table the site plan and landscape plan.

 

1-Motion:      Commissioner Simmons

2-Second:     Commissioner Winn

Passed without opposition.

 

 

4.       Site Development Plan/Landscape Plan review for Memorial Blvd. - Western Access Road: The petitioner was not present to answer questions from the Board.

 

Result: Recommend to table the site plan and landscape plan.  

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2- Second:    Commissioner Winn

Passed without opposition

 

5.       Site Development Plan/Landscape Plan review for Memorial Blvd. - Eastern Access Road: The petitioner was not present to answer questions from the Board.

 

Result: Recommend to table the site plan and landscape plan.  

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2- Second:    Commissioner Winn

Passed without opposition

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:05 p.m.

 

Result:  Approved

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2- Second:    Commissioner Wellmaker

Adjourned without opposition

August 10, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

August 10, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

 

Mr. Ashley Brown

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Via telephone

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the July 27, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                       Approved

1-Motion:      Commissioner Brown

2-Second:     Commissioner Simmons

Passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.       Zoning Map Amendment for 5.22 acres on Quacco Road from R-A to C-1: Attorney Josh Yellin, on behalf of Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Davis, presented the rezoning request to the Board for their review and recommendation. The property is located at 1322 Quacco Road and consists of four (4) parcels. The intent is to combine all of the parcels and subdivide creating five (5), one acre lots for the purpose of flex office space and/or professional office space. There were concerns from the Board regarding access to water and sewer, and available water flow for fire suppression. Commissioner Winn reminded the petitioner that the water and sewer does not belong to the City of Pooler and approval from Consolidated Utilities will be required. John Hadden, adjacent property owner, appeared before the Board in opposition. The Commission reviewed the standards for granting a zoning map amendment.

 

Result:           Recommend approval of the zoning map amendment for 5.22 acres on Quacco Road from R-A to C-2, rather than a C-1 zoning, contingent upon an additional 30’ of right-of-way being dedicated to the future widening of Quacco Road, provide documentation of available water and sewer, fire flow capacity, and limit the use to Building Construction Contractor’s Office and other Specialty Trade Contractor’s Office only.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Simmons

2 - Second:   Commissioner Brown

Passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.       Proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Pooler: Phillip Claxton, City Planner, presented the changes to the Board for their review and recommendation. The most significant changes in this update include:

    1. Expansion of the number of uses allowed in almost all zones,
    2. Using NAICS numbers as much as possible for definitions of uses,
    3. Addition of a process to appeal the decision of the Zoning Administrator (this would include interpretation of ordinances and typical in most ordinances),
    4. Mild changes in the schedule of dimensions to slightly increase densities,
    5. Slight lowering of the minimum parking standards,
    6. Rewrite of the Main Street Overlay District to make it consistent with the intent of the Downtown Master Plan,
    7. Addition of a Planned District Overlay that will allow a petition or Council at its discretion to make any base zone a planned overlay, requiring a phased development approval,
    8. Addition of a required traffic impact analysis for new development,
    9. More clear buffer standard requirements between zoning districts,
    10. Eliminating the 20 acre requirement in the R-4 District, townhomes to allow opportunity for smaller parcels to rezoned for infill development, and
    11. Modification of the agricultural zones to protect agricultural uses and inhibit suburban sprawl.
 

Result:           Recommend approval of the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Pooler.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2 –Second:   Commissioner Winn

Passed without opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:50 p.m.

 

Result:                       Approved

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Brown

2- Second:    Commissioner Wellmaker

Adjourned without opposition

 

July 27, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

July 27, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Absent

 

Mr. Jim Ward

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Absent

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Absent

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Present

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the July 13, 2020 Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                       Approved

1-Motion:      Commissioner Wellmaker

2-Second:     Commissioner Ward

Passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.       Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for NTW (National Tire Wholesale) at 2221 Pooler Parkway: Jack Johnson, with Foresite Group Engineering, presented the project for the applicant, NTW, LLC, to the Board for their review and recommendation. The property is located on Outparcel 7 of The Mosaic Retail Center located at 2221 Pooler Parkway. The project involves construction of a 6,225 square foot automotive center, with the associated parking and infrastructure to support it. The auto center will consist of eight (8) service bays and 32 parking spaces, on approximately 1.035 acres. The Commission reviewed the site plan approval standards. The landscape plan was reviewed with no comments.

 

Result: Approval of site plan and landscape plan, contingent upon all engineering comments being addressed.

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Simmons

2 - Second:   Commissioner Wellmaker

Passed without opposition.

 

  1. Landscape Plan for Clearlake Reserve (a mixed use development) on Pooler Parkway: Thomas Angell, with Verdant Enterprises, LLC, presented the landscape plan design to the Board for their review and recommendation. The property is located on Pooler Parkway, across from S.H. Morgan Parkway and adjacent to CSX Railroad. The plan consists of the tree removal tallies that were previously submitted and the design for the main entrance corridor to the project. The plans illustrate the intent to achieve all of the required tree mitigation in this phase of the project. The Commission reviewed the landscape plan with no comments.
 

Result: Approval of the landscape plan for Clearlake Reserve on Pooler Parkway

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Simmons

2 –Second:   Commissioner Winn

Passed without opposition.

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mrs. Classen asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn.

 

Result:                       Approved

 

1- Motion:     Commissioner Winn

2- Second:    Commissioner Ward

Adjourned without opposition at approximately 3:10 p.m.

July 13, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

July 13, 2020

 

           

CALL TO ORDER:

 

Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Phillip Claxton

Chairman

Present

 

Chief Ashely Brown

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Hugh Elton

Commissioner

Absent

 

Mr. Ernie Buckstine

Commissioner

Present via phone

 

Chief Wade Simmons

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. Robert Wellmaker

Commissioner

Present

 

Mr. John Winn

Commissioner

Present

 

Mrs. Kim Classen

Zoning Administrator

Absent

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

The minutes of the June, 22nd Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed and no corrections or amendments were noted.

 

Result:                       Approved.

1-Motion:      Brown

2-Second:     Simmons

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1. Site Plan/Landscape Plan review Steve Green Truck Parking Facility at 125 Coleman: Stan Fischer, with Thomas and Hutton Engineering, (50 Park of Commerce Drive, Savannah) presented the project for the applicant Steve Green. The property is located at 125 Coleman Boulevard (PIN # 5-0985-04-075).  The project involves construction of a parking area and connector road to the applicant’s existing warehouse. The site is 3.4 acres and zoned I-1, light industrial. He stated the additional parking was needed to service the warehousing business of his client. The company warehouses petroleum products. The Commission reviewed the site plan approval standards. There are no outstanding comments from Integrated Science & Engineering (ISE) or City departments. Mr. Winn asked Mr. Fischer if the lot had been recombined with the warehouse lot, which is a requirement as the City. The City does not approve truck parking on individual lots. Mr. Fischer stated that the plat to combine the lots was submitted several months ago. Mr. Fischer stated he would provide documentation before the next Council meeting. The landscape plan was reviewed with no comments.

 

Result:                       Approval of the site plan and the landscape plan with the condition that the applicant provide evidence that the parcel has been recombined with the warehouse parcel and recorded.

 

1- Motion:     Chief Ashley Brown

2 - Second:   Mr. John Winn

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1. Posting of a Performance Bond/Final Plat review for Westbrook Greens, Phase 2: Hal Kraft, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, representing Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC, presented a final plat of 27 single family lots on 17.75 acres (on PIN# 5-1009-01-025, a portion of the previous PIN# 5-1009-01-034). The property is zoned PUD-Savannah Quarters. There are no outstanding comments from ISE. The roads and stormwater easements are to be private. Water and sewer mains and easements are to be dedicated to the City. Mr. Kraft presented a performance bond in the amount of $844,509.38 (which represents 150% of the cost of the infrastructure improvements $563,006.25). The dollar amount has been reviewed and approved by ISE. The performance bond is being posted to ensure the construction of all infrastructure necessary to service the platted lots. Once the final plat is recorded, the owner can sell lots to home builders. Mr. Winn stated that the final plat did not reflect the latest comments from the Public Works Department. Public Works Department requires that all easements be distinctly and separately indicated by each utility type to be dedicated to the City and to include “access” on all stormwater easements. Mr. Winn also stated that the performance bond amount did not include sidewalks. Mr. Kraft stated that each home builder will be responsible for constructing the sidewalk on their lot.

 

Result:                       Approval of the final plat and performance bond with the condition that each easement is to be distinctly indicated by type on the plat and include the word “access” on all stormwater conveyance easements.

 

1- Motion:     Mr. John Winn

2 –Second:   Chief Wade Simmons

 

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Claxton asked the Commission for a motion to adjourn.

 

Result:                       Approved

 

1- Motion:     Chief Ashley Brown

2- Second:    Mr. Robert Wellmaker

June 22, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

June 22, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on June 22, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Wade Simmons, Hugh Elton, John Winn, Ernie Buckstine and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Brown seconded by Commissioner Simmons, with no opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Simmons to add Item #10 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      JABOT PUD Amendment #10

Lamar Mercer, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the amendment to the Board for their review and recommendation. This proposed revision will amend the boundary of The Armstrong Tract (Parcel 2A) and increase the acreage by 4.47 acres and reduce Parcel G by 4.47 acres. Parcel 2A is being increased to accommodate a proposed multi-family development, with no increase in density. This amendment will also revise Item III.C of the JABOT PUD Development Standards reducing the minimum off-street parking requirements for multi-family as follows: 1BR- 1.2 parking spaces, 2BR- 1.5 parking spaces and 3BR- 2 parking spaces per unit. Frank Nease, with Novare Group, presented the proposed multi-family development for Parcel 2A, stating that the project will consist of 316 units on approximately 29.69 acres. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brown to recommend approval of the JABOT PUD Amendment #10. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition. 

 

2.      JABOT PUD Amendment #11

Attorney Robert McCorkle, with McCorkle and Associates, presented the amendment to the Board for their review and recommendation. This proposed revision will amend the development standards by adding Item III.1, incorporating an I-1 (Light Industrial) Zoning District into the PUD, with allowed uses and development standards that comply with the applicable City of Pooler Code of Ordinances. Further, revise the master plan to change the land use of Parcel Y from multi-family to light industrial. By assigning the land use for Parcel Y to light-industrial, 330 of the 660 allowed multi-family units will be forfeited, as part of the land conversion. This will also incorporate approximately 110.98 acres (56.73 net acres), known as The Freidman Tract into the PUD, with land uses consisting of single-family residential, multi-family and heavy commercial. The single-family residential development within The Friedman Tract will have the same development standards outlined in the Somersby subdivision. There were some concerns from the Board regarding the potential increase of truck traffic on Pine Barren Road and Pooler Parkway. In response, Lamar Mercer, stated that a traffic report was created showing that with a light industrial land use, a 40% traffic reduction was determined. Further, that several road improvement designs are underway and will be presented at the time of site plan submittals. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Simmons to recommend approval of the JABOT PUD amendment. Based on issues discussed being resolved at the time of site plan submittals, motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Pooler Promenade at 506 W. Highway 80

Attorney, Patrick Connell, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a mixed use development with two (2) and three (3) story buildings, to include 16 townhome units, restaurants, retail, office and medical components in five (5) buildings.  The buildings will include 15,600 sq. ft. of retail space, 16,617 sq. ft. of office space and 168 seats of restaurant space on 2.8 acres. The maximum height of the buildings will not exceed 35’. Mr. Connell stated that this site plan was denied by City Council in December of 2019. Since that time, several major revisions have been made to address the concerns of the adjacent property owners. They include, an increase of the front setback back 5’ to 15’, side yard setbacks increased from 5’ to 100’, rear yard setbacks increased from 10’ to 70’, building height reduced from up to 60’ allowed, to a maximum of 35’, perimeter screen wall of 8’ with a planted hedge, trash receptacles being redesigned with a roof and ionization to reduce odors and relocating 60’ away from adjoining properties. Scotti Moore, of 404 Symons Street, appeared before the board with concerns from the adjacent property owners. She stated that the concerns include, parking less than 20’ from the property line of adjacent property owners, potential increase in noise, odor, crime, drainage and the potential decrease in property values. Joy Aiken, of 113 Pinewood Drive, appeared before the board stating that she has a petition with over 100 signatures opposing this development. Phillip Claxton, City Planner, requested that she present a copy to the City Clerk. Mr. Claxton, presented concerns from Mrs. Anderson, who could not attend the meeting. She is worried about the site plan not be consistent, the development being too large for this area and the need for additional traffic signals. There were questions from the board regarding the discrepancies on the site plan compared to the renderings presented by the architect. Tom Havens, of Coastal Engineering, stated that he will make the revisions prior to City Council.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Brown to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon the plans being revised to match the renderings presented, the height not to exceed 35’ and the perimeter wall being 8’ tall and constructed out of brick on the north, east and west sides of the development. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons, contingent upon no roofed parking with a solid back being allowed and passed with Commissioner Buckstine in opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made Commissioner Brown to approve the plan, contingent upon all trees being from the preferred tree list. Motion was seconded Commissioner Simmons and passed with Commissioner Buckstine in opposition.

 

2.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Queensborough National bank at 1559 Pooler Parkway

Patrick Warner, with Coleman Company, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 6,835 sq. ft. building, which will include a 4,650 sf. ft. bank and 2,185 sq. ft. of commercial leasable space, on a 1.25 acre parcel. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

3.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Steve Green truck parking facility at 125 Coleman Boulevard

The petitioner was not present to answer questions. Therefore, Commissioner Winn made a motion to table the item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

4.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Easthaven Amenity

Hal Kraft, with HGB, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct an amenity site to serve Drayton Park, Whitaker Park and Eilis Park Subdivisions and the infrastructure to support it. This will include a short extension of Easthaven Boulevard as well. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. 

 

5.      Major Subdivision review of Clubhouse Residential

Hal Kraft, with HGB, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 32 single-family residential lots and the infrastructure to support it. The property is located off Westbrook Lane and will consist of approximately seven (7) acres. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

6.      Major Subdivision review of Cross Creek, Phase 2

Neil McKenzie, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 17 single-family residential lots and the infrastructure to support it. The property is located off Pine Barren Road and will consist of approximately 11 acres. Commissioner Simmons asked that the street name be changed between Phase 1 and Phase 2 for safety issues. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Simmons to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon the revised staking plan being presented to City Council and the street name being changed from Phase 1 and Phase 2, with a sign identifying the new phase. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

7.      Major Subdivision review of Forest Lakes, Phase 10

Neil McKenzie, with Coleman and Company, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 33 single-family residential lots and the infrastructure to support it. The property is located on Champlain Way in Forest Lakes. Steve Sisko, of 629 Wyndham Way, appeared before the Board with concerns of the potential increase in flooding and only one way in and out of the subdivision. Further, he suggested that the Board recommend that the developer extend Forest Lakes Drive to Champlain Drive to create another access point for the safety of the property owners. In response. Mr. McKenzie stated that he would refer this recommendation to the developer.  Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine, contingent upon consideration of connecting Forest Lakes Drive and Champlain Drive. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

8.      Major Subdivision review for The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phase 2

Ashley Hazlett, with Thomas Hutton Engineering, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 67 single-family residential lots and the infrastructure to support it. The property is located off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and will consist of approximately 23.1 acres. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition. 

 

9.      Major Subdivision review for Mosaic Towne Center, Tract II

The petitioner requested that this item be withdrawn. The request was honored.

 

10.  Amendment to Chapter 62, Article II, Sections 62-32 through 62-34, of The Code of Ordinances

This is to amend Chapter 62, Article II, Sections 62-32 through 62-34, Membership; Term; Selection Criteria; Removal; Conflict of Interest; Organization; Rules; Staff; and Finance of The Planning and Zoning Commission.  There were concerns from the Board regarding line 25, “Any city resident who is registered to vote” being revised to read “Any city resident that is over 18 years of age”. Further, that line 177 being revised to allow the Planning & Zoning Commission to have the right to move items on the agenda as needed. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the amendment, contingent upon lines 25 and 177 being revised. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Winn made a motion to adjourn at approximately 5:05 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

                       

 

 

 

June 8, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

June 8, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on June 8, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Wade Simmons, Hugh Elton, John Winn, Ernie Buckstine and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Brown seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker with no opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Zoning Map Amendment of 17.23 acres adjacent to 1335 S. Rogers Street from a R-1A to R-A

Chelsea Henneman presented a request to rezone approximately 17.23 acres located adjacent to 1335 S. Rogers Street from an R-1A (Single-Family Residential) Zoning District to an R-A (Residential-Agricultural) Zoning District. The intent is to utilize the property as a Canine Sports Center to train and exercise dogs. In addition, she would like to apply for an agricultural development mortgage, to eliminate the issues with securing a traditional mortgage, due to lack of comparables. Mrs. Henneman addressed all nine (9) of the standards for granting a zoning map amendment. Several adjacent property owners appeared before the Board with concerns regarding the potential increase in traffic, noise, odor, overnight boarding in outside kennels and requesting that additional buffering be installed if the rezoning is passed. In response, Mrs. Henneman stated that the traffic footprint with be minimal, by offering pick-up and drop-off services, and creating a circle driveway to generate efficient traffic flow. She also stated that dogs tend to bark when over anxious and being confined in overcrowded areas. With her having the designated space to run and exercise the animals, the noise of barking dogs, would be to a minimum. In addition, there will be no overnight, outdoor boarding and there are currently no kennels on the property.  As far as the request of additional buffering being installed, she stated that the property is already surrounded by wooded landscape, protected wetlands and the Hardin Canal. Further, the noise impact would be almost nonexistent, due to the solid fence of bamboo, large trees and various greenery surrounding the property. Further, with a 6’ privacy fence around a large area of the property, and an additional fence being added to the existing fence lines, she feels this is more than adequate for a buffer. She also mentioned that a private septic tank will be used to dispose of the waste on a daily basis and arrangements will be made with Waste Management if necessary. Commissioner Buckstine stated that since this development appears to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the activity will be utilized on a large wooded parcel that is not immediately adjacent to any residential property, the density of an R-A Zoning District being lower, maintaining green space and the review of the criteria for granting a zoning map amendment, he recommends approval of the zoning map amendment, contingent upon the business being limited to the exercise and training of dogs, with day boarding only, and that operations meet the requirements outlined for an “Animal Boarding Places” outlined in Article III, Section 22 of the Zoning Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review Pine Meadow Warehouse

The intent is to construct a 42,700 sq. ft. warehouse, with 3,000 sq. ft. of office space, with adjacent parking and a docking bay, on 8.76 acres. This property is located on Pine Meadow Drive, adjacent to the Savanah Ogeechee Canal. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Major Subdivision Review for Westwood Reserve Subdivision

Michael Hughes, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the major subdivision to the Board for their review and recommendation. This phase will consist of 96 single family residential lots on 84 acres, with only approximately 46 acres being disturbed, and the infrastructure to support it. The development is located off Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Greystone Estates and Timberland Gap Subdivision. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the major subdivision, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and a copy of the application submitted to Georgia Power for outdoor lighting being submitted. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

2.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Kurani Pooler Retail at 110 Southern Junction Boulevard

John Farmer, with Fretus Engineering, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 10,000 sq. ft. retail development, with The Athlete’s Footwear being a major anchor. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Simmons to recommend the approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Simmons to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

3.      Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat review for Ellis Park, Phases 1 & 2

Haydon Rollins, with HGB, presented the final plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and recommend approval of the final plat for Ellis Park, Phase  2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

4.      Posting of Maintenance Bond/Final Plat review for Westbrook Glen, Phase 1

Haydon Rollins, with HGB, presented the plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to accept the bond and recommend approval of the final plat for Westbrook Glen, Phase 1, contingent upon clarification of what should be included in the warranty bond.   Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

5.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Savannah Quarters Office, Lot B

John Farmer, with Fretus Engineering, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct 20,200 sq. ft. of strictly office space, with the infrastructure to support it. The development will be located on the corner of Holmes Court and Blue Moon Crossing. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to approve the plan, contingent upon the Magnolia Trees being replaced with a species from the preferred tree list. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition,

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wellmaker made a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

May 11, 2020 (Cancelled)

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

May 11, 2020

            

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Commission

 

 

Due to the implementation of local emergency protective measures to align with the Governor’s Statewide Declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency, no meeting was held. 

April 27, 2020 (Cancelled)

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

April 27, 2020

           

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Commission

 

 

Due to the implementation of local emergency protective measures to align with the Governor’s Statewide Declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency, no meeting was held. 

April 13, 2020 (Cancelled)

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

April 13, 2020

           

 

Due to the implementation of local emergency protective measures to align with the Governor’s Statewide Declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency, no meeting was held. 

March 23, 2020 (Cancelled)

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

March 23, 2020

           

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Commission

 

 

Due to the implementation of local emergency protective measures to align with the Governor’s Statewide Declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency, no meeting was held. 

March 9, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

March 9, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on March 9, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernie Buckstine, Ashley Brown, Scott Cribbs, Hugh Elton, John Winn and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Buckstine seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker with no opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.      Zoning Map Amendment of 16.85 acres on Pine Barren Road from a PUD Commercial to a PUD Multi-family Zoning District

The petitioner has requested this item be tabled until the April 13th meeting. A motion was made by Commissioner Brown to honor the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Members First Credit Union Bank at 1501 Pooler Parkway

Adam Wilkinson, with TR Long Engineering, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation.  The intent is to construct a 4,100 sq. ft. bank with 29 parking spaces and the infrastructure to support it, on a 1.13 acre parcel. The project is located on the corner of Pine Barren Road and Pooler Parkway. There were some questions from the Board regarding the location of the dumpster. In response, Mr. Wilkinson stated that the owner will be responsible for disposing of the waste. Mr. Buckstine questioned the number of trees being planted on the west side of the building, asking if the owner would consider adding more. Mr. Wilkinson, stated that the owner was specific to not wanting any trees obstructing the view on this side of the building, from Pooler Parkway. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the waste removal being finalized prior to City Council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cribbs and passed without opposition.

 

2.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for 2011 Pooler Parkway

Nathan Long, with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 7,500 sq. ft. retail building that will include a Starbucks, on a one (1) acre parcel, located in the Mosaic Retail Center. There were questions from the Board regarding additional grease traps and the location of the monument sign. In response, Mr. Long stated that if an additional restaurant becomes a tenant, a grease trap will be added if necessary and the sign location will be revised. Commissioner Buckstine questioned the species of the required trees. Mr. Long stated that the landscape plan will be revised with trees from the preferred tree list. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the site plan/landscape plan, contingent upon adding additional grease traps if necessary, all of the engineering comments being addressed, the sign location being revised and the landscape plan being revised to include trees from the preferred tree list. Motion was seconded by commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

3.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Pine Meadow Warehouse

The engineer has requested this item be tabled. Commissioner Brown made a motion to honor the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brown made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

February 24, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

February 24, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on February 24, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernie Buckstine, Ashley Brown, Wade Simmons, Hugh Elton, John Winn and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Winn seconded by Commissioner Brown with no opposition.

 

            Chairman Phillip Claxton, recognized Robert Wellmaker, Commercial Building Inspector, for 20 years, thanking him for his service.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Bassford Industrial Park, Buildings 26-34

Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent of Phase 1, is to construct nine (9) warehouses with a total of 303,375 sq. ft. and 13,500 sq. ft. of office space, with the infrastructure to support it.  This phase will consist of approximately 18.21 disturbed acres. Commissioner Simmons questioned the fire calculations and adequate pressure. In response, Mr. Zittrouer stated that this is a looped system and no additional fire suppression will be required. Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, a recombination plat being recorded, an additional 40’ of reserved right-of-way for future improvements to Old Louisville Road and the construction entrance being removed from Old Louisville Road.  After review of the landscape plan for this phase, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to approve the plan, contingent upon $53,300.00 being paid into the tree fund. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

                       

February 10, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

February 10, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on February 10, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernie Buckstine, Ashley Brown, Scott Cribbs, Hugh Elton, John Winn and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Winn seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker with no opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.      Front Yard Building Setback Variance for Murphy’s at 120 Pooler Parkway

Per the petitioner’s request, this item was withdrawn. Motion was made Commissioner Buckstine and seconded by Commissioner Brown to honor the request. Motion was passed without opposition.

 

2.      Conditional Use request for 1057 E. Highway 80 to operate an Auto Service Center/Tire Shop

Josette Pemberton, on behalf of Parth Patel, property owner, presented the request to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to store new and used tires for customer calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There were some concerns from the Board regarding the potential increase in noise, lack of parking spaces and access into the bay area over the curbing. Tony Eicholz, on behalf of Pooler Commons, appeared before the Board in opposition. Following some discussion, and after review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cribbs and passed without opposition.

 

3.      Zoning Map Amendment for 109 Barrow Drive from I-1 to I-2

Brent Bazemore, property owner, presented the request to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to rezone this parcel for the purpose of a “jockey yard” and/or a container storage facility. Following some discussion, and after review of the criteria, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Minor Subdivision Plat review of Parcel E-1, The Armstrong Tract

The intent is to create three (3) parcels from the existing Parcel E-1. Parcel E-1-A will consist of approximately 1.84 acres, Parcel E-1-B, approximately 3.30 acres and Parcel E-1, will now consist of approximately 39.33 acres. The property is located on Memorial Boulevard. A motion was made by Commissioner Cribbs to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

2.      Major Subdivision Plat review for Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, Phase IV

The intent is to create Lot 16, reduce the acreage of Lot 12, create common areas and private right-of-ways. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the major subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition. 

 

3.      Minor Subdivision Plat review of a portion of The Sarah MacDonald and The Harry MacDonald Tract on Canal Bank Road, for Wenmus, LLC

Michael Owens, DBA as Wenmus, LLC, presented the plat to the Board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of this plat is to subdivide a 2.13 acre portion of The Sarah MacDonald Tract and a 1.60 acre portion of The Harry MacDonald Tract creating three (3) lots. Lot “A” will consist of 1.73 acres and Lots “B” and “C” will consist of 1.00 acre each. The property is located on Leah Drive off Canal Bank Road. Following some discussion, a motion was made Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

4.      Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for 355 Morgan Lakes Industrial Boulevard

Chad Zittrouer, with Kern & Company, presented the site plan to the Board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 280,000 sq. ft. warehouse and the infrastructure to support on Lot 15 of The Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, located off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Winn to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon acknowledging that it was the developer’s intent to have street lights installed prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to approve the plan, contingent upon $69,550.00 being paid into the tree fund. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Brown made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:59 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Cribbs and passed without opposition.

 

January 27, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

January 27, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on January 27, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ernie Buckstine, Ashley Brown, Hugh Elton, Wade Simmons and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Wellmaker, seconded by Commissioner Brown, with no opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Site Plan/Landscape Plan review for Memorial Boulevard, Lot 8
Patrick Warner, with Coleman Company, submitted a site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The intent is to construct a 14,250 sq., ft. retail center and the infrastructure to support it on Lot 8, off Memorial Boulevard. Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the overall building height and the height of the proposed mezzanine being noted, the location of the proposed sign being added to the plan and an elevation drawing of the proposed building being submitted prior to City Council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Preliminary Construction Plan review of Reunion Remainder (Westbrook, Phase 5)
Haydon Rollins, with Hussey Gay Bell, presented the preliminary site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This is the remaining portion of Westbrook, which will consist of 21 single family residential lots. This development is located off Westbrook Lane and all of the roads will be private. Following some discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to approve the preliminary site plan, 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 Brown made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:12 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

January 13, 2020

City of Pooler

Planning & Zoning Minutes

January 13, 2020

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on January 13, 2020.  Chairman Phillip Claxton called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Ernie Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Wade Simmons, John Winn and Robert Wellmaker.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Commissioner Winn seconded by Commissioner Buckstine, with no opposition.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

  1. Preliminary Construction Plan review for Memorial Boulevard Entrance Drive
Neil McKenzie, with Coleman Company, presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This site is located on a portion of a 53 acre site in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of I-16 and Pooler Parkway. The intent is to construct an access road and the infrastructure to support a future commercial development, divided into individual parcels for sale or lease. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Buckstine to recommend approval of the construction plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed, having the proposed street name approved by the 911 call center and creating a covenant for tree mitigation. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING:

 

  1. Rear Building Setback Variance for 22 Raven Wood Way
Ben Salien, property owner, presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. His intention is to construct an addition to the rear of his house that will encroach into the rear yard building setback by 8’ (eight feet). Following some discussion and after review of the criteria, a motion was made Commissioner Simmons to recommend the approval of the variance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Winn made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:11 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

                       

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