2019 Planning and Zoning Minutes

January 14, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

January 14, 2019

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on January 14, 2019.  Commissioner Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Matt Saxon, Wade Simmons and Robert Wellmaker.

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

  1. Conditional use request to construct a nursing home on Pine Barren Road
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, representing Forest Lakes Developers, LLC presented a requested conditional use to allow construction of a 90-bed nursing home on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision.  Mr. Burke stated that an additional 20’ landscaped buffer will be provided.  Pat Lynch, resident of Somersby Subdivision, stated that he prefers the land remain residential, noting that the developer has presented several plans for this land. Following some discussion and the review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saxon and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Zoning map amendment of 1716 Old Dean Forest from I-1 to C-2
Gorgonio Campa petitioned to re-zone his property from I-1 (Light Industrial) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to allow used auto sales.  Commissioner Wellmaker reminded Mr. Campa that the auto garage currently in operation on the property will no longer be able to service vehicles other than the ones for sale.  Mr. Campa stated that the tenant was aware.  After review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval, contingent upon all vehicles for sale being stored on the side and back of the property. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Revision to Forest Lakes PUD Master Plan
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, representing Forest Lakes Investors, LLC, presented a request to amend the Forest Lakes PUD (Planned Unit Development) Master Plan to allow 105 of the 60’ x 125’ single family residential lots to be revised to accommodate single-family attached patio homes.  Mr. Burke stated by allowing a “zero” lot line, it will allow a new product to be introduced into the community.  Several residents of Forest Lakes Subdivision expressed concern over the additional stormwater runoff, property values decreasing and the fact that some were told by the selling agents that the land would remain wooded behind Tahoe Drive.  After further discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval to revise the master plan for Forest Lakes.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saxon and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Preliminary construction plan review for the Benton Tract infrastructure
Heath Milligan, representing SGLRP, LLC, presented the preliminary construction plan for the infrastructure, including approximately 2300 LF of two-lane roadway, two (2) bridges spanning the existing lagoon and Pipemakers Canal, water and gravity sewer lines, a pump station and force main to serve future development of the Benton Tract, drainage inlets and a storm pond to serve the proposed road. Following some discussion, Commissioner Saxon made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed before the plan is submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Saxon made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for a proposed 499,500 sq. ft. warehouse on Morgan Lakes Industrial Boulevard
Chad Zittrouer, of Kern & Company, presented the site plan for a proposed 499,500 sq. ft. warehouse on Morgan Lakes Industrial Boulevard. Following some discussion, Commissioner Saxon made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Saxon made a motion to approve, contingent upon $126,750.00 being paid into the tree fund or allowing the developer to amend the landscape plan to add trees. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Parcel 1, Pine Meadow Drive
Alec Metzger, of EMC Engineering, presented the site plan for an 8,400 sq. ft. storage warehouse, with a 960 sq. ft. office on Parcel 1, Pine Meadow Drive. Commissioner Wellmaker questioned the material that will be used for the storage yard. In response, Mr. Metzger stated that milled asphalt is an option. Commissioner Simmons, stated for the record, after discussion with the developer about the building being so far from a fire hydrant, it will limit the fire department’s suppression capabilities, but since there is no other facility around it, he (Commissioner Simmons) is good with the project. Following some discussion, Commissioner Saxon made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval and the agreement that water and sewer will be tied in by the customer within 12 months of water and sewer being run within 100’ of the site. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.  At the request of the petitioner, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to table the landscape plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

  1.  Major subdivision plat review of Lots 13 through 15, Lot 1C, the 60’ right-of-way and the remaining portion of Lot 1B within the Morgan Lakes Industrial Park
Chad Zittrouer, of Kern & Company, presented the minor subdivision plat.  Commissioner Saxon made a motion to recommend approval of the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. 

 

  1. Recombination plat review of Tract 2A, 1-B-1 and a 100’ right-of-way within the Roberts Tract
Chad Zittrouer, of Kern & Company, presented a recombination plat of Tract 2A, 1-B-1 and a 100’ right-of-way within the Roberts Tract.  Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plat, contingent upon the berm being added to the plat prior to being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saxon and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:20 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

                   

 

January 28, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

January 28, 2019

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on January 28, 2019.  Commissioner Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernest 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 Wellmaker, seconded by Commissioner Buckstine, with no opposition.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1.      Landscape plan review for Parcel 1, Pine Meadow Drive

The plan was tabled at the last meeting to allow the owner to revise the landscape plan to replace the three (3) Crepe Myrtle trees with ones from the preferred list. Commissioner Buckstine made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Simmons, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

  1. Building height variance for Extended Stay Hotel
Pooler Land Partners, LLC has requested a building height variance for a proposed Extended Stay Hotel at 500 Outlet Parkway. Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented the request stating that an additional five feet (5’) is needed to accommodate the air condition system (with screening), making the total height 55’. After review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Major subdivision plat review for The Benton Tract
The owner, SGLRP, LLC, submitted a plat for a major mixed-use subdivision located at the end of Tanger Outlets Boulevard, adjacent to Pipemakers Canal and I-95, consisting of five (5) lots, a pump station and a 1.99 acre right-of-way.  John Rickman, adjacent property owner, expressed concern about Rogers Street being opened to the subdivision, Commissioner Simmons stated that the access from Rogers Street will be for emergency vehicles only, with a gate installed at the entrance.  Angela Kerby, resident on Rogers Street, expressed concern over where the construction entrance is planned.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the plat, noting that five (5) acres has been added to the proposed single-family residential tract, decreasing Tract B, multi-family, by five (5) acres. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Posting of performance bond/final plat review for Whitaker Park Subdivision
Hal Kraft, of Hussey Gay Bell, Engineers presented the final plat for Whitaker Park, a single-family residential subdivision with nine (9) lots located in the new Easthaven area of the Savannah Quarters PUD, stating that the developer has submitted a performance bond in the amount of $326,271.00.  Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend acceptance of the bond and approval of the final plat, contingent upon the plat being revised to show that the lagoons are owned and maintained by the homeowners association and the street name being changed prior to the plat being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition. 

 

  1. Posting of maintenance bond/final plat review for The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phase 1C
The developer has submitted a maintenance bond in the amount of $94,210.00 for Phase 1C of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, consisting of 52 single-family residential lots.  Due to the petitioner not being present, Commissioner Winn made a motion to table the item.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:19 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

 

February 11, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

February 11, 2019

 

          The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on February 11, 2019.  Commissioner Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Craig Bogden, Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Wade Simmons and John Winn.

 

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. Posting of performance bond/final plat review for The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phase 1C
This item was tabled at the last meeting due to the petitioner not being present.  Emily Workman, of Thomas & Hutton, stated that the developer has posted a performance bond in the amount of $94,210.00 for Phase 1C, consisting of 52 single-family lots Commissioner Winn made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Simmons, to recommend acceptance of the bond and approval of the final plat. Motion passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Final plat review for Hunt Club, Phase 7
Hal Kraft, of Hussey Gay Bell, presented the final plat for Phase 7 of Hunt Club consisting of 35 single family residential and 115 townhome units. Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon the utility easements being changed to access easements on the plat and the street name of the cul-de-sac being changed to court.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for 119 Westside Boulevard
Terry Coleman, of Coleman Company, presented the site plan for a proposed 56,000 sq. ft. warehouse with an office. Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval and prior to construction of Phase II, a revised site plan be reviewed by public works to address the footprint of the building encroaching into to the drainage easment. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:16 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

February 25, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

February 25, 2019

 

            The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on February 25, 2019.  Commissioner Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ernest Buckstine, Wade Simmons, Robert Wellmaker and John Winn.

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Revised utility plan review for Godley Station Shopping Center
Jay Maupin, representing the developer, has requested to remove the existing sidewalk, after realizing that there were more dry utilities in the area than expected. Mr. Maupin stated that the intention is to relocate the sidewalk up by the storefront areas, to suffice as the public walkway. After discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon the sidewalk being 12’ wide, bike racks being provided, public access being provided and appropriate marking being provided, so that bike traffic does not interfere with public access to the building.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed with Commissioner Wellmaker in opposition.

 

  1. Preliminary construction plan review for Canal Bank Road Subdivision
Jay Maupin, of Maupin Engineering, on behalf of the owner, submitted a preliminary construction plan for a proposed development consisting of nine (9) single-family estate residential lots, with acreage from 1.2 acres to 3.58 acres.  An adjacent resident expressed concern over water run-off from the proposed development.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Major subdivision plat review of Parcel E-2B for 929 Properties, LLC
Nathan Long, of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, representing 929 Properties, LLC, submitted a major subdivision plat of 52.2 acres southeast of the intersection of Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard. After discussion over the close proximity of the entrance (right-in, right-out) and the potential public safety issue it may cause, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plat, contingent upon the issue of the entrance being addressed during the review of the clearing and grading plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. 

 

  1.  Site plan/landscape plan review for Godley Station Professional Park Expansion
Doug Faircloth, of Coleman Company, presented a site plan for a 5.5 acre development consisting of two (2) 16,000 sq. ft. buildings.  Commissioner Buckstine stated that there has been discussion concerning the lack of landscaping in the area that will be cleared.  Terry Coleman, of Coleman Company, stated that the landscape plan is being revised.  Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan, contingent upon the landscape plan being revised and resubmitted to the Planning & Zoning Board for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:45 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

March 11, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

March 11, 2019

 

          The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on March 11, 2019.  Commissioner Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Wade Simmons, Robert Wellmaker and John Winn.

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Preliminary construction plans for Westbrook Greens Subdivision
Haydon Rollins, of Hussey Gay Bell, presented the preliminary construction plan for a 46 lot residential subdivision located off Westbrook Lane.  Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plans, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plans being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wellmaker made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:02 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

April 8, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

April 8, 2019

 

          The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on April 8, 2019.  Chairperson Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Ernest 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 Buckstine, seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker, with no opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

  1. Zoning map amendment for1330 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2
Scott Moore, owner, presented a request to rezone his property from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to continue operating his business (Phillips Paving), which has been a “non-conforming use” since the City annexed the property.  Mr. Moore stated that he purchased the property and the business in 2004 and that the paving company has been in operation since 1970.  Commissioner Buckstine presented concern that the request is “spot” zoning and not in compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Further, that Quacco Road is currently unimproved and additional commercial traffic will be a hardship to the residents.  Mr. Moore questioned the rezoning of the properties where a storage facility, convenience store, retail store and borrow pit are being operated.  Commissioner Brown presented concern over the permitted uses in heavy commercial zoning, recommending that the non-conforming use be expanded.  After review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend denial.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Zoning map amendment for 1324 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2
Scott Moore, owner, presented a request to rezone his recently purchased property from  R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) for potential future expansion of Phillips Paving (discussed in the previous item). After review of the criteria, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend denial.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Zoning map amendment for 134 Raymond Road from RA-2 to I-1
Romine Enterprises, LP petitioned to rezone the property from RA-2 (Residential-Agricultural, two family dwelling) to I-1 (Light Industrial) to operate a seal coating business. After review of the criteria, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Final plat review for Harmony, Phase 5
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented the final plat for Harmony, Phase 5 consisting of 33 lots.  Commissioner Winn made a motion to approve the plat, contingent upon the easement being increased to 25’ for access to the lift station. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 8
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 8, consisting of 40 single-family residential lots. Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Major subdivision plat review of Parcel E-2B for 929 Properties
Attorney Robert McCorkle presented a major subdivision plat of Parcel E-2B for 929 Properties, stating that the plan meets all of the City’s requirements.  Commissioner Winn stated that the plat does not provide for a 15’ utility easement on each side of the road, which is required.  After discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plat, contingent upon the plat being revised to show a 15’ utility easement on both sides of the 60’ right-of-way (un-named street). Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Construction plan review for proposed right-in/right-out access for 929 Properties
Attorney Robert McCorkle and Nathan Long, of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the construction plan for a proposed right-in/right-out for the property on Pooler Parkway, south of the Enmarket, owned by 929 Properties.  Mr. McCorkle stated that the plan meets all of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the City’s requirements.  Further, that in 1998 when Chatham County was preparing for the construction of Pooler Parkway, the owner of the property received authorization from GDOT and Chatham County for the right-in/right-out access to the property.  Commissioner Brown expressed concern over public safety, stating that the location is too close to the I-16 off-ramp.  Further, that there have been more than 140 accidents in the last few years in that area.  Mr. McCorkle stated that a traffic light is being installed at Memorial Boulevard, paid for by his client.  Further, that additional striping and signage is planned.  Mr. McCorkle reiterated the fact that the plan meets all of the City’s requirements, GDOT’s standards and that the exchange of land was made to obtain the access.  Commissioner Wellmaker questioned why the property could not be accessed from Memorial Boulevard.  Mr. McCorkle replied that if access is not allowed from the Parkway, it will be a detriment to the value of the property. After further discussion, Commissioner Brown made a motion to recommend denial, based on the issue of public safety. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Pooler III, a 391-unit multi-family development
Emily Wortman, of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented the site plan for a 391-unit multi-family development within the Benton Tract, consisting of 14 apartment buildings, a pool, trash compactor and car wash areas.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon the additional fire hydrants being added.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition. Due to the landscape plan not meeting the requirements, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to table.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Lot 2, Morgans Corner
Terry Coleman, of Coleman Company, presented a site plan for a 15,000 sq. ft. office/retail building on Lot 2 of Morgans Corner.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.  Due to the landscape plan not meeting the requirements, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Construction plan review for additional trailer parking at 220 Nordic Way
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented a construction plan for a trailer parking lot at 220 Nordic Way, stating that the cold storage facility is in need of additional parking.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for 1055 E. Highway 80
Matthew Barrow, of PC Simonton, presented a site plan for a 9,856 sq. ft. building at 1055 E. Highway 80.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Mosaic Retail Center
Mark Boswell, of Boswell Design Services Inc., presented a site plan for a retail center at 2321 Pooler Parkway.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Winn made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wellmaker made a motion to adjourn at approximately 4:39 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

April 22, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

April 22, 2019

 

          The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on April 22, 2019.  Chairperson Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Wade Simmons, Robert Wellmaker and John Winn.

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

  1. Zoning text amendment of the Main Street Overlay District
The City is proposing a text amendment to the Main Street Overlay District ordinance, adding subpart (5) to the declaration of purpose, scope and intent section. Commissioner Buckstine asked that Planning & Zoning be added to consider the effect of this Ordinance and made a motion to recommend approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

  1. Revised landscape plan for Pooler III
Ryan Thompson, of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, presented a revised landscape plan for Pooler III, a 391-unit multi-family development on the Benton Tract, stating that the buffer and screening was added.  Commissioner Simmons made a motion to approve the plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Winn and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Revised landscape plan for Lot 2, Morgans Corner
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented a revised landscape plan for Lot 2 of Morgans Corner, stating that the trees have been tallied on the plan, three (3) trees were added, for a total of 18.  Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve the plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Blakely Commons located at the intersection of  Pooler Parkway & Old Quacco Road
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented a site plan for a 47.9 acre (27.07 disturbed acres) commercial (office/retail) development at the intersection of Pooler Parkway & Old Quacco Road. Commissioner Buckstine questioned if any road improvements are planned.  Mr. Burke replied that improvements have not been requested nor warranted at this time.  After discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to recommend approval of the plan.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Winn made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for St. John Divine Baptist Church parking improvements
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, presented a site plan for improvements to the existing church site, including a paved parking lot, drainage and landscape improvements. Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Ameris Tract container storage area on Wildcat Dam Road
Donna Blalock, of Wolverton & Associates, Inc. presented a site plan for a container storage area on Wildcat Dam Road.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Simmons made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker, to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Simmons made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wellmaker and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Pooler Promenade on W. Highway 80
The petitioner requested the item be withdrawn and the request was honored.  Several residents presented opposition to the proposed development.    Joy Aiken, adjacent property owner of over 40 years, presented a petition in opposition, stating that a development of this size will have long term effects on adjacent properties and that while the project is unique, a smaller-scale development (one-story) is more suitable.  Further, that she was asked to reach out to the developer, which she did, to no avail.  Cindy Cox, adjacent property owner, stated that the development is not compatible, nor in accordance with the adjacent single-family residential property.  Further, that if the development was to be approved, it would eliminate the residents’ privacy and cause the potential for flooding to an area that already has issues.  Also, the potential for increased traffic and noise would cause adverse effects to the residents’ quality of life.  Marie Heddle stated that while property owners have the right to develop their property, the current residents have the right to live quietly and that the proposed development is not good for the adjacent residential area.  Holly Young stated that while she is opposed to the development, the owner has a right to develop his property.  Ms. Young presented an article outlining several key points to be considered during the approval process.  Scotti Moore presented concern over the area of Highway 80 becoming like Montgomery Crossroads in Savannah, noting that residential property values have decreased steadily in that area.  Further, that Gleason Heights Subdivision has been well-maintained over the years.  Donna Anderson, reiterated the concern about flooding and noise that could disrupt the neighborhood.  Karen Williams, resident, asked that the underlying conditions be looked into prior to the plan being approved.  Further, that increased buffers between zoning districts be considered.  Beverly Waters questioned why adjacent property owners are not notified when site plans are submitted. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Winn made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:48 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Simmons and passed without opposition.

                   

May 13, 2019

CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING & ZONING MINUTES

May 13, 2019

 

          The Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held on May 13, 2019.  Chairperson Kimberly Classen called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.  Present were Commissioners Ashley Brown, Ernest Buckstine, Hugh Elton, Matt Saxon, Wade Simmons and Robert Wellmaker.

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

  1. Requested variance for sign height and number of allowed signs for Savannah Green I Owner, LLC
Travis Burke, of Coleman Company, representing Savannah Green I Owner, LLC, presented a request for a 10’ sign height variance and the number of allowed signs (project entrance) at the corner of S. H. Morgan Parkway and Wildcat Dam Road.  Commissioner Wellmaker questioned whether the petitioner was aware of the sign variance criteria.  Steve Wester, of Option Signs, stated that the height is needed for the signs to be visible to truck drivers and that the owner wanted two (2), double faced signs at the entrance.  After review of the criteria, Commissioner Wellmaker made a motion to recommend denial, based on the request not meeting the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saxon and passed without opposition. Commissioner Buckstine recommended the petitioner consider a lesser variance request to present to Council.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Minor subdivision plat review of the remaining portion of Lot A-1A, Towne Center at Godley Station
Dan Fisher, of EMC Engineering, presented a minor subdivision plat to create Parcels 6, 7 and 8 and an access easement to Parcels 6 and 7.  Commissioner Saxon made a motion to recommend approval of the plat.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Buckstine and passed without opposition. 

 

  1. Site plan/landscape plan review for Livingoods Warehouse addition at 126 Westside Blvd.
Mark Crapps, of Kern & Co. presented a site plan for a 12,000 sq. ft. addition to the Livingoods Warehouse.  Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to recommend approval of the plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.  After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

 

  1. Preliminary construction plan review for Hunt Club, Phase 8
Haydon Rollins, of Hussey Gay Bell, presented a preliminary construction plan for Hunt Club, Phase 8 consisting of 56 single-family residential lots. Following some discussion, Commissioner Buckstine made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Simmons, to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan, contingent upon the road being rebuilt and all of the engineering comments being addressed prior to the plan being submitted to Council for approval.  Motion passed without opposition. 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wellmaker made a motion to adjourn at approximately 3:15 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Brown and passed without opposition.

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