2007 Zoning Minutes

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January 8, 2007

January 22, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
JANUARY 22, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Wilson Roberts, Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier, James Reardon and Charles Archer. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver was also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Chairman Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Charles Archer. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.

Public Hearings:
Proposed text amendment to add “Non-Profit military museum” to the definition section of Article II and Article IV, Section 19 (B) of the zoning ordinance for the City of Pooler. Eric Fulcher of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP presented the text amendment to the board for their review and comments. He explained the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Center has plans to add a Columbaria to the gardens at the museum to house the remains of those whose inurnment would further the commemoration of military service. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff, seconded by Commissioner Reardon, to recommend approval of the proposed text amendment to add “Non-Profit military museum” to the definition section of Article II and Article IV, Section 19 (B) of the zoning ordinance. Motion passed without opposition.

Enmark Stations Incorporation has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to allow construction of a convenience store/gas station at 860 West Highway 80.
Dwight Harrison of Enmark Stations Inc. presented the conditional use request to the board. He introduced property owner Larry Young to tell the board about the meeting that was held with the property owners in the area. Letters were mailed out to all of the residents of Worthington Subdivision and adjacent property owners along Durden Drive. Councilman Bruce Allen and ten residents attended the meeting which was held at city hall from 3 p.m.until 5 p.m. Out of those attending, one opposed and the rest were in favor of the Enmark project. Mr. Young stated that the alternative to this development could be a 10,000 square foot strip center and possible residential development on the rear of the lot. Mr. Harrison recapped the changes made in the original site plan to address the concerns of the adjacent property owners. The dumpster was moved to the west side of the building and the parking area at the rear of the building will be paved with asphalt. The chain link fence has been changed to a 6’ wood privacy fence and has been moved behind the detention area. A concrete road has been added around the east end of the building for fuel tank truck deliveries. Mr. Harrison reiterated that the rear 1.15 acres of the property will remain undeveloped and used as a screen and buffer area between the Enmark Station and the residential neighborhood. Commissioner Fletcher questioned the decel lane as to how it would affect the adjacent property. The decel lane is located within the DOT right-of-way and a curb cut could be acquired when and if the adjacent property is rezoned for commercial development. Public comments: Sandy Glick, adjacent property owner, still has concerns about the fuel tanks being so close to her property line, hours of operation of the potential retail/convenience store, lack of buffering and the proposed location of the decel lane across the front of her property. Robert Folmar of 801 Robin Drive is opposed to this development because of the potential noise and feels it would be detrimental to his property and the rest of the neighborhood. He further requested if the board recommends approval it would be with the building scaled down without the retail portion included. Romanda Talley of 202 Cardinal Street expressed the following concerns from being a former resident around the Gate Station: proposed hours of operation, rodents, decrease in property values and a safety issue with children in the neighborhood. She would not oppose some other commercial use like an office building with decent hours. Johnny and Lucille Dowd of 407 Purple Finch Drive support the proposed development for the following reasons.
Enmark agrees to deed restrict the residential portion to remain an undisturbed buffer and allow no access onto Cardinal or Symons Street. The use is comparable to other existing uses in the area and the Enmark Stations are maintained and kept clean. John Webber of
403 Cardinal Street has mixed feelings about the proposal. He did comment about the time of the meeting stating that most people have to work until 5 p.m. and did not feel that was fair to the neighborhood. Stephen Dowd of 407 Cardinal Street and David Harmon of 103 Wild Turkey Lane appreciate the agreement of Enmark to leave the large Pines and Oak trees to help form an additional buffer for lighting and noise. Danny Clark of 104 Wild Turkey Lane stated that he is not in favor of any commercial development next to residential but he feels the impact would not be as detrimental with the proposed buffering. He confirmed that during the meeting, the developer stated he would be willing to plant additional plantings in the buffer area. Chairman Roberts questioned if Enmark agreed to place additional plantings in the buffer area back towards Cardinal Street. Mr. Harrison stated that a row of shrubs to include Crepe Myrtles are proposed behind the privacy fence but his understanding of the agreement with Larry and Holly Young is that the buffer area is to remain undisturbed. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to recommend approval of the conditional use to allow construction of a convenience store/gas station at 860 West Highway 80 with the proposed landscaping to include additional plantings in the buffer area. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed with Commissioner Fletcher opposing.

New Business:

Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Flash Foods No. 296 located at the corner of Coleman Blvd. and U. S. Highway 80 (1080 W. Highway 80). Anthony Rentz of Rentz Engineering Design presented the proposed site plan for Flash Foods to the board for their review and recommendation. Most of the comments have been addressed and plans have been resubmitted to Bill Nicholson for his review. Commissioner Olliff questioned the dumpster enclosure and Mr. Rentz stated it will be a concrete masonry material with an opaque fence closing. Commissioner Olliff also questioned the 10’ side setback along the western property line. After reviewing the site plan, Mr. Rentz agreed it should be 10 feet. Commissioner Fletcher questioned the building footprint that is labeled future expansion. Mr. Rentz stated that the owner understands that he would need to go through the site plan approval process for the future building expansion. There was some discussion about whether the “future expansion” should be deleted from the site plan or if a note could be placed on the site plan stating that this approval does not include the “future expansion”. Commissioner Fletcher stated that a note on the site plan would be sufficient. Commissioner Lanier is concerned about traffic congestion at Coleman Blvd. and Highway 80. In response, Mr Rentz stated that customers will have a choice of using Coleman Blvd. or the frontage road that extends in front of the amusement park. Mrs. Carver asked if a fence is proposed around the perimeter of the property to prevent access from the amusement park. Mr. Rentz stated a fence is not proposed at this time. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Flash Foods # 296 subject to the engineer’s comments being addressed, the side setback being changed to 10 feet and a note being placed on the site plan about the “future expansion”. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made Commissioner Olliff to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Minor Subdivision Plat of Tract 3A on Blue Moon Crossing into 2 lots. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of items 4, 5, 6 and 7. Michael Fell of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision of 26.46 acres into 2 lots to the board for their review and recommendation. The 6.16 acre portion, referenced as Tract 3C on the plat is a proposed future townhome development. With no public comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision plat of Tract 3A on Blue Moon Crossing into 2 lots. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review of Forest Lakes, Phase 2.
Michael Fell of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 2 to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase contains 67 lots and is located at the intersection of Forest Lakes Drive and Wyndham Way. The developer is requesting to have the subdivision plat recorded under a maintenance bond in the amount of $132,048.50. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Forest Lakes, Phase 3A Revised Subdivision Plat to correct benchmarks.
Michael Fell of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the revised subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the revision is to correct the elevations of existing benchmarks due to the adjustment of fire hydrants during post construction. With no public comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of the revised subdivision plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 3A. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

Forest Lakes, Phase 3B Revised Subdivision Plat to correct benchmarks.
Michael Fell of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the revised subdivision plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The purpose of the revision is to correct the elevations of existing benchmarks due to the adjustment of fire hydrants during post construction. With no public comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of the revised subdivision plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 3B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Savannah Logistics Park at Morgan Center
Scott Quesinberry, Development Analyst for Oakmont Industrial Group, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Morgan Center is a 62.87 acre industrial site located at the intersection of Pooler Parkway and S. H. Morgan Parkway. Oakmont Industrial Group is constructing two industrial office/warehouse buildings. All of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Commissioner Fletcher questioned if a waste facility is needed for this project and the type of enclosure. Following some discussion, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for the Savannah Logistics Park at Morgan Center subject to the placement of two dumpsters on the site plan not visible from the Pooler Parkway and the S. H. Morgan Parkway to include enclosures of the same material as the buildings. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

Proposed text amendment in Article III. Section 5 (D) (2) to change the parking lot dimensions in Commercial Districts. Chairman Roberts explained there is a discrepancy in the zoning ordinance regarding the width of an automobile parking space in Commercial Districts. The text reads each automobile parking space shall be not less than eight feet wide and the parking lot standards chart states nine feet wide. The text amendment would change the width of an automobile parking space from eight feet to nine feet in Commercial Districts to clear up the discrepancy. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed text amendment to change the parking lot dimensions in Commercial Districts. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

Proposed change to the Tree Ordinance regarding reimbursement for unused trees.
Chairman Roberts explained that Assistant City Manager Robert Byrd requested the board review the method of reimbursement for unused trees in Commercial and Industrial Districts if determined to be a hardship by the Planning and Zoning Board. Mr. Byrd is recommending changing the reimbursement value of a Live Oak with dbh of six (6) inches to a Live Oak with dbh of two (2) inches. Since the board had some questions about the change, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to table this item and request that Mr. Byrd attend the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company on behalf of North Point Realty appeared before the board to request adding the site plan review of the NRS Warehouse on Dean Forest Road to the agenda. Mr. Crapps explained his client is working on a very strict time schedule because he has a contract for the building to be ready for occupancy by the end of December. He has met with Bill Nicholson to review the list of comments and plans have been resubmitted for his review. Following some discussion, Commissioner Archer made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher to add the site plan and landscape plan review for the NRS Warehouse on Dean Forest Road as item # 11. Commissioners Fletcher and Archer voted in favor of the motion and Commissioners Lanier and Olliff voted against. Motion passed with Chairman Roberts voting in favor of the motion. Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.

Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review of the NRS Warehouse on Dean Forest Road.
Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the project to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that 35 acres out of the total 159 acres is being disturbed for this development. The spine road off Dean Forest Road will include 11 acres, curb & gutter and storm drainage. Regarding the landscape plan, this is a good example of a prime opportunity where the city could acquire trees to use elsewhere in the community. Because this is a trucking business, all of the trees are proposed on top of the berm, around the detention area and along the spine road. Commissioner Archer questioned having only one handicapped parking space and the location of the dumpster pad. Mr. Crapps explained with this type of facility the dumpster is usually set right outside the last bay and dumped with a forklift as needed. It was determined that more handicapped parking spaces are needed to meet ADA requirements. Commissioner Lanier is concerned that this development will affect the drainage in the area. She reminded the board that council promised the residents in this area a drainage study two years ago. Following some discussion, Commissioner Olliff made a motion to table this item and motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of the NRS site plan subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, compliance with ADA requirements, confirmation that the conditions have been met that were set forth in the rezoning of this property and the need for a drainage study to be addressed by council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer. Motion passed with Commissioner Olliff opposing. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Archer made a motion to approve the plan and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher. Motion passed with Commissioner Olliff opposing. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

February 11, 2007

February 26, 2007



CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 26, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, Charles Archer and James Reardon. Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Co-Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Scotty Fletcher led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Old Business:

1. Sketch Plan Review for Pooler Parkwest, Phase II. Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat on the board to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Jamie Csizmadia of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the revised sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This item was tabled for two weeks for further information. Based on comments received from this board at the last meeting, the sketch plan has been revised to increase the square footage of each office space from 80 to 200 sq. ft. and increase the number of parking spaces from 119 to 239 spaces. The board had also requested clarification on proposed use of these units, in particular, restaurant use. Ms. Csizmadia stated that a note has been placed on the sketch plan that states restaurants will not be allowed within this development. There were further questions about the dumpster enclosures, there being no handicapped parking spaces, nor rear access to the buildings. In response, Ms. Csizmadia stated that the site plan will include handicapped parking spaces, gates on the dumpsters and delivery access in the front of the buildings instead of the rear. A citizen questioned the location of a larger detention area across the canal on a previous plan. In response, Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that this plan was based on the construction plan approved by the City of Pooler. Mrs. Carver stated that she would confirm this prior to the sketch plan being reviewed by the Mayor and Council. Without a quorum, this item will be forwarded to council without a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board.

New Business:

2. Final Plat Review for Somersby, Phase I-B. Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat on the board to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the final plat showing the addition of six lots to Phase I-B of the Somersby Subdivision. The area within these 6 lots had previously been shown as isolated wetlands. The owner has since acquired the necessary permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to allow these isolated wetlands to be filled. The infrastructure to serve these 6 lots was installed during the construction of Phase I. No recommendation was made by Planning and Zoning due to lack of a quorum. The board had no issues with this item being placed on the next council agenda. Mrs. Carver stated that she would seek advisement from the City Attorney about this issue. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for an office / warehouse on Lot 23, Westside Business Park. Daniel Taylor of Kerby Enterprises presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mark Boswell of Boswell Design Services, Inc. was also present to answer any questions the board may have on the civil drawings. An office/warehouse is proposed identical to the existing building on the adjacent lot, but smaller. Commissioner Olliff questioned if the gravel area to the rear would be dust free. Mr. Taylor stated they have had no problems with the gravel area next door. The gravel area to the rear will be used for employee parking and not a storage area. Mr. Boswell explained to the board’s satisfaction how the number of parking spaces was calculated. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the site plan for an office/warehouse on lot 23, Westside Business Park subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, there was some discussion about the planting of the proposed Live Oak Trees only 20 feet apart. This meets the requirements of the tree ordinance, but the board felt a larger space was needed for a mature Live Oak. With no other comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to approve the landscape plan for an office/warehouse on lot 23 in Westside Business Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

March 12, 2007



CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
MARCH 12, 2007


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Mary Louise Lanier and James Reardon. Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Charles Archer. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.

Public Hearings:

Conditional Use Request to operate a Pawn Shop at 856 West Highway 80.
Clay Collins, Real Estate Manager for Title Max presented the conditional use request to operate a Pawn Shop at 856 West Highway 80. One unit of the existing building will be occupied and the hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. There will be no inventory and no cars will be stored on the premises. If a vehicle is repossessed it would be stored elsewhere in a storage yard. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the conditional use request to operate a pawn shop at 856 West Highway 80, subject to no on-site storage. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

S. A. Allen, Inc, is requesting a 31’ front building setback variance to construct a 15,000 sq. ft. addition at 163 Pine Barren Road. Michael Willoughby of Southeast Engineering and Environmental presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that the existing building was permitted and constructed according to Chatham County setback requirements prior to annexation by the City of Pooler. The building is located approximately 49 feet from the Pine Barren Road right-of-way. According to the current I-2, Heavy Industrial Zoning requirements for the City of Pooler, the front building setback is 80 feet. S. A. Allen, Inc. is proposing to construct an addition onto this building and would prefer to extend straight out in line with the existing building instead of dropping the addition back some 40 feet. Approximately 1500 square feet would further encroach into the front building setback if this variance is approved. After reviewing the criteria for granting a variance, Chairman Roberts stated that there are unique physical circumstances peculiar to this property and granting the variance would not result in authorization of a use not otherwise permitted in this zoning district. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the 31’ front building setback variance to construct a 15,000 sq. ft. addition at 163 Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

New Business:

Commissioner Reardon stepped down from his seat on the board to excuse himself from any discussion of items 3, 4 and 5.

Final PUD Approval / Site Plan and Landscape Plan Review for Danbury Park Townhomes on Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that the PUD Review Board recommended final PUD approval of this development prior to this meeting. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that the amendment to Phase I of the Savannah Quarters PUD was approved by city council approximately six weeks ago. The 41 townhome development will be private and located within the gates of Savannah Quarters. The Homeowners Association will be responsible for all of the maintenance within this development. Commissioner Archer stated that he would still like to see a couple of parking spaces in the kiosk area. Rob Lee, one of the developers, stated that the intent is for the residents to walk to the kiosk and enjoy the beautiful landscaped park. Mr. Lee further assured the board that parking on the street would not be allowed and would also be addressed in the covenants. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend final PUD and site plan approval for Danbury Park Townhomes on Blue Moon Crossing, subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed with Commissioner Archer opposing. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to approve the plan for Danbury Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

Recombination plat of lots 3 & 4, Pooler Development Park. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The lots are located near the intersection of Pine Barren Road and
U. S. Highway 80 in the Pooler Development Park. He explained the recombination is in conjunction with the site plan for Livingoods Appliance Center to be discussed in item 5.
With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat for lots 3 & 4, Pooler Development Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Livingoods Appliance Center on Lots 3 & 4, Pooler Development Park. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan for Livingoods Appliance Center to the board for their review and recommendation. There was some discussion about whether parking space dimensions are measured from the curb or pavement only. Bill Nicholson’s comments reflect that the 9’ x 20’ parking space requirement applies to the pavement only. Mr. Zittrouer has no problem changing his parking plan accordingly, but would ask the Planning and Zoning Commission to review for clarification the intent of that requirement. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the Livingoods Appliance Center site plan subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to approve the plan for Livingoods Appliance Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for LaQuinta Inn and Suites to be built on the corner of Parsons Avenue and Gray Streets. Rick Shumate, representing property owner Anil Patel, presented the site plan for the LaQuinta Inn and Suites (formerly Country Inn & Suites) to the board for their review and recommendation. The sketch plan for this hotel was approved by Mayor and Council on September 7, 2004, contingent upon the driveways on Parsons Avenue being one-way in and one-way out. The site is larger with the additional lot, the number of rooms has decreased from 72 to 64 units and 16.5 feet has been dedicated to widen Parsons Avenue. Chairman Roberts stated that the bus parking is closer than 10 feet to the property line on Parsons Avenue with the dedication of the additional right-of-way. Public Comments: Joy Larrick, resident on Moore Street, is concerned about the parking being so close to the property line, height of the hotel, lighting, type of fence and drainage issues. Chairman Roberts showed Mrs. Larrick the detention area on the site plan and explained how water is stored and released at a slower rate. In response, Mr. Shumate stated that a solid privacy fence is proposed along the north and west property lines and direct or downcast lighting will be used. Charles Morgan, property owner on Parsons Avenue asked if additional right-of-way was required. Chairman Roberts stated that the right-of-way was required for the development. With no other public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the LaQuinta Inn and Suites site plan at the corner of Parsons Avenue and Gray Streets subject to the privacy fence, downcast lighting and all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Chairman Roberts pointed out several areas where Oak trees are proposed too close together. He further reminded the developer that the City of Pooler has a tree bank that can be used instead of overcrowding the trees on a site just to meet the tree ordinance. With the proposed revisions needed to the landscape plan based on the board’s comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table the landscape plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without passed.

Recombination Plat of a portion of Tract 3A located along the proposed extension of
Blue Moon Crossing. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the recombination plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The property is currently zoned for residential development and is located along the north side of the proposed Blue Moon Crossing extension. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff, seconded by Commissioner Lanier, to recommend approval of the recombination plat of a portion of Tract 3A for transfer of property. Motion passed without opposition.

Boundary Plat for Parcel 25, a 21.47 acre portion of Tract 12 located at the end of Quacco Road. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the boundary plat for parcel 25 to the board for their review and recommendation. The parcel is currently zoned for multi-family residential development and is located along the south side of I-16 at the end of Quacco Road. The boundary plat is needed for transfer of property. Chairman Roberts questioned if there are plans to resurface Quacco Road at some time in the future. In response, Mr. Kraft stated that this has been discussed but would not be done until the bulk of heavy construction traffic diminishes. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the boundary plat for parcel 25. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

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

March 26, 2007

April 9, 2007




CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
APRIL 9, 2007


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Mary Louise Lanier, Scotty Fletcher, Nannette Ringham and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilman Mike Royal and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Konter Development is requesting a 4’ front setback variance for lots 200-217 on the south side of Chippingwoods Circle, in Phase I of Morgan Pines Sub. Steve
Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. The homes were inadvertently laid out 26’ from the right-of-way. The building setback requirement of lots fronting on a 50’right-of-way is 30’ according to The Morgan PUD Development Standards. Since most of the lots on the south side of Chippingwoods Circle are either complete or under construction, the request is to grant variances on all of the lots with the exception of Lot 212. After review of the criteria for granting a variance, the board determined that the request meets two out of the three. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of a 4’ front setback variance for lots 200 – 217 on the south side of Chippingwoods Circle in Phase I of Morgan Pines Subdivision. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Acceptance of Performance Bond / Final Plat Approval of Hamilton Grove, Phase 2 located off East Haven Boulevard in Savannah Quarters. Ryan Smith of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the final plat of Hamilton Grove, Phase 2 to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Roberts questioned the location of benchmarks on the copy of the plat the board received in their packets. Mr. Smith pointed them out to the board on his copy of the revised plat. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the final plat for Hamilton Grove, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.


3. Pooler Parkway LLC - Final Plat Review for a major subdivision of Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and 5 outparcels. Kendall Jones of Hull Storey Retail Group is requesting approval of the final plat for the major subdivision of Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and 5 outparcels. Commissioner Archer questioned the proposed use of Lot 6 and potential traffic congestion with the future road access onto Pine Barren Road. Mrs. Jones stated that she does not know what is proposed on Lot 6 but for now Pooler Parkway, LLC will retain ownership. Chairman Roberts stated that he would prefer to see the future right-of-way to Pine Barren Road be completed now to alleviate all the traffic dumping on the Pooler Parkway to access this development. Councilwoman Benton is concerned about the road configuration causing traffic congestion, being very similar to that in front of Home Depot and Wal-Mart. She would still prefer to see a frontage road along the Pooler Parkway. She is also concerned about potential traffic on Pine Barren Road with the long school zones from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning and 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. In response, Mrs. Jones stated that she has discussed the request for a frontage road with Haines, Gipson & Associates (Lowe’s engineer), Tom Cetti, who represents the property owner and potential buyer of Lot 5, and Bill Nicholson of HGB&D. Everyone agrees that a frontage road would not be practical and the layout proposed is the best design. Chairman Roberts agrees that a frontage road would cause more traffic congestion. There was further discussion about how the outparcels would be accessed and if the roads within the subdivision would be public or private. In his comments, Bill Nicholson of HGB&D recommended that the roads remain private. Chairman Roberts stated that the road issue decision should be addressed by council. With no other public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the Pooler Parkway, LLC final plat for a major subdivision of Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and 5 outparcels, subject to the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

4. Construction Plan Review for Savannah Quarters – East Spine Road Phase 4
Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the construction plan for Phase 4 of the East Spine Road, also known as East Haven Boulevard, to the board for their review and recommendation. Phases 2 and 3 are almost complete and Phase 4 will extend up to the Savannah Ogeechee Canal. Mr. Kraft stated that they have revised the plans to address the engineer’s comments. With no public comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Reardon, to recommend approval of the construction plan for Phase 4 of the East Spine Road, subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Construction Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Phase 7, Westbrook Subdivision.
Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the construction plan for Phase 7, Westbrook Subdivision to the board for their review and recommendation. All 78 lots within this phase are at least 100’ wide or greater and are a mix of the SF-1 and SF-2 lot categories within the Savannah Quarters PUD. Mr. Kraft stated that due to the shape of the phase and the size of the lots, two (2) sub-standard cul-de-sacs were designed to serve two (2) to three (3) lots. In his engineering comments, Downer Davis recommended placing a sign at the entrance to both of these cul-de-sacs that would read “Private Residences – Do Not Enter”. Chairman Roberts questioned the need for the sign when you are already
inside a gated community. Councilwoman Benton stated that she agreed with Chairman Roberts that signage was not needed since the streets are private. She recommended leaving the decision up to the Medalist Group. Commissioner Archer questioned if emergency vehicles, like a fire truck, could turn around in the small cul-de-sacs. In response, Mr. Kraft stated that larger trucks, including a fire truck, should be able to back a distance of approximately 175’. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the construction plan for Phase 7, Westbrook Subdivision, subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. The landscape plan included three (3) trees from the preferred tree list on a typical residential plot plan. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that within Westbrook, a streetscape of live oak trees are planted every 40 feet between the sidewalk and the curb. With no public comments, Commissioner Ringham made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Reardon to approve the landscape plan. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Recombination Plat of a portion of Tracts 3A and 3A-1, located along the proposed extension of Blue Moon Crossing. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the revised plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The plat was approved by this board on March 12, 2007, but was withdrawn from the council agenda to create a parcel of record for the berm so that ownership could be transferred to the homeowner’s association. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat of a portion of Tracts 3A and 3A-1. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

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

April 23, 2007

May 14, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
MAY 14, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Mary Louise Lanier, Scotty Fletcher, Nannette Ringham and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Larry Olliff. Motion was seconded by Charles Archer and passed without opposition.

Chairman Roberts asked for a show of hands as to how many people were present to speak on items 1 and 2. Due to the public input anticipated with these items, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to hear these items at the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Conditional Use Request to construct a Bowling Center at the corner of South Junction Boulevard and Godley Station Boulevard South. Craig Zuck of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company, on behalf of his client, Mr. Jimmy Patel, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained that a bowling center falls under the heading of “Family Entertainment Center” and is a permitted use in C-2, Heavy Commercial as a “conditional use”, meaning this location would have to be approved by the Mayor and Council for the City of Pooler. The proposed 24-lane bowling center will be approximately 30,000 square feet, nicely landscaped with 175 parking spaces. A 100’ buffer, which is heavily wooded, separates the commercially zoned area from the residential area. A 25’ easement has been added on the north property line that increases the buffer to 125’. The hours of operation will be, Sunday thru Thursday – 12:00 p.m. until l1:00 p.m., Friday - 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., Saturday – 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. The board questioned the building design and if alcohol would be sold. Food and beverages will be sold and also beer and wine, if the license is approved by the City of Pooler. Joe Orr of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards addressed the board about the building design. He stated that with the insulation and the type of construction designed for this type of building, the only way you could hear any noise would be if the doors were all open. Pictures were shown to the board of similar type bowling centers in Florida to illustrate the new concept in building design as compared to the “traditional” type. Public comments: Tom Dement, representing the owners of “The Crossing”, the commercial subdivision adjoining this property to the south, are concerned that the traffic and the noise in conjunction with alcohol sales and the late hours of operation will degrade the value of the property they are marketing for high-in office/retail use. Donna Fisher, resident of Town Lake Subdivision, is concerned about the late night alcohol sales being in direct conflict with a child friendly environment. She would strongly recommend that the council get detailed information of the other uses proposed in the other half of the building to maintain a child-friendly environment. Rick Shumate, representing nine residents on Manor Row, are totally against the bowling center being constructed on the tract that adjoins Town Lake Subdivision. They are concerned about the late hours of operation, and the fact that late night noise and alcohol does not mix. The address of the residents on Manor Row that Mr. Shumate represented included 105, 107, 109, 112, 114, 117, 118, 121, and 125 Manor Row. Debbie Kramer, resident of 113 Manor Row, also representing 119 Manor Row, read a letter from Robert Bryan who lives at 109 Manor Row. The letter from Mr. Bryan stated that he is 100% against the bowling center because of the hours of operation, traffic, and noise in general. Further, he believes the property should have never been zoned to commercial and would like to preserve the quiet serenity of his neighborhood. Cal Patel, President of the Town Lake Homeowners Association, stated that they are opposed to the bowling center in their backyard and furthermore, as parents, they are concerned about the type of people that it will attract. Harold Edwards of 115 Manor Row is concerned that the kids in the neighborhood will be going through his yard to get to the bowling center. Robert Daniels, business owner in the area, spoke in favor of the bowling center and does not feel surrounding property values would be decreased. Petitioner’s response: Craig Zuck stated that only five property owners adjoin this tract and according to trip generations performed on this type of use, the bowling center would generate less traffic than some other potential retail users. Regarding potential alcohol sales at the bowling center, there is already a liquor store located nearby in the Parkway Plaza. Further, Mr. Zuck stated that in 2005, the master plan presented to the city showed a bowling center in this area. Regarding the noise, Mrs. Carver reminded the board that the City of Pooler has a noise ordinance and decimal levels are stricter for this type of business. Comments from the board: Commissioner Archer questioned the width of the buffer and asked if the developer would be willing to provide a larger buffer. The developer has proposed a 100’ buffer between the commercial zone and residential zone, plus a 25’ easement. Councilwoman Benton asked if a bridge is proposed across Pipe Maker’s Canal from the YMCA to the proposed bowling center. In response, property owner Mike Kistler, stated that he has had some discussion with Mayor Mike Lamb, but no action was taken. Chairman Roberts stated that the board has options to require fencing or heavier landscaping in the buffer area. Craig Zuck stated that his client is willing to put up a fence and plans to add additional landscaping. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the conditional use request to operate a Bowling Center at the corner of South Junction Boulevard and Godley Station Boulevard South contingent upon a fence being placed between the commercial zone and the residential area on the rear. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham. The motion passed with a vote of 3 to 3 with Chairman Roberts voting to break the tie.

2. Zoning Map Amendment Petition for property owners: Lee, West & Walsh, LP and Joshua A. Grach to rezone approximately 92.925 acres located on Old Louisville Road and U. S. Highway 80 – the front portion to C-2, Heavy Commercial and the rear portion to I-1, a Light Industrial Zoning District. Petitioner: Attorney Phillip R. McCorkle. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Being an adjacent property owner that would be affected by the rezoning, Commissioner Lanier also stepped down from her seat on the board. Attorney Phillip McCorkle, on behalf of property owners: Joshua A. Grach and Lee, West & Walsh. L.P., presented the rezoning petition to the board for their review and recommendation. The request is to rezone approximately 92.925 acres located on the corner of Old Louisville Road and U. S. Highway 80, also known as Lots 1-5 and 21-24, Section 3 of the Houston Tract. The front portion of the Lee, West & Walsh Tract (82.925 acres) is already zoned C-2, Heavy Commercial. The entire ten (10) acre tract owned by Joshua Grach is zoned RA-1, a Residential-Agricultural–Limited district. The rezoning petition extends the commercial area to a depth of approximately 677’ on the western side of the Lee Tract from the right-of-way of U. S. Highway 80 and to a depth of approximately 300’ on the eastern side of the Grach property from the right-of-way of Old Louisville Road. The proposed zoning of the remaining portion of the property is I-1 (Light Industrial) which would be typical in this area of Pooler. The adjoining property to the west and the north is zoned I-1. The proposed access will be from U. S. Highway 80 and not Old Louisville Road. Pointing to the City of Pooler’s Zoning Map, Mr. McCorkle stated that on the east side of I-95, the zoning trend has been commercial zoning along the road frontage of U. S. Highway and Industrial zoning in the back behind the commercial zoning. Having worked on several rezoning petitions for North Point and met with the homeowners that live along Old Louisville Road, Mr. McCorkle is well aware of the problems with Old Louisville Road Besides being sub-standard and narrow, there is not enough right-of-way to widen or improve the road. Included with the rezoning petition is a concept plan that would reroute the west end of Old Louisville Road up through the Lee Wilson Tract with a proposed exit onto U. S. Highway 80 approximately 200’ west of the current entrance. DOT has reviewed and
approved the concept plan. The plan presents a better and safer access onto U. S. Highway 80. No thru truck traffic would be allowed on Old Louisville Road and all truck traffic would be routed out to U. S. Highway 80. In closing, Mr. McCorkle reviewed the list of standards as to how his rezoning request met the criteria and asked the board to recommend approval of the rezoning. Public comments: Attorney Josh Walker, representing property owner William Hunter, stated that the rezoning request does not meet the fourth standard which states “Will this request place irreversible limitations on the area as it is or on future plans for it?” Believing that it would, Mr. Walker asked for a recommendation to deny the rezoning request. Mr. William J. Hunter, adjoining property owner, read verbatim a letter that outlined is reasons for opposing the rezoning. Furthermore, he is requesting that the City of Pooler deny any rezoning requests in this area until every property owner along Old Louisville Road is given equal protection under the law. Holly Young, Real Estate Agent for the Hunters, is concerned that the property owners in this area are being choked out. They have been told numerous times that the City of Pooler will not consider rezoning any property along Old Louisville Road until the road is improved to meet City of Pooler standards. So where does this leave them if property is zoned industrial all around them. These property owners have been here a long time and have paid taxes all these years. Some of these residents want to stay here and this board should respect and protect their rights. Ping Tyner, property owner on Old Louisville Road, stated that city council recommended that City Manager Dennis Baxter contact the residents along Old Louisville Road to request additional right-of-way for the widening of Old Louisville Road. Furthermore, he would like to ask North Point to talk to the state about the Old Louisville Road right-of-way and requested the board not to take action on this rezoning until the road issue is resolved. Mary Louise Lanier, an adjacent property owner, listed the following reasons for opposing the rezoning request: traffic congestion along U. S. Highway that backs up from Pine Barren Road, potential truck traffic exiting onto U. S. 80, property values will be affected and she questions the need for additional warehousing with existing vacant buildings in the SPA Park. The property is located in the flood plain and would like to know how this will affect the overall drainage in this area. She asked about the status of the proposed drainage study for the area east of I-95. Rufus Benton of 5158 Old Louisville Road reiterated that Old Louisville Road is a hazard and most of all unsafe for vehicular traffic. Chairman Roberts agreed the road is deplorable and stated the new road design would be beneficial to the residents. Commissioner Fletcher also stated that the new road would help more than it would hurt the residents. Mary Louise Lanier asked if any research had been done for possible access through Westside Business Park or Dean Forest Road. Petitioner’s response: Attorney McCorkle stated that the Westside Business Park is privately owned. The road is not being closed. His client is putting in an 80’ right-of-way and a full standard road at his own expense. The Tyners and the Hunters could do the same thing. The rezoning request is keeping with the City of Pooler pattern of zoning with commercial on the front and industrial on the rear. His client should not be penalized because other property owners can not rezone their property due to the sub-standard Old Louisville Road. With no other comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend denial of the rezoning request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed 3 to l with Commissioner Olliff opposing. Commissioners Reardon and Lanier returned to their seats on the board.

NEW BUSINESS:

Site Plan Review for an addition to A & R Flooring at 1115 East Highway 80.
Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.
Steve Taylor presented the site plan for an addition to the board for their review and recommendation. No water or sewer is proposed and most of the addition replaces existing paved area, so there is no additional runoff. There was some discussion regarding whether the five (5) oak trees on the approved landscape plan for the first building were planted. Mr. Taylor stated they were planted but in different locations. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the site plan for an addition to A & R Flooring at 1115 East Highway 80 contingent upon the location of the required trees being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

Site Plan Review for an addition to S.A. Allen at 163 Pine Barren Road.
Ryan Willoughby of Southeast Engineering and Environmental presented the site plan for the addition to the board for their review and recommendation. The owner proposes to expand the existing warehouse along with parking and additional landscaping. All of the engineering comments have been addressed. Therefore, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the site plan for an addition to S. A. Allen at 163 Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

Site Plan Review for an addition to Hendrix Machinery at 1725 Old Dean Forest Road. The owner plans to erect a 24’ x 24’ metal storage building on an area of existing concrete pavement so there will be no increase in runoff. The building location is such that it will not impair drainage from any other area. No water or sewer services are proposed. There were no engineering comments to address. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the site plan for an addition to Hendrix Machinery at 1725 Old Dean Forest Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Site Plan Review for an addition to Dorsey Tire/Auto Care at 1284 E. Hwy 80.
Downer Davis of Davis Engineering Company presented the site plan for the addition to the board for their review and recommendation. All of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for an addition to Dorsey Tire/Auto Care at 1284 East Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

Proposed revision to Savannah Quarters Amendment # 12 Development Standards to allow covered porches within the 60’ rear building separation setback. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that the amendment would allow covered porches to be built on the rear of the units within the 60’ building separation setback, but at a minimum of 55’ separation. With the PUD Review Board’s recommendation to approve, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the revision to Savannah Quarters Amendment #12 Development Standards to allow covered porches within the 60’ rear building separation setback. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Final PUD/ Site Plan Approval for Berkeley Walk Amenity Site located in Savannah Quarters. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that the PUD Review Board, which met prior to this meeting, recommended fourteen (14) parking spaces for the amenity site. With only 136 townhomes, he asked the Planning and Zoning Board if they would consider reducing that number to (eight) parking spaces. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend final PUD/site plan approval for Berkeley Walk Amenities located in Savannah Quarters contingent upon ten (10) parking spaces being constructed in Phase II. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Review of easement plat to create a 40’ utility easement along the eastern property line of Lot 1, Morgan Center. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company explained that the easement is needed for a water line extension to serve the AMB site. Following some discussion, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to recommend approval of the easement plat subject to any engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

Recombination plat of 414 Gray Street for construction of LaQuinta Inn & Suites.
Rick Shumate, representing property owner Anil Patel, explained the two lots had to be combined for the construction of the LaQuinta Inn and Suites at the corner of Gray Street and Parson Avenue. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the recombination plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.



Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Port City Bumper @ 1376 East Highway 80.
Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.
Chip Butts of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He reminded the board that they had already reviewed and approved the sketch plan for the proposed 12,000 sq ft. office/warehouse and the future 5,500 sq. ft. retail building proposed on this site. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the site plan for Port City Bumper at 1376 East Highway 80 subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Olliff questioned if there were any tree calculations. Commissioner Lanier also asked if any of the existing trees on the site could be saved. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table the landscape plan to give Mr. Butts an opportunity to provide the board with tree calculations and a “tree save plan”. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Forest Lakes, Phase 2 Plat Revision to correct some lot numbers and addresses.
Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman and Company explained the revision was needed to correct some lot numbers and addresses in Phase 2 of Forest Lakes. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the Forest Lakes, Phase 2 Plat Revision. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Lanier made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8.45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

May 29, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
MAY 29, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Mary Louise Lanier, Scotty Fletcher, Nannette Ringham and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Landscape Plan Review for Port City Bumper at 1376 East Highway 80.
Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.
Jamie Csizmadia of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Per request of this board, tree calculations and a “tree save plan” were added to the landscape plan. Eight (8) significant trees are labeled on the plan to be saved and the planting of 29 new trees are labeled on the plan to meet the requirements of the tree ordinance. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to approve the landscape plan for Port City Bumper at 1376 East Highway 80. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Pooler Park West II located on west Highway 80 (formerly known as Daniels Tract). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Terry Coleman and Wesley Martin of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan/landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Archer questioned the one (1) handicap parking space located in front of building #3. Mr. Coleman agreed to add the additional handicap space to the site plan stating he would still meet parking requirements. Commissioner Ringham pointed out that the access to this site is off of Highway 80 and not the Pooler Parkway as shown on the vicinity map. Commissioner Fletcher recommended the dumpster enclosures have a hinged type gate to allow the gates to close automatically. Not being a requirement, Mr. Coleman stated that he would convey this concern to the developer. Further, the dumpster enclosure would be of masonry material as recommended by this board during the sketch plan review. Commissioner Ringham questioned if the project would be developed in phases. In response, Mr. Coleman stated the developer has plans to construct the entire project at the same time. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the site plan for Pooler Park West II on West Highway 80, formerly known as the Daniels Tract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Chairman Roberts pointed out that the plan meets the tree ordinance requirements with 89 trees required and 89 proposed on the site. Commissioner Archer questioned if the proposed islands are large enough to accommodate two (2) large trees. In response, Mr. Coleman stated that the trees are small maple trees, not large canopy trees. Therefore, Commissioner Ringham made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Archer, to approve the landscape plan for Pooler Park West II. Motion passed without opposition.

3. A recombination & major subdivision plat of lots 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8, Section 2, Lots 8-11 & 17, Section 3, a portion of an unopened road, and Tracts 1, 2, 2A & 2B, Houston Tract for Northpoint Industrial, LLC (aka Dean Forest Business Park). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Travis Randall of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the recombination and major plat of The Houston Tract to the board for their and review and recommendation. This recombination plat creates four lots, Distribution Drive right-of-way and an area labeled as future development and common area. Lot 3 is the site for construction of the proposed NRS Warehouse development. The NRS Warehouse site will be served by a private septic system and the developer is posting a performance bond to guarantee completion of the road and water improvements in order for the plat to be recorded. Public comments: Attorney Josh Walker, on behalf of adjacent property owner William (Bill) Hunter, addressed the board with specific objections to the recombination of the Houston Tract. He objects to the use of the unopened road as a drainage/utility easement and access being cut-off to Mr. Hunter’s property referenced on the plat as Lots 6 and 7, Section 3 of the Houston Tract. Due to short notice, he would ask the board to either deny the request to recombine these lots or at least table to a later date to give him ample time to prepare. Chairman Roberts asked Attorney Walker to come up and show him where Mr. Hunter’s lot is located on the plat. Travis Randall and Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company and Mr. Bill Hunter were also involved in the discussion with Chairman Roberts regarding how the 30’ unopened road is shown and labeled on the plat. With no other comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of a recombination and major subdivision plat of lots l, 3, 4, 7 & 8, Section 2, Lots 8-ll & 17, Section 3, a portion of an unopened road, and Tracts 1, 2, 2A & 2B, Houston Tract for Northpoint Industrial, LLC. Before the motion was seconded, Commissioner Archer asked for clarification on whether the unopened road was removed from the plat. In response, Chairman Roberts stated that the plat will not change, the 30’ unopened road is still there as a separate tract of land. Further, he reiterated that this is not a change in the zoning but only a recombination of the existing lots. This was confirmed by Travis Randall of Kern-Coleman & Company. The motion was then seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

4. Final Plat Revision for “The Gates”, Phase 1B at Savannah Quarters. Kevin Smith of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the final plat revision for “The Gates, Phase 1B to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Smith explained the plat has been revised to include the addition of a 15-foot drainage easement along the rear property lines of lots 81 thru 89 as shown on the approved construction plans. Also, the 20-foot drainage and utility easement between lots 91 and 92 has been reduced to 15 feet. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the revised plat for “The Gates”, Phase lB at Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Site Plan Review of a 1,980 sq. ft. addition to the Hargray Wireless building located at 9 Mill Creek Circle. The petitioner was out of town and unable to attend. The site work included grading around the building, the relocation of the dumpster pad, and the addition of four (4) new parking spaces which were not needed to meet the parking requirements. Since this was such a small addition, there were no engineering comments. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for a 1,980 square foot addition to the Hargray Wireless building located at 9 Mill Creek Circle. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

6. Posting of Performance Bond/Final Plat Review for Woodlake Townhomes, Phase 1 located off Wildcat Dam Road at the end of Old Central Road. Craig Zuck of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company and Grant Beeson of Abercorn Site, LLC presented the final plat for Woodlake Townhomes, Phase I to the board for their review and recommendation. The subdivision is located between Wildcat Dam Road and Pooler Parkway. Phase I includes 17 single family lots and 40 townhome lots. The developer is requesting to have the subdivision plat approved and recorded by posting a performance bond in the amount of $1,726,906.11 to guarantee completion of the improvements. Commissioner Archer had some questions regarding where the 200’ right-of-way begins and ends and how the easements, the road, electric poles and the residential lots all fit within the 200 feet. Public comments: Ike LaRoche, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board to state for the record his opposition to the development. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the posting of a performance bond and approval of the final plat for Woodlake Townhomes, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed with Commissioner Fletcher opposing.

7. Sketch Plan Review for an office/warehouse on Lot 1 in the Mega-Site Business Park off of Pine Barren Road. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Jamie Csizmadia of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The 15.05 acre site is zoned I-l (Light Industrial) and is located east of I-95 and south of Pine Barren Road. The sketch plan includes the construction of a 15,000 square foot office/warehouse called “Waterworks” for distribution purposes on Lot 1 with Lot 2 being developed at a later date. With adjacent lands zoned R-A (Residential–Agricultural), a twenty (20) foot vegetative buffer is proposed along the north, east and south property lines. Chairman Roberts stated that with Lot 2 not being developed at this time, the site plan for the “Waterworks” development for Lot 1 should show what portion of the detention area is designed to meet storm water requirements. Commissioner Olliff questioned if stone paving was considered crush-n-run, and if so, it needed to be granite based. The engineer’s comments were items that should be considered when the site plan is designed. In response to one of his comments, Ms. Csizmadia stated that water and sewer for the project will be served by the City of Pooler and not a private well/septic system. The access easement has already been increased from 30 to 40 feet as suggested by Bill Nicholson in another comment. The board also reminded her about the need for handicap parking spaces. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the sketch plan for an office/warehouse on Lot 1 in the Mega-Site Business Park off of Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7.03 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition

June 11, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
JUNE 11, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Scotty Fletcher and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Wayne
Seay, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Coastal Living Homes, Inc. is requesting a 2 ½’ variance encroachment for Lot 32, located in The Harmony ~ Phase I. In view of the fact that the petitioner was not present, Commissioner Olliff made a motion to discuss items 1 and 4 at the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. The 2 ½’ rear setback variance encroachment is needed due to the fact a property pin was not properly located; therefore the house was built too close to the side property line with the porch encroaching into the rear building setback. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to approve the 2 ½’ variance encroachment for Lot 32, located in The Harmony, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Westside Station, LLC is requesting a 25 sq. ft. Message Board variance located at the intersection of Highway 80 and Westside Boulevard at the main entrance to Westside Business Park. Jeb Brees presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that Westside Station is a 20,000 square foot office/retail building located at the intersection of Highway 80 and Westside Boulevard at the main entrance to Westside Business Park. The developer is requesting a 25 square foot variance to install an electronic message board that is 40 square feet in size. The City of Pooler Sign Ordinance limits the size of an electronic message board to 15 square feet. Chairman Roberts stated instead of a variance he would recommend that the city review the sign ordinance and consideration be given to increasing the square footage of a message board. Commissioner Fletcher agreed with Chairman Roberts and felt the board may be setting a precedent for other variance requests, if the variance was approved. Commissioner Olliff is concerned about the potential problem of pedestrians trying to read several message boards of this size located in a row. Public comments: Greg Tsiopanas, property owner, who built a similar size building across the street, stated if the variance is approved that he may also apply for a sign variance. After reviewing the criteria for granting a variance, the board determined that the request does not meet the variance standards; therefore a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend denial of the variance request and also recommend that the board review the section of the sign ordinance pertaining to the 15 square foot limitation on electronic message boards. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.


NEW BUSINESS:

3. Savannah Quarters Phase 11 ~ Final PUD Master Plan Revision for construction of 200 single-family detached units. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the request to the board for their review and recommendation. He reminded the board that the PUD Review Board recommended approval provided that the petitioner coordinates buffering requirements with the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Society prior to the construction plans being submitted for review. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of Savannah Quarters, Phase ll, Final PUD Master Plan Revision for construction of 200 single-family detached units with the condition that the petitioner coordinates buffering requirements with the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Society. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

4. Recombination of Lots 31 and 32, located in The Harmony ~ Phase I, to eliminate side yard setback encroachment. In view of the fact the petitioner was not present, Commissioner Olliff made a motion to discuss items 1 and 4 at the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. A property pin was not properly located; therefore the house was built too close to the side property line. Mrs. Carver explained the purpose of the recombination is to shift the lot lines to meet the side yard setback requirements. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the recombination of Lots 31 an 32, located in The Harmony, Phase I, to eliminate the side yard setback encroachment. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.

5. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for reconstruction of a 7,000 sq. ft. Office Building for the Estate of Phillip Clifton, Sr. located @ 1535 East Highway 80. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This is the reconstruction of a 7,000 square foot building that recently burned at the corner of Highway 80 and Old Dean Forest Road. Plans have been revised to address the engineer’s comments and resubmitted for his review. Mrs. Carver reminded the board that the parking area extends into an adjacent lot and a recombination of these lots are needed. There was some discussion about the proposed wooden dumpster enclosure and the location of the dumpster being outside of lot 10. In response, Mr. Crapps stated that he would be glad to change the dumpster enclosure to a masonry material. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the site plan for reconstruction of a 7,000 square foot office building for the Estate of Phillip Clifton, Sr. subject to a recombination plat, engineering comments being addressed, a masonry dumpster enclosure and DOT approval for a drainage encroachment permit. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Since the landscape plan meets the requirements of the tree ordinance, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff, seconded by Commissioner Fletcher, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

6. Site Plan / Landscape Review for The Fairway Townhomes @ Savannah Quarters, located at the end of Blue Moon Crossing. Pat Livingston of Ward Edwards presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The subdivision consists of 41.57 acres within Parcels 2A and 2B of Savannah Quarters. The development includes 196 townhomes with associated infrastructure, a clubhouse and a pool area. A 50’ buffer is proposed from Blue Moon Crossing along with a 25’ undisturbed wetlands buffer to the rear of the site. The project has received approval from EPD for utility extensions and NRS for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that the PUD Review Board had issues with the way the development addressed garbage collection. At the time, trash compactors were recommended instead of individual garbage carts. In response to the request, the board was given a copy of an e-mail that stated the developer’s position on this issue. He anticipates the homeowner in this development will be in the age range of 70 to 90; “empty nesters” and retirees looking to down size from larger homes. Furthermore, trash compactors generate unpleasant odors and no matter where they are placed, some residents are going to have a very long walk. Chairman Roberts stated that with the number of proposed units, individual garbage carts would cause congestion unless they are stored in a designated area. The board further recommended a designated area along the road like a paved slab for collection purposes. Public Comments: Bill Gilbert, representing Savannah Quarters, stated that this development will target a certain group and they will have their own covenants. He would also recommend a designated storage yard at each townhome for the garbage carts as well as a designated area along the road like a paved slab for collection purposes. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for The Fairway Townhomes at Savannah Quarters subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, a storage area for garbage carts at each townhome unit being provided and an area to be designated along the road like a paved slab for collection purposes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, the Homeowner’s Association would be responsible for maintaining all the exterior landscaping within this development. Since the plan meets the tree ordinance, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon, seconded by Commissioner Olliff to approve the landscape plan. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Sketch Plan Review for six (6) Medical/Professional Offices on Lot 1B, Godley Commons, located on Tract 8, South Godley PUD. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the sketch plan for six (6) Medical/Professional Offices on Tract 8, in the South Godley PUD to the board for their review and recommendation. Mrs. Carver stated for the record that one of the conditions placed on this tract at the time of rezoning was that no building would begin on tracts 1 thru 5 before January, 2008. In response, Mr. Burke stated that this is only a sketch plan and construction plans will not be submitted before that date and no land disturbing activity will occur before then. As an adjacent property owner, Councilwoman Benton questioned if the right-of-way for the connector road was ever dedicated to the City of Pooler. Mr. Burke stated that they are currently working on the plat and the bonding for the road. With no other comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend approval of the sketch plan for Godley Commons located on Tract 8 within the South Godley PUD, subject to the engineering comments being addressed with the development of construction plans. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

8. Minor Subdivision of Parcels 28A, 28B and 29, being a portion of Tract 12 in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters. Ryan Smith of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the minor subdivision to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Smith stated that the same owner is developing both tracts. The tract is located at the end of East Haven Boulevard and is bordered by the Savannah Ogeechee Canal on the south. Councilwoman Benton asked if the developer has met with the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Society on buffering requirements along the canal. In response, Mr. Smith stated that this is a boundary subdivision plat for transfer of property and they would do so prior to development of Parcel 28B. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the minor subdivision of a portion of Tract 12 into Parcels 28A, 28B and 29. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

9. NRS/Landscape Waiver ~ Tree reimbursement located off Dean Forest Road. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item.
Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the request for tree reimbursement to the board for their review and approval. The project has been approved and under construction at this time. Since this is a large industrial site, the property owner is requesting a modification to the landscape plan. With ample landscaping proposed on the site, the owner is proposing to allocate funds to the City of Pooler in the amount of $19,275.00 for trees that would not be properly maintained once planted due to the character of the development. These trees could be better utilized within city parks and recreational areas. Commissioner Fletcher is concerned that the removal of the underbrush within the 100’ buffer along Dean Forest Road no longer provides a solid 100’ buffer that was requested and approved for the residents living across the street from the industrial park. Mr. Crapps stated that he could plant Wax Myrtles at the entrance to thicken the visual effect but would request the board address additional plantings when Lot l is developed. Mr. Crapps stated that the triangular piece of property located adjacent to Dean Forest Road may be dedicated to the City of Pooler. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the NRS/Landscape Waiver for tree reimbursement located off Dean Forest Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat.

10. Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for major subdivision of Tract “A”, located between Medical Park Drive and Godley Station Blvd. ~ Live Oak Plaza.
Steve Wohlfiel of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the final plat to the board for their review and approval. All of the infrastructure is complete. The developer is requesting to have the subdivision plat approved and recorded under a maintenance bond. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to accept the maintenance bond and recommend approval of the final plat for a major subdivision of Tract “A”, located between Medical Park Drive and Godley Station Blvd., known as Live Oak Plaza. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.



There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Archer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7.35 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

June 25, 2007



CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
JUNE 25, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier, Nannette Ringham and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Mayor Mike Lamb, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Jerry Crosby’s zoning map amendment petition to rezone 1121 West Highway 80 from
C-1 (Light Commercial) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Jerry Crosby presented his request to the board for their review and recommendation. The .45 acre lot is located on the southwest corner of West Highway 80 and the Pooler Parkway. The property is currently zoned C-1 (Light Commercial) and Mr. Crosby is requesting the zoning to be changed to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to increase the probability of selling the property. The size of the lot will limit the use and most inquiries have been for uses permitted in C-2, Heavy Commercial such as auto sales & service, a convenience store, a car wash and a package shop. Commissioner Archer questioned the distance between the house on the adjacent lot and Mr. Crosby’s residence. In response, Mr. Crosby stated that it is approximately 300 feet. There was some discussion regarding how the rear lot is accessed. The petitioner described the access as a 50’ wide strip of land that is 300’ long, of which no one claims ownership. Commissioner Ringham pointed out to the board that there are several uses such as a restaurant with or without alcohol sales and a liquor, beer and wine package shop that would be permitted uses in C-2, whereas not permitted in C-1. Councilwoman Benton asked if the property is rezoned to C-2, would the existing curb-cut from Highway 80 be used. In response, Mr. Crosby stated that they would use “Demas Road”. He further stated that he has always used “Demas Road” to access his residence and the drive off Highway 80 is used to access his appliance business. Following some discussion regarding the use and ownership of “Demas Road”, Chairman Roberts stated that this board has no jurisdiction over land title issues. That would be handled through the court system. Furthermore, the DOT can not take away a curb-cut. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to table this item until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

2. Conditional Use Request to build a Bowling Center adjacent to Pipe Makers Canal on a portion of Parcel 5A that is located off of Godley Station Boulevard South. Due to the number of people that showed up for this item, Commissioner Olliff made a motion to discuss item 2 at the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. The request was presented by Craig Zuck of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company and Mike Kistler of Development Associates Inc., the owner and developer of the Godley Station Parcel 5A commercial subdivision. Per request of the Mayor and Council, Mr. Kistler stated a meeting was held with some of the residents to discuss the
concerns expressed at that meeting. Of course, there are still some residents that do not want a bowling alley in their community. In attempt to try to work with the residents, the proposed site was moved from Lot 12 to Lots 9 and 10, which are adjacent to the Pipe Maker’s Canal. This will place the proposed building approximately 750’ from the closest resident in Town Lake Subdivision. Furthermore, a bowling center was always intended for this area and hopefully will be a positive impact on the community. The size of the building and the proposed hours of operation have not changed. Public comments: John Carter appeared before the board representing a large portion of the residents of the following subdivisions in Godley Village: Towne Lake, Copper Village, The Arbors and Forest Lakes. In opposition, he stated that the new location is still not acceptable. Mr. Carter listed the following concerns about the proposed location: potential traffic concerns with no median cut on the Pooler Parkway, whether 150 parking spaces is enough, decrease in residential property values, the overburden of infrastructure, one entertainment center will lead to another, potential increase in crime and vandalism within the nearby residential subdivision, stripped buffer along the Pooler Parkway, nearby detention area is too close to the site and whether another business in the area selling alcohol is needed. Jay Melvin, resident of 125 Carolina Cherry Court, stated that when reviewing the criteria for the granting of a conditional use, the request does not meet number 2, 3 and 7. With the potential traffic generated by the bowling center being funneled around the circle at the entrance to Town Lake Subdivision, the adjacent neighborhood would be adversely affected. Myra Pierce of 113 Manor Row stated that she is not opposed to the bowling alley but would recommend the number of people be restricted and not be allowed to congregate outside the building as well as limiting the hours of operation. Mike Fowley of 126 Regency stated that he had surveyed 60 homes within The Retreat at Forest Lakes, wherein 57 residents signed a petition opposing the bowling center. There were several residents that spoke in favor of the bowling center. Response: Craig Zuck stated that the parking was based on similar facilities that have an average of four (4) parking spaces per alley. With 150 parking spaces proposed, this project has an average of six (6) parking spaces per alley. The owner is trying to promote some summer activities for the family and different youth groups in our community. He has also agreed to hire off-duty officers, if needed. Councilwoman Benton asked what the distance would be from the proposed facility to the Pooler Parkway and what would be the route of access if you were headed north toward I-95. In response, Mr. Zuck stated the distance is approximately 1000’ and you would have to turn left at the Cancun Restaurant. Mr. Kistler reminded the board that he had requested a median cut across from Monster Storage when the subdivision was proposed, but council denied the request. He would still like to have a median cut and feels this would route the traffic out to the Pooler Parkway from the proposed bowling center as well as other commercial development in this area. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon, seconded by Commissioner Mary Louise Lanier, to recommend the conditional use request to construct a bowling center adjacent to Pipe Maker’s Canal on Lots 9 and 10 be denied. Commissioners Lanier, Archer and Reardon voted in favor of the motion and Commissioners Ringham, Olliff and Fletcher voted in opposition, creating a tie. Motion passed with Chairman Roberts voting in favor of the motion to deny the request.

NEW BUSINESS:

3. Savannah Quarters Phase 4 – Final PUD Revision to change another one of the multi-family parcels to a single-family designation. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that this item was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. The parcel is designated as Tract 6 on the master plan, but is planned to be developed as Westbrook, Phase 8.
With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the Savannah Quarters Phase 4 Final PUD Revision. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

4. Preliminary Construction Plan / Landscape Plan Review of Old Town Subdivision located between Tietgen and Whatley Streets. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the construction plans to the board for their review and recommendation. The 1.83 tract is surrounded by public rights-of-way, public water and sewer and drainage facilities. The three (3) lots fronting on Whatley Street will be served by a 6” water line along Whatley Street but the sewer plan was changed per request of the public works department to tie the sewer into a manhole at the corner of Rogers and Whatley Streets. Water and sewer utilities are easily accessible for the (3) lots facing Tietgen Street. Public Comments: Helen Hostetler of 306 S. Newton Street and William Griffin of 304 S. Newton Street appeared before the board requesting that the City of Pooler guarantee that this development will not drain water back onto their lots creating additional drainage problems. Ms. Hostetler would also like a ditch dug on her property. Mr. Griffin stated that any clear cutting of the tract would decrease or eliminate the tree buffer behind his lot. In response, Mr.Wohlfeil stated that the property owner was aware of these drainage problems on the lots facing Newton Street and requested that the engineer address this in the drainage plan. A sizable drainage swale has been designed on the rear of the proposed lots to drain water from the low areas on Mr. Griffin’s Lot and Ms. Hostetler’s lot. Following some discussion, Commissioner Fletcher recommends approval of the preliminary construction plan for the Old Town Subdivision contingent upon the drainage (ditches) being extended through to Newton Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. The landscape plan meets the requirements of the tree ordinance. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to approve the plan contingent upon the developer working with the homeowners on the type of vegetative buffer proposed between their lot and this development. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

5. Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for right-of-way dedication of the R-8 Spine Road (McCormack Drive). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the final plat for the right-of-way dedication of the R-8 Spine Road to the board for their review and recommendation. The improvements are complete and the developer is posting a maintenance bond in order for the plat to be recorded. Mrs. Carver asked that the plat title block reference the dedication of the right-of-way for the R-8 Spine Road (McCormack Drive). With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for the right-of-way dedication of the R-8 Spine Road (McCormack Drive), subject to the road being designated on the plat. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.
Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

6. Revised Plat for Godley Station Professional Park to enlarge Lot 1.
The petitioner was not present. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to table this item for two weeks. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Archer made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7.40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

July 9, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
JULY 9, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 9, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Nannette Ringham and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Nannette Ringham. Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Conditional Use Request to operate a “Family Home Daycare” at 223 Tiger’s Paw Drive, located in the Hunt Club Subdivision. Mindy Petrovay presented her request for a conditional use to operate a “Family Home Daycare” from her residence located at 223 Tiger’s Paw Drive in the Hunt Club Subdivision. If approved, she would be allowed to keep from three (3) to six (6) children from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The proposed fence is now complete and she has received approval from the State of Georgia. Chairman Roberts questioned if the subdivision covenants allow this type of home business. Mrs. Petrovay was not sure stating that the covenants reference
“business” but does not specifically address a “home daycare”. When she called the developer, he stated that he would need to refer this to his attorney. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the conditional use request to operate a “Family Home Daycare” at 223 Tiger’s Paw Drive subject to compliance with the subdivision covenants and a letter from the Homeowners Association approving the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. ANS Sign request for a 110’ Height Variance to erect a sign in excess of 30’ at 129 Continental Boulevard. Lori Apperson of ANS Signs, Inc. presented the request for a sign height variance to the board for their review and recommendation. Camping World, located at 129 Continental Boulevard, is proposing a 140’ sign in the southwest corner of the property to insure visibility from I-95. They do a lot of advertising on the web and the sign is needed to direct customers off I-95 to their location. Commissioner Ringham asked how the 140’ sign compares with others in the area like Microtel and Cracker Barrel Ms. Apperson stated it is in line with the others. Futhermore, with the tall trees and foliage between I-95 and this property, it is difficult to see the wall sign located on the building. They have engineered drawings of the proposed sign as well as FAA approval. There were no public comments. After reviewing the criteria for the granting of a variance, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the 110’ height variance for Camping World. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

3. Bear Beck, LLC. Request for a Parking Variance for a total of 4 (four) spaces, located at 125 Foxfield Way, Towne Plaza Center. Jim Spies, Broker for First City Properties, presented the parking variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. Towne Plaza Center is an existing retail center containing 14,260 square feet with 62 parking spaces including three (3) handicapped spaces. There are only six (6) tenants in Towne Plaza: Lighting One, Suntrust Mortgage, The UPS Store, Pizza Inn, Golf Etc. and Fettuccini and Co., an Italian Restaurant with 64 seats. Pizza Inn is a take out and delivery restaurant that has relocated to a larger space on Highway 80. A new Japanese restaurant wants to move into the old Pizza Inn space (Suite 105) and utilize the existing restaurant equipment already in place. The restaurant will contain no more than 32 seats and the only possible impact on parking is during the lunch hours and only for four (4) days per week since Fettuccini’s is closed on Mondays and open for dinner only on Saturday and Sunday. A parking space study was conducted for two weeks during the lunch hours of 11:30 a.m. and l:30 p.m. It was concluded that during the lunch period there were at least 31 empty parking spaces. All of the tenants in Towne Plaza have signed a letter of support for this request. The board discussed approving the variance and once the restaurant use vacates the unit, no other restaurant could occupy the unit. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the variance request for four (4) parking spaces located at 125 Foxfield Way, Towne Plaza Center contingent upon no other restaurants being allowed in this development and when this restaurant vacates Suite 105, the variance goes away, with a restaurant use no longer being allowed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff. Motion passed with Commissioner Archer opposing.

OLD BUSINESS:
4. Jerry Crosby’s zoning map amendment petition to rezone 1121 West Highway 80 from
C-1 (Light Commercial) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Chairman Roberts stated that this item was tabled two (2) weeks ago to give the board an opportunity to review the zoning ordinance that limits heavy commercial lots to more than two (2) acres. Dean Kicklighter, on behalf of Jerry Crosby, appeared before the board requesting approval of a C-2 zoning for Mr. Crosby’s property located on the southwest corner of West Highway 80 and the Pooler Parkway. He stated that this is about basic property rights. The property is currently zoned C-1 (Light Commercial) and the highest and best use of this property is C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Mr. Crosby needs to sell his property and the rezoning would increase the probability of selling the property. The size of the lot will limit the use and most inquiries have been for uses permitted in C-2, such as auto sales & service, a convenience store, a car wash and a package shop. Mr. Kicklighter addressed some of the issues that were noted in the minutes of the last meeting regarding use of the access road adjacent to this property and the two (2) acre minimum referenced in the C-2 zoning. There should be no problem with the use of the access road and he pointed out several lots in the Westside Business Park that are zoned C-2 and are less than two (2) acres. Board comments: Councilwoman Benton asked if the tract is one (1) lot or four (4) lots. Mr. Crosby stated that it is four (4) 50’ lots, but is under one property identification number. Commissioner Ringham asked if Mr. Crosby has a potential buyer interested in his property and could he not wait until he has a buyer under contract and then petition the City for C-2 zoning, if required. In response, Mr. Kicklighter stated that he could do that but feels the C-2 zoning is a logical extension of the commercial zoning at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Highway 80. Commissioner Ringham is concerned about the undesirable uses that are permitted in the C-2 zoning. Commissioner Archer stated that these uses could be deleted as conditions placed on the rezoning. Commissioner Ringham reiterated that she would prefer to leave the zoning as C-1. Chairman Roberts stated that it seems every use proposed is listed as a conditional use in C-1 and use may be more restricted if the property is zoned to C-2. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the rezoning of Mr. Crosby’s property from C-1 to C-2 with all of the uses in C-1 being allowed and the only permitted uses under C-2 that would be allowed are: (#8) liquor, beer, and wine package shops, (#10) service stations, (#11) mini-warehouses and (#12) new or used auto sales and service. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon. Commissioners Archer and Reardon voted in favor and Commissioners Ringham and Olliff voted against the motion, thus creating a tie. Chairman Roberts voted in favor of the rezoning and the motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS:

5. Savannah Quarters Phase 1 ~ Final PUD Revision to eliminate the equestrian lots, increase the total number of townhomes, approve the final phase of Village Green Townhomes and increase the number of golf lot cottages from 8 to 24. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that the PUD Review Board had recommended approval. Hal Kraft of HGB&D summarized the proposed revisions to the Village Quarter and Clubhouse areas. He described more in detail the multi-family development proposed in place of the equestrian lots.
A. G. Spanos Companies, the proposed developer, is a national builder of high-end multifamily communities. The project will consist of 256 units with an amenities center. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the revisions to Phase I of Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

6. Final PUD / Preliminary Construction Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Westbrook, Phase 8. Matt Ricks of HGB&D presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This project was included in a revision of the Phase 4 PUD that was approved by City Council on July 2, 2007. Phase 8 will consist of 56 single-family detached lots located off of Blue Moon Crossing. The lot sizes range from 70’ to 120’ wide and the minimum lot size would be 10,000 square feet. The lot width breakdown includes one (1) between 70’- 80’ range, 39 between 80’ – 100’ range and 16 between 100’ – 120’ range. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend Final PUD and preliminary construction plan approval for Westbrook, Phase 8. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Archer made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

7. Memorial Boulevard, Phase I, Construction Plan / Landscape Plan Review. Matt Gerkin of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company, on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC., presented the plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase I is a continuation of Memorial Boulevard, Phase II and is also known as the Jabot Spine Road. Phase II is complete and extends to the traffic circle at Quacco Road. Plans have been revised to address engineering comments and resubmitted to Bill Nicholson for his review. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the construction plan for Memorial Boulevard, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. In reviewing the landscape plan, Mr. Gerkin pointed out that street trees are proposed every 31’ along the roadway to meet the tree ordinance. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff, seconded by Commissioner Ringham, to approve the landscape plan. Motion passed without opposition.


8. Site Plan / Landscape Review for Goodyear located at the corner of Godley Station Boulevard and Godley Station Boulevard North. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the site plan for Goodyear to the board for their review and recommendation. He is representing Easlan Capital, the property owner and developer. The project has been on hold in order for the infrastructure to be completed and the plat recorded for Live Oak Subdivision. The plans have been approved by Downer Davis of Davis Engineering, NRCS and Bill Dempsey for the Godley Station PUD. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Goodyear. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. The board commented on how nice the landscape plan was designed and since it does meet the requirements of the tree ordinance, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

9. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for a commercial distribution warehouse on Lot 22, Westside Business Park. Daniel Dasher of T. R. Long Engineering Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. This is a proposed 14,400 square foot building with a small office and a large warehouse that will be used to store vinyl siding. When questioned about the dumpster location, Mr. Dasher stated that the dumpster would be constructed of masonry material and located on the rear of the property. All of the engineer’s comments have not been addressed. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham
to recommend approval of the site plan for a distribution warehouse on Lot 22, Westside Business Park, subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham, seconded by Commissioner Reardon, to approve the landscape plan. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Acceptance of Performance Bond / Final Plat Review for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase lA. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the bond and final plat for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1A to the board for their review and recommendation. The five-lot subdivision is within the R-8 Tract and located along the Pooler Parkway, south of Pipe Maker’s Canal at the terminus of McCormick Drive. The developer has posted a performance bond in the amount of $743,098.00 to guarantee the uncompleted improvements in order for the plat to be recorded. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to accept the performance bond and recommend approval of the final plat for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase lA. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

11. Construction Plan Review for major subdivision @ the southeast corner of Pooler Parkway and Pine Barren Road for the Wal-Mart Super Center Site and four (4) out parcels. Tom Cetti of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the construction plans to the board for a major subdivision that includes the Wal-Mart Super Center Site and four (4) out parcels located in the southeast quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Pine Barren Road. Commissioner Olliff asked if all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. In response, Mr. Cetti listed the comments and how each would be addressed. The first comment references whether or not the City of Pooler will accept the proposed rights-of-way for ownership and maintenance. Even through Mr. Nicholson has recommended that this not be done, Mr. Cetti
stated that the City of Pooler has agreed to accept the rights-of-way. The second comment involves approval from Chatham County on any construction proposed in the Pooler Parkway right-of-way. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that plans have been submitted to Chatham County for the installation of the new traffic signal on Pooler Parkway. The third comment references
a commitment to the City of Pooler for a traffic signal to be installed at the internal intersection of the Lowes/Wal-Mart front drive at a time to be determined by the City. This has not been addressed on the plans or documented. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that the developers are relying on the engineers and agree to install the traffic signal, if needed. Commissioner Olliff asked how Tract B and Tract D would be accessed. Mr. Cetti stated access to both of these out parcels would be internal through the Wal-Mart parking lot. Mrs. Carver reminded the board that the Wal-Mart and Lowe’s development is under DRI Review by the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center. As of this date, we have not received their report on how this development will impact the surrounding area. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plans for a major subdivision of the Wal-Mart Super Center Site and four (4) out parcels contingent upon all of the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

12. Wal-Mart Super Center Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review – to be located on Lot 5 within the commercial subdivision at the southeast corner of Pooler Parkway and Pine Barren Road. The site plan for the Wal-Mart Super Center was included in the construction plans for the major subdivision and discussed in conjunction with item 11. Several of the engineer’s comments would also apply to the site plan. There was also some discussion about the landscaping plan. Chairman Roberts suggested more landscaping around the perimeter of the parking area for screening. Furthermore, a little curve in the road would also slow the traffic on the perimeter road. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that with such a strict time line, it would be difficult to makes changes in the perimeter road around the parking area. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the Wal-Mart Super Center Site Plan subject to the internal traffic signal and the road around the perimeter of the parking lot being more curved. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. Since the board requested some changes on the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to table the plan for two weeks. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:50 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

July 23, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
JULY 23, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Draft of proposed Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance and Master Plan.
The City contracted with CityScape Consultants to draft a Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance and Master Plan to meet the needs of the wireless industry and minimize the impact of a Wireless Telecommunications Facility (WTF) on surrounding areas by establishing standards for location, aesthetics and compatibility. The proposed draft is very similar to the one just adopted by Chatham County and the City of Savannah. A workshop was held on July 19, 2007 with Susan Rabolt of CityScape Consultants to review the draft and master plan. The changes discussed at that meeting should be reflected in the revised draft. There were no public comments. Therefore, a motion was made Commissioner Archer, seconded by Commissioner Olliff, to recommend approval of the proposed draft for the Wireless Telecommunication Ordinance and Master Plan. Motion passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2. Revised Plat for Godley Station Professional Park to enlarge Lot I.
Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the revised plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The plat was previously recorded and several medical offices have been constructed in the professional park. The building footprint for Lot 1 is too large for the existing lot, therefore, the plat has been revised to accommodate the proposed building. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the revised plat to enlarge Lot 1 in the Godley Station Professional Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

3. Revised Landscape Plan for Wal-Mart Supercenter located at the intersection of Pine Barren Road and Pooler Parkway. Tom Cetti of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
presented the revised landscape plan to the board for their review and approval. Mr. Cetti stated that the landscape plan has been revised to address the comments expressed at the last Planning and Zoning meeting. A traffic calming feature has been added along the perimeter road that
parallels the Pooler Parkway and additional landscaping was added to screen the fence and detention area along Pine Barren Road. With no public comment, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to approve the revised landscape plan for the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at the intersection of Pine Barren Road and Pooler Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

4. Recombination Plat of Parcel A, Lot 16 of The Williams Tract & Lots 354, 355, 360 and 363 in Garden Acres Estates, Phase XIII. Ms. Johnnie White, owner of Parcel A, is selling four different property owners a portion of her land that will be combined to each lot. All four property owners live on Ryan’s Way and their lots are accessed by Ryan’s Way. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the recombination plat of Parcel A, Lot 16 of The Williams Tract and Lots 354, 355, 360 and 363 in Garden Acres Estates. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Final Plat for Towne Park Pooler, Phase I, Block B, Building # 37 on Governor Gwinnett Way. Phil Madhere of Park West Homes presented the final plat for Building # 37 which is a four (4) unit townhome on Governor Gwinnett Way. The infrastructure is complete and the town homes are platted as they are built. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the final plat for Town Park Pooler, Phase I, Block B, Building # 37. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

6. Posting of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for Memorial Boulevard, Phase 2, located at the intersection of Quacco Road and Harmony Boulevard. Matt Gerkin of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the final plat for Memorial Boulevard, Phase 2 to the board for their review and recommendation. All improvements are complete and the City of Pooler Public Works Department approves the development to begin the warranty period. The developer is posting a maintenance bond in the amount of $124,647.00 in order for the plat to be recorded. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend the posting of a maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Memorial Boulevard, Phase 2, located at the intersection of Quacco Road and Harmony Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

7. Revised Landscape Plan for LogistiPort on Dean Forest Road for reimbursement (donation of 167 trees) to the City of Pooler. Jeremy Merklinger of DP Partners appeared before the board with the revised landscape plan for LogistiPort on Dean Forest Road. They are donating 167 trees to the City of Pooler in the amount of $21,710.00 ($130.00 x 167 trees). The existing trees that will be left on the site (excluding Pine and Gum Trees) will be 425 trees. An additional 419 preferred trees will be planted at completion of the project. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the revised landscape plan and a reimbursement of $21,710.00 to the City of Pooler for a donation of 167 unused trees. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

8. Acceptance of Performance Bond / Final Plat Review for The Arbors @ Godley Station, Phase 8. Commissioner Reardon stepped down for the next three items. Travis Randall of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the final plat for Phase 8 of The Arbors to the board for their review and recommendation. Phase 8 contains 42 single family lots and is located between Phase 7 of The Arbors and Benton Boulevard. Commissioner Archer questioned the distance of the existing cell tower from the proposed residential lots and if the tower was designed with a breakpoint. In response, Mr. Randall stated that he would need to check on the construction design of the cell tower. Commissioner Archer also asked for confirmation from the developer that the area behind Phase 8 would remain jurisdictional wetlands as noted on the plat. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend acceptance of the performance bond and final plat approval subject to the cell tower setbacks being met. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

9. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Crown Transportation, a proposed 134,400 square foot warehouse located off Dean Forest Road. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan for Crown Transportation to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained the proposed building will back up to the NRS warehouse. When questioned about the location of the dumpster, he stated that it would be located along the loading bay area with a masonry enclosure. He also pointed out to the board that these plans include the construction of the extension of Distribution Drive to the cul-de-sac. Commissioner Lanier questioned the total number of acres rezoned by ADK. In response, Mr. Crapps stated that it was approximately 130 acres. Commissioner Lanier stated that this site has 284 parking spaces and if that figure was expanded at the same ratio, the development potentially could have parking spaces for as many as 1,600 trucks throughout the site. Mr. Crapps reminded the board that there are a lot of wetlands and open space on the tract that would not be developed. Public comments: Mr. Ping Tyner asked if Crown Transportation is proposed on Lot 4, 5 or 6. In response, Mrs. Carver stated with the minor subdivision of Lot 4 proposed in item 10, Crown Transportation would go on Lot 4A. With all of the engineer’s comments addressed and no other public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the site plan for Crown Transportation. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Crapps stated that 102 preferred trees will be planted on the site and the developer is planning to donate 171 trees to the City of Pooler at a reimbursement in the amount of $12,825.00 (171 x $75.00 per tree). Commissioner Fletcher once again expressed his concern about the buffer at the entrance not being as dense since the underbrush was removed. Mr. Crapps stated that they have enhanced the buffer on top of the berm and agree to add additional under story plantings in the buffer along Dean Forest Road. Commissioner Lanier is concerned about the overall appearance of the industrial site with the continued reimbursement of trees. She spoke of the benefit of trees especially on an industrial site as a noise barrier. Mr. Crapps assured her there would be plenty of trees on the site. Following a discussion on the wide variation of cost proposed for a 2” Live Oak used in the formula for tree reimbursement, Councilwoman Benton and Councilman Allen suggested that council set a price that would be fair to everyone. With no other comments, a motion was made Commissioner Fletcher to approve the landscape plan for Crown Transportation subject to the cost of the 2” Live Oak being set by council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

10. Acceptance of Performance Bond / Final Plat Review for a minor subdivision of Lot 4 in Dean Forest Business Park, located north of Old Louisville Road and south of the abandoned Central of Georgia Railroad. Travis Randall of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision plat for Lot 4 to the board for their review and recommendation. The subdivision creates three (3) lots and the extension of Distribution Drive
that will provide access to lots 5 and 6. The developer is posting a performance bond in the amount of $313,105.50 to guarantee the completion of the roadway in order for the plat to be recorded. Public comments: Mr. Ping Tyner showed the board a recorded agreement with Northpoint that gives them an 80’ private access easement for future tie-in to Distribution Drive and a 100’ private access easement across the southern portion of the “future development tract” of the Dean Forest Business Park. Following some discussion about the proposed access easement, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend acceptance of the performance bond and approval of the final plat for a minor subdivision of Lot 4 in Dean Forest Business Park subject to the 80’ access easement and 100’ access easement being added to the plat prior to review by the council. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company appeared before the board requesting the board approve a revision to the landscape plan for Leonard’s Metal Expansion. A motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to add this as item # 11 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

11. Revised Landscape Plan for Leonard’s Metal Expansion located at 101 Coleman Boulevard. The request is to move 18 preferred trees from the side of the lot to the rear of the expansion. He plans to construct a new building expansion on the adjacent lot in the future and would have to move the trees at that time. With no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to approve the revised landscape plan for Leonard’s Metal Expansion at 101 Coleman Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

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

August 13, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
AUGUST 13, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 13, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Co-Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and James Reardon led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. William Deuster’s request for a 15’ privacy fence encroachment variance into the side yard setback at 200 Pine Forest Lane. William Deuster presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained they had moved from Florida and was unaware of the need for a fence permit. The fence was approved by the Architectural Review Board and met the criteria as outlined in the covenants for Morgan Pines Subdivision. The fence was installed on the property line encroaching 15 feet into the side yard setback. Mr. Deuster reviewed the list of criteria for granting a variance. He stated with only a .19 acre lot, he would lose l/4 of his backyard if the fence was moved in 15 feet. By fencing within the utility easement, Mr. Deuster knows he is responsible for any repairs to his fence caused by the utilility companies. Jerry Konter, developer of Morgan Pines, stated that he only reviews the architectural design and location of a proposed fence. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the 15’ privacy fence encroachment variance into the side yard setback at 200 Pine Forest Lane. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed with Commissioners Archer and Fletcher opposing.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Jay and Shelley Hildebrand’s decorative fence request at 116 Longleaf Circle.
Mr. Hildebrand stated he was unaware he needed to get a permit. He had all of the utilities located prior to constructing the fence. He has since cut the fence down to 36 inches to comply with the decorative fence criteria. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to recommend approval of the decorative fence at 116 Longleaf Circle. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

3. Robin Shaw’s decorative fence request at 1236 Homer City Way. Robin Shaw presented the decorative fence request to the board for their review and recommendation. This is a natural colored wooden split rail fence section 36” high and 11’ long. The fence will serve as a back drop for landscaping along the side property line. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the decorative fence at 1236 Homer City Way. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.




4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for an out parcel gas station for North Point located in the Dean Forest Business Park (aka ADK Tract). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Co-Chairman Olliff stated that the owner has requested that this item be tabled to make plan modifications and resubmit at a later date. With no discussion, Commissioner Archer made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

5. Sketch Plan Review for a major commercial subdivision located northwest of the intersection of U. S. Highway 80 and Dean Forest Road. Wes Sherrod of EMC Engineering Services, Inc. presented the sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. A five (5) lot major commercial subdivision is proposed with a gas station on the corner and various retail establishments on the other lots. Co-Chairman Olliff asked how far the western entrance is from Old Dean Forest Road. In response, Mr. Sherrod stated that he was not sure of the distance. Ms. Carver asked about the status of an agreement with Garden City for water and sewer connections. In response, Mr. Sherrod stated that plans have changed and Mr. Patel will be seeking water service from the City of Pooler and possibly sewer from Garden City. Other items of concern discussed at the meeting included dumpster location, minimum two (2) acre requirement, GDOT’s approval of entrances and permitted uses. Commissioner Lanier is very concerned about the proposed Dean Forest Road exit because of existing tractor trailer congestion on Dean Forest Road at the U. S. Highway 80 intersection. Furthermore, she would like to see how many traffic accidents (total number from Garden City, City of Savannah and City of Pooler) have occurred at this intersection. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to recommend approval of the sketch plan for a major commercial subdivision located in the northwest corner of the U. S. Highway 80 and Dean Forest Road intersection subject to all of the engineer’s comments being addressed with construction plans and traffic data compiled of the total accidents that have occurred at this intersection. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

6. Posting of Performance Bond / Final Plat review of a major subdivision of Lot 5 for the Wal-Mart Supercenter site and out parcels. Tom Cetti of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The bond estimate letter was submitted to Bill Nicholson and the City of Pooler. Councilwoman Benton questioned if the performance bond would include both traffic lights. In response, Mr. Cetti stated that it does include the traffic light proposed on the Pooler Parkway but the internal traffic light is still under consideration. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend posting of the performance bond and final plat approval of a major subdivision of Lot 5 for the Wal-Mart Super center site and out parcels. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

7. Final PUD Review / Preliminary Construction / Landscape Plan Review for Hunt Club, Phase 3 located on the south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the construction plans for Hunt Club, Phase 3 to the board for their review and recommendation. Co-Chairman Olliff reminded the board that this development was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Commissioner Archer reiterated an earlier comment during the PUD Review Board meeting wherein he suggested a walking path be designed across the wetlands for access to the amenity site and if sidewalks are proposed on both sides of the access road or just one side. Mr. Kraft stated that he would need to check with the owner and check the wetlands permit as to what was approved. Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Kraft stated that a typical lot layout should be on the plan. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend Final PUD and preliminary construction plan approval for Hunt Club, Phase 3 located on the south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway subject to a walking path being designed across the wetlands for access to the amenity site. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. A motion was also made by Commissioner Ringham to approve the landscape plan for the Hunt Club, Phase 3. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Right-of-Way Plat for Easthaven Boulevard, Phase 2 (formerly East Spine Road). Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the final plat for the right-of-way of Easthaven Boulevard, Phase 2 to the board for their review and recommendation. All of the infrastructure is complete. The developer is requesting to have the plat approved and recorded under a maintenance bond. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final right-of-way plat for Easthaven Boulevard, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for the Lift Station and Easthaven Boulevard, Phase 3 Right-of-Way (formerly East Spine Road). Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the final plat for the Lift Station and East Haven Boulevard, Phase 3 to the board for their review and recommendation. All of the infrastructure is complete. The developer is requesting to have the plat approved and recorded under a maintenance bond. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the Lift Station and right-of-way plat for Easthaven Boulevard, Phase 3. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Preliminary Construction / Landscape Plan review for Asbury Park Town Homes located on the west side of Quacco Road directly across from the entrance to Hampton Place Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the preliminary construction plan for Asbury Park Town Homes to the board for their review and recommendation. The town homes are located on the west side of Quacco Road directly across from the entrance to Hampton Place. The tract was annexed into the City of Pooler and rezoned from R-A to R-4 to develop townhomes. The project consists of 110 townhomes, an amenity site with a play area, an open pavilion and a pool. There was some discussion concerning, setback requirements, driveways, number of parking spaces per unit, sidewalks and trash collection. Mr. Wohlfeil stated the setback requirements have been met and will exceed the minimum requirements. The trash collection concern will be addressed by adding several dumpster pads throughout the development. There were also concerns with the project having to be a gated community. In an R-4 zoning district, the development must be located within a gated community and contain private roads. Mr. Wohlfeil stated a decorative or a non-operational gate will be installed. Commissioner Fletcher stated that he is still concerned about the number of parking spaces for a development of this size. In response, Mr. Wohlfeil stated that they could easily add six and possibly more throughout the development. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Asbury Park Town Homes, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, additional parking and dumpster locations being determined. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

Plat Revision for Westbrook Villas – Phase I to shift lot line of lot 129. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the revised plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase I to the board for their review and recommendation. In laying out the foundation of the townhome building for lot 162, it was discovered that the current lot configuration does not provide the required 20’ building-to-building separation to the existing residence on lot 129 in this phase. The lot lines for lots 155 – 162 in Phase II are being adjusted to provide the required 20’ building separation. With this revision, the boundary line between Lots 162 and 129 has been revised to more equally divide the yard area between the two (2) buildings. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the plat revision for Westbrook Villas, Phase I to shift the lot line of lot 129. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

Plat Revision for Westbrook Villas – Phase II to adjust lot lines for lots 155 – 162 and creation of three additional golf frontage lots. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the revised plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase II to the board for their review and recommendation. In laying out the foundation of the townhome building for lots 161 and 162, it was discovered that the current lot configuration does not provide the required 20’ building-to-building separation to the existing residence on lot 129 in Phase 1. The lot lines for lots 155 – 162 have been adjusted to provide the required 20’ building separation, in doing this, the boundary line between lots 162 and 129 has been revised to more equally divide the yard area between the two buildings. Mr. Kraft also stated that a small area along the golf frontage was left undeveloped in the original layout and designated as open space because the golf boundary encroached too far into the parcel to allow lots in this small area. With the golf course alignment, there is now adequate space to create (3) three additional golf-frontage lots in this area. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the plat revision for Westbrook Villas, Phase II to adjust lot lines for lots 155 – 162 and to create three (3) additional golf frontage lots. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review for Carriage Square Homes, Phase II. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the final plat for Carriage Square Homes, Phase II to the board for their review and recommendation. The subdivision is located on Pine Barren Road, west of the Pooler Parkway, and consists of 56 single-family lots on approximately 9.12 acres. The improvements are complete and the developer has posted a maintenance bond in the amount of $232,497.55 in order for the plat to be recorded. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Carriage Square Homes, Phase II. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

Acceptance of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat review for Morgan Pines, Phase II. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering Company presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. The subdivision is located on Pine Barren Road, west of the Pooler Parkway, and consists of 39 single-family residential lots on approximately 10.14 acres. The improvements are complete and the developer has posted a maintenance bond in the amount of $232,497.55 in order for the plat to be recorded. Referencing the building setback details on the plat, Mrs. Carver informed the board of a recent request for engineers to include the typical minimum building setback details and the date the development standards were established and approved. With no public comments, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to recommend acceptance of the maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Morgan Pines, Phase II. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company appeared before the board to request adding an item to the agenda. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. A motion was made by Commissioner Archer to add the construction plan for HD Supply Waterworks to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

15. Construction Plan / Landscape Plan Review for HD Supply Waterworks. Terry Coleman
of Kern-Coleman Engineering Company presented the construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Dick Knowlton, property owner, was also present to answer any questions regarding the proposed development. The 15.05 acre site is zoned I-1 (Light Industrial) and is located east of I-95 and south of Pine Barren Road. The construction plan is for a 15,000 square foot office/warehouse called “HD Supply Waterworks” for distribution purposes. All of the engineer’s comments have not been addressed. Mr. Coleman stated that most of the comments are minor with the exception of number 5 and 8 that mention the vehicular and utility access issue and whether the road is in a right-of-way or is part of the entire site. The Department of Transportation has not yet determined if the road will be completed and utilized for the use of HD Supply Waterworks. Mr. Coleman stated that he has had several conversations with the Department of Transportation and will schedule a meeting to resolve these issues. A 10” water line and a 4” sewer line will be installed to cover the entire 15.05 acre site, but Lot 1, consisting of only a three (3) acre portion is being developed at this time and Lot 2 is to be developed at a later date. During the Planning & Zoning Meeting there were concerns about the required set backs. Mrs. Carver stated that when the sketch plan for HD Supply Waterworks came before the Planning & Zoning Commission the front parking setback requirement was overlooked. According to Article III, Section 5 (E) of the Code of Ordinance of The City of Pooler, no parking, except herein authorized, shall be provided within any required front setback with the exception that in planned industrial parks, two-axel vehicles shall be allowed to park within said setback so long as no parking shall occur within 20’ of the right-of-way. Under no circumstance shall any vehicle over two axles be allowed in the front setback. The side setback requirements for the proposed office/warehouse should be 20’. Mr. Coleman stated this error would be corrected to illustrate a 20’ side setback on the north and south side. Commissioner Archer stated the clarification of an Industrial Park needs to be defined. Commissioner Lanier asked if the wording “Industrial Park” needs to be included in the given business name. With no public comments, Commissioner Lanier made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plan for HD Supply Waterworks, subject to all of the engineering comments being addressed, resolution of the Industrial Park designation and the plan being revised to show the correct side and rear setback requirements. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Archer made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

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

August 27, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
AUGUST 27, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 27, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher,
Wilson Roberts and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Larry Olliff gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

NEW BUSINESS:

1. H-G Pooler Land, L.C. / Final Plat Review of a minor subdivision of Tract A-6 into two lots. Harvey Gilbert of Gilbert Realty presented the minor subdivision plat of Tract A-6 to the board for their review and recommendation. The tract is located on the corner of Medical Park Drive and Pooler Parkway and consists of 3.80 acres. The subdivision will create two lots. Tract A-7, a 1.679 acre lot was created for a proposed Fatz Café. Councilwoman Benton reminded the board that the lot does not meet the two (2) acre minimum requirement within the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning. In response, Mrs. Carver stated this issue will be discussed at the end of the agenda. With no other public comments, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to recommend approval of the final plat for a minor subdivision of Tract A-6 into two lots. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

2. Construction Plan Review for Spring Lakes Pump Station located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of items 2 and 3. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the construction plan for the Spring Lakes Pump Station to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Coleman stated the pump station would serve the Spring Lakes commercial tracts along the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and properties across the parkway. Commissioner Ringham asked how far the pump station would be from the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. In response, Mr. Coleman stated approximately 750 feet. All of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the construction plan for the Spring Lakes Pump Station located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for SWS Warehouse located in the Dean Forest Business Park. Chris Rains of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan for the SWS Warehouse to the board for their review and recommendation. This is the third and final warehouse on the ADK Tract. All of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the site plan for SWS Warehouse located in the Dean Forest Business Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. After review of the landscape plan, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

Discussion of two (2) acre requirement in the C-1 and C-2 Zoning District: Prior to adjournment, Mrs. Carver presented the board with a copy of the C-1 and C-2 zoning requirements regarding the two (2) acre limitation. In C-1, the size of the development is restricted to less than two (2) acres and in C-2, the size of the development should be more than two (2) acres. Mrs. Carver recommended deleting the acreage limitation in both C-1 and C-2. Following some discussion, the consensus of the board was to leave the less than two (2) acre requirement in C-1 and decrease the minimum two (2) acre requirement to l ½ acres in C-2. The board recommended the change be reviewed by the city engineer and brought back before this board prior to review by the Mayor and Council.

Councilwoman Benton also mentioned “Form Zoning” that was discussed at the last GAZA conference. She asked if the board thought this type of zoning would be appropriate for the older part of the city. Chairman Roberts stated that he doesn’t feel “Form Zoning”
would apply, since there are not any historic buildings left in Pooler. Further, he stated a streetscape plan should have been incorporated 30 years ago along U. S. Highway 80.

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

September 10, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 10, 2007


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Co-Chairman Larry Olliff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Scotty Fletcher led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:
1. Ganshyam Patel has petitioned the City of Pooler for a conditional use to construct a Family Entertainment Center on Lots 7 & 8 in the Pooler Business Park, located on the south side of U. S. Highway 80. Guy Davidson, representing the property owner and the developer, presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained this project is not new to the board but that an alternate site is being proposed because of the opposition to a previous site. The new site is located behind the Spanky’s Restaurant and is zoned I-2, Heavy Industrial. There are two (2) access points onto U. S. Highway 80. The plan is the same except for the addition of batting cages. Commissioner Reardon questioned how the batting cages would be screened from the adjacent property. In response, Mr. Davidson stated that a mini storage facility is located on the adjacent lot and also a drainage ditch runs parallel to the property line. If this becomes an issue, they could add some additional screening. With the employee entrance at the rear of the building, Commissioner Archer recommended that sidewalks be added to the rear of the building.
Regarding the landscape plan, Mr. Davidson pointed out a 15 foot landscaped buffer across the front
of the building. With some of the parking areas having as many as 16 parking spaces, Commissioner Reardon stated that a tree island is needed every 12 parking spaces to meet the tree ordinance. In response, Mr. Davidson stated that should not be a problem. Public comments: David Silverman,
one of the owners of Spanky’s Westside, made several comments regarding the proposed family entertainment center. First, he pointed out that the location of the proposed Livingoods on the site plan is incorrect. Secondly, they have no problem with the proposed business, but they are concerned about proper security being provided on week-ends especially with the proposed hours of operation.
Mr. Davidson assured him this would be addressed with off-duty police officers. Another adjacent property owner, Phyllis Livingood, asked about the hours of operation for the batting cages. Mr. Patel stated that the hours would be from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the conditional use request to construct a Family Entertainment Center on Lots 7 & 8 in the Pooler Business Park subject to the placement of a landscaped island every 12 parking spaces. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:
2. Recombination Plat of three (3) lots into two (2) lots on North Rogers Street for Lynn Beatty Byrd and Martha Beatty Norris. The petitioner was not present but Councilwoman Benton stated that she is the attorney for the petitioners and the recombination plat is needed to distribute and settle their mother’s estate. The middle 35’ strip of land is being evenly divided and combined with the two (2) adjacent lots. With no public comments, Commissioner Reardon made a motion to recommend approval of the recombination plat of three (3) lots into two (2) lots on North Rogers Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

3. Hamilton Grove at Savannah Quarters, Phase 6 revised plat to change rear lot lines on lots 99, 100 & 106-110. Since the petitioner was not present, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to move this item to the end of agenda. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. At the end of the agenda, with petitioner still not present, Commissioner Archer made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

4. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for a proposed Cheddar’s Restaurant and Retail Building at 1425 Benton Boulevard. Cleve Cunningham with Cunningham & Company Engineers out of Macon, Georgia, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The corporate office for Cheddar’s is out of Texas and several are located in Middle Georgia. To describe han upscale family restaurant with a bar and outside patio area. Phase II of the development is a proposed 7,500 square foot retail building with potentially five (5) rental units. The dumpster will be some type of brick and stone mixture to match the building and the gate will be double hinged. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend site plan approval for the proposed Cheddar’s Restaurant and Retail Building at 1425 Benton Boulevard, subject to the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, a 40 foot undisturbed buffer is proposed between this development and the adjacent multi-family development. Following some discussion about the size of the landscaped islands, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to approve the landscape plan for Cheddar’s Restaurant and Retail Building at 1425 Benton Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Proposed Sketch Plan Review for an Office Warehouse @ 1755 Old Dean Forest Road for The
Estate of Phillip Clifton. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Donald Brown of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the sketch plan for this development to the board for their review and comments. Co-Chairman Olliff presented this item due to the fact that Chairman Roberts arrived late. The existing block building that was gutted after a fire will be torn down along with an older residential structure located on the rear of the proposed lot. There was discussion regarding the location of the dumpster on Highway 80, detention area, entrance and exit to the site, architectural design and building setback requirements. Mrs. Carver reminded Mr. Brown that in an Industrial zoned area, parking is not allowed in the front setback. With all the comments discussed, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

6. Final PUD Approval / Preliminary Construction / Landscape Plan Review for Davenport, Phase I in Savannah Quarters. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the construction plans for Davenport, Phase I (61 lots) in Savannah Quarters to the board for their review and recommendation. Davenport is a proposed 200 single-family gated community along with amenities and is located on Easthaven Boulevard. Lot widths were detailed and none were less than 60 feet wide. The 10’ utility easements were questioned and Mr. Zittrouer stated that he would confirm prior to council’s review of this project. He further stated that the amenities would be complete by the build-out of Phase I. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend final PUD and construction plan approval for Davenport, Phase I in Savannah Quarters subject to the width of the utility easements being verified. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition. After reviewing the landscape plan, Commissioner Olliff made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

7. Construction Plan Revisions to Phase I of Durham Park Townhomes located in the R-8 Tract. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the revised construction plans for Phase I of Durham Park Townhomes to the board for their review and recommendation. All revisions to the plan are consistent with the development standards approved with the Godley Commons Land Use Plan on January 17, 2006. The proposed revisions include the following:
· The amenities site has been relocated to the eastern side of Phase I so that it is contiguous with the common open space.
· Two townhome buildings were added to the end of Durham Park Way, units 61-64 and 185-190, increasing the original number of units in the first phase from 69 to 74.
· A trash compactor has been added to the plans adjacent to the parking area located near the entrance to the project.
· The entrance has been revised adding a security gate and increased lane widths.
· The pond outfall is now ditched from the pond to the Pipe Makers Canal access road.
Commissioner Olliff reminded the board that these items were discussed previously during the PUD Review Board meeting. With no other comments, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to recommend approval of the construction plan revisions to Phase I of Durham Park Townhomes. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to this seat on the board.

8. Posting of Performance Bond / Final Plat Review of Westbrook, Phase 7A. Hal Kraft of HGB&D presented the final plat for Westbrook, Phase 7A to the board for their review and recommendation. This phase consists of 32 of the total 78 approved single-family residential lots in Phase 7. These are the larger lots with lot widths of at least 100 feet. The roadways and drainage system for the project will be privately owned and maintained by the home owner’s association for Westbrook. The water and sewer mains will be owned and maintained by the City of Pooler. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend posting of the performance bond and approval of the final plat for Westbrook, Phase 7A. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

Further Discussion of two (2) acre requirements in the C-1 and C-2 Zoning Distict: During the last meeting, Mrs. Carver was asked to discuss the proposed change with the city engineer for his comments and recommendation. He agreed with the board to leave the less than two (2) acre requirement in the C-1, Light Commercial Zoning District. Regarding the more than two (2) acre requirement in the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning District, he stated that he would be fine with either deleting or decreasing the acreage requirement. Following some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to forward the following change to council for their review: deleting the more than two (2) acre requirement in the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

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

September 24, 2007

October 8, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
OCTOBER 8, 2007


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 8, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance.
Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Commissioner Archer gave the invocation and Chairman Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Proposed Zoning Text Amendment to delete in the C-2, Heavy Commercial Zoning, the
requirement of more than two (2) acres. Chairman Roberts explained the board has had discussions regarding the change and council recommended proceeding with the text amendment. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed zoning text amendment to delete the minimum two (2) acre requirement in the C-2 Heavy Commercial Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for an out parcel gas station for North Point located in the Dean Forest Business Park (aka ADK Tract). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Chris Raines of Kern-Coleman & Company
presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained that the fueling station will be unmanned and does not have restroom facilities. Therefore, water and sewer services are not shown on the plan. Since the facility will serve tractor trailers, Chairman Roberts questioned if the trucks would be routed in one entrance and out the other. And further, if that was the case, signage should be designed accordingly to keep traffic from backing up. The board recommended that the first entrance be one-way in and the second entrance be a standard entrance/exit access. Chairman Archer asked that the dumpster location be allocated on the site plan. With no public comments, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend site plan approval for the out parcel gas station subject to the engineer’s comments being addressed, designation of dumpster location and signage for the one-way entrance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Regarding the landscape plan, Commissioner Fletcher is still concerned as noted with previous submittals on the ADK Tract, that the underbrush was removed from the 100’ undisturbed natural buffer along Dean Forest Road. The board recommended that the landscape plan be revised to show additional plantings within this buffer to decrease the adverse effects of truck lights and potential noise to the residents across Dean Forest Road. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table the landscape plan for the out parcel gas station. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

NEW BUSINESS:

3. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Morgan’s Corner Convenience store at 990 Pine Barren Road. Luther Cosner of Kennedy Ragsdale and Associates, Inc. presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that the proposed development will consist of one 2,500 square foot convenience store with two (2) gas pumps and five (5) (1,200 square foot) retail bays. The following concerns were expressed by the board: the landscaped islands within the parking lot should be the size of two parking spaces, handicap parking should be provided at the other end of the building, sanitation vehicle having to back out from the rear of the building, fueling trucks backing out onto Morgan’s Corner Road and access is needed to the rear of the building for delivery truck access. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to table the site plan and landscape plan for Morgan’s Corner Convenience store in order for the above comments to be addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

4. Westbrook Apartments (aka Avala at Savannah Quarters) Sketch Plan Review for compliance with Savannah Quarters PUD Development standards. Hal Kraft of HGB&D
presented the sketch plan for the Avala Apartments to the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. The project consists of 256 units and complies with the Savannah Quarters PUD Development standards. The entrance to the site is located on Blue Moon Crossing, just outside of the proposed north gate entrance of the Westbrook Community. Commissioner Archer asked when the clubhouse and the amenities would be complete. In response, Mr. Kraft stated the amenities would be built first. With no other public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the Westbrook Apartments. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

5. Harmony Townes – Tract C – Sketch Plan Review for compliance with Jabot PUD Development Standards. Since the petitioner was not present, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table this item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

6. Minor Subdivision of 53.04 acres on South Rogers Street into Tract 1 and
Tract 2 for West Chatham Baptist Church. Michael Hussey presented the minor subdivision plat to the board stating that the owner is donating additional land to the West Chatham Baptist Church. Since the site is served by a septic tank, Mrs. Carver asked that note # 6 be corrected to reflect private sewer and public water. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer, seconded by Commissioner Lanier to recommend approval of the minor subdivision of 53.04 acres on South Rogers Street subject to note # 6 being corrected. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Site Plan Review for a 50’ x 70’ Warehouse Addition to Emerald Petroleum located at 1541 Dean Forest Road. Fred Buck of Fred Buck Construction Company, Inc. presented the site plan for a warehouse addition to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated no plumbing is proposed, just some lighting in the ceiling. There were no comments from the city engineer and no public comments. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the site plan for a 50’ x 70’ warehouse addition to Emerald Petroleum located at 1541 Dean Forest Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

Chairman Roberts asked if all of the members had received a letter from Daniel & Karen Ring regarding the rezoning of 78.39 acres (Roberts Tract) located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway to I-1 Light Industrial Zoning. Commissioner Olliff did not receive a letter. Mrs. Carver stated that she would contact Mr. & Mrs. Ring and would make sure that all of the council members receive a copy of the letter.

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

October 22, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
OCTOBER 22, 2007
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier, Charles Archer, Wilson Roberts and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, City Manager Robbie Byrd and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:
1. Kasandas Properties’ request for a 50’ sign height variance to place an 80’ sign to advertise the Sleep Inn & Suites and Magnolia Inn Hotels located on San Drive.
Jason Wisenbaker of ANS Signs, Inc. presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated the sign to advertise both hotels needs to be at least 80’ high to insure visibility from U. S. Highway 80. Chairman Roberts asked what signs in the area would be comparable in height to the proposed sign. In response, Mr. Wisenbaker stated that most of the signs in the area range from 135’ up to 150’. The height of the sign would be comparable to the Krystal on the other side of I-95. There were no public comments. After reviewing the criteria for granting a variance, Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the request for a 50’ sign height variance. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed with Commissioners Olliff and Reardon opposing.

OLD BUSINESS
2. Landscape Plan Review for an out parcel gas station for North Point located in the Dean
Forest Business Park (aka ADK Tract). Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse
himself from any discussion of this item. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company
presented the revised landscape plan for the out parcel gas station located in the Dean Forest Business Park. He stated that the site plan was previously approved but the landscape plan was tabled in order to show additional plantings within the buffer area along Dean Forest Road.
Furthermore, he confirmed that the other comments were also addressed pertaining to the dumpster location and signage for the one-way entrance. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to approve the revised landscape plan for the out parcel gas station located in the Dean Forest Business Park. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

3. Revised Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Morgan’s Corner Convenience store at 990 Pine Barren Road. Luther Cosner of Kennedy Ragscale and Associates, Inc. presented the revised site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained that the
plans have been revised to address the comments from the last Planning & Zoning meeting. The gas tanks have been re-positioned, an additional handicap parking space was added, four parking spaces were deleted to enlarge the landscaped islands to meet the tree ordinance and adjustments were made in the curve radius to accommodate large delivery trucks. Mr. Cosner showed the board a power point presentation of a tractor trailer entering the site from Morgan’s Corner Road and exiting onto Pine Barren Road. Jim Sheffied, President of the Homeowners Association and Developer of Morgan’s Corner Commercial subdivision, appeared before the board to express his concerns about the proposed convenient store on Lot 1. His main concern is he does not want delivery trucks backing out into Morgan’s Corner Road and simply believes too much is proposed on the lot. Chairman Roberts agrees that the site is too tight and would recommend a decrease in the size of the building. Commissioner Archer would still prefer a driveway behind the building to provide access around the building for delivery trucks. There was discussion about possibly obtaining some additional land from the adjacent common area and the storm water detention area. With the unresolved issues, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend denial of the site plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

4. JCB New Service Center clearing & grading plan review for compliance of the tree ordinance for issuance of LDA. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the clearing and grading plan to the board for compliance of the tree ordinance. JCB is planning to build a new service facility across the street. Tree save areas are identified on the plan with 306 trees on 10.2 acres. Commissioner Reardon suggested the tree layout be more natural in design. Mr. Wohlfeil assured the board that a landscape architect would do the landscape plan and not an engineer. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to approve the clearing and grading plan for compliance with the tree ordinance to issue the LDA Permit. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Recombination plat review of lots 23 and 24 in Westbrook Subdivision. Rick Wissmach,
representing the owners of Lots 23 and 24, stated he has an interest in the approval of the recombination plat because he plans to purchase Lot 23. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the recombination plat of lots 23 and 24 in Westbrook Subdivision. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

6. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for a proposed modular office building for the Estate of Phillip Clifton, Sr. Commissioner Reardon stepped down for this item and items 7 and 8. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the site plan for a proposed 1,440 sq. ft modular office building located at the corner of U. S. Highway and Old Dean Forest Road. A striped parking lot on existing pavement and a private well and septic tank is proposed. All of the engineering comments have been addressed. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the site plan for a proposed modular office building for the Estate of Phillip Clifton, Sr. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition. Only two (2) additional trees were added to meet the tree ordinance. Therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to approve the landscape plan for the modular office building. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

7. Revised Landscape Plan for the entrance to the Dean Forest Industrial Park and the buffer area in front of the NRS Warehouse. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the revised landscape plan; wherein, a berm with landscaping has been added to each side of the entrance to the Dean Forest Industrial Park and under story plantings were added to enhance the buffer areas in front of the NRS Warehouse. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer, seconded by Commissioner Olliff, to approve the revised landscape plan for the entrance to the Dean Forest Industrial Park and the buffer area in front of the NRS Warehouse. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Revised Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for Crown Transport located in the Dean Forest Industrial Park. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the revised site plan for Crown Transport. The primary revision is a widening of the warehouse by 40’ by
increasing the width from 120’ to 160’. Drainage will not be affected and no additional pavement was needed because a row of truck parking spaces was deleted. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer, seconded by Commissioner Olliff, to recommend approval of the revised site plan for Crown Transport. Motion passed without opposition. With no change in the landscape plan, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to approve the landscape plan for Crown Transport. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

9. Sketch Plan Review for a proposed Daycare & Spec. building for office/retail space located on West Highway 80 between Pinewood Drive and Wilkes Street. Downer Davis of Davis Engineering Company presented the sketch plan for the proposed daycare to the board for their review and recommendation. The project is a permitted use in the C-1, Light Commercial Zoning and the sketch plan meets all buffer and setback requirements. A six (6) foot privacy fence is proposed adjacent to the residential properties leaving a twenty (20) foot undisturbed buffer with the exception of infrastructure improvements on the west side of the property. The entrance off of Highway 80 will be upgraded and currently serves as access for the adjacent lot on each corner. The owner has agreed to restrict the proposed spec building to single-story and the use would be restricted for a daycare expansion or office space because the ordinance requires an access behind the building for delivery to a retail establishment. The following comments were discussed with these recommendations: a right-in and right-out on Highway 80 with no left turn signage, screen dumpster with enclosure similar to the building, 24’ driveway proposed in the middle of the 100’ right-of-way with landscaping on each side, driveways to serve adjacent lots with stop signs and speed bumps if needed to slow traffic. The board determined that the developed area for the proposed development is less than two (2) acres when the right-of-way and buffer area is deleted. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the sketch plan for a proposed Daycare & Spec. building for office space with consideration given to the above recommendations prior to the site plan being designed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

November 12, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 12, 2007


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 12, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Wilson, Roberts, Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, Mary Louise Lanier and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Bruce Allen, Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Larry Olliff. Motion was seconded by Mary Louise Lanier and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Glen Sawyer’s request for a sign height variance of 70’ to place a 100’ sign at the proposed Denny’s Diner Restaurant at the northwest corner of Governor Treutlen Road and San Drive. Mike Woolsey presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained he is representing the contractor/purchaser, REMEC, LLC and the applicant is Franchise Sign Company. Mr. Woolsey referred to a number of other existing large signs in the area and the purpose of this sign would be for the traveling public to see the sign when exiting I-95. The petitioner conducted a sign test wherein a crane was leased and a piece of 4 x 8 plywood painted red was lifted to different heights for visibility. Chairman Roberts asked if the sign test was conducted at a height lower than 100’. Mr. Woolsey stated that the sign test was started at an extension of 60’, 80’ and continued to a maximum height of 140’. The Board recently recommended approval of a sign height variance of 50’ in the general vicinity. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to deny the request for the 70’ sign height variance for the proposed Denny’s Diner Restaurant. Motion to deny died due to lack of a second. A motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend a 50’ sign height variance in lieu of the 70’. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed with Commissioner Reardon opposing.

2. Mr. & Mrs. Perry Bryan’s request for a 2’ variance on a privacy fence constructed at 1072 Woodland Drive. The Board decided to discuss this item even though the petitioner was not present. Councilwoman Benton asked if any adjacent property owners were present to speak on the matter. Chairman Roberts stated that the fence was constructed without a permit. After a visual inspection, Chairman Roberts stated that the fence was constructed in a way that the top of the fence could easily be modified to meet the 6’ fence requirement with very little expense. Commissioner Fletcher is concerned about setting precedence if this variance is approved. There was also some discussion concerning the height of the fence, emergency access, the wind load factor and the size of the dog. Commissioner Lanier asked if maybe the petitioner did not show up due to the fact of it being a holiday. Ms. Carver stated that the petitioner was notified a second time by an overnight letter, and it appears that the property owner has since moved to Florida. Mrs. Carver also stated that the board may have to seek legal advice to determine the next steps to be taken. Councilman Bruce Allen asked if the petitioner still occupies the residence. In response, Mrs. Carver informed the Board that Kimberly Classen checked the computer system and the records state the water was requested to be turned off on October 25, 2007 with the application being submitted on October 15, 2007. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table this item to seek legal advice from the City Attorney. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

3. Glen Godbee’s request for a conditional use on 4.34 acres on the northside of Highway 80 between Sangrena Drive and the Pooler Parkway to construct a 3,000 square foot office for boat sales, a boat storage area and a 7,000 square foot shop to service the boats that are purchased. Toss Allen of Southeast Engineering and Environmental Company presented the conditional use request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Allen stated approximately 300’ back from U.S. Highway 80 is currently zoned C-1 and the request is to utilize the 4.34 acre portion for boat sales, boat storage and a boat service center as a conditional use. Mr. Godbee’s idea initially was to use the residentially zoned portion to the rear of the commercial tract as future boat storage. Councilwoman Benton informed Mr. Allen that he would have to apply for a re-zoning of the property in order to have a boat storage facility on the residentially zoned portion. Chairman Roberts reminded Mr. Allen that the commercial area can not be accessed from Sangrena Drive nor can the rear portion of the tract be land locked. The petitioner reminded the board members that this area would be for the storage of new boats and not to be leased for boat storage. There was some discussion concerning the retention pond being placed on the rear portion of the property, since this area is currently zoned residential. The detention pond would have to be placed on the front in the commercial area. Mrs. Carver stated that the property has not yet been sub-divided, only 300’ at this time is zoned C-1. Mr. Allen stated that the reason the detention pond was actually placed on the rear portion is because of the canal that runs through the back of the property and after the water is retained, the water can then be routed to the canal. Access to the rear portion will be accessed from U.S. Highway 80 through the C-1 zoned area. Chairman Roberts stated that you are allowed to have the drainage on the residential portion of a tract of land, but you can not have a detention pond on a residential tract coming from a commercial area. Commissioner Fletcher questioned the distance of the curb cut from the Pooler Parkway red light. Mr. Godbee stated that it was approximately 250’ at the most, being almost directly across from the automotive store. Public Comments: Ms. Billie Stack adjacent property owner appeared before the board to state any improvement over the Cooler Lounge would be a great enhancement. One of her concerns is the traffic in the area of Sangrena Woods, but she is not in opposition of the proposed boat storage as long as her tenants are not adversely affected by the noise, lighting or drainage. With no other public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the conditional use for boat sales, storage and a service center within the existing C-1 zoning district contingent upon the detention pond being relocated to the C-1 zoned area. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.





NEW BUSINESS:

4. Minor Subdivision request of a ten (10) acre tract on Canal Bank Road into three (3) lots: Property owner, Shirley Bamburg, presented the request for a minor subdivision to the board for their review and recommendation. The entire Canal Bank Road property was known as The McDonald Tract years ago and she has owned this particular portion for over thirty years. Her husband recently retired and they wanted to have the property subdivided into three (3) lots for their two (2) children. Her son presently resides on Lot 2 in a small mobile home and wishes to build a home or replace the existing mobile home with a new double wide. Prior to annexation by the City of Pooler, Mrs. Bamburg stated that she paid an enormous amount of money for a surveyor to file the necessary paperwork only to find out two years later, the paperwork was never completed. There was some discussion concerning the easement going through Lot 1, of which Mrs. Bamburg and her husband wish to retain ownership. Commissioner Archer made a motion to recommend approval of the minor subdivision request of a ten (10) acre tract on Canal Bank Road into three (3) lots, contingent upon the access road being relocated to the western property line to assure access to all three (3) lots. Mrs. Carver informed the board that a new mylar is needed showing the revised easement and the plat needs to be signed again by the Chatham County Health Department. Chairman Roberts stated that after the above changes are made, this item can be forwarded straight to Mayor and Council for approval. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

5. Plat Revision for Harmony Townes- Phases II & IV located in the Jabot Tract. James Burchette of Portrait Homes presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that this development was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. The proposed development consists of 130 single family townhome units. The lot lines are being revised to accommodate changes in buildings 12, 13, 16, 17, 19 & 21. The changes were made to increase the type of marketable units within each building. There were no changes made to the building footprints and the number of units remained the same. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the plat revision for Harmony Townes – Phases II & IV located in the Jabot Tract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.

6. Sketch Plan Review for Harmony Townes- Tract C located in the Jabot PUD at the end of Quacco Road. Richard Bailey of HGB&D presented the sketch plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Bailey stated that the revisions will be made according to the recommendations discussed by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Commissioner Archer asked if this sketch plan will be reviewed again. In response, Mr. Bailey stated that the revisions will be addressed with the preliminary construction plan. Mrs. Carver reminded the board of the next PUD Review Board Meeting coming up on the 26th of November and the revised sketch plan could be reviewed at that time. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table this item for revisions to include trash compactors, parking places being placed closer to the adjacent townhomes and the enlargement of the amenity area. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.



7. Morgan Pines – Phase 2 Plat Revision to add a 20’ drainage / utility easement between lots 260 and 261. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the plat revision for Phase 2 of Morgan Pines subdivision to the board for their review and recommendation. Morgan Pines Drive was part of Phase I and some of the infrastructure included drainage outfalls that went to the north into the wetlands. These were put in and were not platted due to the fact they were actually a part of Morgan Pines, Phase II. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to approve the plat revision for Phase 2 of Morgan Pines Subdivision to add a 20’ drainage/utility easement between lots 260 and 261. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Ringham made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

November 26, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 26, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Wilson, Roberts, Larry Olliff, Charles Archer, Nannette Ringham, Scotty Fletcher, and James Reardon. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Cit y Manager Robbie Byrd, Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Charles Archer gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Chairman Wilson Roberts introduced Robert Byard as our newly appointed alternate to the Planning and Zoning Board. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton administered the oath of office.

PUBLIC HEARING:

1. Northpoint Industrial VIII, LLC. request to rezone approximately 3.214 acres also known as Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park from I-l (Light Industrial) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Phillip McCorkle presented the rezoning request to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that this is a part of a large tract of land that was rezoned about a year ago from various zones to light industrial. He is requesting that this portion of land be rezoned from light industrial back to heavy commercial. Mr. McCorkle stated that the land is going to be donated to the City of Pooler for a well site before the end of the year. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval to rezone approximately 3.214 acres also known as Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park from I-1 (Light Industrial) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

OLD BUSINESS:

2. Mr. & Mrs. Perry Bryan’s request for a 2’ variance on a privacy fence constructed at 1072 Woodland Drive. Mrs. Gloria Bryan presented the variance request to the board for their review and recommendation. Mrs. Bryan stated that the fence was installed to insure their English Mastiff dog would be secured within the area due to the size of this type of dog. Mrs. Bryan stated that the fence was approximately 80% complete when she was informed she needed to apply for a permit and she was not informed of the maximum height requirement at that time. Chairman Roberts stated that the main reason a 6’ maximum fence height was adopted is the fact of wind load bearing during a hurricane and the ability to allow an outside breeze to adjoining neighbors, not to mention emergency access to the rear of the property. Commissioner Fletcher stated that this variance does not meet any of the required standards in order to grant a variance and is concerned about setting precedence if this variance is approved. City Manager Robbie Byrd reminded the board that Mrs. Gloria Bryan no longer owns the home and is concerned this is now a burden on the new homeowner. Chairman Roberts asked how Mrs. Bryan can apply for a variance if she is not the current property owner. Mrs. Bryan stated that the variance request was applied for before the house sold. Commissioner Ringham asked the petitioner if the new homeowner was aware of the noncompliance. Mrs. Bryan stated that the purchaser was aware before the closing that the fence was higher than the required height limit and the seller would be responsible for any cost if this variance was denied. Mrs. Carver stated that the conversation she has had with the City Attorney, she understood the property owner should be cited that a fence was installed without a permit and the fence should be cut off to the meet the height requirement. Councilwoman Benton stated that she feels very uncomfortable with the current owner not being present. Mrs. Bryan stated that the new home owner was aware of the meeting but was not able to attend. Mrs. Bryan also stated that the contract includes a clause stating that if the fence has to be cut off to meet the required height, she would be responsible for any cost incurred. With no public comments and failure to meet the criteria for granting a variance, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to deny the request for a 2’ variance on a privacy fence constructed at 1072 Woodland Drive, contingent upon current property owner authorization. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

3. Posting of Maintenance Bond / Final Plat Review of Old Town Subdivision located west of Rogers Street between Tietgen Street and Whatley Street. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the final plat to the board for their review and recommendation. All of the improvements are complete and the City of Pooler Public Works Department approves the development to begin the warranty period. The developer is posting a maintenance bond in the amount of $5,108.00 in order for the plat to be recorded. Ms. Helen Hostetler, adjacent property owner, appeared before the board to state that the drainage issues have not been fully addressed. She expressed concerns that the lots are built up too high and will cause water to drain onto her property and asked who will be responsible for maintaining the swales located behind her rear property line. Furthermore, she is asking for some kind of assurance that her lot will be protected from the water run off coming from the proposed subdivision. In response, Mr. Wohlfeil stated that he is aware of Ms. Hostetler’s drainage concerns and believes the improvements have helped the situation, but not cured it. He also stated that the low points existed before the new proposed subdivision was put into place and the developer has done all that can be done to eliminate the water from the existing low areas. Mr. Wohlfeil stated that the developer has agreed to hire a survey crew to shoot spot elevations in Ms. Hostetler’s yard, ditches, and swales to identify any problem areas. If for some reason a high spot is detected that may block the drainage, the developer will correct the problem. Commissioner Ringham questioned the location and maintenance of the proposed shrubbery located on the rear of Lots 1 and 4. In response, Mr. Wohlfeil stated that the proposed shrubbery will be low growing to eliminate the open space view of the drainage swales and will be maintained by the homeowners of Lots 1 and 4. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend the posting of a maintenance bond and approval of the final plat for Old Town Subdivision, subject to a spot elevation survey being conducted and the developer taking care of any minor modifications that would hinder the drainage flow. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Archer and passed without opposition.

4. The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 2 Plat Revision to change eight (8) duplex lots to seven (7) townhome lots. James Burchette of Portrait Homes presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. The revision will eliminate one unit and change eight (8) single story duplex units to seven (7) two-story townhome units with garage parking. The three-story Alta Towne Lake Apartments, located adjacent to this development, has become a huge deterrent for consumers. Therefore, the increase in height of the townhome units will act as a buffer from the apartments. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to recommend approval of the plat revision for The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 2. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

5. Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Avala at Savannah Quarters, aka Westbrook Apartments, a 256 unit multi-family development. Hal Kraft with HGB&D presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that this development was approved by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. The parking meets all of the PUD Standards. The existing berm on I-16 will remain in place and the 75’ buffer to the west of the property will remain as a 25’ undisturbed buffer with the remaining 50’ to be used to build a smaller berm, approximately 8’ in height. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to recommend approval of the site plan for Avala at Savannah Quarters, aka Westbrook Apartments, contingent upon the developer addressing the need for a “tot lot” in the amenities. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Stella Wiggins with JM Woods, Inc. presented the green space plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Ms. Wiggins stated that she calculated approximately 14.83 acres of disturbed area and the site contains no wetlands. According to the tree ordinance, a total of 223 preferred trees are required. The landscape plan exceeds the requirements of the tree ordinance with 254 proposed trees. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to approve the landscape plan for Avala at Savannah Quarters, contingent upon it being flexible enough to allow a “tot lot” or an expanded amenity package. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.

6. Preliminary Construction/Landscape Plan Review for Somersby Subdivision, Phase 2 located off Pine Barren Road. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Roberts reminded the board that this development was tabled by the PUD Review Board prior to this meeting. Phase 2 consists of 167 lots with the average lot size being 60 x 155’. During the Planning & Zoning meeting, there was some discussion concerning a second access to Phase 2 and the possibility of acquiring adjacent property to provide connectivity. Mr. Burke stated that he will discuss this issue with the owner. He also stated that an emergency access point could be proposed at the cul-de-sac fronting on Pine Barren Road in Phase 1. Commissioner Fletcher questioned if the traffic study will include the proposed subdivisions within the area of Somersby. Mr. Burke stated that the extent of the traffic study was not specified and the impact study will more than likely only include Somersby Phases 1 and 2. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to table the preliminary construction plan for Somersby Subdivision, Phase 2 located off Pine Barren Road, contingent upon the traffic study results being reviewed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

7. The Arbors, Phase 8 – Plat Revision to revise finished floor elevations: Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman and Company presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. He explained that during the design of this phase they had surplus material from pond excavations from previous phases. Therefore, the finished floors were designed to be higher in an effort to get rid of the fill material left over. Due to the fact of not having as much earth fill left over as planned, the floor elevations had to be revised. Mr. Nicholson of HGB&D has reviewed and approved the revised drainage plan. He also stated that all of the finished floors are at least 1’ above the back of the curb as well as the lots that drain from back to front. With no public comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Larry Olliff to approve the revised plat for The Arbors, Phase 8. Motion was seconded by Charles Archer and passed without opposition. James Reardon returned to his seat on the board

8. Site Plan / Landscape Plan Review for New Harvest International Ministries located on Quacco Road. Ken Terrell, Pastor of New Harvest International Ministries, presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. The board had questions concerning the parking requirements, the dumpster location, the type of dumpster enclosure, and the size of the landscape islands within the parking area. Mr. Terrell stated that he was not aware of the fact his engineer would not be attending the meeting. Therefore, he was unable to answer most of the questions presented by the board. Commissioner Olliff questioned the status of the water main. Mr. Terrell stated that the community water is located in the next subdivision which is Homestead Place and a 6” line was located to serve this property. Mr. Terrell further stated that the church has a 10-year period until the water has to be changed over to the City of Pooler, since the city does not currently serve this area. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Archer to approve the site plan for New Harvest International Ministries located on Quacco Road, contingent upon the dumpster location, type of dumpster enclosure, landscaping islands and all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. With the landscape plan based on tree points and a problem with the plat ledger, a motion was made by Commissioner Ringham to table the landscaping plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Byard and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:42 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Ringham and passed without opposition.

December 10, 2007


CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
DECEMBER 10, 2007

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Wilson Roberts, Larry Olliff, Scotty Fletcher, Robert Byard, and James Reardon. Councilman Bruce Allen, Planning & Zoning Assistant Kimberly Classen, and Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver were also in attendance. Chairman Wilson Roberts called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Councilman Bruce Allen gave the invocation and Wilson Roberts led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Landscape Plan Review for New Harvest International Ministries located on Quacco Road. Trent Long with T.R. Long Engineering Company presented the landscape plan to the board for their review and recommendation. He stated that the 15 tree per acre requirement should be met and some of the trees that were counted are located in the wetland area up front. Commissioner Olliff questioned the amount of disturbed area. In response, Mr. Long stated that the total site is 5.4 acres with 4.47 acres being disturbed. Chairman Roberts questioned the distance of the dumpster pad from the proposed building as well as the type of enclosure. Mr. Long stated that the intent is to keep the dumpster out of the line of sight and the enclosure will be of masonry material. The parking lot island coverage requirement has been met. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to recommend approval of the landscape plan review for New Harvest International Ministries located on Quacco Road. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Denny’s Restaurant located at the corner of Governor Treutlen Drive and San Drive. Jared Mock with Maxwell-Reddick and Associates presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Chairman Roberts questioned if the parking lot island coverage requirement is being met on the southern end of the site. Mr. Mock stated that a parking space could be eliminated and the width of the island could be widened to meet the requirements. Mr. Mock asked if this island in question has to be landscaped. Chairman Roberts reminded the petitioner, if this island is altered in position, underground utilities would be disturbed. The board reminded the petitioner of the minimum 15 trees per acre requirement. Chairman Roberts reminded the petitioner that the location of the sign needs to be added to the plan before being presented to Mayor and Council. There was discussion concerning the amount of parking spaces; wherein, it was determined the amount of parking spaces exceed the requirements. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Denny’s Restaurant located at the corner of Governor Treutlen Drive and San Drive, contingent upon the location of the sign being added to the plan and the landscaping island being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition. Commissioner Olliff reminded the petitioner of the tree requirement on the landscaping plan again. Mr. Mock stated that the additional trees that are needed to meet the requirement will be added to the plan. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to table the landscape plan for Denny’s Restaurant. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition

3. Plat Revision to remove the 100’ undisturbed buffer across Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park. Commissioner Reardon stepped down to excuse himself from any discussion of this item and the following two items. Travis Randall with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Randall stated that the subdivision that was approved for Dean Forest Business Park and Lot 2 was recently rezoned to I-1 (Light Industrial) with a 100’ undisturbed buffer adjacent to Dean Forest Road. The plat revision is to remove the 100’ undisturbed buffer along Lot 2 since it has been rezoned back to heavy commercial. Commissioner Fletcher questioned if this is the parcel of land that is going to be donated to the City of Pooler. Mr. Randall stated that the land is indeed being donated to the City of Pooler and the company will receive a tax credit based on the appraised value of the property, and without the buffer, the value and the tax credit will be higher. Commissioner Fletcher stated that the adjacent property owners were assured a 100’ undisturbed buffer would remain along Dean Forest Road. Councilman Allen assured the board that the buffer concerns would be reconsidered after the land is donated to the city. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the plat revision to remove the 100’ undisturbed buffer across Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park, contingent upon Lot 2 being donated to the City of Pooler. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Olliff and passed without opposition.
4. Minor Subdivision of Lot 4, Morgan Center into Lots 4A and 4B. . Travis Randall with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the minor subdivision to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Randall stated that when this site was previously designed the total site contained two (2) large warehouses on one (1) large tract. Oakmont Industrial Group, the developer, would like to partition off the western-most warehouse on a separate lot. Therefore, the subdividing of the large tract will accommodate one (1) warehouse on each lot. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Lanier to recommend approval of the minor subdivision of Lot 4, Morgan Center into Lots 4A and 4B. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition.



5. Preliminary Construction/Landscape Plan Review for Spring Lakes Plaza located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Chip Butts with Kern-Coleman & Company presented the preliminary construction plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Butts explained that the 34.5 acre tract is being subdivided into 13 lots. The current zoning of this property is C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Commissioner Olliff questioned the distance from the detention pond to the residential area. Mr. Butts stated that the distance appears to be approximately 15’. Mrs. Carver questioned if the site was going to be cleared up to the property line adjacent to Morgan Lakes. Mr. Butts stated that he spoke with Mrs. Carver today and was informed of a 20’ buffer requirement between commercial and residentially zoned areas. Furthermore, the petitioner was reminded about a 20’ undisturbed buffer along the northern property line that was proposed by the developer when the sketch plan was presented approximately two (2) years ago. Commissioner Fletcher questioned the type of businesses proposed. Mr. Butts stated that there are some lots being looked at for retail and one of the larger tracts is being proposed as a mini-storage facility. Public Comments: Mr. Wade Seyle, Project Manger for North Godley Developers, stated that they have not had sufficient time to review the construction plan nor the landscape plan; therefore, they have some concerns with specifically the drainage and potential buffers. Mr. Seyle stated that the land adjacent to Spring Lakes Plaza is currently zoned residential, and he is requesting a minimum of a 150’ buffer. Mr. Mick MaDunna, representing Dickey Development, stated that this project is being proposed to offer some amenities to the adjacent property owners in the area, with retail and a mini-storage facility. He also stated that the 150’ buffer request made by Mr. Seyle is too much and the proposed 20’ buffer along with the large detention area should be adequate. Board Comments:. Chairman Roberts read aloud the previous minutes from the Planning & Zoning and the Mayor and Council meetings from 2005 wherein the 20’ undisturbed buffer was proposed by the developer. Mrs. Carver stated that the landscaping plan that was presented to the board does not include the required buffer. In response, Mr. Butts stated that the detention pond will be landscaped with preferred trees and the tree ordinance will be addressed as each tract is developed. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to recommend approval of the preliminary construction plan for Spring Lakes Plaza located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, contingent upon a minimum 20’ undisturbed buffer being added to the plan. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Byard and passed without opposition. With no further comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to table the landscape plan for Spring Lakes Plaza. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition. Commissioner Reardon returned to his seat on the board.

6. Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Sandcastle Learning Center located behind the Post Office on Highway 80. Downer Davis of Davis Engineering Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. All of the engineering comments have been addressed. Chairman Roberts questioned the right-in, right-out lane and the type of dumpster enclosure. Mr. Davis stated that the dumpster enclosure will be of the same texture and material of the proposed building. As far as the right-in and right-out lanes, the required striping and buttons will be added to the plans. Commissioner Olliff questioned the landscaping plan. Mr. Davis stated that the site will have a 6’ fence around three (3) sides of the property along with a 20’ undisturbed natural buffer on the outside of the privacy fence. Furthermore, he stated that a landscaping plan has not been designed for this development at this time. The board reminded Mr. Davis of the requirement for any new development to comply with the tree ordinance. Mr. Davis stated that he has no problem adding additional trees, if needed. Commissioner Reardon questioned the location of the sidewalk in front of the handicapped parking located in the turn-a-bout area. Mr. Davis stated that a revision will be made to the plan to show a sidewalk in front of the handicapped parking space as requested. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to recommend approval of the site plan for Sandcastle Learning Center located behind the post office on Highway 80, contingent upon adding a sidewalk in front of the handicapped parking area, a masonry dumpster enclosure, and the request for a right-in, right-out onto Highway 80 being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition. With no landscaping plan being provided, a motion to table was made by Commissioner Reardon. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Fletcher and passed without opposition

7. Site Plan/Landscape Plan Review for Seafood Licious located on west Highway 80. Mark Boswell of Boswell Engineering Company presented the site plan to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Boswell stated that this proposed project is for retail only and there will be no on site food consumption. Chairman Roberts asked if all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Mr. Boswell stated that all of the comments have been addressed with the exception of the DOT comments that were submitted with no response being received yet, and the technical issue concerning the size of the pond. The type of dumpster enclosure was questioned by the board. Mr. Boswell stated that the enclosure will be revised to show either a red brick face or split face enclosure. Commissioner Fletcher questioned the size of the turning radius at the dumpster location. Mr. Boswell stated that this area is going to be enlarged and will be reflected on the revised plan. With no other comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Fletcher to approve the site plan for Seafood Licious located on west Highway 80, contingent upon the dumpster enclosure being of a spilt face block, the turning radius at the dumpster location being enlarged, and all of the engineering comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition. Based on the plan meeting the tree ordinance, a motion was made by Commissioner Olliff to approve the landscape plan for Seafood Licious. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Reardon and passed without opposition.

8. Plat Revision of Lot 2 of the Villages Commercial Tract on Commerce Court to identify the “Common Area”. Michael Hussey, representing Fred Williams Homebuilders, presented the plat revision to the board for their review and recommendation. Mr. Hussey stated that currently there are three (3) commercial lots within this tract. Lot 2, which previously encompassed all of the parking, paving and utility area is going to be separated into one (1) parcel that covers the building itself, and the remaining area will be identified as “common area”. With no comments, a motion was made by Commissioner Reardon to approve the plat revision of Lot 2 of the Villages Commercial Tract on Commerce Court to identify the “Common Area”. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Fletcher made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanier and passed without opposition.

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