Return of Register + Laurel Run, Tucker Road @ GLPC 2017-09-25

Tabled last month, REZ-2017-09 Robert A. Register Estate is back on the Planning Commission agenda for tonight. Meanwhile the Lowndes County Commission already discussed it this morning and is scheduled to vote on this rezoning Tuesday evening.

TRC table of recommendations, REZ-2017-19 Register Estate
TRC Table of recommendations for REZ-2017-09.

Plus REZ-2017-10 Laurel Run Homes, LLC and REZ-2017-08 West Ridge Business Park.

Greater Lowndes Planning Commission
Lowndes County City of Valdosta City of Dasher City of Hahira City of Lake Park REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

Monday, September 25, 2017, YEAR* 5:30 P.M. * Public Hearing
Lowndes County South Health District Administrative Office
325 West Savannah Avenue

  1. Call to Order, Invocation, and Pledge
  2. Approval of the Meeting Minutes: August 28, 2017


    FINAL ACTION by the City of Valdosta Mayor-Council
    Thursday, October 5, 2017
    Valdosta City Hall, 216 E. Central Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia
    Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 5:30 pm
    Point of Contact: Matt Martin, City Planning and Zoning Administrator (229) 259-3563
  3. VA-2017-14 City of Valdosta
    Property Location: Tucker Road
    Request amendment to the Future Development Map to change the Character Area designation from Institutional Activity Center to Industrial Activity Center and Community Activity Center.


    FINAL ACTION by the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Lowndes County Judicial and Administrative Complex
    Commission Chambers (2nd Floor)
    327 N. Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia, 5:30 pm
    Point of Contact: Jason Davenport, County Planner (229) 671-2430
  4. REZ-2017-09 Robert A. Register Estate (**Tabled from the August 28, 2017, meeting**)
    Property Location: W. Marion Street, 4-H club Road, Corbett Road, and Long Pond Road, Lake Park, Georgia
    Request to rezone ~138 acres from R-1 (Low Density Residential) to R-10 (Suburban Density Residential) and C-C (Crossroads Commercial)

    See also Lowndes County Commission Agenda Sheet.


    FINAL ACTION by the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Lowndes County Judicial and Administrative Complex
    Commission Chambers (2nd Floor)
    327 N. Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia, 5:30 pm
    Point of Contact: Jason Davenport, County Planner (229) 671-2430
  5. REZ-2017-10 Laurel Run Homes, LLC
    Property Location: Loch Laurel Road and Naples Lane
    Request to rezone 6.04 acres from C-G (General Commercial) and R-A (Residential Agriculture) to R-10 (Suburban Density Residential) and R-21 (Medium Density Residential)

Lowndes County Commission Agenda Sheet for REZ-2017-09 Robert A. Register Estate:


This case represents a change in zoning on a ~126 acre property from Low Density Residential (R-1) zoning to Suburban Density Residential (R-10) (~112.4 acres) and General Commercial (C-G) (13.7 acres) zoning. The main motivation for the request is to allow for an increased residential density on the residential portion of the property and for speculative commercial marketing on the commercial portion of the property. For reference, a comparison chart of the various zoning districts and most of their allowable uses has been attached. The subject properties possess road frontage on multiple streets: Marion Avenue (US Hwy 41), 4-H Club Road, and Long Pond Road, Marion Avenue (US Hwy 41) is classified as a state maintained arterial1 or collector2. Both 4-H Club and Long Pond are classified as local roads3. While the dominant majority of the subject properties are within the unincorporated area of Lowndes County, a large portion of the roads that access the properties are within the City of Lake Park and under the jurisdiction of GDOT. Concerning the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Character Area Map, the subject property is within the Suburban Area Character Area and is also within the Urban Service Area. Per Comprehensive Plan guidance, R—10 zoning and C-G zoning are both listed as permitted zonings within a Suburban Area. The following factors should be considered in this case: the adjacent City and County R»10 zoning, the adjacent lot sizes, the adjacent Lake Park City limits, the presence of County Water and Sewer services, the presence of Lake Park Water services, the comparable size of the proposed commercial acreage4, the potential investment in improvement of the subject property, the potential impacts onto the adjacent roadways and services in the area5, the protected water resources affecting the subject properties (~12 acres of Wetlands and the presence of the Medium Recharge Area), the fact that once the type and scale of the development are further specified that a Georgia Department of Community Affairs Development of Regional Impact (DRI) may be triggered6, and that if approved, a traffic study will be required when construction plans are turned into Lowndes County Engineering.

1 Road classifications are determined by the Lowndes County Thoroughfare Plan. Typical traffic flow capacity of an arterial

is in excess of 6,000 AADT. Per GDOT definition the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) is the average number of vehicles that pass by a counter during a 24-hour period in a certain year.

2 Typical traffic flow capacity of a collector is between 1,500 and 6,000 AADT.

3 Typical traffic flow capacity of a local road is less than 1,500 AADT.

4 13.7 acres of commercial zoning is similar in size to the Camping World footprint (~12.8 acres), Sam’s Club footprint (~14 acres), or just over 1/2 of the Lake Park Outlets footprint (~23.3 acres).

5 Preliminary estimates on the potential expected residential development density of the subject property are estimated at between 300-337 single-family lots.

6 Should this request be approved, please plan on additional time before the planing process and the additional information needed for the completion ofthe Part 1 and Part 2 DRI Forms http://www.dca.state,

The TRC reviewed this application and recommended/noted the following:

Division with
ApprovalApprovalApproval with 1 ConditionApproval
Recommended Conditions with (Source) 1. All lots shall front interior roads. (Engineering)
Other Comments with (Source) Planning found this request overall consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.

At the August regular GLPC meeting the Planning Commissioners ultimately recommended to table the request for 1 month (Until the September GLPC Meeting) by a 4-3 vote. Planning Commissioners Folsom, Rountree, and Sandlin voted against the motion, During the public hearing portion of the request the applicant and the property owner spoke for it and 6 people spoke against it.

Since the last GLPC meeting two major updates are worth noting

One, with the impacts of Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Irma the initially scheduled LCBOC public hearing for the case on September 12th was cancelled and rescheduled for September 26th.

Two, after the GLPC meeting, conversations between the agent, property owner(s), concerned parties, and County leadership continued about the various questions, benefits, and issues surrounding this case Ultimately, one of the results of those communications are the below 5 proposed conditions For reference, should the below conditions be utilized, please note that as of the date of this coversheet the property owner(s) have agreed to them,

Proposed Conditions (County Leadership and AgenUProperty Owner(s))

  1. All lots shall front interior roads.
  2. The minimum lot size shall be 14,520 sqft (This lot size equates to 3 lots per acre or 1/3 acre lots)
  3. Manufactured homes or mobile homes are not allowed.
  4. Two-family dwellings or duplexes are not allowed
  5. The 13.7 acre tract proposed to be rezoned to General Commercial (C-G) zoning will instead be rezoned to Suburban Density Residential (R-lO) with the above 4 conditions.


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