Commercial Real Estate
Category: Commercial Real Estate
By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal
December 8, 2016 – The Savannah City Council approved the request of BMW Developers LLC for a rezoning map amendment to rezone property at 1475 Chatham Parkway from the existing PUD-B-R (Planned Unit Development Regional Business) zoning classification to a PUD-M-15 (Planned Unit Development- Multifamily, 15 units per acre) zoning classification.
The property on the west side of Chatham Parkway, between Ogeechee Road and I-16, is approximately 20 acres in size and is currently undeveloped. The company r is seeking to build an apartment complex.
The current PUD-B-R zoning district does not allow for single land uses and with several multifamily residential developments of similar use and density located near the site, the proposed PUD-M-15 zoning is appropriate for the proposed use and is compatible with the surrounding land uses, according to the City Manager, Rob Hernandez.
Atty. Harold Yellin, representing the petitioner, asked that the matter be considered for a First and Second Reading, as it was a "down zoning," a reduction in the potential uses of the property.
The rezoning is also consistent with the Tricentennial Plan to “reduce automobile dependence and associated congestion and pollution by providing a broad range of land development options,” according to the staff report to Council.
The Council also approved amending the Tri-Centennial Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map to reflect the change.
First and Second Readings
Also included in Thursday's City Council formal session was a first and second reading of Section 8-3028(d) (23) of the Victorian District Ordinance, to permit the sales of wine and beer incidental to a principal retail use. Alderman Bill Durrence moved for approval.
And, a first and second reading of Section 8-3025(a) C&R Use Schedule was approved, to increase the maximum number of children to be cared for at residentially-zoned day care centers from 50 to 150, when associated with a religious institution or school. (MPC File No. 16-005208).
The Council also approved the final plat for Savannah Highland Phase 3, a major subdivision at Godley Station, located in the northern part of the Godley Tract in District 1. The proposed subdivision is comprised of 12.224 acres creating 51 residential lots, 420 acres of open space and 2.519 acres of right-of-way. The MPC recommended approval.
Alderman Van Johnson said he was raising his regular advice to the Council "about the evolving traffic in the area ... and to come up with traffic solutions in the area is imperative," as more and more plats for development keep being approved. He represents the Highlands area.
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