CITY OF POOLER

PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES

JUNE 11, 2001    

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pooler Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, June 11, 2001 at 6 p.m.   Members present were:  Larry Olliff, Fleta Pepper, Tim Lovezzola, Holly Young, Debbie Ryan Watts, Craig Brewer, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Councilwoman Billie Tyler were also in attendance.  Chairman Holly Young called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved upon a motion made by Tim Lovezolla.      Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition.   

PUBLIC HEARING: 

  1. American Tower Management, Inc. request for a 160’ height variance for a telecommunication tower.   Bill Howard, Zoning Manager for American Tower Management, Inc. presented a variance request to construct a 195’ monopole on property owned by Darrel Hutcheson and partners on the southside of the Jimmy Deloach Parkway.  The proposed site is approximately l ˝ miles west of the I-95 and Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Interchange.  The subject property is zoned R-A, a Residential Agricultural District and under the City of Pooler’s Zoning Ordinance, telecommunication towers are a permitted use but a height variance is needed. Besides Hargray Wireless and Triton PCS, Inc., the facility is designed to hold two additional carriers.  The proposed site is critical for complete coverage along the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and to serve the needs of the community.  Mr. Howard stated that the existing trees would provide adequate buffering from any residential areas.  Jason Groseclose, Project Manager, stated that according to FAA, lighting would not be required for this monopole site. Bill Holland, representing the property owners, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission to request approval of the tower variance.    A motion was made by Debbie Ryan Watts to approve the request for a 160’ height variance for a telecommunication tower on the southside of the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.  Motion was seconded by Larry Olliff and passed without opposition. 
  1. Loretta Cockrum as agent for Foram Group, Inc. is requesting an amendment to the Jabot PUD Master Plan to add approximately 136.69 acres to the existing Jabot PUD.  Also Loretta Cockrum as agent for Pooler Acres LLC has petitioned the City of Pooler to rezone the 136.69 acres from MH-2B, a Manufactured Home Subdivision Zoning to a PUD Zoning.  Within the Jabot PUD, the southern 56.02 acres will be zoned for Multi-Family and the northern 50.15 acres will be zoned for Single Family Residential.   Craig Brewer excused himself from any discussion on this item due to a conflict of interest.  Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton was present to answer any questions the board may have regarding these petitions.  Mr. Halliburton explained Loretta Cockrum is petitioning the City of Pooler to add 136.69 acres to the existing Jabot PUD Development.  The 136.69 acres is owned by Pooler Acres LLC and is presently zoned MH-2B, a Manufactured Home Subdivision Zoning.  The petitioner is requesting the northern 50.15 acres to be zoned for Single Family Residential and the southern 56.02 acres to be zoned for Multi-Family.  With the additional acreage being zoned for Multi-Family development, the density of the PUD will not change from the original approved PUD Master Plan approved on September 5, 2000.  The Single Family Zoning District would be developed according to the City of Pooler’s R1-A Zoning requirements.  The Multi-Family Zoning District would be developed according to the standards approved for multi-family in the original Jabot PUD Master Plan.  Barbara Sherrod, an adjacent property owner, is concerned about how this development would affect the surrounding property owners who live in low-lying areas with existing drainage and flooding problems.   Mr. Jeff Halliburton explained that drainage is the most critical part of any development and would be designed according to the City of Pooler’s requirements. Wetlands throughout this property will act as holding areas for drainage and additional detention areas and lagoons will be designed.  The Planning and Zoning Commission will have a chance to review the development plans before any construction plans are approved.  John and Ruth Moore, area residents, expressed their concerns about drainage and the increase in traffic on Pine Barren Road if this area is developed.  Mr. Moore would prefer that if there is an entrance from Pine Barren Road that it be designed away from the curve and limit the access to the Single Family Development.  Mr. Halliburton stated that it is the intent of the developer to have the main entrance to the Multi-Family development off the Pooler Parkway.  In fact, the first phase of the multi-family development will be adjacent to the Pooler Parkway. With no further comments, a motion was made by Fleta Pepper to approve the petition to add approximately 136.69 acres to the existing Jabot PUD Master Plan.  Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed without opposition.  In a second motion, Larry Olliff recommended the rezoning of the 136.69 acres from MH-2B to a PUD Zoning with the southern 56.02 acres zoned for Multi-Family and the northern 50.15 acres zoned for Single Family Residential use.  Motion was seconded by Debbie Ryan Watts and passed without opposition.  

3.         Text Amendment regarding regulation of shipping containers and portable storage facilities in certain zoning districts.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has been working on this ordinance and had received copies of the final draft for their review and comments.  Some changes were suggested for clarification.  With no public comments, a motion was made by Tim Lovezzola to approve the text amendment regarding shipping containers and portable storage facilities contingent upon the proposed changes being made prior to review by the Mayor and Council.  Motion was seconded by Debbie Ryan Watts and passed without opposition.   

New Business: 

  1. Godley Tract Minor Subdivision and recombination of tracts “B” and “C” owned by International Paper Realty Corporation.   Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented the proposed changes on the plat since the recording of tract “C” in September of this year.  The size of Tract “C” is reduced to 1.50 acres and Tract B is being split into Tract B-1 and Tract B-2.  Mr. Wohlfeil stated that medical offices are proposed for tracts “C” and B-1.  With no public comments, a motion was made by Debbie Ryan Watts to approve the Godley Tract Minor Subdivision and recombination of tracts “B” and “C” owned by International Paper Realty Corporation.   Motion was seconded by Tim Lovezzola and passed with no opposition.   

There being no further business to come before the board, a motion of adjournment was made by Tim Lovezzola and seconded by Craig Brewer.