MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 AT 3:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Dale Provenzano, Chairman, District 2

Richard Strickland, Vice Chairman, District 3

Michael Browning, Commissioner, District 1

Bill Brunson, Commissioner, District 4

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Administrator

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

 

1.         Discussion and consideration of extending the 90-day moratorium on St. Simons Island development.

 

                                Community Development Director David Hainley and County Attorney Aaron Mumford briefed the Board on the steps necessary to make the changes to the Zoning Ordinance. It included public hearings held by the Islands Planning Commission and the Mainland Planning Commission and a public hearing held by the Board of Commissioners prior to consideration of adoption. The implementation plan also provided for more discussions at upcoming Commission work sessions.

                                The purpose of the moratorium is to postpone major developments on St. Simons to allow staff and the consultant, RS&H, time to overhaul the zoning ordinances without having some developments fall under the current ordinances and other developments fall under the revised ordinances.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to adopt the resolution extending the moratorium to August 20, 2015. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Browning and Commissioner Stambaugh opposed.  Resolution #R-20-15

 

            The resolution adopted is as follows:

Be it hereby resolved by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners that:

WHEREAS, at its February 5, 2015, meeting, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted a moratorium for a period of ninety (90) days, applicable exclusively to Saint Simons Island, to bar the acceptance or receipt by Glynn County, Georgia of applications for Site Plan Approval under Section 619 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of Preliminary Plats under Article VII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of expedited subdivisions under Article VIII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of Planned Developments as described in Section 723 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of any conditional or special use permits under the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; and of applications for any rezoning of property from one zoning classification or district to another zoning classification or district on Saint Simons Island;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine the densities and locations of land use development on Saint Simons Island for planning purposes and to apply best practices land use planning;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine whether changes or possible updates may be needed to the future land use plan for Saint Simons Island, including but not limited to, assessing the plan and its recommendations for land use and land use densities and existing ordinance provisions and alternative means of incorporating measures to achieve possible density reductions which could have the resultant effect of reducing the pressure on the infrastructure components and facilitating the provision of services to the citizens of Saint Simons Island;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine what amendments are needed to the Zoning Ordinance and other land use development ordinances of Glynn County, Georgia, specifically as they may apply to the orderly and well planned land use development of Saint Simons Island in order to ensure appropriate densities and classifications of land use development on Saint Simons Island;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine whether changes or possible updates may be needed to the tree preservation ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia, specifically as it applies to Saint Simons Island, including but not limited to, possible applicability to land use development and an educational component necessary to achieve compliance and the potential staffing required to oversee an expanded program;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine whether a tree replacement program may be beneficial for the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia, including possibly conducting a survey of trees on the public rights of ways beginning with the major corridors, identifying existing gaps in the canopy cover where replacement trees could be located;  

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners enacted said moratorium in order to provide Glynn County with time to study, assess, review, consider, and determine whether a landscape ordinance may be beneficial for the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia;  

WHEREAS, said moratorium will expire on May 6, 2015, and Glynn County has made significant progress with the above-referenced goals during the moratorium period;

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners believes that additional time is needed in order to effectively formulate, consider, and implement any amendments and/or changes deemed desirable as a result of Glynn County’s study, assessment, and review of these matters, which additional time will also allow for the appropriate advertising to occur and public hearings to be held in order for the Planning Commissions and Board of Commissioners to consider and adopt any proposals; and

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners deems it in the best interests of the health, safety, prosperity, and welfare of the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia, and Saint Simons Island to enact this moratorium extension;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, acting in its capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, that it does hereby extend the moratorium, applicable exclusively to Saint Simons Island, to bar the acceptance or receipt by Glynn County, Georgia, of applications for Site Plan Approval under Section 619 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of Preliminary Plats under Article VII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of expedited subdivisions under Article VIII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of Planned Developments as described in Section 723 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; of applications for approval of any conditional or special use permits under the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; and of applications for any rezoning of property from one zoning classification or district to another zoning classification or district on Saint Simons Island.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners that said extension is enacted to extend the moratorium from its original expiration date of May 6, 2015, to August 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., in order to allow Glynn County to study, assess, and review the relevant ordinances, programs, future land use plans, and best practices land use planning, and to investigate, propose, review, consider, hold public hearings as necessary, and adopt, approve, change, update, implement and/or apply such ordinance amendments, programs, plans, and best practices.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the moratorium extension enacted herein shall not apply to complete applications containing the documents, forms, and information required by the applicable ordinances and regulations of Glynn County and which were received by the Glynn County Community Development Department prior to the original enactment of this moratorium on February 5, 2015, but the moratorium extension enacted herein shall apply to incomplete applications received by the Glynn County Community Development Department prior to the enactment of this moratorium on February 5, 2015. Applications filed without the documents, forms, and/or information required under the applicable ordinances or regulations of Glynn County, including but not limited to sketches or preliminary plats, shall be deemed incomplete. The applications referred to in this paragraph shall mean and refer to applications for Site Plan Approval under Section 619 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia, applications for approval of Preliminary Plats under Article VII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia, applications for approval of expedited subdivisions under Article VIII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia, applications for approval of Planned Developments as described in Section 723 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia, applications for approval of any conditional or special use permits under the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia, and applications for any rezoning of property from one zoning classification or district to another zoning classification or district on Saint Simons Island.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the moratorium extension enacted herein shall not apply to applications for building permits for a single family dwelling that do not require the approval of a site plan or preliminary plat.  The moratorium extension enacted herein shall also not apply to any of the agenda items that were deferred by the Islands Planning Commission at its January 20, 2015, meeting. Further, the moratorium extension enacted herein is limited exclusively to Saint Simons Island. 

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the moratorium extension enacted herein shall not apply to applications for approval of Preliminary Plats under Article VII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia, where all resulting lots are one (1) acre or larger and development thereon is or will be limited to one (1) one-family dwelling per resulting lot; nor shall the moratorium extension enacted herein apply to applications for approval of expedited subdivisions under Article VIII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia where all resulting lots are one (1) acre or larger and development thereon is or will be limited to one (1) one-family dwelling per resulting lot.  The moratorium extension enacted herein shall not apply to applications for approval of Construction Plans or Final Plats under Article VII of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia, which have received Preliminary Plat approval.   

This Resolution shall be effective upon adoption.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

                                       

Dale Provenzano, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

  

 

                                       

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk