MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

701 “G” STREET, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING CHAMBERS

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015 AT 2:00 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 Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:

 

1.         Report from Heery (Doug Kleppin) regarding the 2014 office space needs assessment

 

Doug Kleppin from Heery Design gave a presentation regarding Glynn County’s Detention Center Reuse Needs Assessment. He presented the same three options he had presented to the Board at its October 21, 2014, special called meeting.

Option A included accommodating all the county agencies and the Juvenile Court within a renovated detention facility. However that option is extremely labor intensive and expensive resulting in a sizeable investment in a dated facility yielding unsatisfactory results. The projected cost for Option A was $37,072,780.

Option B consisted of demolishing the detention facility and having that site house a new facility which accommodates all the County agencies, Drug Court and Juvenile Court with the remainder of the site being developed as surface public parking to serve the campus. The projected cost for Option B was $34,799,644.

Option C consisted of demolishing the detention facility and the entire site being developed as surface public parking. A new joint-use facility which would accommodate all the County agencies, Drug Court, Juvenile Court and the court support agencies would be built as a three story courthouse annex. This option is more efficient resulting in a single new structure and thus reducing costs and phasing and this option could be designed to accommodate future courtrooms or be ultimately converted as dedicated court support beyond the forecast needs in the future. The projected cost for Option C was $35,541,473.

Due to these reasons, Heery Design recommended either Option B or C.

 

2.         Discuss the future development of a parking lot and Veterans Memorial Park.

 

The Commission asked Community Development Director David Hainley to provide a rendering of the proposed veteran’s memorial at the August work session.

 

3.         Proposed Roundabout at SR Highway 99 and US Highway 17

 

The Commission asked County Manager Alan Ours to invite a representative from the Georgia Department of Transportation to an upcoming work session to explain GDOT’s plans for this intersection.

 

4.         Status update of proposed land use amendments

 

                        Community Development Director David Hainley presented the following proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Future Land Use Plan:

 

            Amendment to Future Land Use Plan and Map –

This change to the Future Land Use Plan and Map creates a category and map designation for Low Density Residential on St. Simons Island. The recommended density range for this designation will be 0-2 units per acre which is down from the current map which allows for 0-4 units per acre.

This change will affect new residential zoning cases only.

 

Amendments to Sections 302 –

One amendment adds definitions for Major, Collector, and Minor Streets. Major Streets on St. Simons Island include but are not limited to Frederica Road, Demere Road, Lawrence Road, Sea Island Road, Kings Way, and Ocean Boulevard.

This amendment affects new subdivision and site plan cases only.

The second amendment to Section 302 is a housekeeping amendment that changes “row house” to “townhouse,” further clarifies that a duplex is contained in one building, and changes of the definition of site coverage to exempt account pervious pavement from counting as site coverage.

 

Amendment to Section 613 –

This amendment requires specific types of buffers at residential subdivisions, commercial developments, and industrial developments on St. Simons Island, and creates three new buffer types.

Type F buffers will be required at residential subdivisions on St. Simons Island along major and collector streets requiring a preliminary plat approval. A type F buffer is defined as a planted strip no less than 15 feet in width with at least 2 large deciduous trees for every 50 lineal feet, 2 large evergreen trees for every 30 lineal feet, two small deciduous trees for every 50 lineal feet, 4 medium shrubs for each 15 lineal feet, and low shrubs and ground cover planted in such a manner conducive to the establishment and maintenance of healthy scrubs and ground cover.

Type G buffers will be required at commercial developments along major, collector, and minor streets on St. Simons Island. A type G buffer is defined as a planted strip not less than 15 feet in width consisting of at least 1 large deciduous tree for every 50 lineal feet, 1 large evergreen tree for every 30 lineal feet, 1 small deciduous tree for every 50 lineal feet, and low shrubs and ground cover planted in such a manner conducive to the establishment and maintenance of healthy scrubs and ground cover.

Type H buffers will be required at industrial developments along major, collector, and minor streets on St. Simons Island. A type H buffer is defined as a planted strip not less than 40 feet in width consisting of at least 2 large deciduous trees for every 50 lineal feet, 1 large evergreen tree for every 30 lineal feet, 2 small deciduous trees for every for every 30 lineal feet, 2 medium shrubs for each 10 lineal feet, and low shrubs and ground cover planted in such a manner conducive to the establishment and maintenance of healthy scrubs and ground cover.

This amendment affects new subdivision and site plan cases only.

 

Amendments to Section 614 –

This amendment requires adjacent office and commercial developments in Glynn County to tie their parking areas together. By doing so, cross connection traffic will not have to go out onto the street.

This amendment affects new site plan cases only.

 

Addition of Section 626 –

This new section creates the Conservation Subdivision Overlay District Ordinance on St. Simons Island. A conservation subdivision preserves conservation areas while allowing for a reduced density of residential units for the overall site area resulting in a net neutral density. Neutral density is achieved by allowing smaller, individually owned residential lots in neighborhoods that are offset by larger block(s) of preserved open space. There is no increase in density allowed by this type of development. Use of a conservation subdivision by a developer is entirely voluntary.

 

Amendments to Section 705 –

This amendment adjusts the minimum yard requirements for townhouse end units in the Resort Residential District on St. Simons. It increases the minimum lot area to 3,100 square feet and the minimum lot width to 31 feet for an end unit on the perimeter of the development. It also requires a minimum of 15 feet of side yard and a minimum of 27 feet of rear yard in the case of an end unit abutting a street or adjoining property. In addition, it requires a Type F buffer separating the rear yard and side yard from streets or neighboring property.

The amendment reduces the number of townhouses allowed to be connected from 10 to 5, and it also lowers the density of bedroom units for all types of development from 35 to 30.

This amendment affects new zoning and preliminary plat cases only.

 

 

Amendments to Section 706-708 –

This is a housekeeping amendment to change the term “row house” in the current ordinance to “townhouse.”

 

Amendments to Section 602 –

This amendment requires at least two access points or a certain type of enlarged entranceway for subdivisions of 25 lots or more in Glynn County, and does not require existing subdivisions to connect.

This amendment affects new subdivision cases only.

 

The proposed amendments to the following sections of the Zoning Ordinance were tabled:

Section 503 dealing with site coverage on St. Simons

Section 627 establishing the criteria for when a Traffic Impact Analysis is required

Section 700-707.4 dealing with site coverage restrictions on St. Simons and Sea Island

Section 611 dealing with dealing with off-street parking and landscaped medians

 

5.         Update on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects

 

                        Due to time constraints, this item was not discussed. A special called meeting was scheduled for July 29, 2015, to discuss this item.

 

6.         Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 2016

 

                        Due to time constraints, this item was not discussed. A special called meeting was scheduled for July 29, 2015, to discuss this item.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                             

Dale Provenzano, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

Attest:

 

 

                                       

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk