MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 AT 6:00 PM

                                                                                                                           

PRESENT:                             Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2

Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3

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

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Hugh Borque spoke regarding the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinances.

Monica Smith spoke regarding draft 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Presented a Proclamation designating July 2018 as Parks and Recreation month in Glynn County.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

Public Hearings will be limited to 30 minutes for each opposing side, with 5 minutes allocated to each individual speaker. Comments are to be limited to relevant information regarding your position and should avoid being repetitious. If your group has a spokesperson, please allow that individual to present your group’s position in the time allocated. Your cooperation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

 

2.         Receive citizen comments regarding the draft 2018 Glynn County, Georgia Comprehensive Plan. REPORT

           

                        Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, introduced consultant Ed DiTommaso with the Ecological Planning Group who outlined the process of the Comprehensive Plan and the upcoming steps.

                                This item was open for public comment and Jane Fraser, Julian Smith, Hugh Borque, Lisa Norton, Julie Jordan, and Alex Muir spoke.

 

3.         ZV3775 Krystal Restaurant Sign Variance: Consider a variance to Glynn County Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII, Signs, for property located at 65 Tourist Drive and zoned Freeway Commercial (FC). The owner is requesting a variance to the sign regulations to install a new pylon sign that exceeds the square footage allowed in the code. Parcel ID: 03-03676. Capital Signs & Awnings, LLC, applicant and agent for Town and Tennis LP, owner. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, presented the request for the sign variance.  A variance will allow for the replacement of an existing pylon sign 108 sq. ft. with a 288 sq. ft. freestanding pylon sign.  A large live oak tree on the northern property line partially blocks the view of the current pylon sign being seen from I-95. The Krystal restaurant chain would like the sign to be clearly seen and identified from the Interstate.  Rather than just cutting the tree down, the applicant has requested the variance to preserve the live oak.   The total proposed signage for the site meets code.

Staff recommends approval of ZV3775 with the condition the live oak tree on the northern property line be preserved following the installation of the sign.

This item was open for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in opposition. No one spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve ZV3775. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-17-18

 

4.         ZV3758 Popeyes Restaurant Sign Variance: Consider a variance to Glynn County Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII, Signs, for property located at 4933 New Jesup Highway and zoned Freeway Commercial (FC). The owner is requesting a variance to the sign regulations to install a new pylon sign that exceeds the square footage allowed in the code. Parcel ID: 03-04119. Capital Signs & Awnings, LLC, applicant and agent for VRE Brunswick, LLC, owner. Staff recommends deferring the application and public hearing to a date uncertain. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to defer ZV3758 and public hearing to a date uncertain. The motion carried unanimously.

 

5.         TA3795 Article VIII, “Signs”:  Consider amendments to Article VIII, “Signs” of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County.  The proposed amendments include, but are not limited to, revising regulations regarding prohibited signage within a St. Simons Island Overlay District and revising regulations regarding feather signs. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, presented the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance.  Two of the proposed amendments regulate Feather Signs County-wide and at Commissioner Murphy’s request, a third alternative amendment prohibits Feather signs on St. Simons Island, Sea Island and little St. Simons Island no matter the district.  Alternative 1 is as presented by staff to the planning commissioners on June 19, alternative 2 is the version amended by the planning commissions, and alternative 3 is the version sponsored by Commissioner Murphy. Ms. Thompson went into detail explaining the amendment regulating neon signage within St. Simons Island Overlay District. She also clarified the distinction between LED lighting and Neon Lights.

At their joint meeting on June 19, both Planning Commissions recommended the item for approval with some additional amendments and corrections. 

This item was open for public comment and Hugh Borque spoke in Favor. Lisa Norton spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Browning to approve TA3795 as sponsored by Commissioner Murphy on June 21, 2018, presented as alternative #3. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. Ordinance #O-2018-05

 

6.         TA3796 Article VI, Section 619, “Site Plan Approval”: Consider amendments to Article VI, Section 619, “Site Plan Approval” of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County. The proposed amendments include, but are not limited to, revisions to the site plan review and approval process. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, presented the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance. The text amendment proposes adding an appeal process for site plan decisions made by both the Island Planning Commission and the Mainland Planning Commission to the Board of Commissioners. 

At their joint meeting on June 19, the Planning Commissions recommended adding that the Board of Commissioners would hear the appeals within 60 days of the appeal filing date.

This item was open for public comment and Hugh Borque spoke in Favor. Julian Smith, Frank Cullen, Jane Fraser, John Dow, Jeff Kilgore, and Michael Gilles spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve TA3796 as amended by the planning commissions on June 19, 2018. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Coleman and Commissioner Murphy opposed. Ordinance #O-2018-06

 

7.         TA3797 Article VII, “Subdivision Plats”: Consider amendments to Article VII, “Subdivision Plats” of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County. The proposed amendments include, but are not limited to, revisions to the subdivision review and approval process. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, presented the proposed amendments to the Subdivision Regulations. She explained that there are two alternatives of the proposed amendments. Alternative 1 is sponsored by the Board of Commissioners and allows the Community Development Director or his/her designee to make the final decision on preliminary plants. Alternative 2 is sponsored by Commissioner Stambaugh and allows the Planning Commission to make decisions on preliminary plats and an appeal process is added for an applicant to appeal decision to the Board of Commissioners.

The Planning Commissions recommended the version sponsored by Commissioner Stambaugh creating an appeal process for preliminary plats at their meeting on June 19.

This item was open for public comment and Robert Shupe spoke in Favor. Julian Smith, Hugh Borque, Jane Fraser, Monica Smith, and Jeff Kilgore spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve TA3797 amendments to Article VII, “Subdivision Plats” of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, presented as alternative 2. The motion failed  for lack of majority vote. Commissioner Booker, Commissioner Browning, Commissioner Brunson, Commissioner Strickland, and Commissioner Murphy were opposed.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve TA3797 amendments to Article VII, “Subdivision Plats” of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, presented as alternative 1. The motion carried 4-3 with Commissioner Stambaugh, Commissioner Murphy, and Commissioner Coleman opposed.  Ordinance #O-2018-07

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

8.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held June 7, 2018, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

9.         Adopted the FY19 Comprehensive Tree Plan based on the recommendation of the Tree Advisory Board. (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

10.       Authorized staff to release a Request for Proposal for comprehensive disaster preparedness support services. (A. Ours) REPORT

 

11.       Approved the Memorandum of Agreement with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to accept a grant in the amount of $83,989, with 19.32% distributed to the City of Brunswick and 80.68% retained by Glynn County. These funds are for the replacement of SPLOST revenue which will be lost due to changes by the Georgia Department of Revenue to collections of Aviation Fuel Tax for the period July 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020. (T. Munson) REPORT

 

12.       Approved a resolution adopting rules and regulations governing the administration of refunds of taxes and license fees under O.C.G.A. § 48-5-380. REPORT Resolution #R-18-18

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

13.       Consider approving the bid from Benning Construction Company with the suggested alternates for the approved Brunswick Library Renovation project in the amount of $2,460,014.00 with funding from the Capital Outlay Grant from the Georgia Public Library Service and the Glynn County FY19 Budgeted Debt. (G. Mullis) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the bid from Benning Construction Company with the suggested alternates for the approved Brunswick Library Renovation project in the amount of $2,460,014.00 with funding from the Capital Outlay Grant from the Georgia Public Library Service and the Glynn County FY19 Budgeted Debt. The motion carried unanimously.

 

14.       Consider adopting the proposed Glynn County FY 18-19 Budget. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to adopt the proposed Glynn County FY 18-19 Budget. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Stambaugh and Commissioner Coleman opposed. Resolution #R-19-18

 

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 at 9:11 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk