The Comprehensive Plan identifies the subject area as single family residential and states: “Low Density Residential Single family detached residential structures are examples of low density residential uses. This land use is exemplified by the density and character of many residential neighborhoods throughout the City. Typically speaking, low density residential land uses will include homes located on 8,000 square foot lots and greater. Residential densities within low density areas will generally be five (5) dwelling units per acre or less.”
The applicant is proposing 51 units on 10.285 acres at approximately 4.9 units an acre, with the largest lot size of 8,850 sq. ft. and the smallest lot size at 5,000 sq. ft. with an average lot size of 5,330 sq. ft. Staff acknowledges the proposed average lot size of 5,330 square feet is smaller than 8,000 square feet encouraged in the Comprehensive Plan. However, in working through the zoning process, the applicant increased the proposed lot sizes overall and provided less density. Staff recommends approval of the proposed development as it preserves the single family neighborhood character recommended in the Comprehensive Plan.
Planning and Zoning Commission Recommendation:
At the August 10, 2021 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, a motion was made to approve the request and the motion failed by a vote of two (2) in favor and three (3) against. One Commissioner explained some of the history of the lot stating it was originally zoned for residential and then rezoned to retail and has remained undeveloped since 2007. The applicant said the property owners desire for it to be developed as retail, but the property has been sitting undeveloped with the current zoning.
Motion to approve Zoning Case Z-1445-21 to change Zoning from General Retail (GR) to a Planned Development-188 (PD-188) with a base zoning of Single Family-8 (SF-8).
Chairperson Keith Stone
Commissioner Scott McDonald
Vice Chairperson Theo Peugh
Commissioner Preston Gilstrap
Commissioner Machele Johnson
Commissioner Coffey Caesar (ABSENT)
Commissioner Andreana Coleman (ABSENT)