|January 17, 2019, City Council Regular Meeting|
36. Motion to Rezone Certain Properties to the Mid-City Zoning Districts (Article K) (Petitioner: City of Savannah)
The Mayor & Aldermen approved this request at the January 3, 2019 City Council Regular Meeting. The action being considered now is the approval of an ordinance for the rezoning.
The City of Savannah, Petitioner (File No. 18-005535-ZA) is requesting approval to expand the boundaries of the Mid-City local historic district to the centerline of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Anderson Lane and Victory Drive, rezone properties within the expansion area to one of four Mid-City zoning districts, and amend the Mid-City District Ordinance (Article K) to reflect the expanded boundaries.
This is the second of two related agenda items. The first agenda item is for an amendment to Article K regarding the expansion of the Mid-City District boundaries (File No. 18-005534-ZA).
The Mid-City Ordinance was adopted in 2005 as part of a rezoning of the entire neighborhood. The Mid-City Ordinance establishes zoning districts specific to the Mid-City district, outlines procedures for development approval, and contains design and general development standards. Additionally, the ordinance establishes the review process for issuing Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for all alterations to existing buildings, new construction, and demolitions.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Montgomery Street are important north-south corridors, and in many ways serve as the western “gateway” into the downtown area. However, portions of these corridors are not currently within the boundaries of a local historic district and are thus located in a “gap area.” Over the years, the lack of historic protection and design standards has led to improper auto-oriented land uses and design along these streets. By expanding the Mid-City District to the west (to the centerline of MLK), the City of Savannah hopes to protect historic buildings, promote compatible land uses and urban design, and ultimately revitalize properties along these corridors.
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director
Mid-City Zoning District Requested Changes by Property
Planning Commission Recommendations - Mid-City District Western Expansion 20181211