|April 25, 2019 City Council Workshop
Savannah City Government
COUNCIL WORK SESSION & CITY MANAGER’S BRIEFING
April 11, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
The workshop of Council was held at 9:00 a.m. in the second floor media room of City Hall.
PRESENT: Mayor Eddie DeLoach, Presiding
Aldermen: Carol Bell, Julian Miller, Brian Foster, Bill Durrence, John Hall, Van Johnson, II, Tony Thomas, Estella Shabazz
Rob Hernandez, City Manager
Jen Herman, Interim City Attorney
Bret Bell, Assistant to the City Manager
William Shearouse, Assistant City Attorney
|Workshop Agenda Items
|1. Sewer Use and Pretreatment Ordinance Review
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Overview of Pretreatment Ordinance Revisions.pdf
Heath Lloyd, Chief Infrastructure and Development Officer, presented an overview of the sewer use and pretreatment revisions.
Mr. Lloyd provided Council with background of the City’s four Water Reclamation Facility’s which are permitted by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources every five years.
He informed Council in July 20, 2018, the City of Savannah’s Pre Treatment program was issued a Notice of Violation by EPD for not re-evaluating local industrial limits and updating the City of Savannah’s Sewer Use Ordinance. Pre Treatment staff notified EPD that the City of Savannah was unable to update its local limits due to no permits issued to facilities in the Savannah River Basin.
Revision of the adopted local limits is based on technical analysis to ensure that the local limits continue to prevent:
The limits are developed based on:
The City of Savannah has now received permits for three of the four treatment facilities. The Pretreatment Division has not updated its calculations and would like to update the Sewer Use Ordinance to reflect these changes and comply with EPD requirements. Mr. Lloyd informed Council this matter will be brought forward for approval at the next Council meeting.
|2. Railroad Crossing Update
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Railroad Crossing Update.pdf
Bret Bell, Assistant to the City Manager, presented the Railroad Crossing Update on behalf of Joe Shearouse.
During the presentation Mr. Bell discussed short-term actions which included mitigating the impact by:
Data collection was briefly reviewed. Followed by a discussion of long-term solutions which included:
Mr. Bell discussed train hours and quiet zone. Next steps include:
|3. Affordable Housing Strategies
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Affordable Housing Strategies.pdf
Taffayne Young, Chief Community Services Officer, introduced topics of discussion that would be presented by Martin Fretty.
Martin Fretty, Housing Director, discussed the differences between affordable and workforce housing. He discussed reasons why residents often experience housing affordability challenges and provided Council with a summary of housing challenges.
Mr. Fretty also discussed housing affordability solutions and code compliance strategies.
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director, discussed NewZO and how the development standards were revised to reduce housing development costs in traditional neighborhoods through more efficient land use. In addition she discussed inclusionary zoning.
Following the discussion Mr. Fretty discussed a new proposal to acquire, renovate and redevelop 1,000 in 10 years.
|4. Personal Care Homes
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Personal Care Homes.pdf
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director, discussed the existing ordinance related to personal care homes and the permitted zoning districts.
NewZO will define personal care homes as follows:
In addition a personal care home:
Ms. Lidy discussed what a personal care home does not include.
In NewZO: types of personal care homes are as follows:
Lastly, NewZO use standards were discussed.
|5. Alcohol Ordinance Revisions
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Alcohol Beverage Ordinance.pdf
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director, provided Council with an overview of the following topics that have proposed revisions:
Proposed changes to the Alcohol Density Overlay Ordinance approved by Council in January 2018, were discussed.
Ashley Simpson, Revenue Director, discussed proposed changes to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.
New Ordinance Options are as follows:
Ms. Lidy discussed the proposed next steps.
|6. Review of NewZo - Articles 1-4
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - NewZO Articles 1-4.pdf
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director, and Marcus Lotson, Development Services Director - Metropolitan Planning Commission, provided Council with an update on NewZO. There will be a full review of the zoning ordinance and zoning map during Council workshops from April 25 – June 6.
The purpose of the ordinance was discussed followed by Articles 1-4.
enCodePlus a Cloud-based code publishing and content management system was discussed.
The plan is to:
The system will:
|7. Litigation, Real Estate, Personnel
Upon motion of Alderman Durrence, seconded by Alderman Miller, and unanimously carried, Council went into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Litigation, Real Estate and Personnel.
Upon completion of this session, a motion was made to come out of Executive Session by Alderman Durrence, seconded by Alderman Foster, and unanimously carried.
The Executive Session began at 12:11 p.m. and ended at 1:45 p.m.
City Manager Hernandez presented the City Manager’s Briefing of the agenda items for the Council Meeting of April 11, 2019. The agenda can be found online and will be made a part of the permanent record.
There being no further business, Mayor DeLoach adjourned the workshop at 1:56 p.m.
The video recording of the Work Session can be found by copying and pasting the below link in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Adopted: May 9, 2019