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January 3, 2019, City Council Regular Meeting
7. Motion to Deny the Rezoning Request of 415 East Oglethorpe Ave from RIP-C to B-C (Petitioner: Harold Yellin for Bryson–Read, LLC)
Strategic Priority
Neighborhood Revitalization

This item was continued from the July 5, October 11, and October 25 City Council meetings.

The petitioner, Harold Yellin for Bryson–Read, LLC, is requesting to rezone 415 East Oglethorpe Avenue from RIP-C (Residential, Medium Density) to B-C (Community Business) (File No.18-002591-ZA).

This is the second of two related agenda items, as the Planning Commission recommends a text amendment as an alternative to this proposed rezoning request.  Additionally, this proposed rezoning is related to the proposed sale of 1.18 acres, which was declared surplus by the Mayor & Aldermen on September 29, 2016, under Event # 4713-3.

On June 5, 2018, the Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of this rezoning request for 415 East Oglethorpe Avenue and approval of a text amendment to allow the upper-story residential use in the RIP-C Zoning District as an alternative option (File No.18-003306-ZA) .

The subject property is located within the Savannah Landmark Historic District.  It is south of East Oglethorpe Avenue and North of Hull Street between Habersham Street and Price Street. The property, historically, had been bisected by East Oglethorpe Lane but is now one parcel of land. It is currently undeveloped and has been used as an off-street parking lot for more than 20 years.    

The purpose of the mixed-use zoning districts prevalent in downtown (the RIPs) is to allow for uses to be established that are consistent with the development pattern, and for the buildings that house those uses to be visually compatible with other structures for which they are visually related. The existing RIP-C Zoning District allows for these purposes to be realized. The proposed B-C Zoning District is a suburban commercial district with standards more suitable for areas outside of the Landmark Historic District.

Bridget Lidy, Planning and Urban Design Director
Financial Impact
Review Comments
415 E Oglethorpe Ave Rezoning Planning Commission Recommendation 18-002579-ZA.pdf
415 E Oglethorpe Ave 2012 Deed Book 378M Pages 92-93.pdf
415 E Oglethorpe Ave 2008 Plat Book 40P Page 95.pdf
415 E Oglethorpe Ave 1984 Plat Book 6P Page 29A.pdf
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