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May 27, 2021 City Council Regular Meeting
31. Petition of James Gerard (Agent) for Southern Metals Property, LLC (Owner) to Amend the Zoning Map with Conditions for 0 Godley Road (PINs 20980 03002 and 20980 03004) from OI-E (Office and Institutional-Expanded) to I-L (Light Industrial). Aldermanic District #1. File No. 21-000863-ZA.
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James Gerard (Agent) for Southern Metals LLC (Owner) is requesting to rezone approximately 22 acres at 0 Godley Road (PINs 20980 03002 and 20980 03004) from the OI-E (Office Institutional-Extended) zoning classification to the I-L (Light-Industrial) zoning classification.

The subject properties are two vacant parcels north of Jimmy Deloach Parkway between Crossroads Parkway and Logistics Way. The property is bounded on the eastern and western sides by rail lines and does not have access to either Jimmy Deloach Parkway to the south or Interstate-95 to the north. The eastern property line abuts the Port Wentworth municipal boundary. Access to the parcel is from an existing easement with the adjacent property to the west.

Since May 2019, Southern Metals Properties LLC has owned the properties. Prior to the adoption of the current zoning ordinance in September 2019, the properties were zoned I-H (Heavy Industrial). To facilitate the sale, they are requesting the I-L zoning classification which allows warehouses which are not permitted under the current zoning.


The Planning Commission recommended approval of the petition from James Gerard (Agent) for Southern Metals Property, LLC (Owner) to amend the zoning map at 0 Godley Road (PINs 20980 03002 and 20989 03004) from the OI-E (Office Institutional–Extended) zoning classification to the I-L (Light - Industrial) zoning classification with the following conditions:

  1. Any site development plan submitted for the subject property shall be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission prior to the issuance of a Site Development Permit.
  2. Vehicular access to the Godley Road property (PINs 20980 03002 and 20980 03004) shall be right turn in from Technology Circle and left turn out onto Technology Circle only. Access to Engineering Drive shall be prohibited.
  3. The final location of the proposed access shall be approved by the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission prior to adoption of a rezoning by the Mayor and Aldermen.  Please note, this condition has been satisfied.


Bridget Lidy, Planning and Urban Design
Financial Impact
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: MPC Recommendation Packet - 0 Godley Road
Exhibit 2: Maps - 0 Godley Road
Exhibit 3: Draft Ordinance - 0 Godley Road
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