Local Government Update, September 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Baldwin County Planning & Zoning Commission – September 6, 2018

Re-Zoning Recommendation Granted for Manufactured Housing Park

The Baldwin County Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to re-zone 2.96 acres from B-3 to RMH to allow a residential manufactured housing park on the property.  The property is located on the east side of Magnolia Springs Highway, south of County Road 12 S.   As with all re-zoning requests, the recommendation will go to the Baldwin County Commission for final approval.

Ono Island POA Requests Zoning Amendment for Food Trucks

The Baldwin County Planning Commission gave approval for a zoning text amendment which would allow food trucks at community support facilities on Ono Island.  The amendment was proposed by the Ono Island Property Owner’s Association to facilitate community and social events.  Normally, food trucks are allowed anywhere that is zoned for fast food or commercial establishments.  But, since there is no commercial zoning on Ono Island the text had to be amended for food trucks to be allowed.  Under the new amendment, food trucks would be allowed no more than two days per calendar week, and no more than three trucks at one time.

Sonoma Ridge HOA Problems Result in Development Delay

Numerous residents from Sonoma Ridge Subdivision, located off County Rd. 49, south of Silverhill, appeared at the September meeting of the Baldwin County Planning Commission to voice objections to a development permit application for Phase II of Sonoma Ridge.  DSLD Homes is seeking permit approval to begin construction on a 108- lot addition to Sonoma Ridge.  The main complaint among homeowners stemmed from a letter sent out by DSLD homes stating that as of 9-1-18 DSLD will no longer maintain the common areas in Phase I.  DSLD Homes has not turned over the HOA to the homeowners, which has left residents without the ability to organize and set up their own maintenance contracts.  Other concerns voiced by homeowners included the lack of a second entrance, added traffic, no internet infrastructure, and possible damage to Phase I from construction vehicles.  The permit application was tabled until the October Planning Commission meeting.  Planning Commission members directed DSLD Homes to correct the HOA problems and work with homeowners before bringing the application back for consideration.


Fairhope Planning Commission – September 6, 2018

Minor 3-Lot Subdivision Approved

The Fairhope Planning Commission gave plat approval for the minor subdivision of 6.19 acres into 3 lots.  The property is located at the southeast corner of County Road 13 and County Road 44 (Twin Beech Rd.).  The property is currently un-zoned Baldwin County, but in the planning jurisdiction of Fairhope.  Currently, one house and some outbuildings exist on the property.  Owners plan to keep the existing house and remove the outbuildings.  The largest of the three lots will be 3.1 acres, with the smallest being 1.45 acres.  The Planning Commission approved the request with the condition of a 10 ft. sidewalk easement for the city to use if future conditions warrant sidewalk connectivity.


Orange Beach Planning & Zoning Commission – September 10, 2018

Planning Commission Denies Summer Salt PUD Request

  Orange Beach Planning Commission members unanimously voted to send an unfavorable recommendation to the city council for a re-zoning request by OKS Investments.  The 42.67-acre property is located on the north end of Summer Salt Plaza Blvd., north of Flipdaddy’s restaurant.  Developers were seeking to re-zone the property from GB (general business) to PUD (planned unit development) for a residential development containing 54 single family residential lots and 58 cottage lots to be built by Truland Homes.  Planning Commission members had concerns over narrow roads, the location of overflow parking, and high density.

Beach Village Receives Final Subdivision Approval

The Orange Beach Planning Commission granted final major subdivision approval for Beach Village Subdivision, located at 23063 and 23071 Perdido Beach Blvd.  The approval will allow developers to subdivide 22 acres into 69 residential lots with a pool, clubhouse, and common areas.  The plan also calls for a commercial lot with parking, boardwalks, and an open-air food court and eating area.  The commercial lot and food court area will not be part of the property owner’s association.

Orange Beach Hotel Passes Site Plan Review

The Orange Beach Planning Commission was pleased with the site plan submitted by Innisfree Hotels, on behalf of Saltaire Association, Inc. The property is located at 26026 Perdido Beach Blvd. in the BR-2 (Beach Resort High Density) zoning district, between the Tides Hotel and Cotton Bayou public beach. The proposed 12-story hotel will sit on 2.31 acres and house 192 hotel rooms, with 258 parking spaces.  Plans include a parking garage structure on the front of the hotel with an artistic wave design feature across the front and west side.


Orange Beach City Council – September 11, 2018

Gulf Stream PUD Modification for Vinyl Siding Denied

The Orange Beach City Council denied a request by DR Horton for a modification to the Gulf Stream Planned Unit Development Master Plan which was approved in 2017 for property located at 4394 Canal Square Lane.  In October of 2017 the city gave final PUD approval to re-zone 10.8 acres from GB to PUD for a 64-unit townhouse residential development.  The 2017 approval was based on information and building elevations showing the exterior veneer of the townhouses as hardie/cement board.  DR Horton sought to change the exterior to vinyl due to cost concerns. 


Baldwin County Commission – September 18, 2018

Plans Revealed for Fairhope Hwy 98 Re-Zoning        

The Baldwin County Commission gave their stamp of approval for a re-zoning request that passed the Planning Commission last month with a favorable recommendation.  The almost 1-acre property is located on the east side of Hwy 98, north of Parker Road in Fairhope.  The re-zoning will change the property from B-2 to B-3.  Representatives for the owner told the County Commissioners the property is currently under contract for sale, with future plans to develop a chiropractic medical and fitness studio. 


Orange Beach Special City Council Meeting – September 25, 2018

“Bama Bayou” Agreement Given Approval from Council

The Orange Beach City Council voted unanimously to approve a project development agreement for a mixed-use development commonly known as “Bama Bayou”, located along the Intracoastal Waterway at the entrance to Orange Beach.   Developers presented plans to the council that include two standalone restaurants, marina, snorkel lagoon, boutique hotel, and a Gulf World marine park.  The development agreement with the city calls for a 50/50 split of sales and lodging taxes generated by the project. Projected start of operations is summer of 2020. 


Gulf Shores Planning Commission – September 25, 2018

Zoo Expansion Re-Zoning Request Tabled

Developers of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo sought to re-zone an additional 72 acres from Agricultural to ATP (amusement theme park). The adjoining property is located east of the 25-acre zoo construction site, between County Road 6 and County Road 8.  Homeowners from neighboring residential subdivisions attended the public hearing and voiced their opposition to the re-zoning, citing concerns over traffic, noise, smell, and unsightly structures. Zoo developers stated they had no current plans for the adjoining acreage and the re-zoning request was to make the property consistent with the zoning of the existing 25-acre zoo site.  They also admitted that the 72-acre parcel may have to be sold at some point.  The lack of specific plans for the 72 acres, and the possibility of a future sale, made the planning commission members uneasy about further consideration of the re-zoning request.  The matter was tabled by the commission and no action was taken.


Daphne Planning Commission – September 27, 2018

Oldfield Subdivision Expansion Creating Problems

The Oldfield Subdivision located along Hwy. 181 is undergoing expansions of Phase 3.  A total of 130 lots are proposed for Phase 3A and 3B.  Questions arose at the Daphne Planning Commission over final site plan review.  At issue was a large amount of fill dirt that developers want to bring into the subdivision for construction.  City officials estimated that the amount of fill dirt proposed would require over 400 dump truck loads in and out of the road infrastructure.  In addition, a resident of an adjoining 10- acre property addressed the commission complaining of draining and flooding problems being caused by the new development.  A decision on the final site plan review of Phase 3A was tabled by the commission in order to gather more information.