Local Government Update, November 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Baldwin County Planning Commission – November 1, 2018

Silverhill Re-Zoning Request Denied Recommendation by Planning Commission

The Baldwin County Planning Commission voted to deny an application to re-zone 62.25 acres from RA to RSF-2, 3, and 4, to allow development of a single-family subdivision.  The property is located between County Road 49 and West Blvd.  Neighbors voiced opposition to the re-zoning request saying the proposed change would allow for too many homes, school overcrowding, and would change the character of the area.  The re-zoning request will go before the County Commission for a final vote.

Ft. Morgan Marina Property Receives Narrow Recommendation to Re-Zone

Marina Holdings, LLC made a re-zoning request to re-zone 4.01 acres from B-2 to B-4 to allow the continued use as a marina.  The property is located at 1577 State Hwy. 180.  The site is adjacent to the current marina.  Owners are wanting to sell the entire property and wanted a uniform zoning between the west and east parcels.  The Planning Commission voted 5-3 to give a favorable recommendation to the County Commission, who will have the final vote.     


Fairhope Planning Commission – November 5, 2018

North Hills 112-Lot Subdivision Granted Plat Approval

The Fairhope Planning Commission gave plat approval for North Hills, a 112-lot subdivision to be located on the north side of Hwy. 104 approx. ½ mile east of County Road 13.  The plat approval comes after zoning changes and annexation requests were heard last month.  The 96-acre site would contain 13% green space and have a mix of lot sizes ranging from approx. 14,000 square feet to 55,000 square feet.  A traffic study determined that left and right turn lanes would be necessary at the entrance on Hwy. 104.

Lawrence Road Zoning Established

A 53-acre parcel located on the west side of Lawrence Road, approx. ¼ mile north of Gayfer Road Extension east of Fairhope, was the subject of a request to establish zoning.  The property is unincorporated and un-zoned in Baldwin County.  Bills’ No. 2, LLC made the request to establish initial zoning of R-2 Medium Density Single Family Residential District, conditional upon annexation into the City of Fairhope.  The R-2 zoning would allow for 75’ lot sizes. The Planning Commission voted to give a favorable recommendation for the zoning request, despite some questioning of where to stop annexation east of Fairhope.

Nichols Ave. Re-Zoning Moves Forward

Fairhope Planning Commission voted to give a favorable recommendation to re-zone property located on the south side of Nichols Ave., across from Hawthorne Glen subdivision, from R-1 to M-1 (light industrial).  There was discussion of Tony’s Towing expanding on the property.  The request will move on to the city council for final consideration.


Orange Beach City Council – November 6, 2018

Bird Island Could Gain Ground

The Orange Beach City Council approved the purchase of dredged material in the amount of $650,000.  The Corp. of Engineers is allowing material they dredge to be placed at locations the city identifies.  The sandy material will likely be used to expand Bird Island and be used for placement at locations around Perdido Key.


Orange Beach City Council – November 13, 2018

Orange Beach Entertainment Districts Renewed

The entertainment district designations at the Wharf and SanRoc Cay Marina/Perdido Beach Resort were renewed by the Orange Beach City Council for another year.  The entertainment district designation allows for patrons to carry open alcohol containers outside of the restaurant/bar area while shopping or enjoying the rest of the venue.


Orange Beach Planning Commission – November 14, 2018

112 Lot Summer Salt PUD Advances to City Council

The Summer Salt PUD request received a favorable recommendation from the Orange Beach Planning Commission after its initial application in September was denied.  Developers made changes to the parking layout and roadway width that were of concern in September.  If approved by the city council, the 42.7 acre site would be re-zoned from GB to PUD for a residential development containing 54 single family residential lots and 58 cottage lots.  The property is located on the north end of Summer Salt Plaza Blvd., north of The Ruby Slipper and Flipdaddy’s.  Truland Homes is the builder of record.  Short term rentals would be allowed.  Properties in Summer Salt PUD are expected to be priced around $500,000.

Cottages at Tannin Requesting Major PUD Modification

The Orange Beach Planning Commission voted to give a favorable recommendation to the city council for approval of a major PUD modification to The Village of Tannin PUD. The request is for a residential development with 14 single-family residential lots on 1.10 acres located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Perdido Beach Blvd. and Middle Gate and west of Meetinghouse Square.  The units would face a center common area with swimming pool.


Baldwin County Commission – November 20, 2018

New Commission Members Take Time on Point Clear Re-Zoning Requests

The November 20th meeting of the Baldwin County Commission was the first meeting of a new commission which is almost entirely newcomers.  The only incumbent commissioner to remain on the four-member commission is chairperson Charles Gruber.  Newly elected commission members include Billie Jo Underwood, Jeb Ball, and Joe Davis.  There were two re-zoning requests for the Point Clear area on the agenda.  The commission voted to table both re-zoning requests in order to take more time to study the requests and familiarize themselves with the County re-zoning process.  They are expected to vote on the re-zonings of the Dorgan and Dyas properties sometime in December.


Gulf Shores Planning Commission – November 20, 2018

Gulf Shores Moves Forward on Short Term Rental Amendments

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission voted to recommend changes to the vacation rental regulations at the November meeting.  The recommendation will now proceed to the city council for consideration.  In August, the city approved a 180-day suspension of issuance of any new business license for vacation rentals of dwelling units located in an R-3 and R-4 zoning district to allow the city time to review and study the adoption of new regulations.  In 2009 Gulf Shores adopted regulations to prevent the short-term rental of single-family houses and duplexes, with the exception of the Tourist Rental Overlay District.  The 2009 regulations did not address short term rentals in multi-family or business zoning districts.  The current proposed changes would prohibit short term rentals in multi-family developments located in residential zoning districts.  The city is also providing a process where HOAs who vote to keep short term rentals in the affected areas can petition the city for a conditional use permit exception. There are approx. 39 existing short-term rentals operating in the affected areas.  Those rentals would be grandfathered.  The city council is expected to conduct a public hearing and consider a final version of the proposed changes in the near future.


Fairhope City Council – November 26, 2018

Possible Greeno Road Moratorium Discussed

During the work session before the Fairhope City Council meeting a discussion was held regarding the Greeno Road (Hwy. 98) corridor.  City officials are concerned that applications for re-zonings, site plans, or multiple occupancy development permits may come before new land regulations are developed and adopted.  The city just embarked on a Visual Preference Survey to analyze how to develop land use and design standards for that area.  The data from the survey will be analyzed and the results used to draft new amendments to city land use regulations.  This process could take months to complete. In the meantime, there is concern over new development applications coming before the new rules are in place.  As a result, city leaders are seriously considering enacting a limited moratorium for the Greeno Rd. corridor that would halt new applications for re-zoning, multiple occupancy permits, site plans, and administrative reviews until such time the new rules take effect.  Expect this to come before the city council for a vote sometime in December.