MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

701 “G” STREET, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING CHAMBERS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                             Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1

Bill Brunson, Vice Chairman, District 4

Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2

Wayne Neal, Commissioner, District 3

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

David O’Quinn, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

 

ABSENT:                               Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Alan Ours, County Manager

                                                Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Carol Blackshear spoke regarding Animal Control.

 

Jim Mac Dougall spoke regarding Animal Control.

 

Rachael Thompson spoke regarding a Joint Resolution with the City of Brunswick to send to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Operable Unit Three of the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson to add an item to the agenda to consider adopting a Joint Resolution with the City of Brunswick rejecting the proposed plan for Operable Unit Three of the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Uplands; urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Honeywell to reconsider the selected preferred remedy set forth in the proposed plan; and for other purposes. The motion failed for a lack of a second.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

Public Hearings will be limited to 30 minutes for each opposing side, with 5 minutes allocated to each individual speaker. Comments are to be limited to relevant information regarding your position and should avoid being repetitious. If your group has a spokesperson, please allow that individual to present your group’s position in the time allocated. Your cooperation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

 

1.         Consider the issuance of a 2020 alcoholic beverage license to Mayte Cruz for Chile Peppers LLC DBA Sea Salt Healthy Kitchen,130 Retreat Plz., St Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wines for consumption on premise of a restaurant. No Sunday sales. Mayte Cruz, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Mayte Cruz was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Captain Tom Jump said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, and Philip Driscoll spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.  

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2020 alcoholic beverage license to Lance Williams for Williams Restaurant Group, LLC DBA Mallery Street Café. 408 Mallery St., St Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines for consumption on premise of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Lance Williams, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Lance Williams was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Captain Tom Jump said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, and Lance Williams and Anna Williams spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.   

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

3.         ZM4064 – Lake Maryanne Subdivision: Consider a request to rezone all lots within the Lake Maryanne Subdivision from Planned Development (PD) (case number ZM-2007-02) to Forest Agricultural (FA) with conditions limiting uses. The rezone would allow non-commercial agricultural uses such as the keeping of a limited number of horses and livestock on all lots within the Lake Maryanne Subdivision. The 89.93-acre Lake Maryanne Subdivision is located approximately one-mile north of the Camden County – Glynn County line and is to the east of U.S. Highway 17. Melinda Bruley White, The Ligon Firm, agent, for Donna Gowen Poe and Howard A. Poe, applicants. All owners of lots within Lake Maryanne Subdivision have authorized the agent and applicants to submit this application. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that this request is for all 19 parcels within Lake Maryanne subdivision comprised of approximately 89 acres and all owners of lots within the subdivision are in favor of the request. The existing zoning is Lake Maryanne Community PD (ZM-2007-002) and the proposed zoning is Forest Agricultural (FA) with some conditions limiting uses on the site.

The rezone would allow non-commercial agricultural uses such as the keeping of a limited number of horses and livestock on all lots within the Lake Maryanne Subdivision. The applicants, Donna Gowen Poe and Howard A. Poe, own four (4) of the parcels within the Lake Maryanne subdivision and other members of the Poe family own an additional two (2) parcels. John A. Jones owns seven (7) parcels within the subdivision and EJ and Charles Williams own four (4) parcels. Lake Maryann LLC owns the two (2) parcels that contain the subdivision’s private roads and lake. The property had been zoned FA until the 2007 rezone to PD and of the 17 parcels slated for residential development within the PD, only a few lots have been developed.

In 2018, the applicants had requested a similar change of zoning where they sought an amendment to the PD to allow horses and livestock.  The Mainland Planning Commission (MPC) had recommended approval of the application (ZM3885), and the Board of Commissioners had deferred it due to concerns about possible impacts from livestock on surrounding property owners. The applicants withdrew application ZM3885 in January 2019, in order to explore other options. 

The MPC recommended approval of the rezoning application with the following conditions: commercial uses are prohibited with the exception of customary home occupations established under the regulations of Section 608, Glynn County Zoning Ordinance; a 30 foot wide natural or planted buffer shall be maintained on Lots 8 and 9 and Lots 1 and 17 adjacent to the neighboring subdivisions; and only domesticated livestock that are pets are allowed to be kept on the property. No roosters and no livestock for commercial purposes are allowed. 

This item was opened for public comment, and Melinda Burley White, Donna Gowen Poe, and Julian Smith spoke in favor. Julian Smith also spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve application ZM4064 subject to the following conditions: 1. Commercial uses are prohibited with the exception of customary home occupations established under the regulations of Section 608, Glynn County Zoning Ordinance; 2. A 30 foot wide natural or planted buffer shall be maintained on Lots 8 and 9 and Lots 1 and 17 adjacent to the neighboring subdivisions; and 3. Only domesticated livestock are allowed to be kept on the property. No roosters and no livestock for commercial purposes are allowed.  The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-34-19

 

4.         Consider a request to amend Envision Glynn: Glynn County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Low Density Residential to Commercial in regard to a 15.65 acre property located at 3600 Highway 82. Current zoning is Forest Agricultural (FA) and Local Commercial (LC). Proposed zoning is Highway Commercial (HC) (case number ZM4010). The applicant desires to establish a new heavy equipment retail and service business on the property. Parcel ID: 02-00513. Chris Amos, CSEC, Inc., agent for Chris Cannon, Flint Equipment Company, applicant, and P.E. Drawdy, Jr. and Margaret F. Snow, owners. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that the applicant is requesting to amend Envision Glynn:  Glynn County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Low Density Residential to Commercial in regard to a 15.65 acre property located at 3600 Highway 82.  The current zoning is Forest Agricultural (FA) and Local Commercial (LC) and the proposed zoning is Highway Commercial (HC). The applicant desires to establish a new heavy equipment retail and service business on the property.

The MPC recommended denial of the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) Amendment request. Staff also recommended denial of the request for a Future Land Use Map Amendment due to the property having commercial uses allowed under the current LC zoning; no other properties west of the I-95 Exit 29 interchange and immediate vicinity are zoned HC, so the low density and light commercial uses in the area west of the interchange have been preserved; and the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map indicated that this area should retain a residential character.

Ms. Leif stated that since she has worked for Glynn County, this is the first time a FLUM amendment request has been made in conjunction with a request for rezoning. As the Comprehensive Plan was recently adopted, staff believes that the Plan should be in active use with all of the ongoing planning projects. Additionally, the rezone criteria also has an standard of evaluation that speaks to compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and this process allows for ensuring that compliance.

This item was opened for public comment, and Chris Amos spoke in favor. Julian Smith, Ron Lewis, Marian McGraw, James Hardin, and Donna Collins spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Booker to deny the request. The motion carried 5-1 with Commissioner Neal opposed.

 

5.         ZM4010 – Flint Equipment Company: Consider a request to rezone a 15.65 acre property located at 3600 Highway 82 from Forest Agricultural (FA) and Local Commercial (LC) to Highway Commercial (HC). The applicant desires to establish a new heavy equipment retail and service business on the property. Parcel ID: 02-00513. Chris Amos, CSEC, Inc., agent for Chris Cannon, Flint Equipment Company, applicant, and P.E. Drawdy, Jr. and Margaret F. Snow, owners. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that the applicant is requesting to rezone a 15.65 acre property located at 3600 Highway 82 from Forest Agricultural (FA) and Local Commercial (LC) to Highway Commercial (HC). The applicant desires to establish a new heavy equipment retail and service business on the property. The company that wishes to establish on the property if rezoned is Flint Equipment Company.

The MPC voted 3-3 during two votes taken during the meeting.  The first motion was in favor of denial, and the second motion was in favor or approval subject to restrictions.  Both votes failed to carry a majority vote.

This item was opened for public comment, and Chris Amos, Chris Cannon, Charles Thompson, Max Smallwood, and PJ Zubrowski spoke in favor. James Hardin, Ron Lewis, and Marian McGraw spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to deny the request to rezone. The motion carried unanimously.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

6.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held November 7, 2019, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

7.         Approved an Underground Easement for a distribution line constructed, operated and maintained by Georgia Power Company to be granted by Glynn County and the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority at 470 Aviation Parkway, Brunswick, Georgia 31525. REPORT

 

8.         Adopted a Resolution supporting locally-established building design standards for residential dwellings. REPORT Resolution #R-38-19

 

9.         Approve the request to transfer the tax deed for 3302 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick to the Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank Authority. (W. Worley) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Booker.

 

10.       Adopted the Public Comment Period Policy for the Mainland Planning Commission (MPC). (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Pension Committee

 

11.       Approved extending the contract with Nyhart for the provision of actuarial services. (O. Reed) REPORT

 

12.       Approved exercising the first-year extension of the contract with Bowen, Hanes & Company, Inc. for Investment Management services exercising the first-year extension of the contract with Synovus Trust Company for Trustee Administration Services. (O. Reed) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda except item 9, which was removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

9.         Approve the request to transfer the tax deed for 3302 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick to the Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank Authority. (W. Worley) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Booker.

 

John Hunter, Planner for the City of Brunswick and primary staff contact for the Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank Authority, provided background of the property and grants that may be available to help clean up the property. John Dow, the owner of the subject property, also addressed the Board. The Board discussed serval options on how to best move forward with this property.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner Booker to defer the request. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk