The City Council denied a request to rezone the property to high density residential on March 24, 2008. As an R1 (single family) property about 16 single family homes are allowed on the property.
According to city staff reports, the vacant land is isolated from all the surrounding properties by Neely Circle and 20th Street. The properties to the north and west are R1. The properties to the east are IL (light industrial) and the property to the south is R3 (high density residential).
The proximity of light industrial zoning does not make this an ideal location for single family housing. Under R3 regulations, about 46 apartment units would have been allowed. Under the terms of the proposed PUD there would not have been more than 24 units.
City of Cleveland Senior Planner Paul Corder said staff worked with the developer to eliminate the need for another access onto 20th Street. The access now available on the east side of Neely Circle would be improved to 22-feet pavement width and the eastern intersection with 20th Street would have been re-aligned to a better angle. Green space was also to be left on a shared parcel to buffer the new development from the noise on 20th Street.
On other agenda items planning commissioners:
n Approved a request by Dale Hughes for reduce front setbacks on the Ellis Circle side of a Holiday Inn Express
n Approved a request by C. Barton Crattie on behalf of Northwest Georgia Bank for final plat approval of Lots 1-3 in Mouse Creek Crossing, a subdivision of about 13.83 acres on Mouse Creek Road N.W. and Paul Huff Parkway N.W.
n Approved a request by Tricia Haws for final plat approval of Phase 2 Townhomes of NorthPointe, a townhome subdivision of about .21 acres on Angie Lane N.E.
n Took no action on amendments to the floodplain regulations as recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
n Took no action to consider amending cell tower regulations.