Brunswick City commissioners voted to advance the application, annexation, and redistricting of an area in U.S. 17.
Maritime Homes LLC’s ultimate goal is to develop a residential complex of 216 units, townhouses, and three commercial units at 3302 and 3210 Glynn Ave.
Before making a final decision on whether to approve a request for annexation and repartition, the city commission must announce in advance a public hearing. A public hearing will be scheduled at the committee’s meeting on October 5, and the commissioners may make a final decision to approve or reject the annexation and redistricting.
“This is the setting so we have public hearings for both,” said John Hunter, the city’s director of planning, development and laws.
The request for the first part is to include one of the two plots to the city limits. Both properties are unused with the structures in poor condition – one was known as Palmetto Trailer Park and the other the Golden Isles Inn. For the second part of the order, the developer is asking to repartition both pieces.
This makes the developer’s job easier, Hunter said, as it will have to deal with only one jurisdiction, the city, and adhere to one set of zoning regulations.
While details are not set in stone — developer representatives say the plans included in the application are merely designs — the developer proposes to build 216 housing units in nine three-story buildings, 62 homes, and 24,000 square feet of commercial retail space in three buildings with the infrastructure Associated.
Hunter said the end product could look a lot different by the time building permits are issued. The city imposes regulations on a variety of aspects of construction from residential density to building height, landscaping, buffers, and tree protection. The development approval process will be far more complex than what the city usually deals with – mostly small one-build projects or minor expansions.
When it comes to traffic improvements in US 17, there isn’t much of a city or developer impact. The Georgia Department of Transportation operates the state road.
The city’s Planning and Appeals Commission gave its approval last week, voting 4-0 to recommend the commissioners approve the application. The recommendation includes a requirement for the developer to return and submit development plans at 40% and 90% before construction begins.
The commissioners also got an update on new signage, which will direct the way to major points of interest in the city.
City project manager Tim Nelson told commissioners that all 28 banners will begin to rise in the next two weeks.
“We are at the point where the installation will take place soon, and we will probably start before the next meeting,” said City Manager Regina McDuffy.
The faces of the signs will be reflective and will be installed on galvanized posts in silver gray. Nelson said he got permission to decorate the signs with similar reflective colored tape to make them more visible.
“As it stands now, with no further issues, we’re looking forward to the first week of October, and we’ll sign up for it,” Nelson said.
The commissioners also voted to amend the city’s pension plan to exempt funds from the First Responder Salary Supplement Grant from the 3% cut required for those participating in the pension fund.
McDuffie said a one-time grant from the state government that gives an additional $1,000 to local first responders came with a warning that it cannot be used to pay retirement or pension funds.
“Because of that, our[pension]plan was in conflict with that arrangement,” McDuffie said.