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Local Government Update – April 2022

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting – April 4, 2022

114-Unit Skyline Village Receives Denial

The Fairhope Planning Commission voted to deny a preliminary plat request for “Skyline Village”. The 114-unit apartment development is being proposed for an un-zoned 16.5-acre parcel located on the south side of Dyer Rd., east of Hwy. 98 in Fairhope. The property is outside the city limits, but within the Fairhope planning jurisdiction. Concerns have surrounded the site due to historical drainage issues. The developer is proposing a series of inlets and underground drainage which will discharge into a wet pond on the northeast corner of the property. The planning commission had concerns over public health welfare and safety regarding drainage and traffic concerns.

Skyline Village Master Plan

New Downtown Fairhope Building Planned to Replace Old Structure

The Fairhope Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the site plan and multiple occupancy project planned for 412 Fairhope Ave. The .07-acre site lies on the south side of Fairhope Ave. between S. Section St. and Bancroft St. There is currently a historic structure on the site which is in disrepair. Plans include the demolition of the existing structure. A new 2-story building is planned with retail space on the ground floor and two residential units on the top floor. Design plans call for a balcony which extends over the city sidewalk and encroaches upon a street tree. The recommendation was contingent upon finding a way to resolve the conflict between the balcony and the tree. The case was heard at the 5-25-22 City Council meeting where the issue of the balcony and the tree was considered. The City Council tabled the case for further review.

Daphne City Council Meeting – April 4, 2022

Daphne Seeking 3-mil School District Property Tax

The Daphne City Council voted to advance a recommendation to place a ballot referendum before voters to approve a property tax increase to support the Daphne school feeder pattern. It is anticipated that the ballot referendum would appear before voters of the Daphne school feeder pattern sometime in September of 2022. The referendum seeks to impose an additional 3-mil property tax for a 30-year duration. If approved by voters, the increased revenue would be earmarked for use within the Daphne school feeder pattern to supplement the existing funding. Under current projections the additional tax would generate approximately $1.1 million in additional yearly revenue. If the tax is approved the yearly cost for a $300,000 home would increase by $90 per year.

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – April 7, 2022

Barber Marina Seeks Re-Zoning for Expansion

The Baldwin County Planning Commission heard a re-zoning request for 22.9 acres located west of the Barber Marina. The property is currently zoned RA (Rural Agriculture). The requested zoning is MR (Marine Resort). Plans for the property include an expansion of the marina, boat and marine services, and additional office space. The Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the County Commission for the re-zoning.

Re-Zoning Requested for Drive-Thru Coffee Shop

The Baldwin County Planning Commission voted to recommend the re-zoning of .5 acres on the east side of Hwy. 98, north of Montrose Woods Dr., on the north end of Fairhope. The property fronts Hwy. 98 and is currently zoned B-2. Developers are requesting B-3 zoning to allow a drive-thru coffee shop on the property. If the re-zoning is approved by the County Commission, further site plan review would be necessary for the drive thru.

Fairhope City Council Meeting – April 11, 2022

Rooftop Terrace Amendment Approved for Downtown Fairhope

The Fairhope City Council gave final approval for an amendment to the zoning ordinance which makes allowances for rooftop terraces. The rooftop terrace would only be allowed in the B-2 zoned areas within the Central Business District. A rooftop terrace is being defined as an outdoor amenity area located on the roof of a building and must be an accessory to the primary use of the building. Individually owned and operated businesses or venues could not occupy a rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace would not be considered a story, and could be on top of a 1,2, or 3 story building. The overall height could not exceed 40’, but an additional 5’ could be allowed for an elevator or stairwell structure. A roof edge barrier of 5’ would be required for safety.

Final Approval Granted for Polo Crossing

The Fairhope City Council granted final approval for the site plan for Polo Crossing, a 5-unit multiple occupancy commercial project. The revised plans include tree protection efforts to preserve the large heritage tree on the site. The 1.7-acre property is located on the east side of Greeno Rd. (Hwy.98), just south of the Wolf Bayview funeral home. There are five commercial spaces planned, with Chicken Salad Chick and a coffee shop being future tenants.

Fairhope Urology Re-Locating to New Building

The Fairhope City Council granted final site plan approval for the construction of a new medical office building for Fairhope Urology. The 2-story brick building will be located on one unit of a 4-unit subdivided property on the west side of Hwy. 98, just south of Hoyle Ave. The 1.6-acre property is zoned B-2. The request was approved contingent upon a right only vehicular turn motion from Hoyle Ave. onto Hwy. 98.

Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – April 11, 2022

Buena Vista RV Resort Gains Approvals for Additional Phases

The Orange Beach Planning Commission gave its approval for the preliminary subdivision for Phases 3, 4, and 5 of Buena vista on the Beach RV Resort. The additional phases consist of 56 RV lots. The new phases will be located at the end of Buena Vista Blvd and Parkside Lane on the west and northwest side of the Buena Vista Planned Unit Development.

Additional Parking Sought For Turquoise Place

The Orange Beach Planning Commission gave its recommendation for the PUD modification and subdivision request by Turquoise Place Condominium. The request involves combining the lot containing Turquoise Place condominium, Phase II, and the adjoining two 50-foot lots to the east into a single lot. The request also hinges on the re-zoning on the two lots from RS-1 to PUD. The two lots to the east are some of the last remaining beachfront properties zoned RS-1. The purpose of the request is to construct a 4-story parking garage that will supplement the parking to Turquoise Place by adding 162 additional parking spaces. There are amenities planned for the roof of the parking garage which would include entry to a waterslide that connects to the ground level pool. The requests will now move to the City Council for final approval.

Brett Robinson Condo Towers Planned for Perdido Key

The Orange Beach Planning Commission recommended site plan approval for Phoenix Key. Brett/Robinson requested approval to construct a two-phase project consisting of two identical towers. Each tower is proposed to be 25 stories in height and contain 56 units. The beachfront project is located between 29010 and 29070 Perdido Beach Blvd. and 29090 and 29100 Perdido Beach Blvd., east of the Dolphin Key Condos. The east tower will be the first phase. The units will be a mixture of 4-, 5-, and 6-bedroom units.

Phoenix Key Rendering

Spanish Fort City Council Meeting – April 18, 2022

Delta Nature Park Property Secured The Spanish Fort City Council approved the purchase of property known as Cypress Point. The 144-acre parcel is located on Bay Minette Creek on both sides of State Hwy. 225 and has waterfrontage on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The city plans to utilize the property as a park and recreation area for residents and visitors. Funding for the purchase is coming from GOMESA funds.


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