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Local Government Update – February 2022

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – February 3, 2022

Re-Zoning Recommended for County Rd. 64 Property

The Baldwin County Planning Commission heard a re-zoning request for property located north of County Road 64, east of Pollard Rd. in the Daphne area. The 4.69-acre property is currently zoned RSF-2. Owners are seeking a zoning change to B-2 to make the property more marketable. No proposed use was disclosed. The Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the County Commission to re-zone.

Lot Division Approved along Hwy. 104

A lot division was approved by the Baldwin County Planning Commission involving a 31.8-acre parcel. The property is located east of Fairhope along the north side of Hwy. 104 at the east corner of Saint Michaels Way. The property is being divided into two lots. The smallest lot will be 10.1 acres and border Hwy. 104. The largest lot will be approximately 21.7 acres to the north.

Scott’s Marine Expanding

The Baldwin County Planning Commission approved the site plan for an expansion at Scott’s Marine. The property is located on the south side of Hwy. 98, east of Breman Rd. in the Elberta area. A 6,178 square foot addition is being added to the existing showroom and office.

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting – February 7, 2022

252-Unit Rockwell Place Apartments Receive Approvals

The Fairhope Planning Commission heard a request for a 2-lot subdivision of a 36-acre property located on the east side of Hwy. 181, across from The Waters Subdivision and south of the proposed Harvest Green Subdivision which has been approved but not yet started construction. The 2-lot division will separate lot 1 (approximately 14 acres) as the Hwy. 181 frontage lot and leave lot 2 (approximately 21 acres) to the east. The lot division was accompanied by a request for a Multiple Occupancy Permit for lot 2. Plans for the easternmost lot include a 252-unit apartment complex. There are 10 two-story buildings and 12 carriage houses planned. A north bound right turn lane and south bound left turn lane will be required for Hwy. 181 traffic. The un-zoned property lies within the county and in the Fairhope Planning Jurisdiction.

Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – February 14, 2022

Surf Style Building Planned

The Orange Beach Planning Commission approved a request for the preliminary and final minor subdivision. The request was to combine the re-subdivision of lot 1 Cottons-Russell Subdivision and lots 11, 12, and 13 of DM Russell subdivision into one lot. This will result in four lots being combined into one single lot. The property is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Perdido beach Blvd. and Russell Dr. The property is zoned GB (General Business). A 23,000 square foot commercial retail building for Surf Style is planned.

Sunset Auto Receives Site Plan Approval

Guy Investments LLC was granted site plan approval by the Orange Beach Planning Commission to convert and refurbish the property and existing building located at 25893 Canal Rd. An automotive sales business is planned for the site. The property is located west of ACE Hardware and is zoned GB (General Business).

Baldwin County Commission Meeting - February 15, 2022

Spanish Fort Re-Zoning Approved for Multi-Family

The Baldwin County Commission approved the re-zoning request for 37 acres located on the east side of Stagecoach Rd. in Spanish Fort, near the Spanish Fort High School. The request received a denial recommendation from the Planning Commission in January. The County Commission reversed course and approved the re-zoning request with a focus on the compatibility analysis with surrounding zonings. The re-zoning approval does not mean that future subdivision, multiple occupancy permits, or site plans will automatically be approved. Those additional approvals will still be scrutinized and reviewed on the merits. The plans disclosed for the property include the development of The Mill at Spanish Fort, a townhome apartment complex similar to the Toro Ridge developments adjacent to the property. Access to the apartments would be through Stagecoach Rd. A draft site layout for “The Mill at Spanish Fort” is below.

The Mill at Spanish Fort

Foley Planning Commission Meeting – February 16, 2022

Site Plan Approved for Circle K

The Foley Planning Commission approved the site plan for Circle K to be located south of County Rd. 12S and west of Hwy. 59, at 8951 Hwy. 59. The 1.03-acre property is zoned B1A. A 5,200 square foot Circle K convenience store and gas station is planned for the location. Roadway improvements to the area include widening County Road 12 to allow for right and left turn lanes and adding a right turn lane to Hwy. 59.

Re-Zoning Requests for Apartments Receive Denial Recommendations

The Foley Planning Commission voted to send a denial recommendation to the City Council for a re-zoning request for R-3 (Residential Multi-Family Dist.). The 17-acre property is located south of Michigan Ave. between Cypress and Bay St. and currently has a variety of zoning classifications. The R-3 Zoning was sought to allow the development of a residential apartment complex as depicted below on the proposed master plan.

In a separate re-zoning request the Foley Planning Commission also sent a denial recommendation to the City Council to re-zone 19 acres to PUD (Planned Unit Development). That property is located west of Hickory St. and north of County Rd. 12. The re-zoning was requested for the development of a 213-unit apartment complex. That request was met with public opposition from residents of nearby Crown Walk neighborhood.

Cypress Street Master Plan

Gulf Shores Planning Commission Meeting – February 22, 2022

Site Plan Approved for 40-Unit Townhome Development

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission gave site plan approval for a 40-unit townhome development to be named “Oyster Bay”. The 4.3-acre property is located near the intersection of Hwy. 180 West and Oyster Bay Lane. The property is zoned GB (General Business). Plans call for 2-story buildings with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The Alabama Department of Transportation will require a deceleration lane alone Hwy. 180 be constructed. The units will be built with insulated concrete form construction with cement stucco and stained wood siding as exterior finishes. Short term rentals will not be allowed.

Oyster Bay Front and Rear Design Elevations

Site Plan Approved for Commercial Plaza

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission approved the site plan for a 5,400 square foot commercial plaza referred to as “Uptown Plaza East”. The .98-acre property is located on the southwest corner of 20thAve. and E. 2nd St. The property is zoned GB (General Business). A 1-story building is planned with three separate commercial, retail, and drive-thru units. The property will be accessed from two points on 20th Ave.

Daphne Planning Commission Meeting – February 24, 2022

Zoning and Annexation Sought for 236-lot Subdivision

The Daphne Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to a request to pre-zone and annex a 108-acre parcel. The property is located on the east side of County Rd. 13 and abuts Oldfield Subdivision. The applicant, Red Barn LLC, is seeking R-6G (Garden Patio Home) zoning. Plans for the property include the construction of 236 residential lots with varying lot widths of 52’, 60’, 70’, and 90’. The development, referred to as Hope Vineyard, would have two vehicular connectors on County Rd. 13. It would also have four vehicular connectors to Oldfield Subdivision. Amenities include 36% open space with a network of walking trails and lakes.

Conceptual Design for Hope Vineyard


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