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Local Government Update – February 2023

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – February 2, 2023

Lillian Re-Zoning Requested for 80-lot Subdivision

The Baldwin County Planning Commission gave a denial recommendation for the re-zoning of 29 acres on the east side of County Road 91 and north of Hwy. 98 in the Lillian area. Developers had sought to re-zone the property from B-4 to RSF-2 with plans to develop an 80-lot residential subdivision. The plans were met with criticism from neighboring residents over lack of infrastructure, utilities, traffic congestion, and drainage/flooding concerns. There is also an active pending application for a 206-lot RV Park on the site, which could be pursued as an alternative for the property.

Veterinarian Clinic Planned for Daphne

The Baldwin County Planning Commission gave site plan approval for The Palms Vet Clinic. The 4.3-acre property is located on the east side of Hwy. 181, north of Milton Jones Rd. in the Daphne area. The site, which is currently vacant, is zoned B-3. A 17,000 square foot animal clinic with boarding facilities is planned.

137-Lot Subdivision Planned for Bon Secour Area

The Baldwin County Planning Commission granted approval for the subdivision of a 44.5-acre parcel. The property is located on the north side of County Road 10, approximately .6 miles west of CR10/Bon Secour Hwy., in the Foley/Bon Secour area. The property is un-zoned. There is a 137-lot division planned for the parcel to be named Bienville Landing.

Subdivision Approval Granted for 164 Lots South of Fairhope

The Baldwin County Planning Commission granted approval for the preliminary plat for South Bend Village. The 60.9-acre property is located on the east side of Hwy. 181, just south of County Road 24. The property is un-zoned. There are 164 residential lots planned for the subdivision, which is being developed by D.R. Horton. The request was tabled at the January meeting over concerns raised about an old, capped oil & gas test well on the property. Those concerns were investigated and resulted in the discovery of a test well which was approved in 1993 and declared dry, abandoned and plugged the same year. Developers voluntarily agreed to remove the proposed lot which contained the old well and plat that area as common open space out of an abundance of caution.

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting – February 6, 2023

Business Zoning and Annexation Sought Near Hwy. 104/181

The Fairhope Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to establish an initial zoning of B-3 concurrent with annexation into the city limits. The 1.1-acre property is located near the northwest corner of Hwy. 104 and 181. The site is commonly known for its use in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There are no current plans for the property.

Spanish Fort Planning Commission Meeting – February 13, 2023

Northwoods Preliminary Plat Recommended for Approval

The Spanish Fort Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to approve the preliminary plat for Phase I of Northwoods Subdivision. The 43.2-acre property is located east of Hwy. 225, north of Stillwater. There are 57 lots planned for Phase I. The master plan for the entire subdivision is planned to house a total of 160 lots.

Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – February 13, 2023

Re-Zoning Recommended for Residential Beach Development

The Orange Beach Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the City Council for a beachfront re-zoning request. The 1.8-acre property is located at 26480 Perdido Beach Blvd. The property is currently zoned RS-1 (Single-Family Residential). The applicant is seeking PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning. The re-zoning is sought to develop 2 duplexes and 3 single family homes, which would have a total of 31 bedrooms. The three single family homes would have 5 bedrooms per house. The two duplexes would have 4 bedrooms per unit (8 bedrooms per duplex building).

Fairhope City Council Meeting – February 13, 2023

Approval Granted for Amendments to Idlewild PUD

The Fairhope City Council granted final approval to amendments to a PUD (Planned Unit Development) that was originally approved in 2010 but never constructed. The 10-acre property is located on the west side of Hwy. 181, south of Fairhope Ave. and is generally located across the highway from Wal-Mart. The property borders the Idlewild residential neighborhood to the west. Plans for the property include the development of a 2-story hotel and a mixture of office, retail, restaurant uses, with some mixed-use residential units above. There will be a pedestrian and golf-cart connection with the Idlewild residential subdivision, but not vehicular connection. The approval was conditioned upon meeting the perimeter landscape requirements within the highway construction setbacks of Hwy. 181 in anticipation of future roadway expansion.

Renderings of Idlewild PUD

Daphne Planning Commission Meeting – February 23, 2023

Final Plat Approval Delayed for The Reserve at Daphne, Phase II

Developers sought to obtain final plat approval for Phase II of The Reserve at Daphne. However, problems at the site caused the Daphne Planning Commission to delay the approval until conditions are remedied. Concerns were raised after site visits by the city revealed stabilization problems that caused erosion and extensive runoff damage. The runoff resulted in sediment being deposited into the wetland area, detention ponds, and an adjoining property owner to the north. The Planning Commission tabled the matter pending remediation of the problems.

Gulf Shores Planning Commission Meeting – February 28, 2023

Site Plan Approved for Aqua Suites

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission approved the site plan for the re-purposing of the former Kaiser real estate building located at 1557 Gulf Shores Parkway. Plans for the property call for a conversion of the existing space and adding a new addition. The site will be transformed into a 49-room boutique hotel. Architectural and site renderings are below.

Aqua Suites Renderings

Colonial Traditions Ph. 1 Receives Final Plat Approval

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission approved a request for final plat approval for a 20-lot single family subdivision on Lot 6 of Colonial Traditions Subdivision. The property is located on the southwest side of Traditions Parkway. The Colonial Traditions Subdivision was re-zoned to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) with a master plan in 2007. The original master plan for the 178-acre property showed a mixture of single family and multi-family residential uses and building types totaling over 1200 units. Full development of the master plan never materialized. Some infrastructure was completed along with clubhouse, pool, and tennis amenities. This will be the first residential development of the property. Phase 1 will be developed on 11 acres and include 20 single family lots which will be rear loaded with private alleys.

Phase 1 of Colonial Traditions



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