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Local Government Update – November 2022

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – November 3, 2022


Request for 208-lot RV Park Tabled for Further Review

The Baldwin County Planning Commission heard a request for site plan approval of a 208-lot RV Park. The 18.4-acre site, which is un-zoned, is on the north side of Underwood Rd., east of County Rd. 49. There were concerns over the design including garbage collection sites, staging of RV’s during check-in process, turning radius on internal roadways, potential problems with RVs backing out, and lack of a second ingress/egress point. The Commission will re-consider after further analysis at the January meeting.


Drive-Thru Coffee Shop Seeks Site Plan Approval

The Baldwin County Planning Commission granted a site plan request for Provision Coffee. The drive-thru coffee shop in planned on a .5-acre parcel east of Hwy. 98 in Fairhope. The site, which is currently zoned B-3, is located at 23764 Hwy. 98.


Nursing Home Planned for Malbis Community

The site plan was approved by the Baldwin County Planning Commission for the construction of a 48-bed convalescent nursing home memory care facility. The property is located on the west side of Hwy. 181 near the Malbis Community.


Spanish Fort Planning Commission Meeting – November 14, 2022


Cactus Cantina Site Plan Approved

The Spanish Fort Planning Commission approved the site plan for a future Cactus Cantina restaurant. The 6,250 square foot restaurant is to be located at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 31 and Stagecoach Rd. with access through a private drive on the north side of Stagecoach Dr. and a right turn only on Hwy. 31. It is expected to have a seating capacity of 178, with 69 parking spaces.


Spanish Fort to Limit Locations of Warehouse Storage

The Spanish Fort Planning Commission voted in favor of amending the table of permitted uses in their zoning ordinance to remove warehouse, storage and distribution facilities in B-4 zoning. Going forward they would only be permitted by right in M1 zoning.


Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – November 14, 2022


Zoning Changes Recommended; Real Estate Sign Standards Tabled

The Orange Beach Planning Commission held a public hearing and voted regarding Zoning Text Amendments. Most of the changes were to clean up ordinances; one amendment suggested the change of temporary real estate signs. The real estate sign amendment reduced the allowable size for a real estate temporary sign from 64 total square feet (32 SF per side, 4’ by 8’) to 48 total square feet (24 SF per side, 4’ by 6’), citing consumer complaints regarding the large sign sizes. After a public hearing, all Zoning Text Amendments were recommended for approval by the City Council with the exception of the temporary real estate sign amendment. That was tabled for further review and is expected to be addressed at the December Planning Commission meeting to be held December 12that 4:00 p.m.


Gulf Shores City Council Meeting – November 14, 2022


Site Plan Approved for The Waterway, Mixed-Use Project

The Gulf Shores City Council approved the site plan and conditional use permit for The Waterway. The mixed-use project is planned for 301 E. Canal Dr., south of the ICW, east of 2nd St. Plans for the project include a re-development of the existing structures into a mix of commercial and residential, with a mobile vendor court added. Plans call for a mixture of commercial space, 2 residential units, and a mobile vendor court with up to 5 food or retail vendors. A covered porch and deck will also be added.


Fairhope City Council Meeting – November 14, 2022


Magnolia Ave. Project Receives Final Site Plan Approval

The Fairhope City Council gave final approval for a new 3-story building on Magnolia Ave. The .47-acre property is located at 314 Magnolia Ave. It is zoned B-2 and within the Fairhope Central Business District. Until recently there were two older homes located on the site. They have since been demolished. A 40’ high office building is planned with over 24,000 square feet of space. There was no public disclosure of what will be housed in the building, only that it will be one entity. The plans gained approval with the condition that the courtyard enclosure does not exceed 42” on the north side and design changes making the courtyard enclosure more visible to the street view.

Magnolia Ave. Renderings


Commercial Zoning Approved

The Fairhope City Council gave final approval to the zoning of .6 acres to B-2. The property, located south of Spring Run Dr., north of the Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home was also concurrently annexed into the city limits. The property was previously un-zoned in the County. No site plan was submitted to indicate future uses.


Gulf Shores Planning Commission Meeting – November 15, 2022


Midtown PUD Amendment Allows Hotel Use

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission approved an amendment to add 1.4 acres to the Midtown PUD and allow for a hotel to be added. The property is located south of Commerce Ave., adjacent to West 2nd St. The underlying zoning of the property is GB (General Business). Original plans called for a mixed-use development with 9 lots that would house a mixture of retail, professional office, and restaurant space with upper story residential units. The amendment will allow for the replacement of building 5 and the mobile vendor court space with a 100-room, 4-story hotel. Additional shared parking will be added in place of building 3 to accommodate the hotel.

Renderings of Midtown PUD project


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