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Local Government Update – September 2022

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – September 1, 2022

Preliminary Plat Division May Signal New Dollar General

The Baldwin County Planning Commission approved the preliminary plat to subdivide a 38-acre parcel into two lots. The property is located south of Magnolia Springs on the southwest corner of County Rd. 12 and County Rd. 49. The property is zoned B-2 and RSF-2. After the subdivision of the larger parcel the smallest lot will be 1.8 acres. The Broadway Group was listed as the developer, which is the development entity for the Dollar General company.

Approval Granted for 125-Lot Subdivision South of Fairhope

The Baldwin County Planning Commission granted approval to a 125-lot subdivision request. The 39.4-acre property is un-zoned. It is located east of Hwy. 181, just south of County Road 24, near the intersection of Sherwood Highland Rd. The property is currently farmland. There are 125 residential lots planned for the property. D.R. Horton was named as the builder. A revised drainage report was submitted to the County after concerns arose over drainage. A left turn lane is planned at the south entrance on Hwy. 181.

Church of His Presence Expanding

The Church of His Presence petitioned the Baldwin County Planning Commission for site plan approval of a 77,320 square foot addition. The church, which is located on the east side of Hwy. 181 near Daphne, has an existing worship center. The addition will be used for auditorium space. The existing building will be converted to assembly space for their youth program.

Orange Beach City Council Meeting – September 6, 2022

Modification Requested for Beach Village – Phase 2

The Orange Beach Planning Commission voted to approve a request for a major modification to the master plan for Phase 2 of the Beach Village PUD. The development is located at 23063 and 23071 Perdido Beach Blvd. The original plan called for an outdoor food court on Lot 70 which would front on Perdido Beach Blvd. The approved change will allow Lot 70 to be subdivided into four residential cottage lots and will add an employee residence in the common area. The four new cottage lots will have two habitable levels on pilings. They are each planned to have 5 bedrooms and private pools.

Changes to Beach Village PUD

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting – September 8, 2022

Annexation and Zoning Sought for Outparcels at South Publix Site

The Fairhope Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the initial zoning and annexation of 21.1 acres. The property is an outparcel of the new Publix site south of Fairhope. It is located near the northwest corner of Greeno Rd. and Old Battles Rd. A separate 13-acre parcel just to the north is also being annexed into the City of Fairhope. Both parcels surround the Publix site. Both parcels were un-zoned and have requested B-2 zoning. No specific plans were disclosed for the properties.

Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – September 12, 2022

Proposed Beachfront Duplex Receives Denial Recommendation

The Orange Beach Planning Commission considered a request for conditional use approval to construct a beachfront duplex. The property is located at 29110 Perdido Beach Blvd. It is one of the few remaining beachfront lots that is zoned RS-1 (single-family residential). The proposal included a 3-story structure on pilings. Each side of the duplex would have 7 bedrooms and 4,400 square feet of living space. A shared dune walk-over was also part of the plan. There were 7 parking spaces proposed per unit. The parking layout and design raised concerns among the commissioners with stacked parking. The tight parking conditions and stacked parking layout led to a denial recommendation.

Mariner Lakes PUD Modification Recommended for Bel Air Towers

The Orange Beach Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the City Council for approval of a major PUD modification to the Mariner Lakes Master Plan. The amendment is for the Bel Air Towers, a multi-family residential development. The property is located at 3299 Loop Rd., west of the Fairfield Inn and Suites. The original plan, which was approved in 2007, called for three buildings between 14 and 18 stories in height and 375 total units. The requested amendment will change the number of buildings down to two buildings, between four and five stories in height, and only 152 units. A mixture of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments are planned.

Baldwin County Commission Meeting – September 20, 2022

Re-Zoning Approved for Townhome Development

The Baldwin County Commission gave final approval to a re-zoning request for property located outside of Orange Beach. The 4.6-acre property is east of the Beach Express and just south of Roscoe Rd. The zoning will change from RA (Rural Agriculture) to HDR (High Density Residential Dist.) There are 42 townhomes planned for the development.

Foley Planning Commission Meeting – September 21, 2022

Townhome Development Approved for Foley

The Foley Planning Commission gave subdivision approval for Muscadine Place, a 182-lot townhome development. The 38-acre property is located at the northeast corner of County Road 20 and Hickory St. The property was re-zoned to TH-1 (Residential Townhomes) in December of 2021. One and two-story connected townhomes are planned.

Keystone Development Plans Cause Concern from Neighbors

The Foley Planning Commission heard a request for initial zoning to PUD (Planned Unit Development) for 121.9 acres. The property, to be known as Keystone Development, is located south of U.S. Hwy. 98, west of Venice Blvd. Plans include the development of 179 residential lots. The property was annexed into the City of Foley in November of 2021. Neighbors in the adjoining subdivision attended the meeting to voice concerns of traffic and street connectivity to their subdivision through Venice Blvd., concerns over drainage and flooding, and increased density in the area. The property abuts the Magnolia River and would have sufficient buffer protection for wetlands. The Planning Commission voted to table the request to allow time for additional data collection on drainage and neighbor concerns.

Keystone Development

Daphne Planning Commission Meeting – September 22, 2022

Mixed Used Development Proposed for Downtown Daphne

The Daphne Planning Commission heard a request for a mixed-use development to be located northeast of the intersection of Main Street and Daphne Ave. The 1.73-acre property is zoned B-2. Plans for the property include the development of a multi-story building with retail space of the lower floor and 36 residential units on the upper floors. The project was generally well received by the Planning Commission, but questions remained about the traffic pattern and the traffic engineering required for turn lanes. The project was tabled to allow for more time to study the traffic engineering.

Artist Renderings of Mixed-Use Daphne Development

Gulf Shores Planning Commission Meeting – September 27, 2022

Zoning Text Amendment Would Allow Home Food Occupations

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission voted to approve a zoning text amendment to allow for a home occupation in accordance with the Alabama Cottage Food Law. The amendment would allow for the food handling, processing, or packing as a home occupation as long as the requirements of the Cottage Food Law were met. This would mostly apply to baked goods, canned goods, etc. made at home and sold at farmer’s markets, fairs, etc. Direct sales from a home would not be allowed. A limit of not more than 20% of the gross floor area of the principal building, up to a max of 500 square feet, can use used for this purpose.

Waterway Mixed-Use Development Receives Site Plan Approval

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission approved the site plan and conditional use permit for a mixed-use development to be located in the city’s Waterway Village Overlay District. The project will be a re-development of an existing property located at 301 E. Canal Dr. 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.

Site Plan Approved for Multi-Family Project

The Gulf Shores Planning Commission granted site plan approval for the Cadence Multi-Family Project. The 9.2-acre property is located at 19326 Oak Rd. West, southeast of the city sportsplex. The property is zoned R-3 and was annexed into the City of Gulf Shores in March of 2022. There are a total of 72 townhomes and 20 cottages planned for the site, along with a clubhouse and pool.

Cadence Site Plan



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