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Ordinance 2019-02 requests the rezoning of approximately two acres of City owned land located at 9551 Split Log Road. The requested change is from the R-2 -- Suburban Residential zoning district to the SI-3 -- Service Institution (Cultural, Recreational and Governmental) zoning district.
The proposed ordinance requests the rezoning of the property, which the City purchased on November 20, 2018, with the goal that it will ultimately house a fifth fire station as identified in the Fire and Rescue Department's strategic plan. The fifth fire station would be located in the rapidly growing southeastern portion of the City along Split Log Road in the area somewhere between the Northumberland Subdivision and the intersection of Split Log and Ragsdale Roads.
Over the past several years, City staff has worked to find a suitable location in the area that met the parameters as defined in the strategic plan. While the property is not located directly along the preferred corridor, it is only approximately 375 feet east of the intersection of Split Log and Ragsdale Roads. In addition, the tract is located far enough from existing adjacent residential properties so as to afford some buffering from the activities that traditionally occur at a fire station.
The City's capital improvements plan does not anticipate design work on a new station to begin until FY 2023. That schedule could change somewhat when the City prepares the FY 2020-2025 CIP later this spring. The exact timing for construction of the fire station will ultimately be dependent upon the availability of future capital funding.
A development plan, which would include detailed engineering for the site, has not yet been prepared. However, as part of the City's due diligence before purchase, a "concept" plan was developed in an effort to determine the suitability of the property for its proposed future use. The sketches show a possible building envelope in conformance with zoning requirements and layout of a building footprint. The proposed two-story building would include an area of approximately 11,000 square feet. The exterior design and materials used would be similar to that used on residential structures in the area. The new station would house one response unit and one crew. Additionally, it is expected that one ambulance crew could also be accommodated in the building. Additional plantings would be provided in buffers between the building and Split Log Road and the adjacent residential properties. Before any formal documents are prepared, staff is requesting that the property be rezoned.
The proposed ordinance was approved on first reading by the Board of Commissioners on February 11, 2019. The required community meeting will be conducted by staff on February 28, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Safety Center East located at 1300 Sunset Road. The Planning Commission will provide its review and recommendation as part of their March 4, 2019 meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. The required public hearing before the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for their March 11, 2019 meeting, also beginning at 7:00 p.m. Second and final reading of the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for the March 25, 2019, meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m.