Baldwin County, Alabama
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File #: 22-1526    Version: 1
Agenda section: Consent Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/12/2022 Meeting type: Baldwin County Commission Regular
On agenda: 9/20/2022 Final action:
Agenda item title: Proposed Planning (Zoning) District 14 - Acceptance of Notice of Intent to Request Planning and Zoning Referendum, Determination Regarding Infeasibility of Using Precinct Boundaries, and Acceptance of District Boundaries
Attachments: 1. District 14 East Zoning Request, 2. Proposed PD East of Fish River 2

Meeting Type:   BCC Regular Meeting

Meeting Date:  9/20/2022

Item Status:   New

From: Matthew Brown, Planning Director

Submitted by:  Matthew Brown, Planning Director

 

ITEM TITLE

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Proposed Planning (Zoning) District 14 - Acceptance of Notice of Intent to Request Planning and Zoning Referendum, Determination Regarding Infeasibility of Using Precinct Boundaries, and Acceptance of District Boundaries             

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STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Recommendation

Pursuant to Alabama Code §45-2-261.07, take the following actions:

1)  Accept the notice of intent to request a referendum for Planning and Zoning purposes for that portion of Planning (Zoning) District 14 east of Fish River (that was not included in the proposed Planning Districts 38 and 39); and

2)  Make a determination that it is not feasible to utilize the Voting Precinct boundaries of precinct 30; and

3)  Accept the Planning (Zoning) District 14 boundaries subject to a subsequent affirmative referendum vote pursuant to Alabama Code §45-2-261.07.     

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

Background: 

Citizens Marla Barnes (residing at 14740 Ridge Rd Summerdale, AL 36580), Amy Smith (residing at 15100 Vasko Road Silverhill AL 36576), and Steve Mannhard (residing at 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Rd E Summerdale, AL 36580) live in the portion of current Planning (Zoning) District 14 that is east of Fish River. These citizens have approached the Planning and Zoning staff seeking zoning for the balance of Planning (Zoning) District 14 (that portion east of Fish River) and to request a referendum for Zoning in this portion of the district.

 

The portion of Planning District 14 on the west side of Fish River is currently part of separate zoning efforts under the proposed Planning Districts 38 and 39.

 

Coming under the Planning and Zoning Jurisdiction of Baldwin County is a citizen driven effort. The process must be initiated and led by the citizens. Alabama Code §45-2-261.07. In the present situation, the citizens are not requesting to form a new Planning (Zoning) District, but to utilize that portion of the existing Planning (Zoning) District 14 boundary that is not already part of a zoning referendum effort-that portion of Planning (Zoning) District 14 that is east of Fish River.

 

Because a new district is not being established (citizens are seeking to use the boundaries of existing Planning (Zoning) District 14 that will exist if current efforts for proposed districts 38 and 39 are successful) Planning and Zoning staff have determined that the citizens will not be required to form a new district that aligns with their voting precinct.

 

Furthermore, the citizens requesting the petition have reported support for the effort through Planning (Zoning) District 14 east of Fish River, on the basis that the effort will support the protection of the river. Excluding a portion of District 14 based on precinct boundaries would result in a significant portion of Fish River near Weeks Bay without zoning protections. It would also leave a strip of unzoned land around the Town of Silverhill.

 

Finally, even though Planning and Zoning Staff does not believe a precinct feasibility analysis is required, it is noted that it is not technically feasible to utilize the Voting Precinct boundaries of precinct 30 because a portion of the municipal limits of the Town of Silverhill is within precinct 30 and would need to be excluded from the Planning (Zoning) District Boundary.

 

A map showing the balance of Planning (Zoning) District 14 (green color area) is attached to this agenda item.

 

The steps for exercising Planning and Zoning authority are found in Alabama Code §45-2-261 and the proceeding sections.

 

1) A party or parties seeking to file a petition shall notify the County Commission in writing that the parties will petition for the formation of a Planning District and the proposed boundaries of the district. (PURPOSE OF THIS AGENDA)

 

2) Within 15 days of notice to the County Commission, the Judge of Probate shall give a preliminary estimate of the number of signatures needed to call the election. Ten percent of the qualified electors residing within the proposed planning district will need to sign the petition. Planning and Zoning staff will notify the Judge of Probate.

 

3) The County Commission shall notify the principal party in writing, within 30 days of written notification of intent to request a referendum, that the proposed district is acceptable for planning, zoning and voting purposes, and shall furnish forms for use in seeking the required signatures.

 

4) The party or parties will have 120 days to gather the signatures and file the petition. Upon receipt, the County Commission and Judge of Probate will have 45 days to certify or reject the accuracy of the petition. If the number of signatures is not sufficient, the party or parties will have an additional 60 days in which to obtain signatures and have the petition certified.

 

5) Upon certification, the County Commission shall instruct the Judge of Probate to provide for an election within the district no later than 90 days after certification. If the petition is not certified, a new petition cannot be refiled for two years.

 

Previous Commission action/date:  N/A

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

Total cost of recommendation:  N/A

 

Budget line item(s) to be used:  N/A

 

If this is not a budgeted expenditure, does the recommendation create a need for funding?  N/A

 

LEGAL IMPACT

 

Is legal review necessary for this staff recommendation and related documents? 

N/A

 

Reviewed/approved by:  N/A

 

Additional comments:  N/A

 

ADVERTISING REQUIREMENTS

 

Is advertising required for this recommendation?  N/A

 

If the proof of publication affidavit is not attached, list the reason: N/A

 

FOLLOW UP IMPLEMENTATION

 

For time-sensitive follow up, select deadline date for follow up:  N/A

 

Individual(s) responsible for follow up:  Commission Administration Staff & Planning and Zoning Department

 

 

Action required (list contact persons/addresses if documents are to be mailed or emailed): 

Administration Staff shall send letter to the requesting party notifying them that Planning (Zoning) District 14 boundaries have been accepted for planning, zoning, and voting purposes. The letter should be sent to the following:

 

Ms. Marla Barnes

14740 Ridge Rd

Summerdale, Alabama 36580

 

Ms. Amy Smith

15100 Vasko Road

Silverhill, Alabama 36576

 

Mr. Steve Mannhard

13982 Woodhaven Dairy Rd E

Summerdale, Alabama 36580

 

Planning and Zoning staff will contact the Judge of Probate in order to ascertain the preliminary number of signatures to call an election. Staff will provide the requesting party with the number of signatures required and petition forms for the use of collecting those signatures.

 

Additional instructions/notes:  Planning and Zoning Department - Provide support as needed.