By Nick Nunn
On Tuesday, July 23, the Corridor Design Commission met to discuss the site development plans at 1910, 1920 and 1940 Eatonton Road, as well as building plans for Dairy Queen (DQ), which will tentatively be built as phase one of the development at the addresses mentioned above.
Abe Abouhamdan, president and CEO of ABE Consulting, Inc. spoke to the board about the site development plans, which according to Planning Director Monica Callahan, only require a few adjustments before meeting zoning requirements.
The property will be split into three lots according to the plan, and development of the lots will progress in phases, beginning with the construction of the DQ.
In addition to meeting the standard requirements of minimum acreage, minimum width, and minimum frontage, which each lot currently meets according to Callahan, the lots must also meet the “60/40” requirement, which states that 40 percent of the total lot acreage must be pervious surfaces such as landscaping, pervious pavement or water retention ponds.
Currently, the lots do not meet this last requirement, but Abouhamdan stated that only small changes could alleviate that issue.
Callahan stated that the lots would utilize a system of cross-access easements to deal with the issues of parking, entrances and collective stormwater, since the overall size of the property does not meet the requirements for a planned commercial development zoning classification.
The commission became concerned with how far the construction lines for each phase of development will extend and wanted to make sure that enough of the proposed development would be constructed during the first phase to account for offsets allowed in light of the proposal as a whole.
During the first phase of development, the lot including the proposed DQ will be developed, as well as the congregate stormwater pond and an extension of the paved lot beyond the lot to be developed during the first phase. There will also be light grading during the first phase of development.
“We are trying to be careful that the lots are standalone zoning conforming,” said Callahan.
Since no companies have proposed plans for the second two lots, which will constitute phases two and three of the development, additional plans will have to be submitted in the future for development in those areas. Only the plat size and shape of the second and third lots are being submitted at this time.
Callahan also complimented the landscaping, as indicated on the development plan.
“The vegetation plan more than exceeds our minimum requirements,” said Callahan. “It is strong.”
When reviewing the building plans for the DQ, the commission decided that it would prefer that the “dry-stack stone” tower, which is part of the standard look for new DQ restaurants, be constructed out of brick instead.
Commission members stated that dry-stack stone is not strictly a regional product, and that no other existing restaurants in the corridor have been able to use dry-stack stone as a building material.
The commission asked that Abouhamdan suggest to the builders that they use brick instead of stone, but stated that the brick could be any color and texture they desired. They also mentioned stucco as an alternative.
Abouhamdan stated that there is no brick currently in the building protocol for DQ restaurants, but stated that he would “take these suggestions back to the architect.”
Callahan also informed the board that the building plan currently includes linear lighting striping, but that such lighting striping is not allowed.