On Tuesday, the Glynn County Continental Planning Commission voted to approve a site plan for a new Checkers drive-thru restaurant on Altama Avenue.
The land on which the developer, listed in county documents as Valerie Babb of Starrchex Georgia LLC, would like to build the 1,343-square-foot drive-thru restaurant is a wooded lot at 5599 Altama Ave. Road intersection with the Scranton Connector near Golden Isles Laundry and Dollar General.
In October 2021, the MPC voted to rezone the property from medium residential to roadside commercial to allow for new development.
The planning commissioners voted 7-0 to approve the development.
Katarina Crumpler, with EMC Engineering, represented the developer on Tuesday. She said it was too early to say when construction might begin or when the restaurant might open due to the lengthy development approval process that remained.
The MPC also voted to recommend approval of a rezoning on Old Jesup Road to allow up to two 90 residential units on the west side of the road, just south of Walker Road.
County Community Development Department Director Pamela Thompson recommended that the MPC require the applicant to conduct a pre-construction traffic survey, which the commission did.
Jake Hightower of Roberts Civil Engineering gave the MPC and the public a first look at the proposed neighborhood. While the proposed rezoning would allow for 90 residential units, the development is expected to be closer to 60 units.
“What she (the owner, Mayte Cruz) envisioned was a new neighborhood similar to the other neighboring development of Settler’s Cove,” Hightower said.
The intention is to create a peaceful neighborhood of clean, well-built homes with traditional off-street parking. All but a few units the developer intends to keep will be sold at a standard market rate to individual owners, he said, and will ideally benefit property values in the area.
MPC member Richard Strickland asked if the main road through the neighborhood could connect to Boyd Road. Hightower said the owner had no ownership of the property that would allow this. It would also require a level crossing, he said.
Several residents expressed concerns about problems the development would cause for traffic and the sewage system on the busy thoroughfare.
Brenda Boyd Cross, who lives nearby, said her family had lived opposite the proposed development for over 100 years. More homes are planned on Walker Road around the corner, she said, and overall both will have a negative impact on traffic. She was also very concerned that the development would cater to low-income residents.
“We disapprove of the idea of having this here because we are afraid. If it’s high income, we’d be fine, but if it’s low income, we’d be scared,” Cross said. “We love our house, but we don’t want someone moving in who’s going to destroy our house, or who’s going to kill us, you know what I mean?”
Timothy Johnson said his family has also lived on Old Jesup Road for over 100 years. He was mainly concerned about traffic. The Canal Crossing shopping center on Canal Road has seen a noticeable increase in traffic and Old Jesup Road needs more work to reduce traffic, not development. Emergency vehicles are already having trouble crossing the area.
Rather than improving property values, Johnson said the neighborhood would hurt him because of all the trees that would be cut down and overload the area’s sewer system.
Neighboring resident Mike Carter said he wanted a privacy fence around the neighborhood, which Hightower said would be part of the project.
Hightower responded to citizens’ concerns by assuring them that the developer would carry out a traffic study to ensure that the necessary road arrangements were taken into account.
In response to questions about sewer capacity, he said the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission had issued a letter confirming the system could accommodate the new development.
He reiterated that the intent is to create a clean, thoughtful, and orderly neighborhood by addressing Cross’s concerns about low-income residents.
MPC member Missy Neu suggested the developer agree to lower the residential unit cap from 90 to 60. Hightower said it was a reasonable request, but would significantly hurt the landlord’s potential income.
Mike Boatright, another MPC member, said any traffic problems arising from the property would be temporary as Old Jesup Road will have to be widened to four lanes anyway.
In the end, the MPC voted to recommend that the county commission approve the rezoning on the condition that townhouses be excluded from development and density be capped at seven residential units per acre for a maximum of 70 units. residential.
Planning Commissioners Strickland, Boatright, Neu, Darrel Dawson and Chair Sherrye Gibbs voted in favor of the motion with restrictions. MPC member Bo Clark was the only opposing vote.
The Glynn County Commission will decide on the rezoning at an upcoming meeting.
In other cases, the MPC has recommended approval for a rezoning at Heritage Christian Academy.
Thompson said the church to which the school is attached wants to remove the old mission house and replace it with new modular classrooms, but cannot due to the residential zoning of that part of the property. The church has requested that this portion of the property be rezoned to commercial zoning.
Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the county commission approve the rezoning.
MPC members also voted for:
• Approve a site plan for a new medical practice at 140 Martin Palmer Drive.
• Approve a site plan for a new 50 foot by 20 foot storage building at Golden Isles Collision on Candler Road.
• Recommend that the County Commission approve a rezoning of a property at the corner of Ga. 99 and Chanslor Road to allow for more residential development in addition to residential and commercial uses already permitted.