Cross Fit Johns Creek recently entered into a contract to purchase 1.793 acres to develop a 7,651 square-foot, one-story gym on the property located at 11105 Jones Bridge Road. However, less than one year ago, the Council denied a prior rezoning petition, associated Special Use Permit and concurrent variance, to develop a 107,000 square-foot self-storage facility on the subject property at 11105 Jones Bridge Road.
The City’s Zoning Ordinance requires the property owner or representative who has been denied a land use petition to demonstrate to the City Council that the new proposal is significantly different from the previous denial. As a result, the Johns Creek City Council will review the request for the land reinitiation petition during their February 7, 2022, regular meeting.
Section 28.2. of the City’s Zoning Ordinance requires a 12-month waiting period for property owners to reinitiate a land use petition on a property with a previous denial. In addition to the waiting period, the owner must demonstrate that the proposed land use petition is significantly different from the previous denial to the satisfaction of the Mayor and City Council before reinitiation is considered.
According to submittal documents, a significant difference could include, but is not limited to, “a change in a zoning district, use, density, height, buffers or other methods of screening, or other items which were discussed at a public hearing.” To reinitiate a new land-use petition, the Mayor and City Council must affirm that the proposed request differs significantly from the previously denied land-use petition.
Staff recommends Council approve the request to reinitiate a land use petition for 11105 Jones Bridge Road because, after an analysis of the new proposal and a review of a side-by-side comparison against the original site plan and elevations, City Planners have the opinion that the proposed use, gross floor area and building height of the proposed CrossFit gym differs significantly from the previously denied self-storage facility.