Key Decision Points depend a great deal on what Selig actually submits. Likely next steps and decision points include:
- Submittal of Plans to Athens-Clarke County for ACC staff review.
- ACC Transportation and Public Works will review, among other items, the Transportation Impact Analysis. If roadways and intersections cannot continue to function at a minimum standard established by ACC policy due to the anticipated vehicular impact of the development, the development cannot be approved as submitted. The developer would be required to alter the proposal or provide for roadway and intersection improvements to address these substandard conditions in order to proceed with the project.
- ACC Planning will review, among other items, the proposed site and architectural plans to evaluate whether or not they meet the Downtown Design Standards for the Downtown River District. If not (and the Wilkerson Street architectural plans shown on Selig’s website currently do not meet the requirement for 70% of street level structured parking to be “wrapped” or hidden behind leasable, street-level tenant space), the Planning Commission would vote on whether to grant approval via the “Alternative Compliance” process. This is a public hearing for which you can receive email notifications if you sign up for the Downtown overlay area of the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
- If the submitted plans don’t reserve a corridor to allow for a future road to connect Hickory Street to Oconee Street, then the developer may petition the Mayor & Commission to amend the ACC Transportation Corridor Concept Plan to remove the planned roadway from the plan. As required in the ACC code, all properties with planned transportation corridors must reserve area for their future construction when the properties are developed or redeveloped. Thus far, ACC has never amended this map at the behest of a developer–no one has yet requested to do so since the map’s adoption in 2005.
These are a lot of if’s and not necessarily in the correct order of when they will occur. This site will be updated as upcoming public meetings, next steps and decision points become clearer. So much depends on what and when Selig actually submits to Athens-Clarke County.