Atlantic City Council to hold a public hearing on re-zoning for a subdivision


February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday evening during the City Council meeting in Atlantic, with regard to an amendment of the City’s Zoning Ordinance to allow a portion of land in the southeastern part of the City to be rezoned from Low Density/Single Family dwellings (R-2) to Multiple Family (R-4) dwellings. The hearing and first reading of the ordinance, follows discussion pertaining to traffic issues along 19th Street in the area of a proposed new subdivision.

Local developer Don Sonntag is asking the Council to approve rezoning of a portion of the Southern Heights 2nd addition along East 19th Street. During the City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Jan. 29th, the Commission voted 4-to 3 to approve the matter, and forwarded it to the full Council for its consideration and vote. In approving Sonntag’s request, the Commission agreed that he would not be required to provide for any street connections envisioned in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, or as shown on the original plat.

Concerns about the street connection aspect of the proposal have been raised by the City Attorney and others, with regard to traffic flow on 22nd and 19th Streets, especially with regard to the width of 19th Street, west of Redwood Drive, and the proposed installation of a cul-de-sac, instead of a through street, which some say would be more conducive to better traffic flow and provider easier access to emergency vehicles.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council Wednesday, will act on: Resolutions accepting work on two paving and storm sewer improvement projects; the plans and specs for 2013 Street Improvement Projects and authorization of bids; and the setting of Feb. 20th, as the date for a public hearing with regard to the issuance of General Obligation bonds not to exceed $2.72-million, for the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2014.

Street improvements make up slightly over 70-percent of the bond amount ($1.91-million), with Storm Water improvements coming in at just under 10-percent ($270,000), and building improvements making up three-percent ($90,000), and equipment just under 17-percent ($450,000).

The Council’s meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday.