Infill Regulations (Topic 1)

Section 507. Use of Substandard Lots of Record

507.1    No permit shall be issued for the use of any lot which is smaller in total area than the minimum area permitted for the zoning district within which it is located or for the use of any lot which has a lot width that is less than the minimum lot width permitted for the zoning district within which it is located, unless said lot is a lot of record and was legally and properly recorded prior to the passage of this Ordinance on February 1, 1966. However, this requirement shall not apply to re-subdivisions pursuant to Section 802(c) of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; and provided further that in Residential Districts, substandard lots shall be used only for single-family residential purposes.

However, in all cases, construction on any such lot, after the time of passage of this Ordinance, shall be required to meet all other requirements of the district within which it is located, including front yard setbacks, side yards, rear yards, and others.

507.2    Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary in this Zoning Ordinance, a one-family dwelling is permitted on a substandard lot of record with less than six-thousand (6,000) square feet of lot area or a lot width of less than sixty (60) feet in a residential zoning district, subject to the following provisions:

(a)       If the lot area is fifty percent (50%) or less than the minimum lot area under the applicable zoning district regulations or if the lot width is fifty percent (50%) or less than the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling shall have no more than one and one half (1½) stories as illustrated below, and the maximum height shall not exceed twenty-two (22) feet above the base flood elevation. The total number of sleeping rooms in a one-family dwelling under this Section 507.2(a) shall not exceed two (2).

(b)       If the lot area is greater than fifty percent (50%), but less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the minimum lot area required under the applicable zoning district regulations, or if the lot width is greater than fifty percent (50%), but less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling shall have no more than one and one half (1½) stories as illustrated below, and the maximum height shall not exceed twenty-five (25) feet above the base flood elevation. The total number of sleeping rooms in a one-family dwelling under this Section 507.2(b) shall not exceed three (3).

(c)        If the lot area is seventy-five percent (75%) or greater, but less than ninety-four percent (94%) of the minimum lot area required under the applicable zoning district regulations or if the lot width is seventy-five percent (75%) or greater, but less than ninety-four percent (94%) of the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling shall have no more than one and one half (1½) stories as illustrated below, and the maximum height shall not exceed twenty-eight (28) feet above the base flood elevation. The total number of sleeping rooms in a one-family dwelling under this Section 507.2(c) shall not exceed four (4).

(d)       If the lot area is ninety-four percent (94%) or greater, but less that one hundred percent (100%) of the minimum lot area required under the applicable zoning district regulations, or if the lot width is ninety-four percent (94%) or greater, but less than one hundred percent (100%) of the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling shall have no more than two (2) stories as illustrated below, and the maximum height shall not exceed thirty-two (32) feet above the base flood elevation.

(e)        Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subsections 507.2 (a) through (d) and subsection 507.2(f), if the lot area is one hundred percent (100%) or greater than the minimum lot area required under the applicable zoning district regulations and the lot width is eighty-five percent (83%) or greater than the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling may have up to the same number of stories, maximum height, and sleeping rooms as a one-family dwelling located on a non-substandard lot of record in that same zoning district.

(f)         In the event that the lot area and lot width of a substandard lot of record causes it to meet the criteria of more than one of the subsections in 507.2 (a) through (d), the more restrictive subsection and development requirements therein shall apply to any one-family dwelling constructed on that substandard lot of record. This requirement shall not apply to a one-family dwelling constructed on a substandard lot of record that meets the criteria set forth in subsection 507.2(e).

(g)       A lawfully existing one-family dwelling that becomes nonconforming as a result of the adoption of this Section 507.2 on June 16, 2016, and which becomes damaged or destroyed by fire, flood, storm, or other act of God, may be repaired or rebuilt to the same height, square footage, and number of stories, bedrooms, and bathrooms without meeting the requirements of this Section 507.2, provided that: (1) the property owner provides documentation to the Glynn County Community Development Director demonstrating that the building or development lawfully existed at the time of adoption of this Section 507.2; (2) a building permit has been applied for and issued by Glynn County for the repair or reconstruction of such one-family dwelling within one year from the date that it was damaged or destroyed; and 3) the repair or reconstruction of such one-family dwelling commences within one year from the date that it was damaged or destroyed. This provision shall not be construed to excuse or exempt compliance with any building code, electrical code, fire code, life safety code, or other safety ordinance or regulation.

(h)        This Section 507.2 shall be applicable exclusively to Saint Simons Island.

507.3    Any person denied a permit by the Building Official or other County official under this Section 507 may appeal such decision to the Board of Appeals or request a variance pursuant to Article X of this Ordinance.

507.4  For purposes of this Section 507, substandard lot of record shall mean a lot of record that was legally and properly recorded prior to the passage of this Ordinance on February 1, 1966, with a lot width less than that permitted in the zoning district in which it is located or that is smaller in total area than the minimum area permitted for the zoning district within which it is located.

Sec. 802. Other Expedited Subdivisions

 

(d)       No subdivision described in this subsection shall be permitted in a recorded subdivision zoned single-family residential if the lot to be divided has a development area (as defined in the Zoning Ordinance) of less than one (1) acre. An applicant may not submit such a subdivision for review under the provisions of Article VII of these Regulations. (O-2006-11, 7/20/2006)

(e)        No resubdivision, subdivision, or other change described in these Regulations shall be permitted to any lot on St. Simons Island which is part of an existing subdivision in a residential or Planned Development Zoning District if the lot to be divided has a development area (as defined in the Zoning Ordinance) of one (1) acres or less and that resubdivision or change would permit an increase in the number of individual dwelling units (as defined in Section 302 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia) or the density of use that is allowed on that property.  Two or more contiguous lots may not be assembled or combined to create more than one (1) acre under this subsection.  This subsection shall not prevent the vacation of a plat pursuant to section 803 of these Regulations.

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Home-Based Businesses (Topic 1)

Section 608. Home Occupations

608.1    Operational Conditions.  A home occupation, as defined in Article III, Section 302, shall be permitted in any residential district provided that such occupation:

a)         Employs at the site, which constitutes the residence no other person than members of the family residing in the principal building at the home occupation site.  The occupation may employ other persons who report to work and conduct activities off site;

b)         Is conducted entirely within the principal building or a non-habitable accessory building provided the combined occupation space utilizes not more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total floor area of the principal building;

c)         Produces no alteration or change in the character or exterior appearance of the principal building or accessory building(s) from that of a dwelling;

d)         Creates no disturbing or offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odor, heat, glare, traffic hazard, unhealthy or unsightly condition;

e)         Complies with all Glynn County Board of Health rules and regulations as they apply to the home occupation;

f)          Is not visibly evident from outside the dwelling except for one (1) non-illuminated sign one (1) square foot or smaller in size and mounted against a wall of the principal building;

g)         Meets the provisions for off-street parking in accordance with Section 611.  When a home occupation is begun and upon request by the Community Development Department, but in no case more often than annually, the property owner shall submit a plan showing how much space or lot area will be used in connection with the home occupation and where parking spaces would be located;

h)         Prohibits non-family member employees from parking more than two (2) vehicles, each with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds, both on the site and in the residentially-zoned areas immediately surrounding the site;

i)          As used in this Section, the term family and member of the family residing on the premises includes any living person who is a brother, sister, mother, father, husband, wife or child of any family member residing on the premises;

j)          Any home occupation operated in conformity with this Ordinance for a period of ten (10) years or more prior to October 3, 1996 may be continued so long as the operator owns the residence and operates the business continuously without regard to the actual residence of the operator;

k)         Stores all supplies, materials, support equipment, etc. within the current setbacks of the zoning district the site is located in and prohibits storage of said items in the front yard of the principal residence.  The business will be required to install buffer fencing sufficient to block the view of the storage area unless the home occupation site exceeds an acre in size; and

l)          Prohibits deliveries of supplies, materials, products, mailings, etc. between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. daily.  Additionally, deliveries of supplies, materials, equipment (other than initial installation and/or replacement), etc., utilizing any service vehicle larger than a single rear axle uni-body vehicle is prohibited.

608.2    Occupations Excluded.  Notwithstanding the above enumerated conditions, restaurants, rest homes, florist, tourist courts, pawn shops, convalescent homes serving more than six (6) tenants and auto repair garages shall not be considered home occupations and are specifically excluded.

Relocating Historic Houses (Topic 1)

Section 621. House Moving Requirements

Any person, firm or corporation desiring to move any house or structure over the roads of Glynn County shall be required to receive approval from the Glynn County Building Inspector.  An application and fee shall be filed with the Building Inspector at least two weeks prior to the proposed move.  In addition, the following provisions shall apply:

a)         A sign shall be posted on the property where the house or structure is to be relocated at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled move.  The sign shall list the date of proposed move, telephone number of the Building Inspector, and advise that any citizen has the right to appeal the proposed relocation.

b)         Upon completion of the move and the subsequent renovation, the value of the house shall be equal to at least 80% of the average assessed value of property within the immediate vicinity having a single-family classification.  The Glynn County Board of Tax Assessors will determine this value.

The house after relocation and renovations shall contain the number of square feet of living area at least equal to 80% of the number of square feet of living area of that of adjoining single-family residences.  The house and property shall also comply with any existing subdivision covenants or restrictions.

c)         If extensive rehabilitation is necessary to the structure to be moved, a performance bond, letter of credit or cash bond in favor of Glynn County shall be required to insure satisfactory compliance.

d)         The structure shall be required to meet all current Building Code requirements prior to receiving a Certificate of Occupancy.

e)         Aggrieved citizens or those adversely affected by such an application for the relocation of a house or structure shall have the right to appeal in writing the grant of a house moving permit to the Board of Commissioners.  In the event of an appeal, a sign shall be posted on the property advising of the time, date and location of the hearing.

f)          The Building Inspector shall have the option in exercise of his discretion to refer any application to the Board of Commissioners for action.  In such an event, a sign shall be posted on the property advising the time, date and location of the hearing.