Mainland Planning Commission members voted to approve a site plan for a new four-unit commercial building called Clover Corner near Exit 29 of Interstate 95.

The building is planned for the corner of Southport Parkway and Candler Drive, across Candler from M&B Liquors.

It would be about 6,990 square feet in size, 2,400 square feet for the dentists’ office and 4,590 split between three retail or office units, said Community Development Director Pamela Thompson.

A rendering of the building shows a Satilla Family Dentistry sign over the dentist’s office portion of the building.

Thompson noted the owner’s zoning variance request for reducing parking. She said the dentist’s office is only part of the development that would have less parking than required. The owner provided enough space for the three retail units.

Wesley Franks, agent for the owner, said the dentist’s office expects to serve at most three patients at a time, along with the five people working there. As such, 12 parking spots should be plenty, he said.

Because of the reduced parking, the applicant would have to go before the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals before the site plan is fully approved. If the board denies the request, the owner will have to bring back a new site plan with the required amount of parking spaces, Thompson said.

MPC member John Williams asked why the owner didn’t just wait until the commission’s next meeting.

It’s mostly due to timing, Thompson said. If the zoning board approves their request, it will shave a month off the site plan approval process, she explained.

The MPC voted 5-0 to approve the site plan application. Mary Hunt abstained and Bill Edgy was absent.

In other business, the MPC recommended the Glynn County Commission approve a zoning change to allow property owners in an undeveloped subdivision off U.S. Highway 17 to keep horses and livestock.

Only one house has been built in the 17-lot subdivision, owned by 19 people. Thompson said all 19 of the landowners wrote letters in support of the rezoning.

The MPC voted to recommend the rezoning 6-0.

The MPC also voted to approve site plans for a church on Old Jesup Road and a concrete plant off Green Swamp Road.

The MPC’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4.

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