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Public hearing on Camden plan update Tuesday

Posted: February 7, 2014 5:12 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan during its meeting Tuesday evening. State law requires local governments to have a 10-year plan. The city enacted the current plan in 2007. Work on a mandated five-year update began two years ago in 2012.

The plan originally contained seven elements: population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing and land use. Immediately after the city enacted the 2007 plan, the General Assembly amended legislation governing such plans to include additional components to the housing element and added two new elements, transportation and priority investment.

Tuesday’s public hearing will allow citizens to comment on the proposed updates. Council will take up first and second reading of an ordinance applying the updates during its Feb. 25 and March 11 meetings.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

• a special presentation honoring both Miss Camden 2014 Allison Sanders, a Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate, and Miss Camden Teen 2014 Alexa Williamson, a sophomore at North Central High School;

• special recognition of Kimbrell’s Furniture for its more than $350,000 renovation of its façade and interior;

• second and final reading of an ordinance amending the city’s master bond ordinance;

• second and final reading of an ordinance refinancing a nearly $10 million portion of a 2004 series public utility bond;

• second and final reading of amendments to an agreement with the S.C. State Revolving Fund regarding the city’s wastewater treatment plant construction loan;

• first reading of an ordinance modifying and amending Chapter 152 of the city code of ordinances to conform with changes to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and S.C. Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance; and

• consideration of an ordinance declaring February as Cities Mean Business Month, part of a statewide effort to encourage new and stronger collaboration between local elected leaders and the business community.

Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther is featured in the inaugural issue of a new Cities Mean Business publication from the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Luther is one of several economic directors featuring in a “Day in the Life” article.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chamber on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public. There will be no afternoon work session.

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