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County council to consider zoning law changes

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Posted: April 10, 2015 3:33 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.

One of the ordinances concerns fire hydrants. The current ordinance requires hydrants to be spaced no more than 500 feet apart in subdivisions. At Lugoff Fire-Rescue’s request, the new proposal would keep the 500-foot requirement in place, but amend it to require the distance to be based on fire truck access.

Another ordinance would regulate auctions held in rural areas and would limit such auctions to no more than four a week, end by 10 p.m. and be held only on properties of 8 or more acres. Other rural auction requirements concern parking, restrooms and for any food concessions to follow S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations. Permits for such auctions would have to be renewed annually.

One of the other ordinances concerns at item council previously discussed: having the seven members of the county’s planning and zoning commission be nominated by each of the seven council members. The nominations would then be approved by the entire council. The proposal would then have each committee members’ terms run concurrent with their nominating councilman.

The last ordinance, which will actually be taken up first, addresses regulations concerning freestanding signs, including those on poles, on the ground, on pylons or on monuments.

Also Tuesday, the S.C. Humanities Council will make a presentation as a proclamation is considered for the Humanities Festival scheduled for April 30 through May 3. Another proclamation would officially make the week of April 12-18 “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.”

Under new business, council is set to discuss committee recommendations and appointments for the county’s ATAX Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission and to the Santee-Lynches Council of Governments. Also, bids will be considered for construction of a Kershaw County West area concession stand/restroom building, four picnic shelters and renovations to the Larry Doby building.

Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Kershaw County Government Building, 515 Walnut St., Camden, and is open to the public.  

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