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Owners of large property seeking high density rezoning

Tract stretches from Campbell Street to Ehrenclou Drive

Posted: September 4, 2017 9:56 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Kershaw County GIS website/

A yellow border demarks the property line of a more than 23-acre tract of land that will be the subject of a public hearing to receive input on a request to rezone the property from general business district (GBD) to R-6 high density residential. The property -- whose address places is on Campbell Street -- is currently owned by members of the Ehrenclou family.

Notice of a public hearing published Friday indicates the Camden Planning Commission is seeking input on a request by the owners of 491 Campbell St. to rezone the property from general business district, or GBD, to R-6 high density residential.

The commission will hold the public hearing during its 6 p.m. Sept. 19 meeting on the second floor of Camden City Hall. The commission will also hold a separate public hearing during the same meeting to obtain public input concerning proposed amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance.

According to Kershaw County GIS mapping, the Campbell Street property is 23.62 acres in size. It is mostly rectangular in shape, bordered on the north by the Kershaw County School District’s baseball fields (formerly American Legion Field), Quaker Cemetery to the south and the S.C. National Guard complex to the west. A southwestern portion of the property juts out to Ehrenclou Drive south of a wooded area on the National Guard site. A narrow eastern corridor stretches to Campbell Street, while the remainder of the eastern property line borders a residential area off Gordon and Bull streets to the north as well as another section of Quaker Cemetery to the south.

Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam said surveyor Robbie Lackey submitted the rezoning application.

“My understanding is they want to build single-family houses, but wanted to go with the smaller (R-6 lots),” Putnam said of whomever Lackey might be representing. “They could do that (build single-family dwellings) with its current zoning, but the minimum lot size would be 15,000 and they want to go smaller than that.”

The property is listed as being owned by “Alfred M. Ehrenclou, et. al.,” since 2011. However, the deed connected to that listing shows the transfer was apparently part of a deed of distribution of property from the estate of the late John O. Ehrenclou to Marjorie A. Ehrenclou. A previous deed, from 1993, appears to show that the Kershaw County Master in Equity sold the property to Alfred M. Ehrenclou, Alice E. Poole and Jessie E. Browne for more than $400,000.

R-6 zones can either be high or medium density residential districts. An R-6 high density residential district -- which is what the public hearing concerns -- is, according to the city’s current zoning ordinance, “intended to accommodate higher density residential development and a variety of housing types on small lots or in project settings, in areas accessible by major streets and in proximity to commercial uses and employment opportunities.”

Medium density R-6 zones are intended to accommodate single-family and two-family residential development.

Putnam said he has no information on the number of planned homes or how they would be situated on the property.

“I think they’re going to seek a significant number of lots,” he said, “and if they have more than 30, then they’d have to have two entrances, but I don’t have any sense of exactly how many lots they’re looking at.”

Putnam indicated those entrances would likely be on Campbell Street and Ehrenclou Drive, which is currently being widened by the S.C. Department of Transportation as part of a project creating an enforceable truck route in Camden.

A table of permitted uses shows duplexes, multi-family dwellings, single-family detached dwellings, and room and boarding houses are permitted within R-6 zones, along with other commercial and public structures. Patio homes, townhouses, accessory apartments, bed and breakfast homes and inns are all listed as conditional uses in such districts.

R-6 residential zones require a lot size of no less than 6,000 square feet with a minimum 50-foot width. Setbacks must be no less than 25 feet fronting a street, 5 feet to each side, and 20 feet to the rear.

Putnam said that, theoretically, the developers could fit 171 lots on the property.

“But you have to subtract out stormwater retention, rods and other requirements,” Putnam said. “I’m curious about what plan they come up with because, as long as I’ve been here, we haven’t had a request to rezone a property to R-6 for single-family dwellings.”

Following the public hearing, planning commissioners will vote on whether or not to recommend the zoning change. It would then be taken up by Camden City Council, possibly as early as its next meeting the following Tuesday, Sept. 26.



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