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Council passes first reading of rezoning

Posted: November 30, 2017 4:15 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone some 126 acres in Lugoff during its meeting Tuesday at the County Government Center.

The rezoning involves a vacant tract located on Cricket Hill Drive and Cook Road, parallel to U.S. 1 in Lugoff. It is actually Phase III of the Quail Hollow subdivision.

 The property is currently zoned R-15, which is the designation that allows the least density. The developer wishes to increase density in order to bring county sewer to the proposed development.

Currently, the R-15 zoning allows for 145 100-foot wide by 150 foot deep lots. In order to do provide sewer without being cost-prohibitive, the developer is requesting a change from R-15 to R-10, so as to accommodate 208 lots of 75-foot width and 150 foot depth. The proposal also calls for a little more than 45 acres of the property to be open space.

The request was approved by the county planning commission and endorsed by county planning and zoning staff. No citizens appeared during the planning commission meetings to voice concerns or opposition, according to Planning and Zoning Director Mike Conley.

Councilman Al Bozard, however, did raise some concerns regarding an increase in traffic along Cook Road. He also expressed concern that the plan for the new phase only showed one entrance and exit. However, Conley did point out where a second entrance is indicated on the plan.

Councilman Jimmy Jones, while acknowledging that no opposition was raised during the planning commission deliberations, did note that several neighbors have contacted him since then with deep concerns and will likely appear at the next council meeting to voice those concerns.

Councilman Ben Connell asked whether the S.C. Dept. of Transportation would require a traffic study in addition to the study required by the county. According to Conley, SCDOT does require a traffic impact study, which will have to be completed and approved prior to construction.

Council voted 6-1 to approve first reading, with only Councilman Jimmy Jones voting against it. 

Other business discussed:

• Council awarded a bid in the amount of $428,002 to J.P. Smith Builder LLC of Camden to build an EMS station on Mesa Lane, near Heritage Pointe Industrial park in Lugoff.  

• Council awarded a bid of $48,111 to Camden Construction LLC of Lugoff for restroom renovations at the county airport terminal building. The vote was 6-0-1 with Connell abstaining, stating he wished to avoid the appearance of potential conflict of interest due to the fact that a contractor involved in the project is related to him.

• Council gave approval for county staff to develop and bid out a contract to replaster the pool at the Kershaw County Recreation Department swimming pool located on Battleship Road in Camden. 

• Council approved a motion made by Bozard to have the county administrator review the recent property assessment process and come up with some possible suggestions for improvement, particularly in the way information is presented to the public via tax notices.

• Council passed a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American Red Cross.

• Council voted to cancel meetings scheduled for Dec. 26, 2017 and Dec. 25, 2018.

Kershaw County Council will next meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public. For more information go the county government website at www.kershaw.sc.gov.

(The online version of this story has been correctd to reflect the correct votes for the 126-acre Lugoff rezoning request and county airport renovations contract. A correction appears in the Dec. 8, 2017, print edition of the C-I.)

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