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Is Camden landing a ‘Big Fish’?

Posted: January 22, 2018 4:28 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will meet tonight and the last items on its agenda appear to indicate a major economic development announcement for the city might be imminent.

Council will enter executive session to discuss economic development matters related to project “Big Fish.” The agenda shows that once members return to open session they may take action on whatever “Big Fish” may be. That does not mean council will take any action. However, if it does, the S.C. Freedom of Information Act requires that such action include the particulars on matters given executive session privilege up to that point.

Meanwhile, council will also hold a public hearing during tonight’s meeting concerning proposed changes to the city’s land development regulations regarding requirements for digital plats and, as a separate issue, mailboxes.

According to a staff report attached to tonight’s proposed agenda from City Planner Shawn Putnam, the city currently receives a paper copy of a final plat.

“Now that we have new Geographic Information System (GIS) software, we are working on building a digital inventory of our utility systems,” Putnam wrote in the report. “These new requirements would require developers to submit final plats in digital format in addition to the paper format.”

Putnam indicates in the report that this should not require a large amount of additional time or expense by developers, that many other communities have such requirements and that obtaining digital plats should speed up development of the city’s utility database.

As for mailboxes, Putnam notes that the U.S. Postal Service is “moving towards requiring new developments to use Clustered Mailbox Units (CBU) instead of individual mailboxes.” He said this would require developers to coordinate with the local postmaster to determine what type of mail delivery would be allowed and to indicate that on a preliminary plat.

“It is important that this coordination occur early in the design process so the area for CBUs can be incorporated into the development design,” Putnam wrote.

Tonight, council will also consider first reading of an ordinance formally annexing and assigning interim zoning to the 1 acre undeveloped parcel at 559 Sumter Hwy. Council accepted a petition to annex the property from Dilmar Oil Company in December. If council passes the ordinance on second reading at a subsequent meeting, the city would annex the property with interim Commercial Mixed Use zoning.

As reported in December, Dilmar purchased the property in November for $115,000 from Mulberry Plantation. It is the last parcel of land before the Exit 98 ramp from U.S. 521 heading southbound and is located adjacent to a wooded lot Dilmar already owns next to the Mobil gas station and convenience store near the Waffle House.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden, and is open to the public.


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