In November, Kershaw County Council approved a rezoning change of a parcel of land next to Black River Electric Cooperative’s offices on U.S. 1 in Cassatt so a Dollar General could be built there. Tonight, council will consider first reading of another rezoning request for another piece of Cassatt property on U.S. 1, this time for the ultimate purpose of building a Family Dollar store.
The proposed site is barely two miles north of the Dollar General property, between Shepard View and Drakeford roads. The 5.18-acre property is currently zoned RD-1 (Rural Resource District), which would not allow Family Dollar to build there. Current property owner Keith Gunter is asking for it to be changed to GD (General Development District), which would allow the store to be constructed.
An analysis of the request by county staff for the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission attached to tonight’s agenda notes rezoning the parcel would “create a pocket of commercial zoning and uses along Highway 1 north of Camden and east of Cassatt,” referring to other uses along different parts of U.S. 1. “These commercial packets are common along major connective arteries like Highway 1. The most appropriate zoning for the subject being consistent with the future land use map would be GD zoning for commercial uses,” staff said in its report to council.
However, while staff agreed the proposed store is compatible with the county’s future land use map and would increase a commercial footprint for with other already established businesses in the area, they also noted it is not immediately contiguous to other GD zoned properties. Staff, therefore, recommended commissioners not approve the rezoning.
Also attached to tonight’s agenda is a staff report on proceedings during a Jan. 18 commission meeting concerning Gunter’s request. During the meeting, two neighboring parcel owners spoke in opposition of the rezoning, while Gunter and Eric Flynn, representing Family Dollar, spoke about the proposed site improvements.
Despite staff’s recommendation and the two neighbors’ opposition, the commission voted, 6-0, to approve the rezoning and pass it on to council for consideration.
If council approves the request on first reading, it would have to pass two additional readings to go into effect.
Also on tap for tonight’s meeting, council will:
• hear public presentations from the West Wateree Playground Committee and Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean;
• consider appointments to the Kershaw County Housing Authority and Kershaw County Zoning Board of Appeals; and
• consider a request from the county’s public works department to spend $36,000 for a special ditcher side arm attachment which would work with existing county tractors in order to cut smaller ditches and improve maneuverability.
Tonight’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St. in Camden, and is open to the public.