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Rezoning could help create wedding venue
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This aerial view included in today’s Kershaw County Council agenda shows a 21-acre property owned by developer Randy Bock along Precipice Road south of Bishopville Highway southeast of Camden. Bock wants to rezone the property from R-15 to RD-1 in order to utilize it as a wedding venue. Council will consider first reading of an ordinance authorizing the zoning change during its meeting today at 5:30 p.m.

A man who owns property along Precipice Road southeast of Camden is seeking to rezone the 21-acre property in order to use it as a wedding venue. Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of an ordinance approving the rezoning during its meeting this afternoon.

Randy Bock, who has developed a number of residential communities in Kershaw County, is asking the county to rezone the property at Precipice Road and Manchester Trail, one-half mile south of Bishopville Highway from R-15 (residential) to RD-1 (rural resource district). Manchester Trail is a private, two-lane road used to access the property in addition to Precipice Road.

Comprised of four parcels, the property is currently developed as large lot single-family residential. R-15 zones allow for 15,000 square foot, or .34-acre, lots. RD-1 zones require that lots be a minimum of 1 acres, or 43,560 square feet, in size.

According to a staff report attached to today’s agenda, the county’s planning and zoning commission held a public hearing on Bock’s request on April 8. No one spoke at the public hearing, and the commission unanimously recommended that council approve the request.

Council will also consider second reading of an ordinance that would rezone nearly 30 acres of property across from the Carolina Motorsports Park on U.S. 521 North RD-2 (rural resource district) to GD (general development district) in order to allow for the creation of an RV park with cabins. Also, council will take up second reading of an ordinance executing a 10-year extension of the county’s base lease and operating agreement with the S.C. Equine Promotion Foundation to operate the S.C. Equine Center off I-20 Exit 101.

In other business today, council will:

• hear a public presentation from Ryan Beam on the Clemson University Extension program;

• consider a proclamation recognizing Camden American Legion Post No. 17; and

• discuss, and possibly vote on, its public comment guidelines at the request of Councilman Jimmy Jones.

Today’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden, and is open to the public.