Sumter City Council advances plans for new EMS headquarters, gas station

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 11/9/18

Sumter City Council approved two requests for a gas station at Camden Highway and Alice Drive during its meeting Tuesday.

Land for gas station/convenience store

annexed into the city

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to …

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Sumter City Council advances plans for new EMS headquarters, gas station

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Sumter City Council approved two requests for a gas station at Camden Highway and Alice Drive during its meeting Tuesday.

Land for gas station/convenience store annexed into the city

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to annex 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden Highway into the city.

Background: The land, which does not have street right-of-way frontage, is part of a larger parcel where an 8.21-acre portion is already within the city limits.

The applicant sought annexation to obtain city services - public water and sewer - for the parcel, and the applicant or owner of the property is expected to bear the burden of cost to extend utilities to the property if necessary.

Prior to council's final vote on Tuesday, the parcel was bordered by the city limits on the southwest and northwest portions.

Now that it has been annexed, development on the property will be subject to city landscaping, highway corridor design and other zoning requirements.

Vote: Unanimous with Councilwoman Ione Dwyer and Councilman Thomas Lowery absent

Rezoning could foster gas station development

Reading: Final

Agenda item: An ordinance to rezone those 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden Highway from agricultural conservation to general commercial.

Background: The 8.21-acre portion of the entire now-19.5-acre parcel was rezoned to general commercial before this current request.

According to a staff report from the Sumter Planning Department, the owner of the property currently has a major site plan application on file for a proposed gas station and convenience store development for 4 acres of the subject 11.29-acre parcel.

A 2017 traffic review of Camden Highway counted 19,200 annual average daily trips near the subject parcel and 5,700 trips on Alice Drive, which intersects with Camden Highway near the parcel, according to a 2016 study.

A traffic impact study completed for the proposed gas station and convenience store indicates the development could generate a maximum of 6,424 trips in the area with 34 percent of those trips coming from drivers who do not usually travel Camden Highway and Alice Drive daily.

Vote: Unanimous - Dwyer and Lowery were absent.

City gives land to county for new EMS headquarters

Reading: Final

Agenda item: An ordinance to transfer .86 acres at 129 E. Hampton Ave. to Sumter County.

Background: The property is the site of the Sumter Fire Department's former headquarters, and this request would transfer the building and land to the county to be used as the new location for Sumter County Emergency Medical Services.

Vote: Unanimous - Dwyer and Lowery were absent.

City police to assist VA outpatient clinic

Reading: Resolution, one vote required

Agenda item: A resolution to authorize a mutual aid agreement between the Sumter Police Department and Veterans Affairs Medical Center Police Department.

Background: This agreement will allow the police department to assist with arrests, identifying suspects and investigations at the VA's outpatient clinic in Sumter, according to the resolution.

Vote: 6-0 - Lowery was absent.