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Two rezoning requests currently before Sumter County Council that would pave the way for more commercial development held public hearings and passed second reading at council's regular meeting on Tuesday.
Burke Watson Jr.'s request to rezone an .89-acre portion of a 2.23-acre parcel at 828 Bethel Church Road from Residential-15 to General Commercial passed second of three readings necessary for approval, and no one spoke at a public hearing on the request at the meeting Tuesday before the reading was unanimously approved.
The owner wants to further develop the property commercially. It is currently split-zoned with Sportsmans Stop & Shop convenience store and Bethel Tire Services already operating there, according to county documents.
Sumter County's 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which is the blueprint for land use throughout the county, supports changing these such zonings to commercial land, and the planning department staff and commission recommended approval.
Commercial zonings at McCarty's Convenience Store site near approval
Trotty McCarty's rezoning request was also unanimously approved for the second of three readings and had no public hearing speakers. McCarty is asking to change five adjacent parcels totaling about 2 acres on Camden Highway from Agricultural Conservation to Limited Commercial to develop them commercially.
McCarty's Convenience Store is operating on part of the site, and the rest is either vacant or undeveloped. County documents and George McGregor, planning director for the city and county, show and said most of the site is sensitive to types of uses because it is in the Military Protection Planning Area. Limited Commercial uses are considered quieter and less obtrusive than residential uses.
The rezoning has been recommended for approval by the planning staff and commission.
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