Sumter City Council: W. Oakland subdivision plans boosted with rezoning, annexation

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/18/19

During its meeting Tuesday, Sumter City Council approved annexation and rezoning requests for more than 20 acres on West Oakland Avenue which could lead to the construction of a townhouse development according to the applicant's plans.

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Sumter City Council: W. Oakland subdivision plans boosted with rezoning, annexation

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During its meeting Tuesday, Sumter City Council approved annexation and rezoning requests for more than 20 acres on West Oakland Avenue which could lead to the construction of a townhouse development according to the applicant's plans.

Property for subdivision annexed into city

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to annex 21.76 acres at 2135 W. Oakland Ave. into the city.

Background: The applicant requests the annexation for the vacant property to receive city services such as water and sewer utilities.

Sumter Planning Department staff recommended the property be annexed.

Discussion: Councilman Calvin Hastie made a motion to approve the request, and councilman Thomas Lowery seconded.

Vote: Unanimous approval.

West Oakland could see more housing

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to rezone 21.76 acres at 2135 W. Oakland Ave. from residential-15 to residential-6 for the possible development of townhouses.

Background: The applicant, Knowlton Properties LLC, requests that the property - located between Lynam and Wedgefield roads, West Oakland Avenue and Freedom Boulevard - be rezoned for the possible construction of 80 to 110 townhouse units, depending on the green space requirements for the size of land.

During a public hearing for first reading of the request, two residents who live near the property asked if barriers would exist between the subject property and existing houses and expressed concerns for increased traffic in the area with more housing.

Planning department director George McGregor said a site plan needed to be submitted before the department could conduct a site review to determine if a barrier would exist and if there would be changes to the roadways in that area.

Discussion: Councilwoman Ione Dwyer made a motion to approve, and councilman Colin Davis seconded.

Vote: Unanimous approval.

Federal funding budget approved

Reading: Second and final

Agenda item: An ordinance to adopt the Community Development Block Grant entitlement budget for fiscal year 2019-20 to fund multiple community-related projects.

Background: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $297,301 to be split among six projects: $59,460 for administrative efforts to manage the projects; $30,000 for demolition projects; $138,895 for housing repair; $41,946 for youth employment; $2,500 for YMCA youth services; and $24,500 for Sumter United Ministries.

Discussion: Councilman Thomas Lowery made a motion for approval, and councilman Steve Corley seconded.

Vote: Unanimous approval.