Sumter County Council: 2 commercial rezoning requests heard for 1st time

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 7/12/19

Two rezoning requests were presented to Sumter County Council for the first time Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting, for which both property owners want to develop their land commercially.

The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the County …

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Sumter County Council: 2 commercial rezoning requests heard for 1st time

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Two rezoning requests were presented to Sumter County Council for the first time Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting, for which both property owners want to develop their land commercially.

The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the County Administration Building, the second to last time the governmental body will meet there before temporarily moving to the courthouse on Sept. 10 while construction and renovation is completed.

Commercial zoning requested at Bethel Tire Services

Agenda item: A request to rezone an .80-acre portion of a 2.23-acre parcel at 828 Bethel Church Road from Residential-15 to General Commercial

Reading: First of three

Background: Authorized agent Burke Watson Jr. applied for the rezoning because the owner wants to be able to further develop the property commercially, which is currently a split-zone parcel, according to county documents and Sumter City-County Planning Director George McGregor.

Sportsmans Stop & Shop, a convenience store, and Bethel Tire Services, an auto service business, are currently operating on the property.

The request is compliant with the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which is a blueprint for land use in Sumter County, and planning department staff and the planning commission recommended approval.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous approval

More business may join McCarty's Convenience Store

Agenda item: A request to rezone a total of about 2 acres across five parcels from Agricultural Conservation to Limited Commercial at 3875, 3855, 3885, 3901 and 3909 Camden Highway

Reading: First of three

Background: Applicant and property owner Trotty McCarty wants to develop the parcels commercially.

Part of the site - 3909 Camden Highway - is the current location of the McCarty's Convenience Store, and the rest is either vacant or undeveloped. Uses around the property include residential and vacant, undeveloped land. A church and a Family Dollar are also south of the property, according to county documents and McGregor.

The majority of the site is impacted by the Accident Potential Zone and Shaw Noise Attenuation overlays. Uses in the APZ are only compatible if they "do not result in a large concentration of people," defined as a "gathering of individuals in an area that would result in an average density of greater than 25 people per acre per hour during a 24-hour period, or a single event that would result in the gathering of 50 persons per acre at any time."

Given the property is located within the Military Protection Planning Area, which is meant to protect Shaw Air Force Base from encroachment and to reduce the accident and noise potential and encourages commercial over residential uses, the LC zoning is compatible with the 2030 comp plan.

Planning staff and the planning commission recommended approval.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous approval

County to replace railroad ties at industrial park

Councilman Artie Baker said the Public Works and Solid Waste Committee approved allocating $16,138 toward repairing railroad ties at Live Oak Industrial Park.

The committee, which includes Baker and councilmembers Eugene Baten and Chris Sumpter, met before the regular meeting, during which full council gave unanimous approval.

New health care cards offer coverage discounts

Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney gave a report about the Technology and Personnel Committee meeting also held before the regular meeting.

She said committee members - McGhaney, Sumpter and Councilman Jimmy Byrd - discussed a health care services card that offers discounts for coverage such as vision and dental.

More information about the program will be released soon, according to Assistant County Administrator Lorraine Dennis.

NAACP talks R.E. Davis with new superintendent

Baten talked about a Monday night meeting he and McGhaney attended as panelists for the Sumter Chapter of the NAACP.

They discussed R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy with new Sumter School District Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox and what concerns she can address this summer and school year, such as improving safety and other items.

Baten said about 75 people attended and that he thought it was a productive meeting.