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Sumter County Council: Deer processing facility looks to expand, Dollar General proposed on Race Track Road

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 2/13/20

Five land use matters were brought before Sumter County Council during Tuesday's meeting, ranging in topic from a business looking to expand to regulating donation bins for businesses. All five requests were passed with Councilman Eugene Baten …

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Sumter County Council: Deer processing facility looks to expand, Dollar General proposed on Race Track Road

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Five land use matters were brought before Sumter County Council during Tuesday's meeting, ranging in topic from a business looking to expand to regulating donation bins for businesses. All five requests were passed with Councilman Eugene Baten absent. Ordinances require three readings to pass for approval in the county.

Peach Orchard Deer Processing looking to expand

The first matter was a first reading of a request to expand a business property at 3760 and 3770 Peach Orchard Road. The applicant, Roy Floyd, is looking to expand his business, Peach Orchard Deer Processing, which has been running since 2005 as an at-home occupation.

The applicant said it was never an at-home occupation facility, as the property is half residential and half commercial. The planning commission recommends amending the ordinance to create standards for the property expansion and change the language in place to make it a commercial property.

Council unanimously approved the first reading.

Donation bins may change for for-profit businesses

The second request was for applicant Green Zone Recycling. The county is looking to clean up and add regulations to donation bins across the county.

Though these donation bins help local organizations such as The Salvation Army, Goodwill and Sumter United Ministries, the placement and maintenance of the bins have become an issue as they block parking spaces, and owners of the bins have left them overflowing.

The planning commission wants to recommend the bins are given a higher-quality look and better placement via the regulations.

"We do find this is content mutual. We do have to treat nonprofits and for profits the same," said Helen Roodman, city and county zoning administrator.

Councilman Charles Edens wanted an updated version of the ordinance to be presented to the council, as the Land Use Committee made modifications prior to the county council meeting.

Council took action to adopt the amended version of the ordinance and unanimously approved the second reading.

Dollar General proposed on Race Track Road

The third was a request to rezone two acres of agricultural conservation land to general commercial at 830 Race Track Road. The applicant is planning to build a Dollar General on the property, and the planning commission recommended approval as it supports Sumter's recently updated 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

No changes were made since the previous meeting, and council unanimously approved the third reading of the rezoning request.

Homeowner wants cemetery on property

The fourth request was for applicant Raymond Rhodes to add cemeteries not associated with a church to the Residential-15 district.

No changes were made since the previous meeting, and council unanimously approved the third reading of the rezoning request.

Changing off-street parking requirements for mini warehouses

The fifth request was for the planning staff in reference to amending off-street parking requirements for non-residential land uses to reduce parking requirements for mini warehouse uses. The planning commission wants to change to five spaces or one space per 100 storage units.

No changes were made since the previous meeting, and council unanimously approved the third reading of the rezoning request.