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SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL: Project Combine would bring $26M impact

Also: 2040 comp plan nears approval

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 10/10/19

Sumter County Council got its first glimpse at a new tax incentive project that could bring an estimated $26 million in investment and job opportunities to Sumter County.

An ordinance authorization for the execution of a fee-in-lieu-of-tax and …

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SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL: Project Combine would bring $26M impact

Also: 2040 comp plan nears approval

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Sumter County Council got its first glimpse at a new tax incentive project that could bring an estimated $26 million in investment and job opportunities to Sumter County.

An ordinance authorization for the execution of a fee-in-lieu-of-tax and incentive agreement between Sumter County and a company identified so far only as Project Combine had its first reading before council Tuesday.

Project Combine is the code name for the company as it undergoes three readings before county council to approve, as is typical for such agreements.

The company anticipates it will invest at least $26 million in the community and create at least 10 new full-time jobs within the county. It is not yet know whether the project is a new business or the expansion of an existing one.

County Council unanimously approved first reading.

2040 Comprehensive Plan may be finalized

by Dec. 31

Also during Tuesday's meeting, an overview of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan was presented in a brief first reading.

Both city and county council have been presented with two similar documents to adopt the plan.

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a land use and policy document that will be used to direct the economic development and growth of Sumter through required elements and building blocks to advise recommendations and strategies for the city and county.

The document is similar to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, but it's now updated and clearer to read, according to Sumter City-Planning Director George McGregor.

The planning commission conducted surveys for community members to take into consideration of the updated plan.

McGregor said he will spend more time presenting the plan during second reading.

The planning commission recommended council approve the first reading. Six council members approved first reading, while Councilman Chris Sumpter voted against.

As the adoption process continues, the planning commission predicts the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be adopted by Dec. 31.

Also during Tuesday's meeting:

* The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the transfer of Sumter County property on Wedgefield Road to Wedgefield Baptist Church for title only was unanimously approved; and

* A rezoning request by Hampton Gardner was made to amend the text of the Sumter County Zoning & Development Standards Ordinance to allow a stand-alone commercial truck and trailer parking lot in the Agriculture Conservation District. The planning commission recommended approval of the request, and council unanimously approved first reading.