Sumter tiny house retail plans on hold

Beckwood Road area subdivision plans, BD expansion rezoning move forward at Sumter council meeting

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 1/15/19

Jim McCain and Jimmy Byrd remained chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Sumter County Council after an election of officers for the 2019-20 term during council's first meeting of the year on Jan. 8.

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Sumter tiny house retail plans on hold

Beckwood Road area subdivision plans, BD expansion rezoning move forward at Sumter council meeting

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Jim McCain and Jimmy Byrd remained chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Sumter County Council after an election of officers for the 2019-20 term during council's first meeting of the year on Jan. 8.

Plans for tiny house project deferred

Reading: Second of three

Agenda item: A request to rezone a 1.48-acre parcel at 2110 and 2115 Loring Mill Road and an adjoining .74-acre parcel from agricultural conservation to light industrial-warehouse.

Background: If the property, located south of the intersection of Loring Mill Road and Broad Street, is rezoned the applicant intends to develop an on-site fabrication and retail facility for tiny houses.

During its meeting regarding the request, Sumter City-County Planning Commission said removing residential developments from the property by rezoning the parcel supports the county's 2030 plan as well as the military protection area which encourages low-density developments near Shaw Air Force Base.

In December, property owner Randolph Black told council the property is currently an eyesore and his plans to construct the manufacturing and retail facility would make the land an asset to the area.

Vote: Councilman Charles Edens made a motion to deny the request, and councilman Artie Baker seconded.

Council voted 4-3 to deny the motion. Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, Jimmy Byrd, Gene Baten and Jim McCain voted in opposition of the denial.

Councilman Chris Sumpter made a motion to defer second reading to allow for additional discussion between the property owner, the planning department and neighbors regarding the conditional uses in an agricultural conservation zone.

Residential growth proposed for Beckwood Road

Reading: First of three

Agenda item: A request to rezone 46.99 acres at 2320 Beckwood Road from agricultural conservation to residential-15.

Background: The applicant requests the rezoning for the possible development of a single-family residential subdivision, states a staff report.

The property - north of Beckwood Shire subdivision, a residential-15 single-family subdivision - has frontage on Beckwood and West Brewington roads.

A residential-15 zoning would permit 15,000-square-foot or larger single-family residential lots, according to the report, and based on the rezoning application, future lot sizes could range from .34 acre to .45 acre.

Planning staff recommended approval of the request, and planning commission voted to recommend approval of this request during its meeting on Dec. 19, 2018.

Vote: Unanimous approval

Rezoning to aid BD expansion

Reading: First of three

Agenda item: A request to rezone a 15-acre parcel and a 1.39-acre parcel at 160 Jefferson Road from general residential to heavy industrial.

Background: The applicant, Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan, an authorized agent, requests the rezoning so the county can convey the land to Becton, Dickinson and Co. which operates on property directly to the west of the subject parcel.

BD, a high-volume automated assembly and packaging operation for medical devices, is expected to expand by creating 125 new jobs and a $150 million investment.

Planning department staff recommended approval of the request, and planning commission recommended approval of the request during a meeting on Dec. 19.

Vote: Unanimous approval