Planners agree to recommend rezoning

  • Monday, June 2, 2014

Eileen Keithly/for South Strand News Perry Collins, left, answers questions for abutter Barbara Green before the planning committee Tuesday. Collins is seeking to have his property – located on the West End of Front Street – rezoned from R3 (residential) to HI (heavy industrial).  

The City of Georgetown Planning Commission agreed unanimously Tuesday evening to recommend to full council that a West Front Street property be rezoned and that the City’s Future Land Use map be updated to include any rezoning that has taken place in the past few years.

Perry Collins, a Winyah Properties representative and land owner of 2815 Front Street, came before the commission to have his property rezoned from R3 residential to HI heavy industrial. The property is vacant and located at the west end of Front Street.

Matthew Millwood, city GIS/planner, informed the commission that it was the staff’s recommendation that the rezoning be approved. Millwood explained that the staff had spoken with the surrounding parcel owners who seemed to have no objection to the rezoning, and verified that the property did contain the necessary landscape buffer for rezoning.

However, Barbara Green, a property owner living adjacent to the property addressed the commission with concerns of noise and pollution.

“I just want to know how noisy it is going to be…and is there going to be a bunch of dirt getting all over my trailer?” asked Green.

The commission allowed Green to speak directly to Collins, and all concerns were address with satisfaction. After a brief discussion, the commission voted to recommend the rezoning to full council.

Millwood advised the commission that because of a few “rezonings” over the years, the Future Land Use map from the 2011 Comprehensive Plan needs amending.

Making sure that the commission understood the staff’s recommendation, Millwood stated, “To clarify, this is rezoning that has already been approved, it just needs to be reflected on the Future Land Use map.”

The council unanimously agreed to recommend the amendments to full council.

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