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Rezoning denied for proposed Grovetown subdivision

Posted: January 8, 2012 - 12:01am  |  Updated: January 9, 2012 - 3:26pm

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Columbia County planning commissioners began the new year Thursday night by resolving two rezoning issues from the past.

The board voted down a request by developers hoping to build a 76-lot subdivision off North Old Belair Road. In order for the project to work, a 21-acre parcel inside Crawford Creek would have to be purchased and pulled out of that development to create Amy Glenn.

Different versions of the denied neighborhood have come before the planning commission since August, when it was approved but later rejected by county commissioners for having limited street access to North Old Belair Road.

Because North Old Belair Road couldn’t handle the influx in traffic without improvement, homeowners on neighboring streets complained at previous meetings that traffic would increase in their neighborhoods.

Developers later pledged to install speed humps on Wendover Way, which would connect to Amy Glenn.

The application was withdrawn in November and brought back in December, when it was tabled at the developer’s request.

The newest plan showed an extra piece of land being used to connect Amy Glenn to North Old Belair Road for construction and emergency traffic.

Even so, planning staff within the county’s Development Services Department recommended disapproval, and the planning commission agreed, voting to recommend disapproval of the plan 5-0. A final decision will be up to the County Commission.

“I think there’s been no change and we’re dealing with the same problem,” Chairwoman Jean Garniewicz said.

Another rezoning that planning commissioners had once before seen came before them at Thursday’s meeting. In 2010, the board denied and then tabled a rezoning request at 4521 Washington Road from single-family residential to general commercial.

At the time, the county’s growth-management plan deterred adding commercial rezonings to that area, which is near the Gibbs Road intersection.

The growth management plan aims to minimize urban sprawl by keeping dense commercial development contained in nodes.

The new plan, adopted in early 2011, added commercial corridors between nodes to allow for a varying range of commercial growth.

Planning commissioners approved the rezoning because the 1-acre property fit into a corridor.

A restaurant could possibly be built there.

In other news, the planning commission also re-elected Garniewicz as chairman and Jim Cox as vice-chairman.

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Developers Need Help

You mean you can actually keep houses from being built? I thought were were told it was impossible when Magnolia Trace surfaced? The developer needs to contact the Magnolia Trace people to find out how to get things done. Also, drop some money on Ben Harbin and Lee Anderson like they did.


Only Certain Developers

The developer wasn't the county's preferred developer or it would have been approved with no questions asked.


Magnolia Trace update anyone?

The "good old boy" network is alive and well!



Knew we should have complained about the added traffic. Live and learn.

Barry Paschal

Magnolia Trace was not a rezoning

This story concerns the rejection of a rezoning request by the Planning and Zoning Commission (which makes recommendations only; final decisions come from the county commission). Magnolia Trace already was zoned R-3, and did not need rezoning.


According to the Article

"Different versions of the denied neighborhood have come before the planning commission since August, when it was approved but later rejected by county commissioners for having limited street access to North Old Belair Road."

I'm not clear what the rezoning request was actualy about for housing development. The limited street access appears to be the main issue. My point is such tactics could have also been used to prevent Magnolia Trace from becoming a reality.



The MT site was ALREADY zoned for the use. There was no need for a public hearing as was with the grovetown development. I find it strange that these comments keep coming back up about the current commission; they had nothing to do with Magnolia Trace regarding zoning, nor could they have stopped it. The requirements of development were met and the zoning was ALREADY in place from the 70s.

Additionally, low income housing percentages are not something any county can ignore. Believe it or not, everyone has a right to live in CC, enen if they are on the lower end of the wealth scale.

All this whining about the commission is displaced frustration; I wish the public would listen to the truth concerning this particular case. I keep hearing the same unfounded argument.


About Low Income Housing

MyVoice, it's totally unrealistic to believe Columbia County hasn't fought low income housing in the past by keeping apartments off of land that could be utilized for them. You are absolutely right federal lawsuits can come about for such tactics, but they haven't so far with the county limiting apartments to certain areas that have been pre-approved.

I believe I'm right in stating at one time there were 12 parcels left where the county said apartments were approved. Later this number was reduced to 7 parcels because of concerns of overcrowding the schools.

Residents near Magnolia Trace have the same concerns of increased traffic the Grovetown folks expressed and dang sure voiced them at the Commission meeting along with a myriad of other concerns. The county could have used the same tactics they used to prevent apartments in the past with this low income rental housing development.

Want to talk about the truth concerning Magnolia Trace? Follow the money the Missouri developer gave to local politicians. Think that's exaggeration? You would be wrong. Want me to name names?


I too am concerned about

I too am concerned about overdevelopment and urban.sprawl in cc. We soon will br Evans in appling, maryinez in Evans, and martinez will be the new Augusta with Gordon hwy like blight. Wake up commisioners and slow this down a bit