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The application was withdrawn in November and brought back in December, when it was tabled at the developer’s request.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