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Commissioners reject rezoning for rental storage facility

Posted: December 18, 2012 - 9:55pm  |  Updated: December 23, 2012 - 1:16am
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Columbia County Commission Vice Chairman Ron Thigpen presents the Employee of the Month award for December to Marcy O'Steen with the county's Information Technology Department.  Barry Paschal
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Columbia County Commission Vice Chairman Ron Thigpen presents the Employee of the Month award for December to Marcy O'Steen with the county's Information Technology Department.

Columbia County commissioners wrapped up business for 2012 with an agenda that featured rezoning proposals, personnel issues and laying the groundwork for a consolidated fire department.

Commissioners spent considerable time listening to arguments in favor of rezoning parcels on Rose Lane in Martinez to clear the way for a storage facility. Proponents argued that because the land had limited access, an odd configuration and drainage issues, any entrepreneur willing to put effort into improving the plats should be welcomed.

David Miles, the developer planning to build the facility, said his plan was the best use for the property because its shortcoming made other development prohibitively difficult.

“If the county passes on this opportunity, I’m sure this land will get divided up,” he said, addressing the commission. “The way it lies, it would lend itself to that. It will get developed one acre at a time.”

That would make it more difficult to address drainage issues if multiple interests are involved, he said.

Commissioners unanimously rejected the rezoning, opting instead to see what interest the recently adopted Opportunity Zone, which includes the property, might attract.

“We don’t hesitate to believe you can build a viable business there,” said Commission Chairman Ron Cross. “We just want to ensure that what we are doing is best for the county.”

Commissioners also unanimously approved allowing certain volunteer members of Columbia County Fire Rescue to be covered under the county’s workers’ compensation plan. The resolution is part of the county’s plan to assume control of the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, which currently operates as a contracted service.

Commissioners also voted not to renew the contract of Troy Post, the current executive director of the Columbia County Development Authority.

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Little Lamb

Just Curious

Is this Rose Lane the little street that connects the (former) K-Mart parking lot to Bobby Jones? If so, it looks like everything over there would already be zoned commercial. And it would seem like commercial would be appropriate for a rental storage facility.

I'm curious why he would need a re-zoning?

justputtin

Really?

“We just want to ensure that what we are doing is best for the county.” I feel so much better hearing this from our elected official. Very comforting. Oh, and I really believe it too!

Little Lamb

Spin

It is educational to watch a developer try to persuade a board that is leaning against his pitch. Logic goes out the window and fortune-telling becomes the strategy. Here is what David Miles, the developer planning on building the facility said to the Commission:

“If the county passes on this on this opportunity, I’m sure this land will get divided up,” he said, addressing the commission. “The way it lies it would lend itself to that. It will get developed one acre at a time.”

The story is confusing about where the parcels in question actually are. The article says Rose Lane, but last Tuesday's commission meeting agenda says there are three parcels on Rose Street, one parcel on Rose Court, and one on Rose Lane. Actually, if you look at the 3866 Rose Lane parcel on the County property information web site, you see that the post office mis-labeled the parcel. It sits, actually, on Rose Court.

Looking at the five parcels in the County property information web site, it looks like some of the parcels are quite small. That leads me to question Miles’ assertion that they will get developed “one acre at a time.”

Before this story hits print in Sunday's edition, I would suggest a re-write to flesh out the story. Here are the five parcels listed in the Commission meeting agenda:

249 Rose Street
253 Rose Street
255 Rose Street
3862 Rose Court
3866 Rose Lane

A developer could bundle them together and build a mini-storage rental place, but apparently the commissioners would like to see a charming boutique or some other trendy business there instead of something so pedestrian as a storage facility. If the storage facility is ultimately approved, the county would pick up an increase in rain tax money, because the parcels have some pervious surfaces at this time. A storage facility would be all impervious.

soapy_725

always spin

if the commission denied a zoning change, they already have a plan for this property. land in CC is a precious commodity. those that have it want more.

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