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.