Columbia County planning commissioners on Thursday approved final plats that will bring 146 new residences to the county and approved rezonings that will allow two Evans homes to become offices.
Single-family home layouts for Brookhaven at Crawford Creek, Hilton at Riverwood, Blackstone on Point Comfort Road and Indian Springs on Chamblin Road received final plat approval by unanimous vote. Commissioner Jim Cox was absent.
Commissioners also approved plans for Muir Court, a five-duplex development off Owens Road.
Commissioners approved rezoning to professional from residential for two homes fronting North Belair Road, near Columbia Road.
One home will be converted for use as a doctor’s office, while the other will become an insurance agency, said T.R. Reddy, who owns one of the homes and spoke on behalf of the other owner.
Commissioners allowed an applicant to withdraw a request to build a Goodyear tire store in the commercial section of Riverwood Plantation. Opening the store would have required a major revision to Riverwood’s Planned Unit Development agreement, which doesn’t allow auto-related businesses.
Planning and Engineering Division Manager Nayna Mistry delivered the division’s annual report, noting that housing permit numbers continue to rise.
Since dipping to a low of 696 single-family permits in 2008, the number of permits has steadily risen, topping out at 1,060 last year, Mistry said.