Columbia County commissioners approved a controversial rezoning for a new housing development in Martinez, but added conditions to the project.
The rezoning, approved at Tuesday’s commission meeting, allows developers to decrease lot sizes from 30,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, though developers said they intend to sell 14,000-square-foot lots at the 40-acre site on Point Comfort Road.
Some area residents argued that such a development would reduce their property values.
“It is a good time to build, however, it’s not the right place to build a home like this,” said Point Comfort Road resident Kristen Wagaman.
Developers countered that neighboring properties also are zoned with the smaller lot requirement.
Commissioners agreed to rezone the property if developers build sidewalks and seek county approval for a buffering plan between that site and surrounding neighborhoods.
In another rezoning issue, commissioners postponed discussion on a zoning revision for 21 acres on North Belair Road.
Developers want to remove that property from a planned unit development at Crawford Creek to create a new one called Amy Glenn. The new development would consist of 62 single-family homes.
Residents of the nearby Amherst neighborhood have complained to commissioners that the intended PUD would create too much traffic on Wendover Way, which runs through their neighborhood. Amy Glenn developers asked commissioners to postpone the rezoning.