A preliminary plat approved Thursday by the Columbia County Planning Commission will bring more commercial activity near the Gateway project.
The approval was for 15 commercial lots on nearly 28.5 acres across from the Gateway shopping center, on Horizon South Parkway near Interstate 20.
Meybohm Commercial Realtor Bobby Meybohm said Thursday morning that hotels and restaurants could be put on the site.
“We’d like to have at least one person committed before we start (construction), but we might go ahead and begin pretty soon,” he said before the meeting.
The property is part of the Mill Branch planned unit development, which includes a subdivision and land designated for apartment construction. At an October planning commission meeting, Meybohm was given permission to slightly increase acreage for commercial development and remove townhomes from the plan.
He also said there would be a 60-foot buffer separating the Mill Branch neighborhood from other parts of the development.
Also at the meeting, planning commissioners approved three preliminary plats and three finals plats for residential development.
In addition, the board agreed to a side setback variation for a future Advance Auto Parts near the corner of Washington and Gibbs roads.
A rezoning was approved for 7.5 acres on Old Evans Road from general industrial to townhouse residential, with 60 townhomes planned. The first part of the project, which also allows for 60 townhomes, was approved in December.