Columbia County commissioners approved a month-long moratorium Tuesday on nearly all rezonings.
Officials wanted the moratorium on non-residential rezonings while they clean-up language in ordinances regarding the uses allowed in some zoning districts.
Currently, county Planning and Engineering Services Director Richard Harmon noted, someone could build a slaughterhouse or rock quarry in the Evans Town Center area.
Obviously, Harmon said, such businesses don’t belong in that area.
The commission approved a first reading of ordinance changes to permitted uses. A second and final reading likely will win approval when commissioners meet again July 17.
That also will be the date the moratorium ends.
Also at the meeting, commissioners tentatively set new fees for several services offered by Planning and Engineering.
The new fees primarily affect builders.
Fees include $150 for a final plat; $615 for a major revision to a planned unit development, general rezonings, variances and variations; $880 for some rezonings; and $10 to get a CD or DVD on zoning information.
It was the first time in more than 30 years that county officials revised such fees, said Planning and Engineering Services Director Richard Harmon.
A final reading for the new fee schedule will be conducted July 17. Should it win approval, the new fees will take immediate effect.
In other meeting news, commission Chairman Ron Cross made his final selection of whom he wishes to sit on the new county Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors.
Cross picked CVB board veteran and area banker Rick Crawford to fill the last seat. Fellow commissioners confirmed that selection during the Tuesday meeting.
Other members of the newly-formed, seven-person board were chosen last month. They are hoteliers Surinderjit Singh and Ken Shah, real-estate agent Laurie Vanover, restaurateur Aubrey Nesbitt, retiree Chris Noah, and journalist Jennifer Miller.
The initial 12-person CVB board disbanded in April, but not before changing the bylaws to decrease the size to seven members appointed by commissioners. Previously, CVB employees or the board recruited members.
Crawford, Singh, Shah, Vanover and Nesbitt all belonged to the previous board. Only Noah and Miller are new.
Members of the new board will serve until Dec. 31. Commissioners can then choose to re-appoint them, or find someone else.