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New fees set for county planning services

Posted: June 24, 2012 - 12:09am

Columbia County commissioners Tuesday 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 when the commission next meets on July 17. If it wins approval, the new fees will take immediate effect.

In other Planning and Engineering news, commissioners approved a month-long moratorium 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, Harmon noted, someone could build a slaughterhouse or rock quarry in the Evans Town Center area, adding that such businesses obviously don’t belong there.

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.

IN OTHER MEETING NEWS

• Columbia County Planning Commission Chairwoman Jean Garniewicz was named to the board of the county Development Authority. She’ll replace Pete Brodie, who is resigning from the board.

• At the request of Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, commissioners labeled nearly $27,000 in taxes as unretrievable. Most of the taxes were owed by now-defunct businesses.

• The lease for the state Department of Driver Services location at 4408 Evans to Locks Road was renewed for a year at $1.

• Commissioners agreed to post a placard on Ruth Street in Martinez also naming it William F. Harrell Street. Harrell, the long-time pastor at the neighboring Abilene Baptist Church, will soon retire.

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