Two developers' rezoning requests for new subdivisions in Evans and Appling were approved by the Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday.
The commission approved developer Steve Duffy's request to rezone 22.98 acres in the 5100 block of Hereford Farm Road from Residential-1 to Residential-1A with a Residential Cluster Overlay, permitting smaller lots because of topographical challenges and wetlands.
The rezoning request calls for the subdivision to have 21 lots and a pond and for wetlands on the property to be permanently deeded to a future property owner's association and be placed in a conservation easement, county senior planner Tom Tully said.
Developer Dennis Welch's rezoning request for 204.78 acres for a subdivision off Louisville Road near Appling also was approved. His request calls for a change in the tract's Residential-Agricultural zoning to include a Residential Cluster Overlay to allow smaller lots in certain areas because of topographical challenges and wetlands.
The commission also approved the second reading of county-initiated rezonings of Valleybrook, Caliburn Place and Belglade subdivisions. The subdivisions were rezoned because their use did not conform to their Manufacturing-1 and/or Apartment-Residential zonings.
In other business, the planning commission:
- Approved the rezoning of 1.43 acres at 135 Lewiston Road from Residential-1 to Professional-1.
- Approved the rezoning of 7.97 acres near the intersection of Old Evans and Old Petersburg roads from Townhome-Residential to Special-1, for a new mosque for the Islamic Society of Augusta.
- Approved the rezonings of 0.41 acres at 211 S. Belair Road and 0.25 acres at 219 N. Belair Road from Residential-2 to Professional-1.
- Approved preliminary plats for subdivisions Creek Bend III, 75 lots on 30.07 acres on Wrightboro Road; Tyler Woods II and III, a planned unit development of 57 lots on 18.7 acres; and River Call, a town home development with 30 lots on 6.81 acres, part of the Crawford Creek development off Hereford Farm Road and the future William Smith Parkway.
- Denied a request by Caesar Forbes to continue temporary use of two recreational vehicles as a residence at the site of his home, currently under construction on Hickory Drive.
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