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Planning board reviews rules for design

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Columbia County planning commissioners unanimously agreed Thursday to review an ordinance that could change some design guidelines for developments surrounding the intersection of Evans to Locks and Furys Ferry roads.

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At the board's Sept. 4 meeting, Matt Mills, of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp., presented a new rendering of a future retail development in that area featuring a Food Lion.

The renderings strayed from the neo-classical style and called for a "neo-traditional" style, which is not included in the Evans to Locks and Fury Ferry Node Protection Overlay District design requirements.

Planning officials said the Columbia County Justice Center served as an example of a neo-classical design.

The neo-traditional style is a broader category and allows for more design flexibility, said planner Nayna Mistry.

"The elements in the design are still very similar," she said. "It's just using traditional elements, but in a modern way."

The other issues to be assessed with the ordinance include height requirements of buildings and fencing materials.

Planning Commissioner Tony Lively said the addition of different fencing materials would provide more freedom in designs.

Also at the meeting, the planning board approved a final plat for the first phase of Arlington, a rural subdivision on Dozier Road. The subdivision includes 33 lots on about 118 acres. The plat will not be released for sale until all water lines are ready for use.

The request for a revision to Amberley Section II in Riverwood Plantation was tabled until the Planning Commission's next meeting on Oct. 2, so proposed changes can be discussed with property owners.

The board also denied a rezoning request for a rural retreat planned near Harlem because the applicant didn't supply sufficient information.



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