The Columbia County Commission decided Tuesday to continue a ban on rezoning for apartments until Dec. 31.
County officials approved extending the moratorium on apartments while they review a revised multifamily housing ordinance.
The yearlong ban was continued in June for three months after commissioners said they needed additional time to study the draft. The county's planning staff conducted the study and provided information about the number of multifamily units built in the county, the number of complexes under construction and how much land is zoned for apartments not already built.
The moratorium was initially passed in June 2009 and blocked any rezoning requests that would allow construction of apartments or townhouses.
Before the ban was enforced, officials thought 800 apartment units were approved but later discovered about 2,600 apartments could be built.
The moratorium came about after Marshall Square developers and county officials failed to agree on plan revisions of a mixed-use development on Evans Town Center Boulevard. In July, the two parties settled and commissioners purchased 26 of the 57 acres for $6.25 million.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, officials announced that a trauma communications center would not locate in the county.
State officials with the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission had considered opening a call center at the Grovetown public health clinic on Euchee Creek Drive after it closes next month.
County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said at the meeting that the trauma care commission chose a site in Forsyth, Ga.
The soon-to-be-vacant health clinic space could be used as a regional data center by the Medical College of Georgia to serve outlying portions of the Augusta area, she said.
Also approved at the meeting were bids of nearly $3.3 million for construction of the Evans Town Center Park behind the Kroger in Evans and about $66,000 to replace three Crown Victoria patrol cars that have been destroyed in wrecks.
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