Update on Richland County mass rezoning

COLUMBIA – The regular monthly meeting of the Richland County Planning Commission will not be held as planned on Monday, May 2, according to county officials. Instead, the Commission will hold a work session on the proposed new zoning map on Monday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the council chambers at 2020 Hampton Street.

The County Council will meet on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m., but it is not known at this time whether council will hold first reading on Councilman Paul Livingston’s amendment to the text of the ordinance that approved the new Land Development Code (LDC).

That amendment proposes to keep the new LDC in place (though not currently effective) and allows for the previous rezoning process to continue until the proposed new zoning map is adopted. Until that time, any rezonings would require using the zoning classifications from the former LDC (in place since 2005.) Those classifications match the official zoning map but have been removed from the new LDC.

Livingston’s amendment will need three readings and a public hearing.

Blythewood resident Sallie Sharpe will be meeting with a group on the lawn in front of the court house at 5 p.m. For information and regular updates on the rezoning issue, go to salslocalseed.com

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