Final vote on Richland County zoning map set for Oct. 3

Next: Vote on planning commission’s amendments to county’s mass rezoning law COLUMBIA – It was in 2016 when Richland County planning and development began working to replace the county’s 2005 Land Development Code (LDC) with a new code for the entire 365,000 acres of unincorporated property in Richland County, including the unincorporated areas of Blythewood […]

Ridgeway Council proposes $300 fine for tall grass

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway residents will have to keep their properties mowed and the trash picked up or face a $300 fine. The Ridgeway Town Council voted unanimously earlier this month to add the penalty to the Town’s existing ordinance that addresses unsightly weeds or grass that is more than a foot high and trash on […]

Did Fairfield council vote? Or not?

Who Ordered Second Public Comment Cut from Agenda? WINNSBORO – Angst continues over the decision to eliminate one of two public comment sessions from the agenda at Fairfield County Council meetings. Council Chairman Doug Pauley said at the Sept. 11 meeting that council members had decided to omit the second public comment session. Such a […]

Kennedy’s ethics violations mount

COLUMBIA – State investigators have listed a litany of new ethics charges against a former Richland County elected official. Former Councilwoman Gwendolyn Kennedy already owes nearly $11,000 in fines levied from earlier violations in 2012 and 2015, according to the S.C. Ethics Commission’s online debtor list. More than 200 new ethics counts were presented during […]

Blythewood Town Council may raise FY 2024 legal budget to $500,000

BLYTHEWOOD – With no discussion, council passed first reading of a budget amendment Monday night that increases the budgeted amount for the Town’s outside legal expenses from $200,000 to $500,000 for the current fiscal year 2023-24. According to budget information on the Town’s website, it spent approximately $152,500 on outside legal expenses in FY 2021-22 […]

Blythewood PC OKs site plan for 104 townhomes

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Planning Commission voted on Aug 29, to recommend approval of a site plan for 104 townhomes proposed in one of the most traffic congested sections of downtown Blythewood. The vote passed 3-2 with Marcus Taylor and Erica Page opposing. Great Southern Homes wants to build the townhomes along with a walking […]

Subdivision of more than 1,000 homes proposed for Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — As many as 1,000 to 1,600 residential units could be coming to Fairfield County if Fairfield County Council approves a request from Haven Homes to rezone 392 acres from Industrial (I-1) zoning to Residential 2 (R2) zoning. The property, bordered by Gum Springs Road, Devil’s Race Track and Highway 34, was rezoned […]

Public comments limited as accusations of bad behavior fly

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council Chair Douglas Pauley announced at Monday night’s council meeting that council would no longer allow the public to speak during the second public comment session of council meetings. In that session, speakers are allowed to address any issue concerning the county. Pauley said the decision to eliminate that session was […]

Tibi Czentye announces Senate run for Dist. 17

ROCK HILL, SC – Local businessman Tibi Czentye has entered the race for the S.C. State Senate in Dist. 17. He is the second candidate who has declared for the seat. “With the goal of restoring prosperity, hope, and the American Dream for all South Carolinians, I am committed to serving this district and the […]

More proposed rezoning for Scout

BLYTHEWOOD – Amid resident concerns about impacts on wetlands and streams on the Scout Motors site, the Blythewood Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning three parcels totaling 461.56 acres associated with the project. Technically, the property still lies within unincorporated Richland County and would have to be annexed into the town at a later time. […]

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