Mackey, Pugh elected chair and vice chair of council

COLUMBIA –  On Tuesday, Richland County Council officially elected new leadership for 2024. Former Council Vice Chair Jesica Mackey (District 9), who represents a small area of Blythewood, was elected as chair, and Councilman Derrek Pugh (District 2), who represents much of Blythewood, was elected vice chair. “I am truly humbled by my fellow Councilmembers […]

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 […]

Richland Co. Council votes for majority-rule paving

COLUMBIA – A majority of property owners living on dirt roads will now decide whether their dirt road is paved or not, according to a measure approved Tuesday night. Richland County Council voted unanimously to require 51 percent of residents living on a dirt road to decide whether or not it will be paved. In […]

County Council denies Kelly Mill rezoning

COLUMBIA – Blythewood’s county council representative Derrek Pugh, who represents the area and voted against the rezoning, and Jessica Mackey (Dist. 9) held a town hall meeting in February for residents to address their concerns about the rezoning with Steelman. Pugh said he wanted residents to know what is coming their way, to give them […]

County rejects R2 request for 18.4 mills

Pugh: County Needs to Re-evaluate How We Spend Money COLUMBIA – Richland County Council passed third and final reading of its FY 2022-23 budget Tuesday night, excluding Richland School District Two’s request for an 18.4 millage increase. It was the second year the council has passed a no-millage-increase budget. The vote to pass the budget […]

Council votes to rework LDC, slow map adoption

COLUMBIA – Wearing red and carrying signs that said: ‘Let us be RURAL’ and ‘Don’t Rezone My Property,’ residents from across Richland County packed the County Council chambers Tuesday night in an effort to influence council members to slow the mass rezoning process down or to shut it down. And for the first time, some […]

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. […]

Council reps invite residents to discuss redistricting

COLUMBIA – Richland County Council members gave unanimous initial approval of proposed re–drawn district maps Dec. 16, and Blythewood’s three council representatives – Derrek Pugh (Dist. 2), Gretchen Barron (Dist. 7) and Jesica Mackey (Dist. 9) are holding a special meeting for Blythewood area residents to see those draft maps up close and ask questions […]

Town Hall set to address proposed rezoning on Killian Road

COLUMBIA – A town hall meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 6 to discuss a map amendment request on Killian Road. The request seeks to rezone a 32-acre parcel in the 100 block of Killian Road from a rural district (RU) to a general commercial district (GC). Residents in nearby communities are encouraged to attend […]

Public opinion

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood 29016 residents had the opportunity to have input into recently updated county land development rules with county staff last month at the Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater in Doko Meadows Park. The input session was organized by County Councilman Derrek Pugh, Dist. 2, left. Blythewood Planning Commission Chairman Rich McKenrick, second from left, was […]

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