WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council passed first reading Monday night of an ordinance that would allow three acres in the Broad River Campground to be rezoned so the owner can build a restaurant to service the area and residents in the area.
The Fairfield County Planning Commission sent a unanimous recommendation to council to approve the rezoning, which would be from RD-1 (Rural Residential District) to RC (Rural Community District).
But Carol Keever, who lives at 16941 S.C. 215 South, across the road from the campground, told county council during a public hearing that she and other residents were opposed to the rezoning, citing increased traffic in the area.
“We got enough traffic problems with the VC Summer plant up there and we don’t need anything adding to the traffic problems,” she said. “I have spoken to my son and he says he doesn’t want a restaurant across the road from him either.”
Keever also spoke at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission and stated the same argument against the rezoning.
At that hearing, D. Melton, a representative of Ann Melton, owner of the land, told the commission members that the restaurant would be an upscale business that would serve carry-out items as well as offer sit-down dinners.
Melton told the planning commission that he had no plans to serve alcohol – one of the reasons Keever cited for being against it – and the planning commission made that a stipulation of the approval.
Keever said she and the other residents simply don’t want the restaurant.
“We like the community to stay as it is and not have so much going on across the road,” she told council. “The only reason he’s putting in a restaurant over there is for the campers over there. I don’t think the area residents would be interested in going to his restaurant.
“He knew when he put that campground over there that wasn’t anything close by for the people to go to,” she added. “There’s no store, no laundromat, and no restaurant and now he wants to rezone three acres to put in a restaurant for the campers. The people living in the area don’t want it rezoned for a restaurant there.”
Second reading will be held at the next council meeting.
Fairfield County Council also passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Fairfield County Land Management Ordinance to rezone three acres owned by Tom Brice Hall from RD-1 (Rural Residential District) to RC (Rural Community District). The land is located at 631 Longtown Road in Ridgeway.
Brice had told the Fairfield County Planning Commission that he wants to have a small school for special needs children there.
The Barclay School is a non-profit school currently located in Columbia that is a day school serving children who have Down Syndrome, Autism or are victims of bullying in public school.
The school is in its seventh year and currently serves 18 youths. They are currently being housed in a small home on the campus of Columbia College.
During the planning commission’s public hearing, County Zoning Administrator Timothy Roseborough entered into the record that William Thomas, one of the neighbors of the property, had asked that it be stipulated in the rezoning ordinance that the property revert back to its original zoning should the Barclay School close. Hall agreed and the Planning Commission sent a unanimous recommendation for approval to County Council.
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