WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently took the first steps to correct zoning errors with a public hearing and the first reading of Ordinance 627.
In the absence of District 3’s Mikel Trapp, council unanimously passed the ordinance 6-0.
Ordinance 627 is an ordinance to amend the Fairfield County Land Management Ordinance (Ordinance 596) to correct zoning map deficiencies.
The map correction will apply the same zoning as originally intended.
Over one year ago, the county underwent a major rezoning process along with its consultant Dan Vismore & Associates.
The rezoning process was originally intended to adopt a new land management ordinance, however the process left over 100 properties incorrectly zoned.
Interim county administrator Milton Pope stated the process is required to rezone parcels according to the county’s comprehensive plan.
“In that plan some zoning areas were changed and some were amended,” he explained. “However in that rewrite, there were some parcels of land that were mis-coded. As with every rewrite there is always some particular piece of property that is overlooked for some reason and this is what this correction is for.”
County staff as well as Tim Roseboro, Director of Planning & Zoning, proposed an amendment for those changes.
There are two changes in Jenkinsville, which were suppose to be zoned B-2 (general business).
Other corrections include five along the 321 Bypass and 10 properties near Washington Street, which were all suppose to be zoned B-2 as well.
In Ridgeway, just outside the town limits, there are three parcels that are suppose to be zoned R-C (rural community).
However according to Roseboro the majority of the deficiencies are in the south Winnsboro area, where there are 95 parcels that are suppose to be zoned R-2 as well as 35 parcels in the same area that should be zoned R-1.
Both of those zonings are designated as residential zones.
“I think these corrections meet with council’s intention of being consistent with the planning,” Pope noted. “This puts the total plan back in compliance.”
March 24’s reading was the first of three readings before officially being rezoned.
Any questions from property owners will be entertained during those readings.
Roseboro said that property owners have been notified through local advertising.
Pope advised council that state law requires property owners are notified of changes through the newspaper of local circulation.
Even in obvious changes such as these, Pope advised council of the required legal process.
“Even though there is a deficiency and it is obvious that a change needs to occur, we have to go through the public process of a public hearing and three readings before those adoptions can be made,” he explained.