Planning Commission Sets Tentative Schedule of Business Sessions > Columbia Business Report

The Richland County Planning Commission has set a tentative schedule for additional working sessions to discuss the 2021 land development code rewrite.

The working sessions will be open to the public and will provide opportunities for community review and input into the mapping process, according to a press release from Richland County. The process recently restarted after residents expressed concern about proposed zoning changes for their neighborhoods and other elements of the new CLD.

Additional working sessions are tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 1, immediately following the regular 3:00 p.m. committee meeting; Monday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 8, immediately after a committee meeting at 3 p.m. Work sessions that immediately follow the regular meetings can generally start between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dates and times are subject to change.

All meetings will be held in the County Council Rooms at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia. They can also be streamed live via the county’s YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/richlandonline.

The LOC regulates the use, growth and development of land. It governs the types of uses, location and size of a development in various areas, establishes procedures for how development proposals are reviewed, governs the division and plating of land and controls standards such as landscaping, parking and signage.

The current LDC was adopted in 2005. The code was rewritten to meet the changing needs of the region, and the county council adopted the text of a new code in November 2021. It did not enter in force as it requires the approval of an amended zoning map which has not yet taken place.

The Planning Commission originally began reviewing the County Staff’s initial zoning map recommendations in March, but council realized there was still considerable concern among community members over what the proposed changes might mean. As a result, the county elected to restart the LDC and zone mapping process to allow the public more opportunity to review and respond to the proposed changes.

Learn more about the main differences between the old development code and the new rewritten version:https://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Portals/0/Departments/Planning/LDC%20Rewrite_Big%20Changes%20to%20Expect%20in%20the%20New%20LDC.pdf.

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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