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Good television viewing tonight or come on down!

The Planning Commission has a couple of items on the agenda tonight that may be of interest.

The first is a public hearing on an amendment to the Industrial zoning ordinance. Right now, the ordinance omits churches, and a church that wants to locate in an industrial zone argues that the current ordinance violates federal law.

So, County Attorney Jacob Stroman recommended having all uses that involve  public gatherings apply for a special use permit. The church prefers the county just add churches to the list of allowed uses. County staff don’t recommend that because they say there can be safety issues by allowing public gatherings in industrial zones, and that each case should be evaulated.

The other topic of discussion is Tricord’s Summit Crossing mixed-use development. Commissioners will get a first look at the project during a work session.  

Summit Crossing is a proposal to rezone 925 acres east of I-95 and south of US-17, from Rural (Ru) zoning to Industrial (I-2), Village Commercial (VC), Planned Development Housing (PDH-16), and Planned Development Commercial (PDC). The proposed mixed-use development will result in approximately 5,900 residential units and approximately 3.6 million square feet of office space.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Holbert building on Courthouse Road. Come on down and keep me company.