CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL ZONING PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Zoning Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.   Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

  A. **Introduction of GET SET Program GED Recipient – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager introduced Mr. Jermaine Holman, the first employee to receive his GED (High School Equivalency Diploma) through the GET SET Program.  He stated that all of the participants deserve a significant level of credit because they are committed to this program.  Mr. Austin noted that Mr. Holman successfully completed the GET SET Program within six (6) months.

B.  ** Political Signage – Mr. William DePass, Jr.

Mr. William DePass encouraged the members of Council to adopt and enforce an Ordinance prohibiting the display of large political signs within residential districts in the corporate City limits of Columbia.  He noted that signs in excess of 4”x8” were too large and should be prohibited.

ZONING PUBLIC HEARING

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:15 a.m.

  ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Zoning Confirmation Items 1. through 5. as presented.

1. 3401 LYLES STREET; confirm RG-2, annexed 3/10/04. – Approved on first reading.

2. 4104 BEECLIFF DRIVE; confirm RS-2, annexed 3/10/04. – Approved on first reading.

3. 2716 LEESBURG ROAD; confirm RG-2, annexed 3/10/04. – Approved on first reading.

4. 5.0 ACRES FARROW ROAD; confirm RG-1, annexed 3/10/04. – Approved on first reading.

5. 2.22 ACRES FARROW ROAD; confirm RG-1, annexed 3/10/04. – Approved on first reading.
 
 
 
 
 

ANNEXATION – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Annexation Items 6. through 8. as presented.

6. 5730 MONTICELLO ROAD; annex and confirm D-1. – Approved on first reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-026 – Annexing 5730 Monticello Road, Richland County TMS #09311-02-25 – Approved on first reading.

7. 31 BETHUNE COURT; annex and confirm RS-3. – Approved on first reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-025 – Annexing 31 Bethune Court, Richland County TMS #11606-05-12 – Approved on first reading.

8. WOODHILL ESTATES SUBDIVISION (16.23 acre portion).  East Side of Gills Creek Parkway and West Side of Garners Ferry Road; TMS#13813-05-03(p), 6, through 8, 9(p) 11 through 13; annex and confirm RS-1. – Approved on first reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-030 – Annexing parcels at Gills Creek Parkway and Garners Ferry Road, Richland County TMS #13813-05-03 (portion), 06, 07, 08, 09 (portion); 11, 12 and 13 – Approved on first reading.

 MAP AMENDMENTS – FIRST READING

9. UPPER CELIA SAXON REVITALIZATION.  Properties bounded by Slighs Avenue to the North, Barhamville Road to the East, Mathews Road and Simpkins Lane to the South, and Southern Railroad to the West, (Upper Saxon Homes); TMS#11505-01-03, 11505-02-01, 11505-03-01 and 02, 11505-03-09, 11506-01-15 through 19, 11506-01-33 through 38, 11506-01-40 through 55; rezone from RG-2 and RS-3 to PUD-R.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Upper Celia Saxon Revitalization: Properties bounded by Slighs Avenue to the North, Barhamville Road to the East, Mathews Road and Simpkins Lane to the South, and Southern Railroad to the West, (Upper Saxon Homes); TMS#11505-01-03, 11505-02-01, 11505-03-01 and 02, 11505-03-09, 11506-01-15 through 19, 11506-01-33 through 38, 11506-01-40 through 55; rezone from RG-2 and RS-3 to PUD-R.

10.  1606 Sunset Drive, TMS#09115-01-01; rezone from C-3, FP to PUD-C, FP.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to deny a Map Amendment for 1606 Sunset Drive, TMS#09115-01-01; rezone from C-3, FP to PUD-C, F.

· Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 11:03 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 11. through 17. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

11.  Council is asked to approve a request from Meadowfield Elementary School to close the 500 block of Galway Lane between Macon Street and Merrill Street on Friday, April 16, 2004, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for an Annual Spring Carnival.  Contact: Ms. Ursula Dryden, Carnival Chair - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve a request from Historic Columbia to close Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street, on Friday, April 30, 2004, from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens.  Contact: Ms. Robin Waites, Acting Director - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve a request to close the 1400 block of Medway Road between Sunbury Road and Longleaf Road on Saturday, May 15, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Reba Campbell - Approved

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

14. Council is asked to approve Material Testing Services for the Main Street Beautification Project, Phase I, as requested by Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to GS2 Engineering and Environmental, in the amount of $30,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

15. Ordinance No.: 2004-023 – Approval for Transfer of water lines for fire protection from Bryan Hospital and Morris Village to S.C. Department of Mental Health; Richland County TMS #14400-01-01 (portion); CF# 13-E-84 – Approved on second reading.
 
16. Ordinance No.: 2004-024 – Granting encroachment to Yorkshire Neighborhood Association for installation and maintenance of signs, landscaping and lighting at the subdivision entrances on Yorkshire Drive and Wilshire Drive – Approved on second reading.
 
17.   Ordinance No.: 2004-032 – Closing and transfer of Saxon Plaza and portion of Elmwood Avenue to the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia for development of Drew Park – Approved on second reading.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MAP AMENDMENTS  - SECOND READING

18. PALMETTO HEALTH ALLIANCE.  Properties bounded by Interstate I-26, Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), and Parkridge Drive, TMS#5002-01-04, 5001-02-01 through 04, and Properties bounded by Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), Parkridge Drive, and Proposed Relocation of Parkridge Drive, TMS#5005-01-05(p), 5005-01-01(p), 5005-01-07(p); rezone from PUD-LS-E and PUD-LS-R to PUD-LS-TC.

Mr. Henry McKellar, Attorney, Representative for Love Chevrolet, told the members of Council that his client only opposes the road closure.  He requested that City Council delay second reading approval for an additional sixty- (60) days for further review of the matter.

Mr. John Hanson, 905 Shadowleaf Court, appeared before the members of Council in support of the relocation of Parkridge Drive.  He stated that the facility would not need a high-speed street running through its campus.  He also said that this development would boost Irmo’s economy.

Ms. Kim Neal, appeared before the members of Council in opposition to the relocation of Parkridge Drive, because they were not asked for input.  She stated that the relocation of Parkridge Drive would be an inconvenience.

Pastor Oliver Massey, Church of the Cross, 1311 Parkridge Drive, appeared before the members of Council to inquire about the ownership of Parkridge Drive.  He said that he has contacted various agencies to obtain authorization to repave the church’s driveway and was told that Parkridge Drive is a privately owned road.

Mr. Mike Love, Love Chevrolet, appeared before the members of Council in opposition to the relocation of Parkridge Drive.  He said that the campus is a wonderful idea, but it will create a horrible traffic situation.

Mr. Kurt Lott, appeared before the members of Council in opposition to the relocation of Parkridge Drive.  He recommended that they widen the road instead.

Ms. Francenia Heizer, McNair Law Firm representing Palmetto Health Alliance, told the members of Council that they attempted to negotiate with Mr. Love’s attorneys.  She stated that Palmetto Health Alliance is not interested in a sub-optical solution.  Ms. Heizer told the members of Council that the construction of this facility is contingent upon approval of rezoning.

Mr. Chuck Beaman, Palmetto Health Alliance President, stated that the population will continue to grow in this area and that the hospital wants to better serve the community by developing this facility with adequate space to grow as the need arises.  He informed the members of Council that several designs were reviewed and they all crossed Parkridge Drive.  Mr. Beaman stated that it is critical to relocate the road because there are no other options.  He stated that this development would create additional jobs for the City of Columbia.

Mr. Todd Salvakin¸ Traffic Engineer informed the members of Council that this project has been reviewed by SCDOT and the City of Columbia.  He stated that the road would be redone from Frankie’s Fun Park to the intersection, which is less than ¼ of a mile.  He said that two (2) traffic signals with left turn arrows would also be added.

Mr. David Brewer, City of Columbia Traffic Engineer, stated that the relocation of Parkridge Drive will increase traffic and will increase the current travel time.  He said that he is comfortable with the proposal, because it is safer to relocate the road.
 

Ms. Francenia Heizer, McNair Law Firm representing Palmetto Health Alliance, told the members of Council that the hospital will send out notices of a public forum via direct mail.  She stated that Palmetto Health Alliance is the largest non-government employer in the Midlands.  Ms. Heizer asked the citizens to contact Ms. Judy Smith at 434-4356 for further information.

Mr. George Thompson, stated that four (4) churches would be impacted by this proposal. He asked if this new facility would have an emergency room.  He stated that employees would be shifted to this facility from other facilities; so 300 new jobs would not be available.

   This item was held over, no action was taken.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

19.  Ordinance No.: 2004-035 – Request for Easement from SCE&G Company along a Portion of City Property Located at 808 - 812 Pavilion Avenue; Richland County TMS# 11409-08-12; CF# 250-178

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-035 - Request for Easement from SCE&G Company along a Portion of City Property Located at 808 - 812 Pavilion Avenue; Richland County TMS# 11409-08-12; CF# 250-178.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:14 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk