Richland defers rezoning request

July 23, 2013 

Entrance to 148-acre tract on Bluff Road whose owners, a sewerage treatment agency called the East Richland Public Service District, are requesting a light industrial zoning designation. Some neighbors object.


— A half-dozen Hopkins-area residents said allowing an industry on what’s now a large wooded tract would infringe on their peaceful community.

In the end, Richland County Council deferred the rezoning request Tuesday, made by the East Richland Public Service District for nearly 148 acres on Bluff Road. The council will take up the matter Sept. 24.

The sewerage-treatment agency has said it has no specific use planned for its property, but residents said they worry what kind of industry might come in if East Richland later sold the land.

Robert Glover said he’d recently moved to the area, rich with wildlife. “I’ve got four rocking chairs on my front porch for my mama, my grandmama,” he said. “I’m loving the place.”

Council members Kelvin Washington and Norman Jackson objected that only “unwanted” industries make their way to Lower Richland County.

-- Dawn Hinshaw

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