2018-08-10 / News

City of West Columbia Working on 2018 Comprehensive Plan

By Anita Baker

A public hearing was held before the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. West Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday, August 7 to share information about an updated City of West Columbia Comprehensive Plan. All council members were present including Bobby E. Horton, Mayor; Tem C. Miles, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem; Trevor Bedell; Jimmy Brooks; Mike Green; Casey Jordan Hallman; Erin P. Porter; Mickey Pringle; and Teddy Wingard.

Wayne Shuler, director of planning and zoning, presented highlights of the proposed Comprehensive Plan. The most recent Comprehensive Plan was written in 2011. It followed many of the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the earlier 1996 Comprehensive Plan.

According to Shuler, the State of South Carolina requires nine elements be addressed by municipal comprehensive plans. These are environmental resources, cultural resources, economic resources, population resources, housing resources, community facilities resources, transportation resources, public investment, land use, and plan recommendations. Each area of the plan has been reviewed and updated incorporating new data while maintaining the basic goals from the original plan.

The overall plan recommendations are based on several goals or values decided by the city and are designed to create a sense of place; improve the visual appearance of the city; create an environment for growth and development; encourage land use to be mixed-development among, residential, commercial, and industrial uses; and develop the transportation system.

The full 2018 West Columbia Comprehensive Plan will be discussed by the city council for the first time at the September 4, 2018 city council meeting.

Requests for appearances before the city council included representatives of two businesses adjacent to each other on Sunset Boulevard. The businesses are affected by pollution from trucks used by the House of Raeford. This is a historically persistent problem for city officials who are responding to complaints regarding the House of Raeford business site and adjacent site used for parking. According to Mayor Horton, the city continues to make efforts to resolve these complaints. However, they have not been able to find a permanent solution. The city council agreed to continue to serve those affected by researching options for a resolution.

Other items of business conducted by the city council included approving the request by the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber for $17,000 in hospitality funds for advertising and promotion of the 2018 Holiday Parade of Lights and the 2019 Spring and 2019 Fall Rhythm on the River Concert Series. The city council also approved the consumption of beer and wine at the West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Tribute for Trees to be held at the City of West Columbia New Brookland Room on September 18.

The city council also approved W.B. Guimarin & Co., Inc. for the bid made in the amount of $35,117 for the Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant’s replacement of water chillers for the onsite disinfection system. The city council authorized the city administrator to execute a contract with W. B. Guimarin & Co., Inc.

The meeting was adjourned.

Karen “Kay” Horton, wife of Mayor Bobby Horton, passed away Saturday, August 4. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, August 11 at First Baptist Church, West Columbia, SC, 400 State Street, West Columbia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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