No community members spoke at either of the public hearings held by Sumter City Council at its regular Tuesday meeting.
The first public hearing was for the first reading of an ordinance to rezone 0.17 acres from residential-6 to general commercial at 200 W. Williams St. for the installation of a manufactured home in the area. It was not the first time he had appeared before the council.
Claimant Cephus Gregg’s application was originally made in 2018 but was rejected by Sumter City Council at first reading after some complications.
Gregg obtained the property at a public auction from the Sumter County Forfeited Land Commission in 2016, but title issues and concerns about the viability of the market for new unsubsidized site-built housing in that area were the reasons for the refusal. However, the applicant resubmitted the application.
The property is located in the South Sumter area where the applicant said they were trying to add something good to the area by providing another affordable mobile home in the area. Although planning staff could not provide details of the mobile home, council was advised that the applicant would need to follow the city’s newly amended mobile home standards ordinance which passed earlier this year.
Council unanimously approved the first reading of the application in the absence of Councilor Thomas Lowery. It will undergo two readings to pass.
Another public hearing was held for the final reading of a review of the Beach Forest Community Development Project, a mixed-use development project.
The review came after more than 50 residents filled the council chamber at an earlier meeting to oppose the original plans, which included the development of townhouses, commercial properties and a storage area for motorhomes/boats/trailers in their subdivision.
The 290-acre property was originally divided between mixed uses in 2002: northern conservation, undeveloped and residential/agricultural; the South, multiple uses ranging from commercial to residential; the east, undeveloped and residential with agricultural conservation and commercial zoning; and the West, undeveloped and church/agricultural conservation.
The overhaul would modify and modernize the planned development terrain with elements typically seen in communities like Sumter West, Hunters Crossing and Pocalla Springs. It would revise front setback requirements for townhouses and establish approval for use for detached single-family residential units in part of the commercial area of the planned development. The storage space has been removed from the plan.
The Board unanimously approved the final reading after no one spoke for or against the request.
April consecrated as
Fair Housing Month
Council unanimously approved a resolution designating April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Sumter. The Council recognized that this month marks the 31st anniversary of the HOME program – home investment partnership program, in which the city participates by advocating for fair housing for the community.
2 maintenance guarantees for the Stillpointe and Southbridge subdivisions
Maintenance warranties were also unanimously approved for two city housing estates.
The first was for Phase 3 of the Stillpointe Subdivision, lots 47 through 94 on Stillpointe Drive. The second was for Phase 1 of the Southbridge Subdivision, lots one through 61 along Vinewood Street, Matthews Drive, Belhurst Street and Hayes Street.
The Council unanimously ratified Leroy Staggers to the Sumter Development Council for a three-year term.