North Augusta’s Planning Commission voted 5-1 Thursday night to recommend a rezoning to the city council for an upscale apartment complex off Interstate 20’s Exit 1, at Martintown and Frontage roads.
The panel did not, however, recommend the rezoning requested by the property owner, local developer T.R. Reddy.
He had requested the property be changed from Planned Development to General Commercial.
Planning Commission Chairman Chip Burnett pointed out that a rezoning to R-5 would handle what the applicant was seeking, and said General Commercial was too broad, with 98 possible uses compared to R-5’s 21 uses.
Reddy’s representatives, who made a presentation on the proposed apartment complex, said they were persuaded that Burnett was right and after some discussion, the commission voted 5-1 to deny the General Commercial request and recommend the R-5 rezoning.
Commissioner Briton Williams cast the dissenting vote, saying he thought the Exit 1 area would be seeing more development action in the near future and General Commercial zoning would be more forward-looking.
The complex will include two- and three-bedroom multistory apartment units, planners were told. Reddy would like to fit 10 buildings with 12 units each on the property, but it might accommodate only nine. The complex would also have a swimming pool and a fitness center and might include some storage units.
The two-bedroom apartments would rent for about $800-$900 per month.
Amanda Seivers, the city’s interim planning director whose last day on the job was Thursday, gave a favorable report on the property’s use and recommended that a traffic study be done at the developer’s expense.