Originally created 01/16/04

County leaders address zoning



The Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday tweaked the zoning of a piece of property on Furys Ferry Road, allowing the construction of a Zaxby's restaurant at the intersection of Park Lane.

Part of the zoning around and including the Bi-Lo grocery store, 400 Furys Ferry Road, allowed for an apartment complex.

George Duehring, who owns four other Zaxby's restaurants in the area, asked the board for permission to change those plans.

Mr. Duehring said he has a contract to buy eight acres at the intersection and wants to build a 3,600-square-foot restaurant. He also has plans for an upscale, 6,600-square-foot shopping center, "much later down the road," he said.

Also at Thursday's meeting, the commission approved a rezoning for a new subdivision to be built north of Mullikin Road.

The site for the proposed Sumter Landing neighborhood, which includes 192 lots, borders the Savannah River and is behind an area the county's school system is eyeing for a new elementary school off Conn Road.

The subdivision's developer, Jerry Ashmore, said the school system's plans were a beneficial coincidence for him.

"I was going to do the deal regardless," he said. "It's a beautiful piece of property."

Mr. Ashmore needed the rezoning on the 140 acres to allow for a slightly higher density of housing than the area currently allows. He said he does not plan to develop along the river.

Neighbors attending the commission meeting said they were worried about traffic increasing along Conn Road if the subdivision and school are built.

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners must still approve both requests before the rezonings take effect.

Reach Vicky Eckenrode at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 115, or vicky.eckenrode@augustachronicle.com.