Columbia County to review development change in Evans

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:12 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 10:09 PM
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Changes to an Evans planned unit development site plan were altered and approved by the Columbia County Planning Commission last month, but the Columbia County Commission will make an ultimate decision on the revisions at their meeting tonight.

The county commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive.A presentation of next year’s budget will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Planning commissioners decided to eliminate one of seven residential buildings planned for Marshall Square, a 47-acre, mixed-use project, at their April 16 meeting. The plan was revised due to concern about one residential building located too closely to two other apartment buildings on the southern side of the property.

If the change is approved by commissioners, it would reduce the total number of apartments from 338 to 288.

Six four-story residential buildings resembling a historic Williamsburg style were approved by the planning commission.

A public square, centrally located and covering 15,000 to 20,000 square feet, also was approved. Commercial units were shown to occupy the first floor of both residential buildings closest to the square.

Four “live/work” buildings fronting Evans Town Center Boulevard were revealed in the new plan, which also included additional safety features for residential buildings on the property.

The planning and zoning board serves as a recommending body to the commission. Planning commissioners initially tabled changes to the 2007 site plan at a February meeting. The proposed revisions had separated residential unites form retail buildings and eliminated a high-rise residential retail tower.

Reach Jenna Martin at 868-1222, ext. 109 or

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