Development wins initial OK

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NORTH AUGUSTA - RiverNorth residents came in full force to North Augusta’s city council meeting tonight to voice their opinion about the proposed Gardner’s Landing development to be housed next door along the river.

Council voted 6-1 in favor of the proposa on first reading, with Councilman Ken McDowell in opposition. He said plans, specifically the access to the subdivision that RiverNorth residents are not happy with, needed to be re-examined before council voted.

Plans have a single access point coming off of RiverNorth Drive, and residents say that the entrance to their neighborhood cannot handle that much traffic.

The nearly 29.46 acres off U.S. 1 on the riverfront would contain 246 apartment units and up to 65 single-family homes. Construction is expected to begin next summer with units available for move-in by fall 2011.

In other business, council unanimously approved on second reading the 2010 budget of $12,640,528, which does not include increases in rates for residents.

The final reading of the budget and second reading of the Gardner’s Landing development will be Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

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NorthAugustaToday 11/03/09 - 10:46 am
Why no mention of the

Why no mention of the council, specifically the Mayor, agreeing that code is optional in North Augusta? That could be a great selling point for people to move to NA. Evidently, in North Augusta, if the code does not suit the council they are free to overlook the law. This was approved despite the fact that elements of the proposal were against code and that there was not one single resident in attendance in favor of the proposal. Nice work listening to the constituents. Maybe the council could speak to the magistrate for me the next time I dont feel like obeying the traffic law. If that optional too?

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