The ordinance passed 5-2, with Councilman Ken McDowell and Councilwoman Carolyn Baggott opposed.
The mixed housing community is to be built on 29.46 acres along the Savannah River off of U.S. Highway 1 beside the RiverNorth subdivision. It can accommodate 48 to 65 single-family units and 246 apartments as designed.
Residents of RiverNorth continue to express concern over use of its main entrance, RiverNorth Drive. Gardners Landings main entrance would be built off RiverNorth Drive, and residents are concerned that the road cannot accommodate as much traffic as the new neighborhood would create.
In the plan developers said they expect traffic volume to increase by 2,160 two-way trips daily.
In other business, the council approved the 2010 budget on final reading.
The final reading of Gardners Landing is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.