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Liaison assignments for County Council members:

Fire Board : Cooper
Hospital Board of Trustees : Kennion
Planning Commission : 
County Transportation Committee : Kennion 
Countywide Recreation Committee : Kennion 
Economic Development Committee : Cooper & Talbert 
Tri-County Sanitary Landfill Committee : Campbell & Talbert 
Three Rivers Solid Waste : Campbell 
Upper Savannah Council of Government : Cooper & Talbert 
ARTS Citizens Advisory Committee : Campbell & Cooper 

LMO (Zoning) Steering Committee Members:

James Burt

John Hare

Arthur Biggs

James Johnson

Franklin Gabriel

James Oliver

George Thornton   -resigned

Buddy Smith

Kevin O’Gorman

Brett McNeill

Tracy Freeman

Charles Blackston

Edgefield County Council Retreat Presentations

Each of the 7 files is a PDF of the presentations given at the County Council Retreat in January.

Capital Funding Presentation Draft

Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST)

Edgefield County Recreation Program

FY 2020-2021 Budget Calendar

Heritage Preservation Trust

Land Management Ordinance

Rail Trail

 
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Info from SC + Federal

All of these links offer loads of information and additional links. Check them out and stay safe friends!

Federal site information

SC DHEC
CDC

CDC: a direct link to the list of symptoms

County COVID-19 Updates

The Edgefield County Government website has Covid 19 updates and business information that you can find here. Their Facebook page also has updates. 

Citizen Call To Action:  The Reason 

CITIZEN PETITION - Citizens did not and do not want high density developments across Edgefield County

Introduction to High Density in Edgefield County: 

Comprehensive Plan & Land Management Ordinance (zoning) High Density Subdivisions  History -  The change - minutes

Edgefield County approved a new Comprehensive Plan as amended June 2019. Click the link to the right to read the entire plan. 

  • The beginning portion shows data from the 2010 Census plus projections.  

  • Chapter 7 begins the Land Use Information with categories and explanations. 

  • Chapter 9 shows the Priority Investment Program. The last page shows  the future Land Use Plan (zoning) map. 

June, 2019, at the 3rd reading for the Comprehensive Plan (see approved minutes PDF here, the following change conversation starts at the bottom of page 5), the Plan was amended:

  • Original: Suburban Residential – "This category indicates single-family residential land uses and lots in a suburban scale subdivision pattern typical of development from the 1950’s to the 1990’s." "Average lot size may vary from 1/2 acre to 2 or 3‐acre lots depending on sewer service or requirements for septic tank fields. Some areas within this category may have deeper lots to ensure building and septic field site development.

  • Approved Change: Suburban Residential – "This category indicates single-family residential land uses and lots in a suburban scale subdivision pattern typical of development from the 1950’s to the 1990’s."  "Natural conditions, connectivity to utilities, and the market are to determine lot sizes. Some areas within this category may have deeper lots to ensure building and septic field site development." 

  • Original:  Estate Residential  This category features very low density single family residential development on large  lots. The overall density of residential development is projected to be about one house on five acres.   However, the minimum lot size in this land use area is assumed to be approximately two (2) acres in size to  provide developers with flexibility in creating affordable home sites.  Water, power, and communications  cables are assumed to be tied to the local dedicated street system with substantive added costs in extending  into deep lots.  The areas in this land use category are not considered likely to provide adequate densities to  support the expansion of extensive public sewer collection systems or wastewater treatment and may  require higher costs for other utilities as a trade‐off for more land.- 

  • Approved Change:  Estate Residential – This category features very low density single family residential development on large lots. However, the minimum lot size in this land use area may vary on the basis of suitable topography and access to utilities. It is assumed that some portions of this area may be developed at 0.5 units per acre (approximately two acres in lot size) or conditional higher densities where appropriate to provide developers with flexibility in creating affordable home sites. Water, power, and communications cables are assumed to be tied to the local dedicated street system with substantive added costs in extending into deep lots. The areas in this land use category are not considered likely to provide adequate densities to support the expansion of extensive public sewer collection systems or wastewater treatment and may require higher costs for other utilities as a trade-off for more land. 

 

The results of this change allowed for higher density housing to be utilized for the Windsor Subdivision (445 housing units)  and Tavern Hill (212 housing units) ,approved  on February 4th during the County Council meeting (see Meetings + Events for meeting details).  This category definition leaves it open to broad interpretation and flexibility for the developer and decision makers.  This change directly took out the protections from high density that citizens specifically requested and that existed prior to the change in language.

Monthly we are seeing new applications being presented for higher density developments througout the county. 

 

 

NOVEMBER 3RD  - Ballot:  Capital Project Sales Tax 

Law Enforcement Center

August  2020 County Council Meeting - CPST Highlight

3rd reading :  Proposed revenue projection reduced to $10,097,269

to be put towards a new law enforcement center.  Any revenue collected over that will be given to County Council for re-distribution.

What that means is that if there are additional funds generated with

the CPST the County Council is free to utilize those  funds for anything they choose.  While the vehicle bond specifically states those funds can only be used for vehicle replacement the CPST is not so protected. The projected cost for the Law enforcement center will be upwards of  $28,000,000 this Sales Tax will earmark only $10,097,269 for the Law Enforcement Center which will leave over half in the balance. 

This will be the biggest ticket item and as has been stated, we can expect a big increase in taxes to fund this project.

Facts: 

The projected cost of the new LEC is between  $25 million and $28 million.  the revenue from the CPST is projected to now be $10, 097,269 reduced from the $15, million previous revenue projection.  This means there will be a balance of at least $15 million to fund.  The CPST is allocating $10, 097,269 for the LEC.  What is not stated is that should EC receive additional revenue  beyond the $10 million +,  any overage goes back to council to allocate as they see fit.  Review of the "original wish list" shows there are many "other projects"  they would likely wish to utilize those monies to fund. In my opinion facing a deficit to fund this project should require that County Council use any funds derived from this sales tax project to fund the new LEC rather than putting it on the backs of the property owners at any point. This was recommended to County Council with no response given.  This indicates they will likely try to utilize any overage for some of those "wish list projects".  This will require citizens to be watchful.

Obviously even with the previous revenue projection this will fall short of the projected cost just for the jail.  With the reduced projection, it is unclear where the remaining funds will be found, however, it has been stated that Edgefield County citizens can expect a large tax increase  This CPST bond will be for a period of 8 years.  The CPST committee recommended only the jail funding be recommended to County Council  be put on the ballot.   The County Council voted to place the Law Enforcement Center funding on the November ballot

Citizens will make the decision at the ballot box. 

The next Step - LMO Ordinance:  ZONING

These will apply to ALL unincorporated areas of the County - The draft has been prepared by those on the Steering Committee - Planning Committee and those with a stake in the Ordinance  .

Land Management Ordinance

Suspended: August 5, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Zoning :

A confusing matter so study it carefully - short time to review and they are picking your zone and  setting up what they think your land use should be.  Let me repeat that....they are choosing!

The County Consultant wants Citizen  Input  - Citizens you only have 4 months to review the below links including the Zoning Map - check what it means for your property and see what land uses will be allowed. There is a lot of information we need to check very carefully.  Here is what we must look over.

Edgefield  County cover page: here

LMO Draft 376 pages  here

Interactive Zoning Map App here 

The Land Management Ordinance (zoning) has been recommended by the Steering Committee to the Planning Commission.  The process has been suspended  August 5, 2020 - January 1, 2021.  The staff will continue working, as needed with the Consultant to assist the PC in preparing  the  recommendations for new Land Management Ordinance guidelines for future development to County Council.   You can click on the LMO comparison to view the different categories being used in other areas to see what is being considered for our County. This process will determine the categories; what is contained in those categories; and what is allowed, what is not allowed, and where these zoning areas are located in the  County. During this time the Planning Commission is seeking citizen input into:  Check here for the current draft being considered by the Steering Committee. 

Meeting video/zooms are  under meetings and Events

If you have questions or wish to be heard you will need to send an e-mail - Also if you wish to receive the meeting notices, agendas for the meetings or any documentations regarding the Planning  Commission  contact County Planner 

Kevin Singletary:

ksingletary@edgefieldcounty.sc.gov

Office: (803) 637-2101


Documents related to  Planning Commisson Steering Committee  Meetings:   LMO- Zoning      Possible extended schedule.

Agenda Minutes (Feb) - here

  • Zoning District Summary - here

  • Zoning Map - New Draft  - here

  • Zoning Map -previous with Densities -  here 

  • Full Information :  Zoning Draft - full version here (a work in progress)


 

LMO Steering Committee Meeting

February 25, 2020

Video here 

 

The LMO (Land Management Ordinance (zoning) Steering Committee schedule can be found on the Meetings + Events page. Any questions regarding the LMO Steering Committee should be directed to the County’s Planner Kevin Singletary ksingletary@edgefieldcounty.sc.gov

Election year is here. 

Make sure you are registered, check your status, check out the rules and regulations, and if you have a desire to serve read the instructions and get moving!!

 

​Election Information Links:

Edgefield County Election Information  

VoterInformationRequest.aspx 

Election Calendar

Register on line 

The Edgefield County Board of Education's website

has been updated to include this Referendum Page. This update shows the progress made with the bond that voters passed November 2018. Take a moment or two to look this over.

County-wide Reassessment Program

Edgefield County is in the process of a Countywide Reassessment Program which all counties are required to implement every five years under South Carolina law. The current reassessment is expected to be completed by December 31, 2020.  To avoid a in person visit make sure you complete the census form.

Census Year ends December 31,2020 .​

Click the Adobe PDF icon to view the following

Edgefield County files:

Comprehensive Plan

Strategic Plan

LMO Public Involvement Plan

LMO Steering Committee Meeting Schedule

LMO Ordinance Comparisons

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