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Columbia County Places a 6 month Moratorium on rezoning

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

From The Augusta Chronicle:

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to temporarily halt certain types of dense developments for six months while officials consider revisions to zoning ordinances.

A motion to place a six-month moratorium on rezoning properties to the “R-3, R-3A, T-R, or RCO districts, or to request residential lot sizes below 10,000 square feet within Planned Unit De­velop­ments,” passed 4-0. Com­mis­sioner Trey Allen was absent from the meeting because he was in Atlanta being sworn in to a seat on the state Board of Education.

Several officials said there was a concern that the number of applications for dense residential developments with small lots had been increasing in recent months, which can lead to strain on infrastructure and roads.

“It’s just about all we are getting now,” county Administrator Scott Johnson said of the rezoning requests.

Commissioner Bill Morris said he was voting for the moratorium because of the potential effect such developments could have on school overcrowding, citing the countywide school rezoning plan that was recently implemented to deal with booming growth. Morris said he appreciated concerns from builders and developers whose plans might be delayed, but said there were bigger concerns in guiding the county’s future.

“It’s a quality of life issue,” he said.

Before voting to approve the motion, Commissioner Doug Duncan said he was troubled by anything that looked like more government regulation that could harm growth, but he was willing to consider a six-month halt to such rezoning if the county could come up with a better set of rules.

“Frankly, it concerns me because it seems to be more government regulation,” he said. “I don’t take this lightly.”

Commissioner Mack Taylor said the six-month period is more than enough time to revise the ordinances and that developers concerns will be taken into account because the county’s new Development Advisory Board will be involved in the process.

North Augusta’s Project Jackson

Monday, October 20th, 2014

 “Project Jackson” is headed back to court.

A North Augusta resident has filed an appeal on the judge’s decision which was in favor of the city of North Augusta. Last month, the judge denied the resident’s request to reconsider that ruling, and continues is challenge the city’s financing plan for the $170 million project.
  The city was hoping to break ground in November, but the appeal could push back the start date. The city would like to break ground ASAP, so they can be ready for start of the 2016 baseball season with the GreenJackets.

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Just Moved in… Now What?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

You Just Moved In…. Now What? 6 Immediate Yard Care To-Dos

Posted in Curb Appeal, by on June 16, 2014

Home owners will be off to a good start with their new yards by following these important “move-in” steps. First and foremost, members of The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national landscape industry association, recommend making safety a priority for your yard by doing the following:

1. Do a walk-thru of the yard and check for any dangers. Inspect the trees and evaluate the health of mature ones. One of the greatest assets in a yard are mature trees — they not only provide beauty but also shade and significant cooling to the home. Make note of any trees that don’t look healthy, may be diseased, leaning or are too close to the house. Consult with a licensed arborist to assess the health of your trees.

2. Evaluate the hardscape. Make sure any hardscape areas – stone or retaining walls, concrete or brick patios, tile paths, or wooden decks — are not heaving or creating tripping hazards.

3. Inspect the drainage around the house. The drainage should not cause any water to stand near or next to the foundation, which will prevent saturation of the soil and affect the foundation.

4. Make a plan to perform routine maintenance and clean up. Clean up any brush or debris in the yard. Weeding and mulching is an inexpensive way to make a yard look great; it also provides health benefits to the plants. Consider planting annuals to add some color and impact to the yard. Learn about your plants and shrubs and how to best take care of them.

5. Check the soil. The soil is the foundation of everything in the yard — grass, plants and trees depend on healthy, well-balanced soil to flourish. Composting will improve the soil. Your lawn care professional or a DIY soil kit available at home improvement and lawn/garden centers can test the soil’s condition.

6. Study the PLAT map. The PLAT is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of the piece of land; this is helpful for any restrictions that could prevent home additions.

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US Army’s Cyber Command to Fort Gordon

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

    The Army announced the Cyber Command will consolidate it’s network operations. Fort Gordon will be the new headquarters of the US Army’s cyber command. Fort Gordon and Fort Meade in Maryland were in the running for this honor. Fort Gordon will also have a Three Star General leading Fort Gordon.

 Augusta should be proud of the hard work that went into making sure the cyber command came to Fort Gordon.

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Happy Veterans Day

Monday, November 11th, 2013

 Blanchard and Calhoun Salutes the Military Men and Women who  serve  our country. Thank You for protecting our freedom and trying to make this world a better place. Blanchard & Calhoun is honored to have Veterans who work for us, our thoughts &  prayers are always with you and your family.

God Bless America