Anderson County Council approves tax agreements and zoning changes

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During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved several fee in lieu agreements, zoning change requests and design services for a new detention center.
The Palmetto High AFJROTC unit was recognized during the meeting for receiving the 2021-22 Distinguished Unit Award, the “Silver Star” Community Service with Excellence Award and the 2022 Southeast Region Cadet Leadership Course Unit of Excellence Award. District 7 Representative Cindy Wilson made the presentation.
Council also recognized the 2022 Dixie Ponytails World Series Champion “Starr-Iva All Stars” Girls Softball Team. District 3 Representative Ray Graham made the presentation.

During the business portion of the meeting, Council approved several fee in lieu of tax agreements and zoning changes.

Council unanimously approved third reading on an ordinance authorizing a fee in lieu of tax agreement for a Project “Little Brother” which is a $30 million spec warehouse with 406,000 sq. ft. of space located at Exit 32. According to Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson, the property tax of $900 is expected to be $89,000 in 2024 and over thirty years will bring the County over $10 million in taxes.

Council unanimously approved second reading on an ordinance rezoning .92 acres of property on Hwy., 187 in the Mount Tabor Precinct. Zoning is being changed from Neighborhood Commercial (C-In) to Highway Commercial (C-2).

Other projects approved on second reading include:
Council unanimously approved amending an agreement for expansion of a joint industrial and business park for Anderson and Greenville Counties. The expansion is for a project called “Project Care”.
Council unanimously approved an ordinance to transfer a parcel of property owned by the County to the Town of Pelzer.
Council unanimously approved a transfer of right of way interest in property at Big Water Marina. The property was returned to the Marina after it was found to not be needed for a road improvement project.
Council unanimously approved a fee in lieu agreement for project “Hurricane” located in the Jimmy Wilson Industrial Park at Exit 35. According to Nelson, the project will bring 37 new jobs with average pay of $25 per hour. The industry will have an annual payroll of $1.8 million. and bring the County over $5.4 million in property taxes over a five year period.
Council unanimously approved the expansion of a joint Anderson and Greenville County Industrial Park for project “Hurricane”.

Council unanimously approved the expansion of a joint Anderson and Greenville County Industrial Park for project “Lifeboat”.

Council unanimously approved first reading, in title only, on a real estate lease with Clemson University (Clemson Extension) for space in a building owned by the County at 1428 Pearman Dairy Road. Councilmember Cindy Wilson said, “This is a vital component to services in this county”.

Council approved first reading on an ordinance to rezone 97.48 acres from R-20 single Family Residential to 1-2 Industrial Park in the Centerville Station A precinct. The property was zoned R-20 in 1999. Councilman Tommy Dunn recused himself from the vote due to an interest in the property. Councilwoman C. Wilson said she normally does not agree with rezoning property from single family to commercial, but the commercial zoning is appropriate for the area to “develop in a nice way and not wreck adjacent landowners property values.”

Council unanimously approved rezoning 16.3 acres on Beaverdam Road from R-20 Single Family Residential to C-3 Commercial. The rezoning is for a portion of a larger tract of 54.22 acres zoned Single Family residential in 1999. Wilson said this was another situation where there is residential family, a church next to a trailer park, Hwy 29 and a major industrial park. She said with buffers, that it is appropriate in this case to rezone to commercial.

Council also approved resolution authorizing speed humps on
Clarendon Drive and changes to a fee in lieu credit between Bluebird Solar and Anderson County. B. Nelson said the company operates a solar farm and requested the property be put in the agreement because it was not in the original agreement in 2019.

Following an executive session regarding an Anderson County/Iva Memorandum of Understanding, council approved Architectural Design Services for a new Anderson County Detention Center.