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Aiken City Council to consider Waterloo Street rezoning on Monday

November 26, 2018

The Aiken City Council meets Monday, Nov. 26 to discuss myriad topics, arguably the most contentious being the prospective rezoning of the Waterloo Street neighborhood.

City Council first meets at 5:30 p.m. for a work session. City Council’s full, regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Between the two, an executive session — to discuss a potential lease agreement, according to a public notice — is planned.

City Council meets at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. SW.

At the full meeting, City Council is expected to take up the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone 11 lots fronting Waterloo Street, which lies just west of the downtown area.

The rezoning ordinance, should it pass, would change the properties from limited professional to limited business.

Ordinances require two approvals to go into effect.

The Planning Commission recommended rezoning the 11 lots during a mid-November meeting. A total of 13 properties were under consideration at the time; the Planning Commission ultimately exempted two general business lots from the action.

The Planning Commission advises City Council.

City Council’s consideration comes after a monthlong process: Multiple public hearings — punctuated by some neighborhood and resident outcry — have been held in the run-up to Monday.

“We’ve done our due diligence on this,” Jack Hunter, the Planning Commission ’s interim chairman, has said.

Members of City Council have previously expressed interest in the Waterloo Street area because of its underutilization and chance for greater growth, to use their words.

Other items on City Council’s Monday night agenda include:

Accepting the fiscal year 2017-18 financial audit.The sale of multiple properties.Consideration of annexations and other rezonings.Amending the fiscal year 2018-19 budget for Winter Storm PAX money.

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