Aiken City Council to revisit Waterloo Street rezoning in 2019, email says

November 29, 2018

The Aiken City Council will likely readdress the rezoning of Waterloo Street properties come early next year, according to the city’s planning director, Ryan Bland.

In an email sent to interested parties and Aiken residents on Wednesday, Bland said the Waterloo Street rezoning item is anticipated for the Jan. 14, 2019, City Council agenda.

City Council late Monday night tabled the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone 11 lots fronting Waterloo Street. The unanimously approved pause followed a lengthy public hearing during which Waterloo Street neighbors chastised the rezoning idea and the months-long buildup.

Ordinances require two approvals to go into effect. City Council member Gail Diggs was absent from the meeting and vote.

The 11 properties under consideration are currently zoned limited professional, a designation rarely used throughout the city.

The ordinance – if passed in its Monday state – would zone the properties limited business, a zoning that now precludes convenience store and liquor store uses.

On Monday night, those who spoke against the prospective rezoning raised concerns of over-commercialization and lack of public input. One woman who spoke during the hearing was curious if a dollar store would call Waterloo Street home if it was actually rezoned.

A majority of the Waterloo Street properties have most recently been used for commercial purposes, according to planning information.

The Planning Commission, which advises City Council, earlier this month recommended rezoning the 11 properties in question to limited business.

Waterloo Street is situated just west of what is typically defined as downtown Aiken. The relatively short two-lane road runs perpendicular to Hayne and Richland avenues.

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