Next week we will have a public hearing prior to our regular Town Council meeting, beginning at 5:30 pm. We will be hearing presentations on a rezoning request for Chapin United Methodist Church from Single Family Residential to Neighborhood Commercial; reviewing an ordinance to create a rental property registry; and considering a unified development fee schedule.
The latter two issues are important because they will help us keep up with the appropriate contacts for property owners who own rental property and provide a way to recover the costs associated with reviewing the many site plans developers bring to us for consideration and approval. These are areas that other municipalities and counties in the Midlands have addressed and implemented, and now our town needs to get on board to protect property values. It also provides a way to recover the cost of man-hours it takes to review and negotiate with commercial and residential developers to make sure zoning compliance and adherence with our land use regulations, architectural review and landscaping standards are met.
Recently, I was asked to serve on a DOT Stakeholders Committee consisting of approximately 40 people. The purpose of this committee is to bring an awareness to the current traffic congestion problems we encounter on I-26, I-20 and I-77, as well as the projected growth of this issue over the next 20 years. DOT has brought together state and local elected officials, school districts, transportation organizations, chambers of commerce and others to help in communicating ways to improve effective and efficient ways on how we travel on our interstate highways. More information will be disseminated through this column, as well as through social media and public informational meetings.
Last week I had the opportunity to install the newly elected officers of our very own Chapin American Legion Post 193. As a veteran and Legionnaire of this Post, I’m humbled by the amount of time, commitment and resources each member gives to this Post to support our Veterans and the many other causes they’re involved in. If you know any Legion Post and Auxiliary members, please take a moment to thank them for their service and let them know how much you appreciate what they do for our community.
We have several groups meeting in the coming weeks to benefit our community. The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on June 23 at 6 pm. The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 28, followed by the Planning Commission’s monthly meeting at 6:30 pm. Some of the topics they will be discussing include beautification and historic preservation. And the Chapin Arbor Day folks will convene on Thursday, June 30 at 5:00 pm to discuss their strategies for moving forward. I am thankful we have committed citizens that are willing to tackle these issues for the benefit of our community, and during the summer no less!