COLUMBIA — A request to rezone 15 acres at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road won the approval of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the project known as Hunter's Landing, but it still needs the approval of Columbia City Council.
THE REQUEST: JQB Construction wants to rezone the property from A-1, agricultural, to a planned unit development that would allow up to six dwelling units per acre. The company wants to erect nine buildings, with a total of 76 condominiums.
THE PROPERTY: The approved land is currently undeveloped and is mostly covered with trees. It is immediately north of the Bear Creek Trail and is west of the new extension of Providence Road.
According to city staff, the condominiums are appropriate for the land because it lies between office and commercial development and single-family neighborhoods.
COMMENTS: Three residents spoke during the public hearing portion of Thursday night's meeting.
Bill Pauls, who is running for the Second Ward City Council seat, said he likes the project and has no concerns.
Johanna Oldham, a Gazelle Drive resident in the Hunter's Gate Neighborhood Association area, said she was never notified of the project and will miss "the forest" at the end of her street. She is concerned about the traffic congestion the project could bring.
Kim Scott, a resident of Snow Leopard Drive, said her main concern is the environment and how Bear Creek and surrounding recreational areas will be directly impacted. Scott said she doesn't see the need for more developments, since the city has recently built others. Like Oldham, she is concerned about traffic congestion.
NEXT STEP: The request is subject to final approval of the Columbia City Council, which will consider it at a meeting in the near future.