The Camden County Planning & Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval of an application to rezone about 21 acres from single family residential to industrial. The property is located on Harvest Rd. north of Camdenton between old Route 5 and State Highway 5.
Darren Meyer of Elite Precast LLC is seeking the rezoning to move his light manufacturing business to the site. Elite Precast makes concrete decking for docks. It is currently located on Lake Rd. 5-81.
The move, he has said, would allow for a larger building to store and cure concrete year round.
With the nod from P&Z, the case will be set for a hearing before the county commission next month, which will make the final decision on the case.
A handful of neighborhood residents attended the Camden County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Sept. 18 in opposition to the application, sharing concerns about noise, traffic, the water table and storm water runoff into the lake.
A resident near the current facility for Elite Precasting, however, spoke favorably of Meyer's business.
While the homeowners spoke of the area as residential, Meyer said he believed it was really a business area with other boat lift and dock manufacturing facilities as well as other types of businesses nearby on Old Route 5.
There is mixed use in the area.
According to the staff report from P&Z, the Future Development Map identifies the property as Suburban-Corridor with compatible zoning classifications of planned unit developments, medium and high density residential (duplexes and condos or apartments) and low impact business (B-1) with corridor overlay.
There are at least 17 businesses along Old Route 5 that are of higher commercial impact than what is considered B-1 and that are zoned for these types of businesses, according to the staff report. There is also an industrial business - Imperial Foam - with the appropriate zoning located across the street from the site.
These higher impact zonings with businesses in operation more appropriately corresponds to Suburban-Center given the proximity of Highway 5 and Old Route 5 as major transportation corridor intersections, the staff report states.