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  • Planning commission recommends R-1 designation

  • Two properties within Camden County's planning and zoning (P&Z) district that have had no zoning received a recommendation from the planning commission last Wednesday evening to be designated R-1 single family residential. But a conditional use permit (CUP) application to allow duplexes on the properties may come before the commission at an upcoming meeting.
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  • Two properties within Camden County's planning and zoning (P&Z) district that have had no zoning received a recommendation from the planning commission last Wednesday evening to be designated R-1 single family residential. But a conditional use permit (CUP) application to allow duplexes on the properties may come before the commission at an upcoming meeting.
    The property owners - Brad and Karen Werner through BKW Lake Investments, LLC — had originally requested R-2 medium density residential zoning. An existing building — said to be a duplex type structure — is located on the 1.4 acre lot. The other 0.72 acre lot is undeveloped.
    R-2 zoning would have allowed duplex to four-plex residential development. Duplexes — but not tri- or four-plexes — can be allowed on R-1 single family residential zoning with a CUP.
    The application was for zoning rather than the typical rezoning application by the owners. The county was seeking to rectify the lack of zoning on the properties.
    There had been confusion regarding the boundary between the Village of Four Seasons and the county's P&Z district going back to the implementation of county zoning in 2004.
    Several properties in the area were affected.
    Most of the properties in question were covered by Camden County P&Z but should have been in the village, said County P&Z Administrator Don Hathaway who was not with the department at the time of implementation. After discovering the issue and working with the village, those have now had county zoning lifted from them, and a few other properties went the other way.
    There was also no zoning in effect from either jurisdiction on some properties such as a one-time 31.4 acre tract owned by Prewitt Investments.
    The Werners' smaller properties were recently subdivided from Prewitt's property and sold to their BKW company. As part of Prewitt's parent parcel, the Werners' lots were unzoned.
    After discussions with Hathaway regarding the unzoned properties, the Werners applied for the R-2 designation around the same time as Prewitt Investments made its application on the larger 28-plus acre tract.
    And so what would seem to be a relatively small zoning case was tangled up in a larger proposal by Prewitt to have its property designated with a strip of B-2 general commercial along Bittersweet Rd. between Anemone and Primrose roads and R-2 for the rest and majority of the property, bounded by Primrose and Thistle roads on the west and Anemone on the east with Imperial Point, Beaverdale and Baywood Condo subdivisions and a smaller stretch of shoreline to the north.
    Prewitt's application was withdrawn prior to the November hearing, but a handful of area residents from Imperial Point Dr. and Bittersweet Rd. attended the meeting out of concern that the two cases would combine to slide the area into a higher density usage.
    Page 2 of 2 - They expressed concern that giving R-2 zoning on the BKW land would possibly create a slippery slope to the approval of Prewitt's much larger application. The homeowners asked the commission to keep the area largely single family residential for the sake of property values and traffic safety.
    The stated intent for the proposed commercial area along Bittersweet had been for a satellite parking lot for the Shady Gators/Lazy Gators entertainment complex.
    After the withdrawal of the larger case, Hathaway indicated that Prewitt had discussed other options for the property and would likely soon be filing a revised application for the zoning he wants for the large unzoned tract.
    According to Brad and Karen Werner, the structure already on the 1.4 acre lot is a duplex structure though it is being used currently as a single family home.
    Karen had architectural plans to remodel the building to become a single family structure.
    The couple stated that they did not have any plans at this time to develop the lots with R-2 type structures, but wanted to keep their options open.

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