Richland County Council does not consider (and they are not required to consider) any of the following issues when evaluating rezoning requests: traffic, schools, infrastructure, wetlands preservations, water shed, property value losses, etc.
In addition, at the first reading of the zoning request (which could occur as early as April 23
), they allow only 30 minutes of public input from the community. Council Chambers is also limited to approximately 125 seats.
After the first reading, public input regarding the issue is over. No public input is allowed at the 2
nd or 3
rd reading. If E Capital submits their request by April 1
this entire process could be over by the end of May, so time is of the essence. If they submit their request, our only real chance to act is now through April 23
Also, it is my understanding that almost every zoning request of this type is approved by Richland County.