North Augusta City Council, Fletcher Dickert, Eric Presnell

North Augusta City Council members Eric Presnell, left, and Fletcher Dickert look through wayfinding options presented to Council during their study session Monday. 

North Augusta City Council gave its final approval Monday in order to rezone much of Riverside Village from Planned Development to Downtown zoning.

The third and final reading of an ordinance that would rezone 11 properties in Riverside Village – excluding SRP Park and Ironwood Apartments – passed 6-0, with Council member Kevin Toole recusing himself.

During the previous City Council study session on May 6, Chris Schoen with Greenstone Properties said reasons the rezoning was applied for include height, setback and parking issues.

Council also approved receipt of the recommendation from Planning Commission that the area be rezoned. 

City Council also unanimously approved the second of three readings of an ordinance that would exercise an option to purchase property formerly known as North Augusta Country Club and to convey the title to property owned by the city in exchange for the country club property – essentially a land swap. If the ordinance is passed, the city would swap land off Five Notch and Murrah Roads and receive the property that was previously the country club.

Finally, Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting North Augusta Forward in contracting Studio Main LLC to update the Downtown Greeneway Connector Master Plan and preliminary construction documents.

Mayor Bob Pettit read the resolution in its entirety during the meeting, which reads that any decision to pursue the downtown Greeneway Connector would require future consideration by Council. The resolution also commits the city’s support and cooperation for the design phase.

Council member Fletcher Dickert added during the study session before the meeting that he “loves to see some action happening” on the connector.

Councilwoman Pat Carpenter said during the meeting it's important to make sure downtown businesses are involved and informed during the process of the connector.

Dickert echoed that, adding he believes taking incremental "bites" and constructing a small portion at a time would help from a funding perspective on the connector.

"I'd like to say that I've been a strong advocate of the downtown Greeneway connector, and I'm excited to see that we're getting some movement on this," Dickert said.

"I definitely think this is something we as a community need to take up," he said, mentioning that the city allocated money in the Capital Projects Sales Tax IV for the project.

During the study session before the meeting, Council heard updates from Finance Director Cammie Hayes on the 2018 audit and from Planning and Development Director Libby Hodges on the progress of a city wayfinding project. 

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.