Dorchester council looks at zoning some country parcels

ST. GEORGE — Dorchester County Council is considering zoning some parcels in the rural environs outside Summerville that have not been zoned.

County Council this week moved to committee for study two recommendations from its planning commission:

— To establish “economic development” zones emphasizing business and industrial in small nodes of the rural community where businesses or industries already exist.

— To offer Voluntary Agricultural districts to existing farms as a method of protecting the farmland as adjoining land is developed. This would be the county’s third try in three years to win support for any parcels of zoning in among 260,000 acres of the county that are now zoned “absence of control.”

People who live in the country outside the booming Summerville suburbs have opposed zoning; they want autonomy. But the lack of zoning has contributed to a lack of jobs and other opportunities.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.

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