January 24, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers - Second Floor - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, January 17, 2001, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.

1. Presentation - USC Student Incubator Program

Mr. Joel Stevenson and Ms. Jotaka Eaddy, USC Student Body President, and Dr. Bill Harris briefed Council on recent activities of the incubator program which included an increase of space and a total of 6 companies.  Mr. Stevenson noted that the incubator staff will be moving to the 1233 Washington Street building within the next 60 days.

2. Billboard Ordinance Discussion

Mr. Chip Land, Zoning Administrator, briefed Council on a meeting held with the S.C. Department of Transportation.  Mr. Land stated that the primary issues were the concern about the underling zoning in terms as it relates to SC DOT regulations.  Mr. Land stated that the SCDOT were continuing to review the underling ordinance and are waiting for a response from them.  He stated that the City will continue to work with Lamar to find alternative sites.

Mayor Coble noted for members of the press that Lamar did not attend the meeting.

3. Palmetto Soft Incubator

This item was held over.

4. Landscape Ordinance Review and Discussion

This item was held over for discussion and public comment at the council evening meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at Hand Middle School.

5. Zoning - Planned Unit Development Discussion

Mr. Chip Land explained what a PUD zoning classification is designed specifically to do and noted that it is an applicant driven process.  Mr. Land stated that the City is responsible for enforcement of the plan as it was presented to Council.   He stated that there is a provision in South Carolina Enabling Legislation called an Development Agreement.  Mr. Land explained that in this agreement the developer presents to Council a specific agreement and Council can approve the rezoning based on that development agreement.  Mr. Land also informed Council that under state law, the development agreement is only applicable to properties of 150 acres or more with a detailed review and is an applicant driven request.  He noted that in North Carolina and in other states, they have what is called conditional zoning that is specifically authorized by state law.  Mr. Land noted that without changes to the enabling legislation, it is his opinion, that the City does not have the authority to overlay a PUD over the entire City.

Mr. Davis asked for an explanation of how the City can enforce PUD zoning.

Mr. Land responded that when the site plans are submitted for review they are researched to ensure what was is submitted is what Council approved in the original rezoning approval.

Ms. Sinclair  noted that the need for turning to a PUD will be reduced after the revised zoning ordinance is approved.

Mr. Osborne is in favor of having a well developed PUD ordinance.

Mr. Land asked that he be given time to respond appropriately to any of Councils concerns regarding PUD zoning.

Mr. Bierman agreed to come up with ideas on a how you step through the process.

6. Appointments

Mr. Bierman asked Council to approve a request from Mr. Sal Cilella, Director of the Columbia Museum Art, to reappoint Ms. Joyce Hampton for the Museum of Art Commission to a second five-year term which will expire on January 1, 2006.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously voted to approve the reappointment of Ms. Hampton to a second five-year term expiring on January 1, 2006.

7. Stormwater Utility Status

Mayor Coble announced that a tour of the stormwater utility will be televised featuring the Randall Street ditch and Saluda Avenue ditch.


A. Heathwood Neighborhood Traffic-Calming Plan

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Healthwood Neighborhood Traffic-Calming Plan as presented.

B. Street Closing - Request from Jillian=s Entertainment to section off
the parking lot for a special music event featuring ADJ [email protected], on
Thursday, January 25, 2001, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. thru
2:00 a.m., and Approval of Resolution No. 2001-002 - authorizing the
consumption of alcohol to be extended into the parking area.

Council denied this request.

9.  Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted to go into executive session to received a legal briefing on matters dealing with land contracts and SCANA.  Mr. Osborne will not participate in discussions regarding SCANA.


The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk