East-West Connector Petition Drive In Full Swing - WSPA.com

East-West Connector Petition Drive In Full Swing

By Mary Lu Saylor

A group of Anderson County residents are fighting a zoning change proposed by the Anderson County Planning Department.  The residents are gathering in a 12 hour petition drive at the junction of Concord Road and the future East-West connector.  

The group says the county wants to change 200 acres which is currently zoned farm/residential to office/commercial.  Concerns are being raised that this would create more traffic in the area.  In addition residents feel that businesses could go up next to their homes.

SCDOT broke ground for the East-West Connector project in October of 2009.  Original plans called for it to be a two lane road in August of 2010 the Anderson Planning Commission voted to make the road four lanes.

At the petition signing Saturday more than 400 signatures wre collected. That brings the group's total up to abotu 1050 signatures against the rezoning.

People said they found out about the redistricting through a letter in the mail.  Aaron Meltzer just moved in to a house down the road without knowing about the redistricting.

He said he found out through a letter in the mail and decided to rally his fellow neighbor’s together to sign a petition to fight the county’s plan.

“This is why we moved to this neighborhood is to get away from the commercial development and now were going to have it running through our backyards,” said Meltzer

“A lot of the anchorage is in my front yard so if it passes we’ll be looking at dumpsters,” said Cindy Burriss, another concerned community member.

On Tuesday June 14 at 6pm there is a Planning Commissions meeting at the old courthouse in Anderson.

County councilmen will be there to review the recommendation and the petition.       Residents are urging anyone who can attend to come voice their opinions.

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