Tucker Lumber rezoning request approved

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By Don Worthington

For Tucker Lumber it came down to the kind of fence it could install.
Property Tucker recently purchased was zoned highway commercial. The 7-acre site bounded by Sycamore and Hunter streets was once a concrete plant.
Tucker Lumber wants to develop the property to streamline its production process. Tucker officials estimate the change could reduce downtown truck traffic between its different locations.
Tucker Lumber could have developed the property without a rezoning. Its new use is allowed under highway commercial zoning.
What is not allowed in highway commercial zoning is an open chain-link fence. The fence would have to be screened.
“We wanted a fence to match the rest of our property,” Andrew Tucker told the Pageland Town Council. “We like a clear vision for safety reasons.”
To get that clear vision, Tucker Lumber requested the zoning be changed to basic industrial.
The town council unanimously approved the rezoning Nov. 9 – but not without discussing a related issue. Adjacent residents and town council members wanted to know how the new use would affect Hunter Street and other nearby roads.
They wanted to make sure the roads were maintained in good condition.
Road maintenance could not be tied to the rezoning. Andrew Tucker said it was in the company’s best interest to have the roads maintained.
Council member Jimmie Baker said street maintenance in that area has been a problem for more than 15 years. “We need to see that the streets are attended to,” he said.
The council agreed to forward the maintenance concerns to county and state officials.