Edgefield County votes to move forward with annexation resolution

Edgefield County votes to move forward with annexation resolution

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Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2016 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O’Clock

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — North Augusta or Edgefield County, a divided issue in the most literal way.

“This has been taking place, it’s this last push, the 82 acres,” Art Biggs said.

82 acres of land which will become a subdivision on Gregory Lakes Road was recently annexed into North Augusta . Now, people in the Merriweather District of Edgefield are concerned about what could be going on around their own properties.

“County residents by not being in the city has no representation,” Edgefield County Administrator Tommy Paradise said.

With no representation, people are worried their county leaders no longer have a say in what happens on the land. Art Biggs lives in the city limits inside Edgefield, he says the county needs to be a part of the growth.

“The issue has to be we have to be a partner in this process and right now we’re not,” Biggs said.

The problem is state law gives all the power to the city of North Augusta, leaving the County in the cold.

“It makes null and void all of the zoning that has taken place in this county, long range plans and everything else and that just doesn’t seem right,” Biggs said.

Which is why they are talking about changing a statewide law, so the county has a voice too when it comes to North Augusta’s expansion.

“See if there could be better input not just in Edgefield County and North Augusta and the municipalities in Edgefield County, but statewide,” Paradise said.

In a growing area it’s all about not getting left behind.

“I don’t think we’re behind, this growth is 5, 10 years, but we need to prepare for it as a county,” Biggs said.

County Council approved the resolution 4-0, with one council member absent. Paradise will now send the resolution out to other county administrators around the state in hopes of gathering support for a change in the law.

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