Aiken County Planning Commission votes to recommend rezoning of land near Sage Mill Industrial Park

Mar. 17—More development is scheduled for the area near the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville based on the discussion about two pieces of property during the Aiken County Planning Commission's meeting March 16.

JCA Sage Mill LLC is seeking to change the zoning for the land from Rural Development and Limited Development to Industrial Development.

After hearing from Stewart Mills, who said he was the manager of JCA Sage Mill, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend to County Council that the property be rezoned.

JCA Sage Mill and Cal 47th East Sites LLC purchased the two parcels, which are on Old Vaucluse Road, last September, according to Aiken County land records.

The companies acquired the 243.40-acre tract from Wyatt Realty Investment Opportunity Fund Ltd. for $8,106,000.

They bought the 24.39-acre parcel for $600,000 from Sage Mill LLC.

"The surrounding zoning is industrial. We are an industrial developer ... so our intent is develop this," Mills said. "At this time, we want to get the property shovel ready. We have started some timber removal so we can have the property leveled out."

Mills also told the Planning Commission that "we don't have a user (for the land) at this time."

JCA Sage Mill LLC was incorporated in Delaware last August. The registered agent is CT Corporation System of Columbia.

JCA Sage Mill has a Lombard, Illinois, address.

"Our company, we are called an LLC, but we have several LLCs," he told the Planning Commission. "We own 8 million square feet of industrial (space) from Florida to Louisiana to Milwaukee to Ohio."

Other action taken by the Planning Commission on March 16 included the unanimous approval of a preliminary plat extension for Section 3 of the Highland Hills subdivision in the Bettis Academy Road area of Graniteville.

There will be 213 lots on just under 77 acres.

The applicant was Highland Hills LLC.

The engineer for the project is HB Engineering.

The County Planning Commission met at the Aiken County Government Center in Aiken.

Seven members of the panel were present.

Chairman Liz Stewart didn't vote during the proceedings because she wasn't needed to break a tie.