Georgetown City Council passes ordinance on rezoning recently acquired steel mill

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown City Council has passed an ordinance on the rezoning of the local steel mill in spite of its recent sale. 

The newly-worded rezoning ordinance is not expected to impact the restart of the mill according to county administrator Paul Gardner.

The ordinance allows the rezoning to move from heavy industrial to mixed-use if the mill is idle for 365 straight days, a clock which doesn't start if the mill sits empty because of a strike or work dispute.

The ordinance wouldn't kick in until January 2019, effectively giving the new mill ownership group, Liberty House, a whole year to get the mill up and running.

The City Planning Commission approved the ordinance last week with a recommendation of approval to the council.

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