A rezoning item that has sparked a bit of angst among some residents is on the agenda for today’s Aiken County Council meeting.

At its last meeting held on June 4, Council tabled a proposal to rezone more than 3,000-acres of property to a much more restrictive zone than the current designation of those parcels of land. Today, Council will have to vote to take it off the table, so it can discuss the item and conduct a third reading. It also has the option of tabling the item once more.

If a motion is not made to remove the item from the table, the proposal dies.

The amendment under consideration is to rezone a host of tax parcels from rural development (RUD) to Residential-Horse Business District (RH5-B.) The rezoning request was prompted by a group of residents who want to maintain the “rural, equine, agricultural” character of the area in response to the County’s Planning Commission approving a Verizon Wireless telecommunications tower nearby on Fox Pond Road. If approved, those properties would not be as all-inclusive as they are now under the current rural development zoning.

The application initially suggested the rezoning of more than 6,000-acres but was amended down to approximately 3,200 in May.

Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian said at a meeting held June 11 that he would report back to Council tonight with at least two different ways to potentially provide compensation increases to employees.

Across the board cost of living adjustments, possible position reclassifications, merit based increases or a combination of each for County employees could be possibly considered, Killian said at that meeting.

The meeting starts tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 736 Richland Ave.

Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010.