The City of Thomson has an updated zoning map for the first time in over 12 years, according to Planning Board Director Fred Guerrant.
The new map was available for board members at the June meeting last Thursday evening. Mr. Guerrant said previous maps had been produced, but would become outdated immediately. Items affecting map accuracy include changes in the city limits, which take property from county zoning into city zoning, and the independent zoning applications of both the city and county.
The new map helps real estate developers, real estate agencies, private homeowners and the planning board members know exactly what the zoning classifications for properties are.
Zoning classifications include various levels of parcel size, industrial, commercial, residential and multi-family.
The new map was made possible through a new contract between McDuffie County and the Regional Development Center in Augusta. Before the new contract, Mr. Guerrant said maps could be developed in approximately six months, but would usually "fall by the wayside" due to a lack of personnel at the development center.
"So, we are pleased with the results of the program that they now have over there for map production," he said.
A county zoning map is in the works, and should be available within the next two weeks, Mr. Guerrant said.