A privately-owned industrial park is in the planning stages.
Cherokee County Council on Tuesday gave the project a boost with a passage on first reading of a tax incentive package.
Plans call for the park to be located on a 300-acre parcel near Bommer Industries and Whelchel Road.
The landowner was not identified at the council meeting.
The land now qualifies for the agricultural use exemption, which typically means the land is taxed between $1 and $1.50 an acre compared to the 4 and 6 percent assessments for residential and commercial parcels.
The landowner wants a tax break on the land while it’s under development, Cherokee County Development Board Executive Director Jim Cook said.
In turn, the county hopes the developer builds a spec building on the site, Cook said.
“This is to minimize his tax burden until the building is occupied and leased,” he explained.
For the time being, council is referring to the proposed industrial park as “Project Peach.”