Planning Commission says no to rezoning for water bottling facility in Plantersville

  • Friday, August 24, 2012

A plan to put a water bottling business in the Plantersville community of Georgetown was dealt a setback when the county Planning Commission unanimously voted to not recommend a rezoning request to County Council.
Benjamin Grate wants to rezone a piece of a 1.78-acre property on Jackson Village Road from “10,000 square feet residential” to “limited industrial.” There is a single-family residence there now, but Grate used to run Hi Tech Labs from a building on the property.
According to the Planning Commission, the county’s Future Land Use map shows the property, along with surrounding properties, as “low density residential.”
The recommendation for denial was based on the Future Land Use map, lack of adjacent “limited industrial” zoned properties, and discrepancies in the ownership of the property.

In other business

 •  A request by Three Island Girls, LLC, to rezone a property on the North Causeway in Pawleys Island was deferred.
Three Island Girls wants to rezone the .6-acre parcel near Rising Sun Avenue from “10,000 square feet residential” to “general commercial.”
Future Land Use map shows the property as “low density residential.”
Pawleys Island Town Council, the Pawleys Island Civic Association and the Waccamaw Neck Property Owners Association all oppose the request.
•  The Planning Commission recommended that County Council keep 6.7 acres at Boyle Drive and Highway 17 zoned “planned development” for one year.
Brian Henry was the only commission member to vote “no.”
The owner of the land requested that it be rezoned “neighborhood commercial.” The property is listed as “transitional” on the Future Land Use map.
Zoning issues with the property have come before the Planning Commission and County Council several times in the past 10 years, with access from Boyle Drive and Highway 17 always a question.
• Planning Commission staff changed the county’s ordinance governing day care facilities to include adult day care facilities.
Currently adult day care facilities are not allowed in any of the county’s zoning districts. The revised ordinance would allow the facilities in “general commercial,” “neighborhood commercial,” “rural village commercial,” “village residential 10,000 square feet,” and “office commercial” zoning districts.
The ordinance now goes to County Council for final approval.

By Chris Sokoloski

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