Planning Commission OKs church, condo requests

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:03 pm

Rezoning of a Murrells Inlet church property to allow an addition to the existing main building and an amendment to a Planned Development in Litchfield to allow for a multi-family residential development topped the Georgetown County Planning Commission's agenda at last Thursday's meeting.

The Planning Commission makes recommendations to Georgetown County Council and council makes the final decision about these requests.

The commission voted to recommend a rezoning request from Lowcountry Community Church to rezone about 1.9 acres near Highway 17 Business from General Commercial to General Residential.

The property is located near the southwest corner of Bellamy Avenue and Murrells Inlet Road.

The majority of this tract is zoned General Residential, but the rear portion is General Commercial.

According to the planning staff report, the church previously sold its frontage on Highway 17 Bypass which left a remnant that is still zoned as commercial.

The church is planning to construct an addition to the existing main building.

The site is bordered by General Commercial zoning to the west and General Residential zoning to the north, south and east. A bank is location at the rear of the property.

The report states that Section 403 of the Georgetown County Zoning ordinance allows for places of religious worship in all zoning districts except Limited and Heavy Industry if that use is located in a permanent structure, meets all requirements for the particular zoning district and is located on a lot not less than one acre.

Litchfield condos

The planning commission voted to recommend a request from Jeffry D. Solan as agent for SC Ventures, LLC to amend the Mingo section of the Willbrook Planned Development to allow for multi-family residential development.

The staff report states that the proposed site plan calls for four three-story, 15-unit condominium buildings for a total of 60 units.

All units will be three bedrooms or less.

This site was previously approved in June 2005 for a 43,000 square-foot hotel with 83 rooms.

Solan stated at the meeting that the facade for the buildings will be consistent with the Waccamaw Neck traditional Lowcountry style and there will be a 35-foot buffer around the development.

Boyd Johnson, the county planning director, stated that the plan avoids curb cuts on Willbrook Boulevard.

The commission also voted to recommend a request from Rob Lane as agent for Phyllis S. Hendrix for a front yard setback amendment to allow for an addition to an existing single-family dwelling, with a maximum encroachment of 15 feet.

The property is located at 2489 Sailfish Drive in the Inlet Harbor Planned Development in Garden City.


The commission voted to defer its decision about a Planned Development request from Will Moody and Bubba Grimes as agents for Georgetown Estates, LLC to amend the text for the commercial section, increase the density, add manufactured or mobile homes as permitted uses, and change the setback and lot width requirements.

The commission voted to defer its decision about a request to amend articles and sections for designated overlay zones, application of standards and building design specifications for the Georgetown County Zoning Ordinance to define a new construction within the Waccamaw Neck Commercial Corridor Overlay Zone and to clarify the application of the 50 percent pitched roof requirement.

The commission also voted to defer its discussion about a Flexible Design District.


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