Planning Commission approves mobile homes for Georgetown Estates development

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nearby residents of a planned development called Georgetown Estates near Andrews say they want to make sure it is self-contained and safe.

The residents spoke during the public comment period of the regular Georgetown County Planning Commission meeting last Thursday.

The Planning Commission was considering a request from Will Moody/Bubba Grimes as agent for Georgetown Estates, LLC to amend the Georgetown Estates planned development 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.

Residents expressed concerns that the PD may increase drug and criminal activity in the area.

“If it is going to be developed, we want it to be nice, roomy and safe,” said adjacent property owner Bonnie Tanner.

Jerry Foxworth, another area property owner, agreed.

“I think a buffer needs to go all the way down one side of the property, if not all the way around,” Foxworth said.

“If not, we will have children and possibly adults wandering over into our property.”

He added that he did not want to see a mobile home park on that property.

The planners voted 3 to 2 in favor of recommending the changes to the PD with chair Brian Henry, Freddie Hill and Norma Myers-Grant voting in favor of it and Lee Shoulette and Zach Grate voting against it.

The recommendation, which did include a buffer along the entire west side of the property, will now go to County Council for three readings.

The ordinance change was approved with the following conditions:

Completion of the traffic study and incorporation into the plan.

Trees, buffer and landscaping requirements submitted and approved prior to site disturbance. These requirements will meet or exceed the requirements as contained in the Zoning Ordinance.

Signage for the development should include one free-standing monument identification sign (not to exceed 500 square feet in area or 25 feet in height) for the entire development and wall signage for the commercial area as allowed in the Zoning Ordinance. Free-standing signs will not be permitted for individual commercial entities.

Changes to the PD include:

A change in the commercial area to allow any use listed in the General Commercial Zoning Ordinance.

Instead of the previously approved three different types of residential lots, the applicant proposes two type of lots — existing and future.

A new layout is proposed which increases the number of units from 214 to 289 for a net density of ~ 4.04 units per acre.

Removal of the 0’ side yard setback for existing lots. All lots will have 20’ front, 15’ rear, 10’ side.

Pathways will be reduced in width from 8 feet to 6 feet. This was previously approved as a minor change.

In addition to patio homes, the applicant proposes allowing manufactured and mobile homes for both existing and future lots.

Including the use of mobile homes would provide a mechanism for affordable housing in this area. Mobile homes are common in the surrounding area.

The applicant proposes to increase the number of units from 214 to 319 for an

increase of 49 percent. The previously approved net density is 2.5 units to the acre.

The new proposal would increase the density to approximately 4.31 units to the

acre. The tract is designated as low density on the Future Land Use map. The proposed density is considered medium.

The new density is 4.04 units per acre which is an increase of 35 percent from the 214 lots that were originally approved for the PD.

The proposed density is considered medium.

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