They came, they asked, they received

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

About 20 residents who live near a planned development on Highway 521 near Andrews were granted their wishes at Tuesday's County Council meeting.

The residents asked for a fence at the back of the property to keep people living in the planned community from venturing onto surrounding properties and for less mobile homes on the property.

Both of these requests were added to the planned development requirements.

“We are not trying to stop the development. We know it will be developed,” adjacent property owner Bonnie Tanner said, one of five residents who spoke during public comment section of the meeting Tuesday.

“We just want to make sure it is safe for our area.”

Council approved second reading of an amendment to the Future Land Use Map regarding the Georgetown Estates Planned Development to change the residential portion from Low Density to Medium Density.

They also passed second reading of an ordinance 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 in the back of the property, as well as change the setback and lot width requirements.

Councilman Austin Beard, who represents that area of the county, made a motion to change the planned development to better suit the surrounding property owners.

Those changes were approved on second reading.

If approved on third reading, the planned development will include 31 lots for patio homes in the front of the property. Those are usually smaller-sized houses set to the edge of the lot so there is a courtyard on one side.

In the back of the property, there will be 251 lots for mobile homes, as well as a park area, recreation area and storage area.

Residents and homeowners will have a list of guidelines to follow for property and house maintenance.

Other business

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to repeal Ordinance No. 2007-54 which established rates and fees for parks and recreation programs within Georgetown County.

This will allow parks and recreation officials to adjust rates and fees as needed.

Council passed a resolution designating April 2014 as “Fair Housing Month” in Georgetown County. The resolution reads:

In April 1968 the United States passed a Fair Housing Law supporting the policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, familial status, or handicap.

The State of South Carolina enacted its Fair Housing Law in 1988 supporting the same policies, and encouraging fair housing for all citizens.

Georgetown County Council believes that all of its citizens should be afforded the opportunity to attain a safe and decent living environment.

Furthermore, Georgetown County Council is committed to highlighting Fair Housing Law and supports programs that will educate and inform the public about the right to equal housing opportunities.

April is recognized nationally as Fair Housing Month.

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