County planners ok rezoning

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Updated Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:09 am

Three property owners in the Murrells Inlet area have received good news from the Georgetown County Planning Commission.

Two rezoning requests in the area and a rear-yard setback amendment for a home in the Wachesaw Plantation East Planned Development were approved by the Planning Commission on Aug. 21.

These changes will be decided by County Council after three upcoming readings.

The first rezoning request was from Wendell Powers, as agent for Wesley Barr, to rezone two parcels from General Commercial (GC) and 10,000 Square Feet Residential (R-1O) to just R-1O.

The property is located at 3629 and 3641 Melton Avenue, about 320 feet east of the intersection of US 17 Business and Melton Ave. in Murrells Inlet.

Planning staff reported that this property is presently split zoned. Approximately .37 acres of the front of the property is now zoned General Commercial (GC) and the remainder of the 5.8 acre tract is zoned 10,000 Square Feet Residential (R-1O) with a portion of the property adjacent to the inlet zoned Conservation Preservation (CP). The portion of the property zoned CP will remain.

Adjacent properties to the north, south and east are zoned R-1O, and properties to the west are zoned GC with the property to the west zoned Resort Commercial (RC).

The Georgetown County Future Land Use Map supports this request since it designates this area as medium density residential.

The second zoning change request is from Jack Johnson of Alden-Monroe Group,

LLC as agent for Georghiou Propocopis to rezone approximately three acres from One Half Acre Residential (R 1/2) to 10,000 Square Feet Residential (R-10).

The property, which is vacant, is located at 971 Wachesaw Rd. in Murrells Inlet.

The adjacent properties along Wachesaw Rd. to the north, south, east and west are zoned R 1/2.

Coastal Gas, zoned General Commercial, is located on the corner of Wachesaw Rd. and Old Kings Highway, about 332 feet from the property.

However, due to the shape of the lots the southeast corner of the proeprty in question touches the rear western tip of the lot where Coastal Gas is located.

There is a .75-acre triangle shaped lot, zoned R 1/2 that is located between the applicant’s property and the gas property.

Wachesaw Warehouses, zoned GC, fronts Old Kings Highway and is located approximately 572 feet from the intersection of Wachesaw Rd. and Old Kings Hwy.

The three properties located between the gas company and the warehouses are also zoned GC.

The remainder of the surrounding properties are zoned residential.

Planning staff reported that the property owner proposes to subdivide the property into a 10-lot single family subdivision under the R-10 zoning district.

The proposed single family development would also include a 50-foot right of way with adequate turn around. The proposed lots range in size from 10,273 square feet to 12,021 square feet.

The minimum lot size in the R-10 district is 10,000 square feet with a minimum lot width of 70 feet.

Subdivisions that create 10 or fewer new lots are minor subdivisions and only require staff review.

It is important to note that this application is for a rezoning and not approval of the presented subdivision. The owner has no obligation to follow this plan, planning staff reported.

The Georgetown County Future Land Use Map does not support this request since it designates this property and all adjacent property as low density with the exception of the gas company and the warehouses.

The closest medium density designation is located about 600 feet southeast of the property, along the east side of Old Kings Hwy.

Setback amendment

Planners approved a request for a rear-yard setback amendment from Phil Honer to amend the Wachesaw Plantation East Planned Development for property located at 4505 Smilax Place, Murrells

Inlet.

The lot currently contains a one-story single family residence with two concrete patios located at the rear of the structure.

Honer is proposing to add a pergola over an existing patio. The pergola would encroach approximately 7 feet into the required 15-foot rear-yard setback.

Honer said that the pergola is needed for shade in that part of the yard and the structure needs to cover the entire patio area for aesthetic reasons.

“At that particular part of the property there is sun from early morning until evening,” Honer said during the meeting.

“That makes it unusable.”

The proposed encroachment will not directly impact any adjacent property owners since the parcel backs up to an open, common area.

The pergola would be centered on the existing French doors and windows at the rear side of the house.

Planning staff suggested placing a condition on the approval that the pergola never be enclosed.

Honer agreed and said he does not plan to enclose it.

The required setbacks for this portion of the Wachesaw Plantation East Planned Development are 20 feet in the front, 10 feet on the sides and 15 feet in the rear.

The 10,309-square-foot parcel is located on a cul de sac.

The lot is pie shaped and backs up to a common open space that borders the golf course. Single family homes border the properly on both sides.

The pergola would be located on the existing patio on the south side of the structure.

The patio currently encroaches about seven feet into the 15-foot rear-yard setback.

The Zoning Ordinance exempts on-grade patios from minimum setback requirements. Attached pergolas are not exempt.

The Wachesaw Plantation East Architectural Review Board has approved the proposal.

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