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Planners OK “The Colony” south of Pawleys Island

  • Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:52 am

A plan for a small development of single-family lots off Highway 17 south of Pawleys Island is headed to Georgetown County Council.
Colony Partners LLC of Myrtle Beach got approval from the Georgetown County Planning Commission for less than 50 single-family lots on 21 acres just south of Denny Drive, across Highway 17 from Hog Heaven restaurant.
The land was rezoned in 2007 from “Forest and Agriculture” to the Pateland Planned Development. At that time, the plan was for a gated community featuring 34 single-family lots of 10,000 square feet and larger with minimum widths of 70 feet.
Colony Partners wants to amend the Planned Development to change the name to “The Colony,” and have 49 single-family lots of 8,000 square feet and larger with minimum widths of 55 feet. Colony Partners does not plan to make the community gated.
Dan Stacy, attorney for Colony Partners, told the Planning Commission that lots in the development would range in size from approximately 8,000 square feet to approximately 26,000 square feet.
The plan would require acceleration and deceleration lanes on Highway 17, which will have to be approved by the state Department of Transportation.
The land is designated as low density on the Future Land Use Map. If the change to the Planned Development is approved by County Council to allow 49 lots, the designation would have to be changed to medium density.
Planning Department staff recommended approval.
Glenda Shoulette was the only commission member to vote against approval. She is worried about the change from low to medium density because of the site’s proximity to Arcadia East.
Work has not begun on that development, which was approved in 2002 and was supposed to include 3,300 housing units, a resort hotel, golf course, equestrian center and commercial space.
The Pateland Planned Development is not a part of Arcadia East.

In other business:
• A request to rezone two lots in Pawleys Island to allow a house and a small horse barn to be built was deferred after several neighbors told the Planning Commission that farm animals aren’t welcome in the community.
The two vacant lots total 8.1 acres on Petigru Drive and are zoned “residential” and “MR-10,” which would allow mobile homes. The current owner wants to rezone the lots to “Forest and Agriculture/Residential,” which would restrict to farm animals to enclosures to 100 feet from any property line.
Based on the size of the property, Planning Director Boyd Johnson said any animal enclosure would have to be located on a 70-yard strip in the middle of the property.
Pawleys Island resident Norman Reid called the area “a small, quiet, residential neighborhood” where many generations live.
“We want to keep it the way it is,” Reid said.
“We do not want horses in our neighborhood, it’s just that simple,” said John Burgess, another neighbor, pointing out that more than 40 residents came to the meeting to oppose the plan.
“What you have here is a public outcry,” Burgess said.
Robert Moran, the attorney for the McCoys, the family that wants to purchase the property and build a house and barn, was flummoxed.
“I have no idea why this would be objectionable to anybody in the neighborhood,” Moran said.
According to Moran, the McCoys have no intention of turning the property into a horse farm. They want to build an enclosure to keep two or three horses for their daughters to ride on the property.
Reid and Burgess made it clear that the residents would welcome the McCoys to the neighborhood, but not their horses.
The two lots on Petigru Drive are a few miles from The Outreach Farm on Waverly Road, which raises cattle for nonprofits that feed the needy.
• The Planning Commission approved two street names – Marsh Grass Way and Junco Lane – in Pawleys Island.
Commission members Marvin Neal, Norma Guest, Glenda Shoulette and Elizabeth Krauss were in attendance at the meeting.

By Chris Sokoloski
csokoloski@gtowntimes.com

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