Communications tower approved for North Santee
Better cell phone reception is on the way for the North Santee area of Georgetown County.
The county Planning Commission approved a request to put a 175-foot-tall communications tower on Powell Road near Oaks Plantation Road, behind Hopsewee Plantation.
AT&T will be the first to use the tower, which has room to support four other companies.
The closest communications tower in the area is 2.55 miles away.
A group of residents concerned about radiation and health issues attended the meeting to oppose the tower. County planning director Boyd Johnson said local governments are prohibited from making decisions about communications towers based on health concerns.
Planning Commission decisions on communications towers do not have to go before County Council.
In other business
• The Planning Commission granted a variance on side-yard setbacks so a homeowner could add an elevator to a house in the Charlestowne Grant section of Litchfield By The Sea.
The 5.1 x 5.25 foot elevator shaft, which will be added to the Blakeley property on Sea Oates Circle, will encroach 2.33 feet into the setback.
The proposal has the support of the adjacent property owners, the Charlestowne Grant Council of Co-Owners’ Board of Directors, and the LBTS Architectural Review Board.
• The Planning Commission approved a rezoning request by a Kensington resident who wants to use her entire house as a beauty salon.
Judy Rogers currently uses part of the house on Bragdon Avenue near North Fraser Street as a salon. The change in zoning from “10,000 square feet residential” to “neighborhood commercial” would allow her to use the entire house as a salon.
Two adjacent properties are zoned “neighborhood commercial.”
The setback variance and the rezoning still need final approval by County Council.
• A request to add 11 multi-family residential units to the Pawleys Island Holdings Planned Development was deferred at the request of the applicant.
The property, just north of Mason Tire on U.S. Highway 17 in Pawleys Island, was approved as a commercial planned development in October 2009. Infrastructure work has already been completed.
The developer now wants to get rid of two 6,500-square-foot retail buildings planned for the back of the property and replace them with the dwellings.
County staff recommended the Planning Commission deny the request as submitted.
By Chris Sokoloski
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