People living in the Kings River Road area of Pawleys Island may get better cell phone reception next year after the Georgetown County Planning Commission approved a request for a new cell tower in the area.
Optima Towers, III, LLC plans to erect a 150-foot tall stealth monopole wireless tower in the maintenance area of the Tradition golf course. The company has the support of the Tradition homeowners association.
The nearest house to the tower’s location is more than 400 feet away. The tower is not required to have lights and will be able to be used by five companies.
The plan was recommended by county Planning Department staff.
In other business
• Commissioners approved a request to add schools to the list of uses of the Litchfield Exchange Planned Development.
Coastal Carolina University wants to hold Lifelong Learning classes at the Exchange.
A discussion of the plan led to the revelation that the part of the Bike Path that connects the Litchfield Exchange with Willbrook Boulevard has been paved over.
Linda Ketron, of Bike the Neck, said the group had easements on the path and she would like to see bike lanes painted on the part that was paved.
County Planning Director Boyd Johnson said he would consult with the county attorney.
• The county will be able to take action against people and businesses that display commercial goods on their property.
Johnson said the county had gotten many complaints, especially about cars, boats and ATVs parked in rights-of-way.
Under the proposal, products must be displayed 10 feet or more from property lines, cannot be hung in trees or fences or grouped together to form signs, cannot take up required parking spaces, and cannot block the vision of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
“This will give us teeth so if somebody refuses to work with us, which has happened, we can write a citation,” Johnson said.
All Planning Commission decisions now go to Georgetown County Council for final disposition.
Commissioners were supposed to discuss the issue of outdoor shooting ranges, but because of the nearness of the Christmas holiday, and the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, the discussion was moved to the January meeting.
Two proposals before the Planning Commission were deferred after some discussion.
Colony Partners wants to rezone 21 acres on Highway 17 south of Denny Drive from the Pateland (Colony) Planned Development to “6,000 square feet residential.”
County Planning staff recommended the proposal be denied.
Attorney Dan Stacey said the developer would consider “8,000 square feet residential.”
“There is currently not a market for the PD that was established,” Stacey said.
Commission Vice Chairman Glenda Shoulette said the change to 8,000 might make the plan “more palatable.”
Hunter Brown wants to increase the density of the South Bay Village Planned Development in Murrells Inlet by one parcel.
The rezoning was recommended by county staff, but a neighbor told the Planning Commission that the development has flooding issues.
Brown said he would work with homeowners who have flooding problems and consult with the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
By Chris Sokoloski
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