County tables impact fee repeal
An ordinance that would have repealed impact fees was tabled by Georgetown County Council at its meeting on Tuesday.
The repeal was contingent on the approval of a new one-cent sales tax by voters on Nov. 6. A referendum on the sales tax was defeated 15,138 to 12,932.
Chuck Richardson Jr., of Coldwell Banker in Georgetown, urged Council to do away with the fees.
“Impact fees have done as much to curtail construction in our county as the recession did,” he said.
Eileen Johnson of Century 21 Grimes and Associates in Georgetown, criticized Council for impact fees and the number of people the county employs.
“You virtually took what little room we had to grow and stopped it,” she said. “You all have not slowed down your spending one iota.”
If the ordinance is not recalled by Council at its next meeting, it is dead.
In other business:
• County Council gave first reading to an ordinance to amend the Pawleys Island Plaza Planned Development to increase the acreage and allow for redevelopment.
Sunbelt Ventures wanted to build a 119,500-square-foot store in the site, but the county Planning Commission recommended the plan follow the guidelines of the Waccamaw Neck Overlay Zone.
Sunbelt has not submitted new plans for the site.
• Council gave final approval to an amendment to the Future Land Use Map for three parcels at Business 17 and Sunnyside Avenue in Murrells Inlet from “medium density residential” to “commercial.”
Council then approved the rezoning of 2.67 acres at the intersection from “medium density residential” to “commercial.”
• Council gave second reading to an ordinance of a “fee in lieu of taxes (FILOT)” agreement with Agru/America Inc.
The company is planning a $13 million expansion that is projected to create 40 new jobs.
• Willie B. Thomas of Georgetown was appointed to the Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Thomas, who is retired, was nominated by Council Member Lillie Jean Johnson.
Council only meets once next month, on Dec. 11.
By Chris Sokoloski
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