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Land use: Plan for horses stalled while talks try to appease neighbors

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

County officials are continuing to seek a compromise between a couple who want to board their horses near a new house they plan on Petigru Road and neighbors who oppose them.

The rezoning proposal that would allow owners of McCoy Farms, Addie and Mark McCoy, to build a house and barn for two horses and a pony on 8 acres has been deferred, according to County Council Member Bob Anderson, who has been talking with the parties involved.

Preliminary word Wednesday was that the rezoning case had been placed on next Tuesday’s agenda.

Meanwhile, the McCoys have agreed to pay the heirs of Samuel Smalls Sr. $120,000 for the land at 1481 Petigru Drive zoned “general residential”. Members of the Georgetown County Planning Commission were told the purchase was contingent upon the property being rezoned “forest and agriculture-residential” when they considered the rezoning and recommended against it by a vote of 3-1.

Norman Reid, who led a large contingent to the planning commission from the surrounding neighborhood to protest allowing horses on the property, said he remains opposed to the rezoning. “We are still against it,” he said, “and we will let our voice be heard.” Neighborhood residents attended a meeting of County Council last month to speak against the rezoning but were confused when the matter failed to come up for discussion.

Bob Moran, lawyer for the sellers and buyers, argued for the rezoning before the planning commission. He said it would benefit the community. Boyd Johnson, county planning director, and his staff recommended the rezoning because it would lower the density in an area of growing congestion.

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