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Land use: Vote bars the door on family’s horses
By Jason Lesley
A family with horses gave up on plans to build a house and barn complex on 8 acres on Petigru Road, allowing Georgetown County Council to table a rezoning request Tuesday.
Mark and Addie McCoy purchased the property at 1481 Petigru Rd. for $120,000 from the estate of Samuel Smalls Jr. with the idea to build a house and fence in enough land to keep two horses and a pony so their young daughters could ride on weekends. Residents of the neighborhood objected to the McCoys’ horses and fought the proposal to rezone the land from general residential to a lower-density forest and agriculture.
Norman Reid, president of the Pawleys Island Civic Association, called the proposal “spot rezoning” during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s council meeting. He said the community would benefit most from by a development of low to moderate single-family housing on the property.
Alice Young called on council members to “do the right thing” and deny the rezoning, citing her concerns about odors, flies and mosquitoes. “Do you want your grandchildren living next to a horse stable?” she asked.
County Administrator Sel Hemingway told council members that the applicant had tried to withdraw the rezoning request, but council action was required once it passed through the Planning Commission. Tabling the proposal effectively kills it for at least one year, Johnny Morant, council chairman, said.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a fee in lieu of taxes incentive package for Davis Aircraft Products, a producer of aviation tubing systems relocating to Andrews. The company will make a $5.5 million investment in a facility with the potential of creating 100 jobs within five years. The agreement locks in the company’s tax rate at 6 percent for 20 years.
• Conducted a public hearing on next year’s $64 million budget. There were no comments.
• Approved the appointments of Virginia Skinner to the Georgetown County Historical Commission and David McMillan to the Tourism Management Commission.
• Approved a $70,000 bid from Southern Coastal Cable to provide Internet access for the next five years. The county’s management information system employees recommended renewing the contract with Southern Coastal Cable. Council Member Ron Charlton, owner of Southern Coastal Cable, left the council chambers during the discussion and did not vote on the contract.