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Pawleys Plaza: Council will overturn roof variance and fire ARB

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Georgetown County Council declared its intent Tuesday to remove all members of the Waccamaw Neck Architectural Review Board and repeal last week’s decision that allowed developers of Pawleys Island Plaza to skirt pitched roof requirements in the county’s commercial design code.

Council members were unanimous in their action, according to Chairman Johnny Morant.

The Waccamaw Neck Architectural Review Board granted Sunbelt Ventures a variance on requirements that 50 percent of the roofs on new buildings at Pawleys Plaza be pitched rather than flat. The requirement on roofing is part of the Waccamaw Neck overlay zone.

Mack Cross, development associate for Sunbelt, said the proposed redevelopment met all requirements of the code except the requirement that no more than 50 percent of a building’s roof be flat. “The requirement restricts development of the property,” he said.

Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis, Don’t Box The Neck chairman SueAnn Crawford and others asked the board to deny the variance because a number of other developers had worked hard to meet the building code.

See this week’s Coastal Observer for the complete story.

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