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Planned development district approved on Main Street property

Posted on Jun 9, 2016

By Pat Dowling
During their June 6 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council approved a motion to issue a special event permit for a July 4, 9:30 to 10 p.m. professional fireworks display at the Cherry Grove Pier. The city of North Myrtle Beach and the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsors of this annual event.
City Council approved a motion to issue a special event permit for the parks and recreation department’s Music on Main concert series. The free concerts are held each Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., alternately at the Horseshoe (11 South Ocean Boulevard) and 202 Main Street from June 9 through Oct. 6. The Music on Main concert series is sponsored by Anderson Brothers Bank. For a complete listing of concerts offered, visit http://parks.nmb.us.
City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance text as it pertains to temporary, seasonal requirements for near-beach parking.
Like other coastal towns and cities, North Myrtle Beach is in need of more near-ocean parking opportunities for residents and visitors. The need increases annually as tourism attendance grows and as residential developments are added within and outside the city limits.
Some who own lots in commercial sections of the city, such as Main Street, would like to offer year-round paid parking opportunities within 1,000 feet or less of the oceanfront. These privately owned and operated parking lots might be attractive to residents and visitors who don’t mind a short walk to the beach or paying for the convenience. Providing relief from paving, curbing and landscaping requirements within such parking lots makes their development financially feasible.
City Council held a Public Hearing on the proposed Parkway Planned Development District Agreement. No members of the public addressed City Council on the proposed agreement.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Parkway Planned Development District Agreement. The amendment will be accomplished via an amendment to the Parkway PDD Development Agreement and two additional amendments regarding the portion of the land to be developed by Coterra Chestnut, LLC and the portion of the land to be developed by NGD Property I, LLC and NDG Property II, LLC.
The agreement is applicable to all landowners within the PDD. To view a copy of the proposed agreement, visit www.nmb.us and access the June 6 City Council meeting agenda packet or email pcdowling@nmb.us and a copy will be sent to you.
City Council denied first reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance text, Sections 23-68.2, to create pruning standards within the tree preservation regulations.
The proposed ordinance was generated by a concern among city parks and grounds personnel that some property owners were “topping” their canopy trees while pruning them, which can result in the death of a canopy tree over time. City Council determined that the ordinance as proposed was too subjective and, as written, would be difficult to enforce.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a 6.4 acre lot located on Main Street from HC (Highway Commercial) to PDD (Planned Development District).
Authorized agent David Glymph, on behalf of Cyn Mar Designs, Inc., submitted a petition for the rezoning of the lot, located between Barefoot Church and the BB&T bank on Main Street. It is also adjacent to a single-family residential neighborhood. The applicant wants to change the zoning district from HC (Highway Commercial) to PDD (Planned Development District). The development would be known as Town Centre on Main.
The property is vacant and unimproved. The Future Land Use Map in the City’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan Update identifies the location with a “Highway Oriented Commercial” land use class. The proposed zoning district, PDD, is not a specifically recommended zoning district of this land use class, however, Chapter 6 “Future Growth” and Chapter 5 “Transportation” goals of the Comprehensive Plan support the request.
The purpose of the PDD zoning district is “to encourage flexibility in the development of land in order to promote its most appropriate use; to improve the design, character and quality of new development; to facilitate the provision of streets and utilities; and to preserve the natural and scenic features of open areas.”
The proposed PDD is seen as an extension of the ongoing transformation of Main Street. Its prime location could encourage increased commercial and recreational activities along the Main Street corridor. Town Centre’s architecture would reflect regional influences of the South Carolina lowcountry and would provide an attractive streetscape with an urban feel while maintaining a friendly, casual resort ambiance. The concept provides extensive pedestrian-friendly walkways within the development and many connections to existing city sidewalks. A proposed central plaza would adjoin the sidewalk along Main Street to engage the passerby with over 400 linear feet of highly visible and attractive frontage and access.
The proposal represents a mixed-use, connected, walkable and livable neighborhood designed to integrate into the existing community fabric.
As proposed, there would be 14,800 square feet of lease space, featuring a mix of retail, office and dining. A freestanding 3,400 square foot restaurant, providing a focal point for the development and a venue to enjoy the natural water amenity located there, is also proposed.
The proposal includes 26 three-bedroom 2,553 square foot single-family attached townhome residences. Residences would be offered in both a mixed-use setting and straight residential land uses.
There would be a total of 20 1,728 square feet condominium units, for a total of 34,560 square feet of interior living space. The multifamily residences would be two-story condominium units located above ground-floor commercial lease space. The units would be accessible by elevator and stairs from the main plaza level.
The proposed project would be completed in seven phases, with the first phase to include the construction of seven three-bedroom attached townhomes and roadways providing connections from Cedar Avenue and Main Street.
Prior to second reading, City Council has asked the developer to provide a more precise development time frame, to reorganize some of the proposed development phases, to consider moving the location of the freestanding restaurant to a different location on the lake so that it is farther from and less intrusive to an existing residential neighborhood, and to ultimately achieve a consensus from an adjacent residential neighborhood over a proper method for screening of the property.
City Council tabled until its June 20 meeting the second reading of an ordinance to annex and zone one lot located adjacent to the Parkway Group PDD (PDD), which is located west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Council wants to wait until an associated Development Agreement has been approved before giving second reading to the proposed annexation and zoning.
City Council tabled until its June 20 meeting second reading of an ordinance for a major amendment to the Parkway Group Planned Development District (PDD) to allow changes to the previously approved phase known as the Waterway Hills Tract and to add a newly annexed area known as the Wilson Chestnut Tract. The area is referred to as “Grande Dunes North” in the PDD, which is located west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Council wants to wait until an associated Development Agreement has been approved before giving second reading to the proposed ordinance.
City Council tabled until its June 20 meeting second reading of an ordinance to amend the Parkway Group Planned Development District (PDD) to allow changes to the previously approved residential tracts known as Seashore Farms and L.L. Chestnut, referred to as “Waterside” in the PDD. Council wants to wait until an associated Development Agreement has been approved before giving second reading of the proposed ordinance.


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