City Council approves rezoning, annexations
By Pat Dowling|
During their Sept. 19 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council recognized the North Myrtle Beach 11-12 Ponytails for having finished in second place at the 40th Annual Dixie Ponytails Softball World Series. During the World Series, which was held in early August at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, the North Myrtle Beach Ponytails triumphed over state champions from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, before falling to the World Series Champions from Dillon.
The North Myrtle Beach 11-12 Ponytails coaching staff included manager Anthony Lawson, assistant coach Tim Walker, assistant coach Don Barrow and team members Presley Minnick, Emily Richardson, Julia Walker, Jennifer Argo, Marissa Iannone, Morgan Lawson, Jamaisha Prince, Isabella Barrow, Taylor McDowell, Savana Robledo and Paige Weaber.
The Employee of the Month Award was presented to Tina McCrackin, special events and program director for the Parks and Recreation Department. Her work requires the ability and willingness to coordinate selflessly and seamlessly with many departments in order to ensure that city festivals, concerts, movies, special events and more run smoothly and provide positive experiences for residents and visitors.
Longevity awards were provided to five city employees. Longevity awards are presented in five year increments to employees who consistently provide excellent customer service. Receiving awards were heavy equipment operator Paul Bellamy (20 years of service), heavy equipment operator Desmond Patrick (20), Aquatic & Fitness Center director Melinda Chappell (15), pump mechanic I Dale Hardee (15) and crew leader Courtney Bellamy (10).
Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance to rezone 6.4 acres located on Main Street from Highway Commercial (HC) to Planned Development District (PDD).
On behalf of Cyn Mar Designs, Inc. authorized agent David Glymph submitted a petition for the rezoning of one vacant, unimproved 6.4 acre lot located between Barefoot Church and BB&T Bank on Main Street from Highway Commercial (HC) to Planned Development District (PDD). The development is known as Town Centre on Main.
As planned, there will be 14,800 square feet of commercial lease space available, offering a mixture of retail, office and dining venues. A freestanding, fully enclosed 3,400 square foot restaurant, providing a focal point for the development and a venue to enjoy the existing natural water amenity, is also part of the development. Prior to approving second reading, City Council amended the PDD to require that the restaurant be fully enclosed in order to prevent exterior noise from interfering with residents already living in the area.
There will be a total of 26 three-bedroom, 2,553 square foot single-family townhome residences for a total of 66,378 square feet of interior residential living space. Residences will be offered in both a mixed-use setting and straight townhome land uses.
There will also be 20 condominium units, each offering 1,728 square feet of space, for a total of 34,560 square feet of interior residential living space. The multifamily residences will be two-story condominium units located above ground floor commercial lease space. The units will be accessible by elevator and stairs from the main plaza level.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to annex the entire 29.23 acre Palmetto Point subdivision, which currently lies within Horry County’s jurisdiction. The city filed the petition to annex and the petition also reflects the city zoning district of Single-Family Low-Medium Density (R-1B).
According to a recorded restrictive covenant, as a condition for connecting to the city’s sewer or water system, the subdivision is subject to annexation once it becomes contiguous to the city limits. The recent annexations of the Rust and Permenter tracts west of the Intracoastal Waterway have established Palmetto Harbor as being contiguous to the city limits.
The proposed zoning district of R-1B requires minimum lot sizes and widths of 7,000 square feet and 60 feet, respectively, and setbacks of 25 feet for the front, 5 feet for the sides and 20 feet for the rear, which blend well with the existing subdivision.
Much of the Palmetto Harbor subdivision is undeveloped but there are 10 lots occupied by existing single-family detached houses. Surrounding land uses are golf courses and single-family residential homes.
City Council passed first reading of a request to amend the Barefoot Resort Commercial (a.k.a. Barefoot Landing) Planned Development District.
The applicant and project representative, Seth McCoy of Burroughs & Chapin Company, on behalf of Barefoot Commercial, LLC, has requested an amendment to a portion of the PDD involving a redesign of the Barefoot Landing project. The proposed amendments add density on the lake and the Intracoastal Waterway and intend to provide a more intuitive and safer pedestrian circulation system, plus enhanced aesthetics.
The revised site plan for Barefoot Landing proposes adding 70,620 square feet of new building product. When added to the existing 244,380 square feet, the new total would be 315,000 square feet or a 29 percent increase.
While preserving much of the original building arrangements at the front of the development adjacent to U.S. Highway 17, additional new buildings would be constructed between existing buildings to fill in current gaps and enhance the pedestrian experience. Many of the buildings located along the Intracoastal Waterway would be redeveloped into something similar to the Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet or the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.
The private, internal roadway system would receive a major update. Most notably, the existing roadway along the waterway would be relocated and redesigned to allow for a better traffic circulation pattern. A pedestrian plaza is also proposed to connect future uses with the waterway.
The architectural style for Barefoot Landing would change from the current colors and building materials to one “inspired by great coastal towns along the eastern seaboard”, combining the character and authenticity of historic main street with the natural beauty of the waterfront in the reimagined shopping and dining experience.
Any subsequent changes to the approved architecture would require a Minor PDD Amendment.
The current property is over 1,500 feet in depth. The proposal would allow a tiered height allowance for different portions of the property based on the distance from Highway 17. The maximum heights would continue to be subject to any height restrictions imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration for the flight path of the adjacent airport.
According to the city’s public works director, the Highway 17 intersections along Barefoot Landing’s frontage currently operate at a failing functional classification. Minor improvements will soon begin to lengthen the single left turn lanes, improving turning radius and providing for access control. However, it is anticipated that even with these improvements the intersection’s functional classification will not improve to an acceptable level. Dual turn lanes are needed at several of the intersections but the improvements are not currently funded. Any increase in traffic volumes would need to be addressed appropriately.
Drainage and storm water must also be properly handled. The city’s public works department has concerns with the company’s proposed design that would decrease Barefoot Landing’s retention pond size by roughly 2.5 acres in order to reconstruct the internal roadway and provide better traffic flow. This may lead to reduced storm water detention and higher storm water flows in to White Point Marsh and ultimately to the ocean at Windy Hill Beach. White Point Marsh Swash is already an impaired waterway due to excessive bacteria. Public works and City Council view a rerouting of the outfall to the Intracoastal Waterway as a preferred alternative and it appears that this will be the subject of a condition attached to any approval.
Redevelopment of the property would be accomplished over time and the order of development would be based on market demands. The current intention, which is subject to market, economic and other factors, is to first complete Phase I cosmetic changes, including façade enhancements, walkway improvements, lighting and landscaping enhancements, additional building square footage and parking lot traffic flow improvements. Once permits are obtained, Phase II, which includes the relocation of the rear drive and additional square footage on the waterway side of the property, would begin. The final phase would include the redevelopment of many of the existing waterway buildings.
Apart from concerns about traffic flow on Highway 17 in front of Barefoot Landing and the handling of storm water flow, City Council members commended the company on its plans, which would contribute to the continued increase in popularity of North Myrtle Beach as a new resident and vacation destination.