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Council approves annexing ordinance

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

By Pat Dowling
During their regularly scheduled Oct. 3 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance annexing the entire 29.23 acre Palmetto Harbor subdivision and zoning it R-1B.
According to a recorded restrictive covenant, as a condition for connecting to the city’s sewer or water system, the subdivision was subject to annexation once it became contiguous to the city limits. The recent annexations of the Rust and Permenter tracts west of the Intracoastal Waterway established Palmetto Harbor as being contiguous to the city limits.
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 approved a special event permit for the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual Endless Summer Festival, which will be held Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main Street between Hillside Drive and Ocean Boulevard. The annual festival offers arts and crafts, food from Main Street restaurants and a variety of festival foods, live music and more.
City Council referred back to the Planning Commission a request to amend the Barefoot Resort Commercial (a.k.a. Barefoot Landing) Planned Development District (PDD).
At its Sept. 19 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of the proposed ordinance but the developer, Burroughs & Chapin Company, has proposed significant changes to the plans that were shown to City Council at first reading.
The Planning Commission will hold an Oct. 11 meeting to review the company’s proposed changes, and City Council plans to again address the proposed changes to the PDD at its regularly scheduled Oct. 17 meeting.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone one lot of about 13,409 square feet located at 404 Hillside Drive from R-2 (Medium Density Residential) to R-2A (Mid Rise Multifamily Residential).
Property owner Carol Wayne Cathcart submitted an application for the rezoning. The lot is currently vacant, zoned R-2, and is immediately next to the parking garage for the Wyndham development at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Hillside Drive (Wyndham is zoned PDD). Zoning districts surrounding the subject property are R-2 (Medium Density Residential) to the immediate north and R-4 (Resort Residential) across the street.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Bahama Island Planned Development District. The request involves modifying a portion of the total development to allow an RV campground along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
The original Bahama Island development was annexed into the city and approved as a PDD in June 2006, containing 1,374 condominium units, boat slips, dry marina boat storage facility, commercial areas and amenities. However, the only development to occur on-site since that approval has been the partial construction of a dry boat storage facility, a storm water detention pond, and a ship’s store building. Recently, work was begun to complete construction of the dry storage and to build boat slips along the Intracoastal Waterway.
The applicant and project representative Stephen Powell of Venture Engineering, on behalf of Myrtle Beach Power Sports, Inc., has requested an amendment to a portion of the Bahama Island Planned Development District involving a redesign of the project. The development requirements set forth in the proposed amendment only apply to the 21.45-acre parcel (TMS# 130-00-08-037) of the PDD. The previously approved Bahama Island Resort PDD affecting the Canal Land & Timber portion (TMS#130-00-08-058) of the development would remain unchanged. As a result, this proposal is known and cited as the “North Myrtle Beach RV Resort and Dry Dock Planned Development District.”
The proposed design intends to offer the surrounding area a recreational amenity that provides guests with camping, lodging and Intracoastal Waterway access. The North Myrtle RV Resort and Dry Dock would offer a maximum of 107 RV camper sites and 22 pop-up camper and/or tent areas. Permanent park models would also be allowed within the RV camp sites. Additionally, the resort would provide boat storage through the use of an existing dry dock storage building and infrastructure. The revised site plan for this portion of Bahama Island proposes eliminating a commercial/retail building, a high-rise building with 335 dwelling units, and two four-story multifamily residential buildings and instead building the RV resort.
Access to the site would be through a previously-platted 66 foot public right of way named Bahama Island Boulevard, providing a connection from Old Crane Road through the subject area and the remaining portion of the Bahama Island Resort. The roadway would be improved utilizing the urban boulevard cross section— a four-lane divided roadway designed and built according to city standards. The first 44 feet of the boulevard cross section would be built and used to access the resort, with the remainder reserved for future improvements.
City Council also briefly discussed the need to hold a workshop to address tree preservation in the city. A date and time for the workshop will be announced.

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