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May 20, 2014

Myrtle Beach residents, developers reach agreement on new Pine Lakes subdivision

Development will proceed on a new subdivision in the nearly 12.5 acres between the historic Pine Lakes Golf Course and Country Club Drive that have been vacant for decades.

Development will proceed on a new subdivision in the nearly 12.5 acres between the historic Pine Lakes Golf Course and Country Club Drive that have been vacant for decades.

The Myrtle Beach City Council in April approved the creation of the Pine Lakes Estates planned unit development.

Being in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods – built in the late 1920s before the city was chartered – longtime residents of the Pine Lakes community initially told City Council members that they worried any development would change the character of the neighborhood.

But developers and residents reached an agreement after meeting last month, said Scott Miles, grandson of the original developer. Council members had suggested the developers meet with residents to try to come to a compromise or at least an understanding.

Mayor John Rhodes said he believed a lot of the residents’ concerns came from there being a lack of communication from the developers.

“The hard facts are that that neighborhood will be developed,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do to stop it, unless you buy that property.”

City planner Allison Hardin said the neighborhood was redesigned based on resident input.

When initially presented to the Myrtle Beach Planning Commission, Miles asked for a gated community that featured private roads. Residents voiced concerns that the gated neighborhood would not be connected to the existing neighborhoods and Miles withdrew the request.

“Most of [the] concerns have been addressed,” Hardin said.

Council approved the PUD unanimously at the April 22 meeting. On first reading, Councilmen Wayne Gray, Mike Lowder and Phil Render voted against the ordinance. The said later they were more comfortable once residents’ concerns were met.

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