Letter | Speak out to save Highway 319’s rural heritage designation

06/17/2014 2:55 PM

06/17/2014 2:57 PM

In 2010 a group was formed to review Horry County's planning and zoning plans to allow commercial development along Highway 319 between Conway and Aynor. After numerous discussions and several town hall meetings, county council approved the ordinance to adopt the Highway 319 Rural Heritage Area Plan as an amendment to the Horry County Comprehensive Plan, Envision 2025.

Essentially, this called for Highway 319 to remain farm/agricultural with an economic area corridor (EAC) to be three-tenths of a mile at S.C. 22.

It has come to the attention of this group that the county's planning and zoning office has received a zoning request to change a farm/agricultural property to RE4 (high bulk retail) to allow for a family owned used car business. While we support family businesses, this property is outside of the EAC and therefore should not be approved.

A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 26 in the multipurpose rooms at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Ave., Conway. I encourage local residents, who worked hard on the Highway 319 Rural Heritage Area Plan, to voice your concerns to the planning and zoning office and, if possible, to attend this meeting.

The writer lives in Conway

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