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Oyster Point Approval Irks Neighbors

Council grants final approval Tuesday for 600-home development.

Over objections, Mount Pleasant Town Council on Tuesday voted to approve 593 homes for a 200-acre tract of land at the end of Six Mile Road.

The project has been controversial because neighbors fear it will cause a headache along Rifle Range Road, a route already slowed at times by heavy traffic loads.

Neighbors spoke out against the project at seven public hearings associated with the project. Tuesday's vote, however, settles the matter and the project can now move forward.

D.R. Horton Homes is building Oyster Point. It has been granted a special Conservation Landscape District zoning that allows it to build homes closer together so long as it preserves 25 percent of the lands for greenspace or preservation of historic interests.

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A Civil War fortification designed by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee sits on the property. It's the last known surviving Civil War structure east of the Cooper River.

Though to most folks it looks like big dirt mounds overgrown with trees and vines, the earthen fort was used to defend Hamlen Sound during the war. D.R. Horton will turn the land over to the town, and that portion of the property, as well as walking trails, will be open to the public.

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Allison September 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I don't think the public is aware that even if Mt P council had voted against the project it would still be built. Charleston County approved the development on unincorporated land. By approving & annexing the property into Mt P, at least Mt Pleasant gets tax dollars to help pay for the infrastructure & ongoing costs to the town for providing water & sewer, road maint, etc. If the public wants to blame someone, blame Charleston County for approving it in the first place.
Ambassador September 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Some one wants to sell property and someone wants to buy property that is zoned rightfully or wrong. If you do not want the development you either buy it yourself and leave it as trees and marsh or you bring suit against the zoning. Blame the Town Council all you want, it will be built. As Allison says, better it be in the Town than the County. Not only does it mean taxes to the town but at least the accountability for the development is local within the town, who can bring pressure on the developer for interconnectivity thru the developments in the area that might alleviate hardship thru the Six Mile area, and not a little inconvenience for the larger County council who could care less. Kindly tell me one development in the last 10 or 20 years that has not had NIMBY pressure from adjacent communities and I will let you watch pigs fly.
van crause September 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM
What genius ever said or thought GROWTH is good, it has ruined Mt. Pleasant.
JoSCh September 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
You and the Wando tribe both. Of course they're extinct...

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