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Okatie Village Wins Initial Approval

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June 26, 2008

By Michael Welles Shapiro – Island Packet

Reversing a stance it took in March, the Beaufort County Planning Commission on Wednesday gave the thumbs up to a proposed Okatie development that would add 1,252 homes to the area.

The commission’s 4-to-2 vote means plans for Okatie Village, a mixed-use project along S.C. 170, will come to the Beaufort County Council with a positive recommendation. A firm date for council consideration hasn’t been set.

Because of the strain the development could place on the highway and on local public schools, the commission also recommended County Council require the developer to pay fees to cover those costs before giving the project a final go-ahead.

“I need to be made comfortable on the schools. I need to be made comfortable on the road,” said commission chairman Jim Hicks, who voted for the proposal.

For one member of the council, location was a sticking point.

“Rural land south of the Broad (River) is kind of like lips on a chicken; it’s very hard to find,” said Chechessee commissioner Parker Sutler.

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