Oct
28

1,252-Home Development on Okatie Gets Green Light

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October 28, 2008

By Michael Welles Shapiro – Island Packet

A 1,252-home development next to the Okatie River was approved by the Beaufort County Council on Monday despite some strenuous objections.

The mixed-use project along S.C. 170 passed 9-2, but council Chairman Weston Newton and Councilman Steve Baer said allowing development of the 284 acres of rural land sets a dangerous precedent for growth in the rest of the county.

The development has been controversial since it was proposed in January, with environmentalists concerned about the impact on the Okatie River and local residents upset that the area could lose its rural feel.

But the developers — Hilton Head Island’s Jim Robinson and La Casa Real Estate Development of Winston-Salem, N.C. — won over most of the council by agreeing to pay hefty school construction fees, promising to build about 50 affordable housing units and adopting stringent standards to prevent runoff from polluting the Okatie.

In return, the county allowed the developers to increase the density of housing on the property, from one unit per three acres to 4.4 units per acre.

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