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Beaufort County Developer Seeks Project Rezoning

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October 2, 2008

By Jeremy Hsieh – Island Packet

An unanticipated fee for schools had stymied developers’ plans for expanding a northern Beaufort County community, so now they are pursuing a route that doesn’t trigger school fees at all.

“We’ve basically rebooted,” developer Bob Turner told the Beaufort County Development Review Team on Wednesday.

The 105-acre Cherokee Farms was slated for 315 homes and 57 shopfronts with lofts above. To be able to recreate the look and feel of its neighbor, Habersham, and seamlessly merge the two communities, the Cherokee Farms developers sought a rezoning from suburban to planned unit development.

Planned unit developments are tailored zoning designations crafted for specific projects. The particulars of each one are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

During the rezoning process, the County Council adopted a policy of charging developers seeking planned unit development zoning a school infrastructure fee of $6,000 per home and $2.50 per square foot of commercial space through development agreements married to the rezoning. School infrastructure fees meant to address the impact of development are otherwise banned by state law.

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