Sunset Beach property rezoned for commercial services
The approved rezoning of a parcel of land near Sunset Beach will make way for more commercial services to come to the area.
At its August meeting, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved rezoning a 3.4-acre site from a split zoning of commercial low density and medium density residential to a fully commercial low density zone. The parcel is located on Seaside Road SW near the intersection with Old Georgetown Road SW.
Property owner Sheila McLamb said she was requesting the zoning change, first, to consolidate the parcel to one land use, and second, to make way for needed commercial services in the area.
“I think it just really screams ‘commercial,’” McLamb said.
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The property is located nearby medium- and high-density residential zones, as well as business and commercial zones. Immediately east of the property is the Sea Village subdivision and other housing developments sit to the northwest and southeast of the property.
McLamb said adding commercial services to this area is necessary to support the residents living nearby.
A nearly identical request was denied by the county’s board of commissioners in the 1990s. County planning staff did not know why the request was denied some three decades ago. McLamb told the board she did not recall if she was the applicant at that time, nor did she recall why the board opted to deny the request.
“Over the course of 30 years, that area has changed and changed tremendously,” McLamb said. “In particularly the last couple of years, the area that’s within the county in a close vicinity nearby and the area that’s in Sunset Beach in a close vicinity has had a tremendous amount of growth in residential development. And it’s continuing, I don’t see it slowing down although I wish it would.”
McLamb said that growth is why more commercial services are necessary.
“Those residential people, people that live in those residences, they need commercial services. And I’m proposing that this location would be a great location to establish commercial services to provide the needs for all those residents,” McLamb said.
The planning board unanimously approved the rezoning request at staff’s recommendation.
The rezoning was conventional, meaning no site plans have been proposed for the property at this time.
Jamey Cross covers Brunswick County for the StarNews. Reach her at email@example.com or message her on Twitter @jameybcross.