Horry County says development agreement provides more public safety funding for Longs area


    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Homeowners in one community are hesitant to support plans for a 1,300 home development, now the fate of the plans are in the hands of Horry County Council.

    One woman who lives in a nearby housing development said she is worried about emergency response time even though officials say part of the agreement with the developer to put money towards emergency services.

    “Mine is health concern because I had a heart attack last year,” said Joan Florentine. “The minutes to get to the home to save someone from a heart attack is crucial.”

    The plans for land near the intersection of Old Buck Creek Road and Highway 905 include over 950 homes and 300 townhomes, totaling nearly 1,300 units.

    “What’s going to happen when a new community comes in with two thousand people and they only have that service that we have now? It’s not going to be good,” said Florentine.

    But Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught said plans to address those concerns are already in the works.

    “The development agreement basically sets aside $500 per permit, per building permit, to go towards fire and safety and police safety and that kind of thing,” said Vaught.

    Vaught said there’s a development agreement between the county and the landowner to put money towards public safety. Once the $500 is collected from each of the 1,292 homes, that’ll give the county about $646,000 to put towards public safety.

    We have to build a station there anyway. That’s already in the works. That’s already in the capital improvements plan. So, what that will do is just improve on that.”

    Vaught also says a traffic study was done and the developer has agreed to pay around $1.5 million dollars to add turn lanes, widen Old Buck Creek Road and make improvements to the 905 intersection. Regardless of all the promises on the developers behalf, Vaught says he understands homeowners concerns over constant growth.

    “People are just getting tired of all the development that’s coming in and it’s something that we have to figure out how to handle,” said Vaught.

    “I don’t think it’s a good idea where they’re going to put it. I just don’t think it’s a good idea,” said Florentine.

    The third and final reading at the next council meeting will decide the fate of the proposal.

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