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CPC approves Bridlewood plat revision

Recommends Chick-fil-A annexation

Posted: July 19, 2012 5:25 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The developers of Bridlewood Farms on Springdale Drive in Camden now have the go-ahead to take the first steps at actually creating the subdivision.

The Camden Planning Commission (CPC) voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept revisions to the developer’s preliminary plat. Creating the revised plat was a necessary step for BWF LLC to take since coming before the CPC in March with a revisions to the Planned Development District (PDD) designation Bridlewood received four years ago.

In March, BWF proposed taking what was originally going to be developed as a equine-themed community of 16 2- to 3-acre lots and transforming it into a subdivision of 41 more traditionally-sized lots. The CPC recommended accepting the change (PDD) to Camden City Council which, in turn, unanimously agreed.

With the revised preliminary plat -- what City Planner Shawn Putnam described to CPC members as a “construction document” -- BWF is making yet another change: removing a proposed cul-de-sac on Bridlewood’s north side, reducing the number of developable lots to 36.

Putnam also said BWF plans to develop Bridlewood in three phases. The first phase of 15 homes will be developed in the center of the subdivision leading in from an entrance on Springdale Drive. Phases II and III would be built to either side, with the third phase likely being that closest to Cornwallis Avenue on Bridlewood’s south side.

A BWF representative told commissioners they did not know which of phases II and III would actually come first and that it was possible they would be completed simultaneously.

Putnam said the developer can move forward with the first phase of 15 lots because BWF already has the necessary permits from four years ago for its original number of 17 lots.

“The next steps will be for them to begin extending infrastructure and then obtaining DHEC (S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control) permitting for beyond Phase I,” Putnam said.

He said a proposed emergency access road will be added in Phase III. Putnam also said that if BWF makes any further major changes during phases II and III, it would have to come before the CPC again. Minor changes would likely be handled by staff, he said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners unanimously voted to recommend to council that it accept annexation of a 1.08 acre parcel on what is currently the Seven Oaks (Kmart) parking lot on West DeKalb Street. Putnam confirmed for CPC members that is where Chick-fil-A is proposing to build a new restaurant. He said staff is recommending the lot be annexed under general development, or GD, zoning.

No one spoke during a public hearing on the matter, and Commissioner Johnny Deal immediately motioned to recommend annexation, followed by the unanimous vote.

Commissioners also unanimously voted to grant Beechwood on Knights Hill Road another one-year extension of its PDD. Beechwood was annexed in 2006 originally to become a new, upscale subdivision. In July 2009, the original owners sold the entire 65-acre property; the new owner proposed amending the PDD to create a retirement village. No work has been done since the purchase, but approval of the revised PDD reset the clock on how long the designation can stay in place. The revised PDD was good for two years, but the owner is allowed to request a series of five one-year extensions.

The CPC spent the balance of its meeting Tuesday going over proposed revisions to Camden’s zoning ordinance, specifically regarding landscapes and buffers.

One goal is to consolidate landscape and buffer regulations into a single portion of the zoning ordinance, rather than treating them separately. Although they will be taken up a later meeting, tree protection will also be consolidated with the landscape and buffer. Another goal is to bring Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland into overseeing aspects of this portion of the zoning ordinance.

Developers would be required to hold pre-submission meetings with Gilland to discuss options and requirements and then submit a landscaping plan for her review.

The CPC will take up tree protection revisions and other matters at its next meeting, slated for 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

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