Subdivision plan allows developers to mine sand

(Source: The Carolina Forest Chronicle)
(Source: The Carolina Forest Chronicle)

Carolina Forest, SC - By Michael Smith, Carolina Forest Chronicle

HORRY COUNTY, SC - The Carolina Forest sand mine is back - in a matter of speaking.

Applicants for the former sand mine have resubmitted a proposal to build a minor subdivision on the site off Gardner Lacy Road, near the Waterford Plantation and Clear Pond subdivisions, said Horry County Planning Director Janet Carter.

Since minor subdivisions - those consisting of 10 lots or less - carry different regulatory requirements, a public hearing before Horry County Council is not required.

In theory, the proposed lots could be left vacant for 50 years without any development, Carter said.

"They can go in there and dig a lake as part of the subdivision process," Carter said. "It would be exempt from the normal review process."

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