Horry County considers incentives for 'green' subdivisions

Conway, SC - By A.J. Ross - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Infrastructure and Regulation Committee reviewed a new conservation subdivision ordinance or design on Wednesday that would give incentives to developers who incorporate more 'green' spaces or preservation areas into their blueprints.

"The idea is really to look at more green building, more sensitive types of building, but not just the house itself but the whole landscape," explained Dave Fuss, a Watershed Planner for the county. "A lot of the reason that people enjoy the area is because of the natural setting that we have and if that's compromised it's clearly not good for people that live here."

Fuss says this 'green' idea came about after the county received several calls from concerned residents in newly developed areas. The goals of the conservation subdivision ordinance are to preserve scenic views, community character, and recreation value as wells as reduce flood risks and improve water quality. According to research acquired by an ad hoc committee, these new green developments would also save developers a lot of money by reducing up front costs and lowering maintenance fees.

"I think it's the first step towards green development in Horry County and we've never had anything quite like this where we've looked at preserving green space," said Horry County Councilman Brent Schulz.

The conservation subdivision ordinance would be optional for developers not mandatory. It still has to go before Horry County Council for final approval.

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