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Residents learn what comes next in controversial development

Horry County, SC -

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In a packed house meeting of the Carolina Forest Civic Association, developers and community leaders met to discuss plans for a subdivision off of Gardener Lacy Road.

The meeting comes just months after public outcry forced Southern Asphalt to withdraw it's request for a mining permit on behalf of the Cotton Patch Timber Company.

"We're going to move on now from the permitting process," said Roger Griggs, owner of the Cotton Patch Timber Company. That company has submitted plans to build a subdivision with eight lots and an eleven acre lake. Some residents voiced concerns that the development of such a lake would be used to process sand, something developers said is completely false.

"The connotation of a sand mine that came about in April was a misnomer, and that he saved himself by making an appearance tonight," said Carolina Forest Civic Association President Tony McDonald. McDonald and others had voiced concerns in previous weeks about the development but left the Wednesday meeting feeling confident about the development.

Most people listened quietly throughout the hour long meeting with only a few outbursts of laughs or heckles. Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth also took questions from the group about the zoning rules that are being imposed on this development.

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