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Buyers' rights a hot topic in South Strand community

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the future of the Cameron Village subdivision.

The subdivision's developers, Beazer Homes, wish to make changes to their original plan for the area, and those changes are concerning the homeowners.

Developers want to change the size of the lots, something buyers say they didn't agree to when moving into the neighborhood. Most are concerned that homes being built too close together can be unsafe and will adversely affect their property value.

"It's just not fair to the consumer. Those of us who have worked hard all of our lives and put our life savings into our homes for them to take that away from us by building smaller size lots," commented Debbie Perkins with the Cameron Village Task Force on Rezoning.

Originally, nearly one-quarter of all homes inside Cameron Village were to be built on 10,000 square foot lots. Now the developer wants permission from the county to build homes on smaller sized lots.

Neighbors in the community say more homes on less land could hurt the value of their property. So far, more than 170 signed petitions have been collected against Beazer's new plans. One county committee has already voted against these changes, but Tuesday night's meeting was an opportunity for the county council, Beazer and homeowners to work something out.

Perkins planned to be at that meeting accompanied by members of the task force.

"It comes down to their bottom line. But it's not fair when the bottom line of the industry is compromising the bottom line of the homeowners that live in the community," added Perkins.

The meeting was held at the South Strand Recreation Center on Scipio Lane at 7 p.m. County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said the meeting was basically for developers to explain their plans and address any questions and concerns from residents.

For the change to be made, Horry County Council would have to vote on an amendment to the zoning ordinances. The next Horry County Council meeting is on August 13, but its unknown if a first reading of those amendments will be presented then, or on a later date.

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