Homeowners speak out against rezoning plan

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach community is giving a resounding "no" to the city when it comes to rental properties in their community, saying putting rental cottages in the area would increase crime and lower property values.

"If you look on the north end of Yaupon, that whole corridor is high crime," said one concerned homeowner.

The neighborhood watch for communities off William Street met with City Planner Allison Hardin Tuesday night at the Compass Cove resort to discuss a possible rezoning.

The City of Myrtle Beach is interested in rezoning that section of Yaupon Drive, stretching to about 29th Avenue South, and believes it could be successful bringing in tourists.

"Beach houses - it's not something we have a lot of stock in in the Myrtle Beach area," Hardin said.

But homeowners in the area believe it's not a good mix for their community, and told Hardin they would not support the rezoning plan.

"The folks in that meeting are not in favor of that," she said.

City officials are still investigating rezoning plans, but for now, Hardin says plans have been put on hold until the city can find a strategy homeowners feel comfortable with.

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