New homes spark new conversation in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The granddaddy of golf courses in Myrtle Beach may soon see some changes to its surrounding area.  A developer wants to build new homes in the Pine Lakes community.

If the City of Myrtle Beach gives the go-ahead for a new housing plan, 29 single family homes will be built, between Pine Lakes Country Club and Country Club Drive.

The planned development, Pine Lakes Estates, passed the first of two sets of votes from Myrtle Beach city council, 4-3.

The developer, Scott Miles, has been working with neighbors to try to come to an agreement on the layout of the new development.  One neighbor says having new homes along a golf community could benefit the area long term.

"We are a golf driven market, and these houses, a fair amount of them, abut the renovation of the oldest golf course in Myrtle Beach; it has some historical significance," says neighbor Craig Schreiner.

Other neighbors don't want that significance changed.

One concern neighbors expressed at a city council meeting, is heightened traffic in the area.They say this will add to the existing traffic problems at the three point intersection in the area at Louise, Canterbury & Calhoun Rd.

That's not all, some are concerned new homes will take away from the character of the community- one of the oldest in Myrtle Beach.  The first plan by the developer called for a gated community, with little space between homes, which were some of the reasons neighbors were up in arms.

"What we asked them to do, they were pretty agreeable with it because they also understand it helps their development," says Schreiner.  "I wouldn't be opposed to more changes to their plan, if it makes it conform more to the rest of the neighborhood -- but the extent they already conformed in, I am comfortable that at least the image between Country Club and Louise would be satisfactory."

The next step is for the developer to meet with the public and pitch the changes to the city this week.  The developer met with neighbors in this area, three times. His family lives in the area, so he says he's making sure to take all concerns into consideration.

City planners say, right now, the likelihood we will see this roll out is 50/50, but either way, they hope to come to an agreement in next week's council meeting. If city council gives the go-ahead, you can expect to see building begin in the next two to three months.

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