CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – It was close, but Conway City Council voted Monday night to rezone Conway Country Club to allow for around 200 homes to be built where the golf course currently sits.
The vote was 4 to 3. The council members who voted against the rezoning said they wanted to table it again, but that didn’t happen.
The land will be rezoned to the R zoning designation, meaning it will allow for 10,000-square foot lots.
The other option council was considering was the R1 zoning designation, which would allow for 7,500-square foot lots.
Council decided it was in the best interest of the city to move forward with the rezoning.
The developer for the project said the main concern over flooding was taken into consideration when making plans.
“The latest sketch for the single-family development proposes 12 acres of ponds. This additional volume of storage will provide a significant amount of volume control for the project site, reduce the rate of stormwater runoff and provide water quality for the site post-development,” Amber Wall, with Wall Engineering, said.
Dozens of people showed up to Monday night’s meeting to plead with council to vote against the rezoning.
Another main concern they had was traffic.
“One hundred ninety-eight homes, with the people and cars that would go along with that, will obviously make it more dangerous to walk, run, bike, stroll babies and even drive in our neighborhood," Conway resident Sudi Thomas said.
After the meeting, residents went home feeling disappointed.
“It’s concerning that the council officials voted to support adding 200 homes to an already vulnerable community," resident April O’Leary said.
No word on when development will begin.