Myrtle Beach Area RV Park Plan Moves Ahead
Horry County Planning Commission members on Thursday (Aug. 5) advanced a proposal for a campground in Socastee, S.C., located near Myrtle Beach.
The commission approved a zoning change request to allow a campground to be built off of River Road near Socastee Elementary and Socastee High schools, the Myrtle Beach Sun reported.
The planning commission approved the request to rezone 34.55 acres at River Road and Dick Pond Road in Socastee from residential and highway commercial to a planned development district. The owners, Hucks Limited Partnership LLC., want to build a campground with lots for about 111 RVs. The owners of the LLC live on River Road and said they want to work with the community to make the proposal work.
Community members have had several meetings with representatives from the county planning department and the owners of the property, raising concerns about traffic, community character, safety for the children at the surrounding schools, and issues with noise and smoke from campfires.
“When students are in school, this will create an impossible situation on River Road for traffic. It’s going to push more people to go through the Rosewood community,” said Bill Felder. “Background checks on the people who want to move into the campground on an extended basis would be unenforceable and irregular.”
The owners said they are willing to work with the community, including building a fence and buffer around the property, limiting the density and voluntarily conducting background checks on campers. Several committee members argued that the main issue would be traffic, but down-zoning the property so that it allows fewer residents on the site would help traffic.
The commission agreed to pass the proposal as long as the owners would use a traffic study when the school district is in session to determine the best entrances and exits for the facility.