First phase of Oyster Point development in permitting process

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A controversial Mt. Pleasant neighborhood may break ground within the next month, according to a Notice of Intent submitted to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Dec. 27.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) submitted by Oyster Point Developers, LLC is for a storm water discharge permit from large and small construction activities.

The application says project operator, D.R. Horton, would begin work February 4, 2013 on phases 1A, 1B and 1C of the project. The submission is for work to be done on 80.6 acres of the total 197.6 acres in Mt. Pleasant.

In September, Mt. Pleasant town council voted unanimously to annex the land targeted for development.

The neighborhood plans call for 600 homes, duplexes and town homes to go up on the property off of Six Mile Road and North Palmetto Fort Drive.

It's no secret some people who live in the area aren't happy with the development proposal.

"You have woods, you can walk through. Where I live I have all sorts of wildlife and animals in my yard, and people don't know about it. Now it's just going to be like everything else in Mt. Pleasant, taken over," Cheryl Mitchum said.

Planners say they are taking into account the nature and history of the land. They say their plan includes at least 25 percent of open green space. It will include marsh access, trails and the protection of many trees.

Sewer, water and public safety protection will now become Mt. Pleasant's responsibility.

The application lists the entire project's completion date as December 31, 2016.

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