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Residents voice concerns regarding land development in Mount Pleasant

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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night regarding a planned development of 80 acres of land off Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.

The proposal, which calls for 148 homes to be developed adjacent to the Charleston National subdivision, had Mt. Pleasant neighbors in an uproar.

During Wednesday night's meeting, 23 people from the community spoke regarding the proposed development. One person said it was a "bad deal for Charleston National," while others were concerned about traffic, the environmental impact and the overcrowding of schools in the area.

"We've done our homework," said Larry Long, the proposed developer of the project."We will do what we can to make this project something you'll be proud of."

The planning commission approved the annexation and zoning of the proposal Wednesday night. The application now moves on to the planning committee on Aug. 5. If it passes, it moves onto town council for readings.

The development is slated for three phases, and if it's passed by town council, development may begin by the first half of next year. 

Richard Twigg and Terry Eidson are two of a handful of people who think the proposal should be shot down.

"It will change the whole nature scope of our neighborhood," Twigg said.

They say the biggest concern is traffic.

"Now there's a prospect of a large number of cars coming through everyday," Twigg says.

"Everybody hates traffic it's a major issue in Mt. Pleasant," Eidson said."But there are wetlands. There are saltwater marsh. There's a whole ecological system back here."

But not all of the 500 acres of land will be developed. Mt. Pleasant Planning Director Christiane Farrell says homes would go up on only 80 acres of high ground.

The director says she's already gotten calls from people in the area ahead of Wednesday's meeting.

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