Meeting scheduled to discuss Spring Grove development in Ravenel

Meeting scheduled to discuss Spring Grove development in Ravenel

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of new homes, businesses, and jobs could be headed to the Town of Ravenel in Charleston County. The County Planning Commission announced a modified plan for the Spring Grove Community.

The County Council wants your input on the changes that could be coming to Spring Grove. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lonnie Hamilton Public Service Building.

This Spring Grove plan intersects with Highway 17 and 165 in Ravenel. Jerry Jackson has some concerns, but now he's looking forward to the change.

"I have some gorgeous live oak trees on my property, I have one right on the road and you don't want to see those things disturbed," says Jerry Jackson who lives where the development is to come.

"They're very receptive about ideas that you might have or suggestions and they've gone in they've come back and made a lot of those changes," says Jackson.

The planning commission proposed a modified road plan after learning about traffic concerns Monday. Roads like Greenwood, High Park and Spring Grove would remain less traveled.

"We're now at a position that the County Council can move this on to a full vote and either approve or disapprove," says Planning and Commission Chair, Eric Meyer.

More than 14,000 acres are designated for this development and 75 percent of that will remain rural. Director of Planning and Zoning for Charleston County, Dan Pennick, knows how important that is to residents.

"People were looking for new jobs, which this project would bring on the economic development side, but they're also concerned with keeping the rural character," says Pennick.

The planning commission worked on the project for more than 8 years. It's meant to give people the opportunity to live work and play in their own community.

"The apprehension is probably not going to go away but it will slowly dissolve to, okay whatever is there is good and I can live with what's coming," says Jackson.

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