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New residential development is planned for the Vance area.
Fort Mill-based BRD Land & Investment LP will build a 223-acre residential development on the old Number Six Road in Vance.
The property is near Westberry Drive or about 1 mile west of Vance and about 2 miles east of Santee.
Orangeburg County Council gave a unanimous first reading to rezone the property to general residential to establish a residential development. The property has been zoned forestry agriculture.
The Orangeburg County Planning Commission previously unanimously approved the application.
Prior to the vote, Orangeburg County Councilman Johnny Ravenell questioned whether the development would have access to water and sewer.
Orangeburg County Administrator Harold Young said the subdivision would have access to water.
“It’s possible that the new room we’re putting in place to serve this area being built with the impact of the Jafza site would allow them to connect, but it would come at a cost,” Young said. “I think what they’re probably going to do is weigh their options against the cost of installing the line to connect to this system versus an on-site commercial septic tank system. They’re not haven’t gone that far yet.”
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Following the meeting, Orangeburg County Planning Director Amanda Sievers said the subdivision will include single-family homes, though no concept or preliminary design of homes or how many homes will be built has yet to be determined. has been published.
“It’s very early in the process,” Sievers said.
Owner Richard Clark declined to comment, citing contractual issues.
A phone call made to the project applicant was not returned.
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The residential development is the latest in a wave of residential activity in the east end of the county.
Four planned residential developments have been announced in and around the Holly Hill area since July 2021.
There are plans to develop 130 homes on approximately 162 acres on Old State Road
There are also plans to build between 50 and 100 detached single-family homes on Bunch Ford Road, behind the Regional Medical Center primary care practice and across from Holly Hill Academy.
Another proposed development would cover 65 acres near Bunch Ford Road and Academy Lane.
Finally, a 300-home development is planned just outside the city limits of Holly Hill along Gum Street, according to a report by the Orangeburg Leader. The development should be built in the next 12 to 18 months.
The newspaper reports that homes could range from 1,800 to 3,000 square feet and sell for between $250,000 and $320,000.
Sievers said the project has not yet been submitted to the county planning department for approval or review.
An attempt to contact those responsible for the project was unsuccessful.
Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright said “growth is inevitable” in Orangeburg County, and especially in the eastern end of the county.
He noted that Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston counties are seeing growth and expectations are that he will go further inland in Orangeburg County.
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“It’s just a matter of time,” Wright said. “People are looking for a place to invest money and have an idea of what the future will be like. A lot of people move that way.”
Wright noted that with economic development through companies such as Honda, Mercedes and Volvo, people are looking for places to stay.
“They’re buying land before it gets out of control,” Wright said. “It’s long term. It won’t happen overnight, but it’s something we’ll see maybe four to five years from now.”
Holly Hill Mayor Billy Chavis said interest in the Holly Hill area is simple: “Everyone has seen that Charleston is full.”
“It’s an exciting time at Holly Hill,” Chavis said.
Chavis said the developers have been watching the city for three years and the city is more than willing to work with everyone. Currently, he said there are six developers planning to build residential developments.
He said the challenge in accommodating residential growth will be infrastructure, namely water and sewer.
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“I have plenty of water,” Chavis said, noting that the city is also looking to increase its water capacity by partnering with the Lake Marion Water Agency to supplement capacity. “Everyone is trying to fit in.”
The biggest challenge is sewer capacity. He said the city is considering community development and rural development grants to help improve the inflow and infiltration of stormwater into its sewer lines. He says it will help increase sewer capacity.
“We have a lot of offers on the table and we’re trying to figure out what the best route for Holly Hill is going forward,” Chavis said, adding one thing is certain: the town will need someone to manage the sewage system. .
Chavis said that over the past 12 years, the city has lost $2.4 million in water and sewer from the budget.
“That’s a pretty high number to talk about,” Chavis said. “It needs to be fixed.”
Chavis says one way he’s looking to address the city’s financial challenges is through annexation and adding tax revenue.
“I want them all,” Chavis said, referring to the half-dozen developments that sit close to the city limits.
In another area, Spartanburg-based CDP Holly Hill 2 LLC is looking to set up a retail facility on Old State Road, just outside the town of Holly Hill.
Council gave unanimous first reading to rezone approximately 2.86 acres of property just southeast of the Holly Hill boundaries to the General Commercial District for this purpose. The property is owned by Elite Enterprise Properties LLC.
Sievers said the developers have yet to decide what kind of retail they plan to do. A message left for the rezoning applicant was not immediately returned.
The property has been zoned general residential.
The property does not fall into a flood plan and is currently undeveloped, according to the rezoning application.
The county planning commission previously unanimously approved the application.
Adjacent properties to the north and west are zoned general residential and properties to the east and south are currently zoned general commercial.
The surrounding area is made up of a mix of uses such as public use (places of worship); single and multi-family dwellings; commercial and undeveloped land, depending on demand.