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  • Three cases come before P&Z commission

  • In news from Camden County Planning & Zoning from the planning commission's March 19 meeting, Red Head Yacht Club was granted a conditional use permit for outdoor seating and music with additional stipulations, a not-for-profit recreational shooting event application was heard and the board decided that it will hold a hearing for a third extension request for a planned unit development in Shawnee Bend No. 3.
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  • In news from Camden County Planning & Zoning from the planning commission's March 19 meeting, Red Head Yacht Club was granted a conditional use permit for outdoor seating and music with additional stipulations, a not-for-profit recreational shooting event application was heard and the board decided that it will hold a hearing for a third extension request for a planned unit development in Shawnee Bend No. 3.
    While the original P&Z rezoning and replating cases for the redevelopment of the old Yacht Club Marina site specifically did not anticipate outdoor music, W Investments came back before the planning commission in February to request outdoor music around the pool and gazebo bar.
    Developer Mark Waddington reiterated, however, at the March meeting that the outdoor music would be background music only from in-ground speakers with no live music outside. He additionally promised that planned live music indoors would not be piped outside.
    Quiet hours for the outdoor area were also agreed to as part of the CUP. The business is not supposed to play music outdoors from 10 p.m.-9 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays or 11 p.m.-9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and summer holidays.
    With the addition of outdoor music to the plans of Red Head Yacht Club, the layout of the site was redesigned to mitigate the impact of the pool, moving them opposite of a grouping of residences in the vicinity. On the residential side, a masonry wall with vegetation will act as a buffer.
    Access to the commercial site will also be directed through the marina instead of through the residential area.
    The hearing for a CUP for a not-for-profit recreational shooting event on property zoned A-1, agricultural, and R-1, low density residential, was also heard last week. Jeff Welch with Generation III Inc. is proposing a three-gun shooting competition on property owned by Gary Zeman. The 1,050 acre Zeman Ranch is accessed from Route A. The back portion of the property lies outside of the P&Z district.
    Welch and the foundation he represented have made the CUP application in order to hold the event on the entire property to better utilize the terrain.
    Generation III is a foundation that supports youth participation in shooting sports and promotes the safe use of guns.
    The proposed annual event would be held Sept. 5-7 this year. It is a fundraiser for the foundation.
    A handful of residents near the ranch attended the P&Z meeting March 19 to oppose the CUP due to past troubles with shooting events held at the ranch. One woman has even had a bullet enter her home though no one was injured. Residents also spoke of the loud noise from firing and loud and shaking explosions.
    Page 2 of 2 - According to Welch and others in support of the event, they are a different organization that will be responsible and more considerate. They have engaged Camden County Emergency Management Director John Page as a volunteer to review their layout of the shooting ranges for the competition in order to provide a third party safety review.
    The case was tabled for deliberation, and the planning commission will likely make a decision at its April 16 meeting.
    In a straw poll, the planning commission decided to hold a public hearing to consider yet another PUD extension for The Woodland Community rather than allow the PUD to go defunct.
    The planning commission has issued two one-year extensions for the PUD, which covers around 72 acres in Shawnee Bend No. 3 off of Spruce Rd. after the PUD was initially granted in 2010.
    Due to tough markets, developer Gary Storm has said he has struggled to obtain the necessary financing to move forward with the environmentally-friendly residential and mixed use development.
    The Shawnee Bend 3 Homeowners Association has fought the PUD from the beginning, losing a lawsuit against Storm and the county on a commercial aspect of the plan.
    In November 2013, the Camden County Board of Adjustments upheld the planning commission's second extension of the PUD after the HOA appealed the decision.
    However, the development was significantly altered during the case with the BOA, which sought to better align the project with HOA rules.
    The plan now meets the covenant restrictions that the HOA had in effect from 1999-2010 which did not allow any multi-family or commercial use within 1,000 feet of the shoreline.
    But the plan no longer contains the row houses that were previously a centerpiece of the project. There will, however, be one apartment over each community garage building in the plan to be used as artists' lofts. All other housing will be traditional single-family construction utilizing environmentally-friendly construction materials and smaller lot sizes.
    The commercial park area that Storm planned to use as a community garden and cultural center has also been moved away from the lake and closer to Spruce Rd. Additional single family housing was then shifted closer to the lake in the former commercial park space.
    Storm did not attend the March 19 meeting, but requested the extension through the P&Z Office. Some members of the HOA were in attendance, but did not speak to the commission as it was not a public hearing - only a decision on whether to have a public hearing.
    The extension hearing should now be held at the April 16 meeting.
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