A Charleston zoning board unanimously approved revised plans for a developer to tear down trees for a new homes community along Ashley River Road in West Ashley.
The city's Board of Zoning Appeals-Site Design voted 4-0 to approve plans for Mungo Homes' to either tear down or build homes closer to about a fourth of the 150 grand trees on a 43-acre plot, which sits between the MacLaura Hall and McLaura Bluff neighborhoods. The decision came after the builder agreed to adding a 10-foot-wide buffer between its property and the McLaura Bluff community, officials said.
Tuesday evening's approval came after the zoning board tabled a vote on the project in March, saying the additional time would allow Mungo officials time to add space between neighboring communities.
Mungo Homes asked the city zoning panel for a variance to tear down 28 trees to build a total of 95 homes on the 43-acre property. The group also asked for a variance to build homes in the protection area of 17 grand trees in the development.
Some area residents have voiced opposition of the development, saying it was too dense and planned close to neighboring areas.
Mungo Homes is the latest developer to try to develop the property.
Years ago, another developer, Ashley River Club LLC, proposed to construct the Ashley River Club, a community of 208-townhomes. Those plans eventually failed amid financial problems, city officials said.
Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, owns several communities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company's local footprint also includes Woodlands, a West Ashley new homes community off Woodland Road.
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