NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — More residential development is one step closer to happening at Barefoot Resort & Golf, a 2,300-acre golf community located on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach.
The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission gave preliminary approval to turn a formerly planned hotel space into a subdivision containing 57 townhouse residential lots, three common area lots and public rights-of-way in the Barefoot Townhomes section of the Barefoot Resort Planned Development District.
The proposed 4.76-acre development by Pulte Home Group, known as Townes at Barefoot, is located next to the resort’s golf driving range and will consist of two-bedroom units primarily catering to golf tourists.
The townhomes will be built in 10 phases, one per building and each home will include a golf membership providing golf and amenity privileges for residents and guests at the three public golf courses, as well as the private Dye Club facilities.
The development already received approval from North Myrtle Beach City Council at its Oct. 4 meeting, but the project needs final approval from the city’s planning commission.
At previous meetings, Barefoot residents were outspoken about the amount of traffic that the area could now face with the new construction, with some concerned about getting out in an emergency. A 2009 wildfire burned 19,000 acres in the area and destroyed 76 homes, according to officials.
Planning Director James Wood said that a benefit from changing the space from a hotel to townhomes would be the amount of traffic affecting the resort.
He stated that the townhomes would generate 460 trips per day as opposed to 1,390 trips for the hotel.
In a development agreement with the landowner, the city is slated to receive up to $11,000 from a “park enhancement fee” that will allow it to expand the city’s parks and up to $60,500 from a “beach access parking fee” based on the number of total units built in the new subdivision. The fee is paid when building permits are issued.
The developer for the townhomes is also required to pay $450 per unit fee for a fire-station fee, $500 per unit for a water-extension fee and $175 per unit for a sewer-extension fee, per the agreement.
At the Oct. 4 city council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley said the proposed subdivision is a good fit for Barefoot and that residents will be happy when the property is cleaned up.