MOUNT PLEASANT — No one spoke at a public hearing Tuesday on proposed changes to the upscale Central Mount Pleasant project, but Town Council decided to defer voting on the issue and send it back to the Planning Commission.
The action means that proposed project changes will go back before the commission no earlier than August, officials said.
Current plans for the development call for up to 719 residences on about 100 acres between Hungryneck Boulevard and Rifle Range Road.
Before the vote, Councilman Chris Nickels asked for a simplified explanation of a situation that includes changes to a development agreement and the town comprehensive plan. He made his request after hearing town staff summarize the issue.
“Unless you are a land-use planner or zoning expert, for most people that would be somewhat like a foreign language,” Nickels said.
Among other things, the developers have asked that the density on 40 acres increase from five residences per acre to 12 homes per acre. Also, they have asked that a section of Central Mount Pleasant be rezoned from residential to commercial.
Some residents have expressed concern that the change paves the way for a “big box” retailer, although the developer has said there are no plans along those lines.
Neighboring residents also have expressed concern about increased traffic.
Mayor Billy Swails was absent from the meeting because he was “under the weather,” Mayor Pro-Tem Thomasena Stokes Marshall said.
Council also deferred first reading approval of annexing the 628-acre Palmetto Fort tract and rezoning of the property for a development known as Oyster Point. It is in the Six Mile Road area.