MOUNT PLEASANT — Dunes West residents packed Town Hall on Tuesday to speak about a developer's plan to build 32 homes on 16 acres surrounding the community's golf course and 10th fairway.
But most gave up the podium after the council voted 7-1 to deny a first reading of an ordinance that would have allowed John Wieland to build homes on a portion of the Dunes West Links course preserved under a Conservation Recreation Open Space District.
Resident Michael Bumgardner thanked the council, saying that the land was never intended for development. "You have chosen to preserve the vision your predecessors have made," he said.
Developer John Wieland has open lots left in Dunes West, but none are on the golf course.
Wieland made a similar request in January 2008 but withdrew it after the town's Planning Commission recommended its denial. This time John Wieland Homes division vice president Kevin Popson hoped the council would vote in Wieland's favor.
The town of Mount Pleasant created the conservation recreation open space district in 2006, after bankrupt golf courses, such as Summerville's King's Grant, were selling to developers who would build homes there. The district regulates four other Mount Pleasant courses — Charleston National, Rivertowne, Patriots Point and Snee Farm — and the green spaces around them.
In other business, a developer withdrew a request to build six homes on about 2 acres around the Charleston National Country Club's 14th fairway. The Planning Commission voted in May to recommend against amending an ordinance to allow that development. The council also voted 8-0 against the final reading of an ordinance that would have rezoned a 6-acre tract in the Wilson Tract Planned Development along Hungryneck Boulevard from a planned development to an area-wide business district.