Horry County, S.C., planning commissioners gave a thumbs down in early December to a proposed campground in the Conway area along S.C. 544, according to myhorrynews.com.
The commission’s recommendation against rezoning the property does not kill the project — zoning decisions rest with Horry County Council — but the vote does signal the group’s concerns about the development.
“Does this really make sense, putting an RV park on 544?” commissioner Joey Ray asked.
Diamond Shores, the firm seeking the rezoning, has proposed building the campground on 17.5 acres beside the Bojangles near Pace Circle.
Rezoning the land to a destination park designation would allow for the creation of 161 RV sites.
However, Diamond Shores’ David Schwerd said the number of sites would likely be reduced because the applicant wants to preserve oak trees on the property. The landowner took a similar approach with the trees on the neighboring Bojangles site.
During his presentation to the commission Thursday (Dec. 2) night, Schwerd said the developer would make access improvements to ensure visitors would have an easier time getting in and out of the campground.
“There is a lot of camper traffic on 544 already,” Schwerd said. “This would be an option where they could actually go to this location without driving all the way down to the beach and adding traffic to 544 in sections that are closer to the beach.”