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April 23, 2017

 

Mr. James Wood, Director of Planning and Development

City of North Myrtle Beach

1018 Second Avenue South

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

 

Dear Mr. Wood:

As you may be aware, the Tidewater Plantation Community Association previously developed a position paper on future development, safety, and traffic issues on Little River Neck Road. It is recognized that State and/or County funding for improvements (widening) of Little River Neck Road has a projected 30-50 year timetable. The City’s interim focus in assuring the safety of residents along Little River Neck Road should include the prudent control of growth and traffic along the Little River Neck Road cul-de-sac.

For these reasons, amplified below, the Tidewater Plantation Community Association hereby petitions the City of North Myrtle   Beach and Horry County Government to consider interim measures to enhance the safety of residents along Little River Neck Road.

Specifically, in addition to an acknowledged need for low density future development, we are requesting that the City of North Myrtle Beach give special consideration to our safety by enacting an overlay zone along Little River Neck Road that would require left and right turn lanes into and acceleration lanes in both directions from all future community developments along Little River Neck Road.

By copy of this letter to Councilman Harold Worley, we are requesting the same requirements be enacted by the Horry County Government perhaps as a modification to Appendix B- Zoning, section 527. This County ordinance already specifies unique landscaping requirements for Little River Neck Road.

Turn and acceleration lanes would facilitate community access without disrupting through traffic, provide additional lanes which could help to avoid and/or alleviate traffic back-up at accident sites, and alleviate the chance of accidents due to slowed traffic accessing developments.

Recently, the Tidewater Plantation Community Association hosted a meeting with other residents along Little River Neck Road.   The purpose of the meeting was information sharing regarding the timetable and funding constraints for Little River Neck Road improvements. All participants were in agreement that the safety of residents, the control of growth, and the accommodation of increased traffic along Little River Neck Road were of tantamount importance.

Some of the primary points of the Tidewater position paper are as follows:

LITTLE RIVER NECK ROAD IMPROVEMENTS:

GROWTH:

EVACUATION:

SAFETY:

It is with these concerns in mind that the Tidewater Plantation Community Association has undertaken circulation among residents of Little River Neck Road of a petition to the City of North Myrtle   Beach and Horry County Government to consider interim measures to enhance the safety of residents along Little River Neck Road.   Signed petitions will be forwarded to the City and County as they are submitted to the Tidewater Plantation Community Association.

To reiterate, in addition to an acknowledged need for low density future development, we are requesting that the City of North Myrtle Beach give special consideration to our safety by enacting an overlay zone along Little River Neck Road that would require left and right turn lanes into and acceleration lanes in both directions from all future community developments along Little River Neck Road. We are requesting the same requirements be enacted by the Horry County Government.

While this is only an interim stopgap measure, it is at least a first step in addressing growth and traffic control on a narrow road that is clearly inadequate to support the current and potential future growth along Little River Neck Road.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Very truly yours,

Catherine Weis, President

Tidewater Plantation Community Association

CC:

Michael Mahaney, City Manager, City of North   Myrtle Beach

Robert Cavanaugh, Councilman, City of North   Myrtle Beach

Fred Coyne, Councilman, City of North   Myrtle Beach

Harold Worley, Councilman, Horry County Council

Janet Carter, Director Planning and Zoning, Horry County Government