Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Developer Modifies Proposal for 10-Home South Hills Subdivision

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Developer Modifies Proposal for 10-Home South Hills Subdivision

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Despite widespread opposition from surrounding neighbors, there's still a chance developer J.D. Stricklen could build a subdivision in South Hills without the courts ruling in his favor. Five months after the Municipal Planning Commission denied an application from Stricklen to build a 10-home subdivision on a 4-acre plot of land at the corner of Bridge and Loudon Heights roads, it voted in favor of considering a modified proposal by Stricklen on Wednesday as part of a settlement agreement, which would dismiss a pending lawsuit against the commission and City of Charleston.

Stricklen and his attorneys requested to modify the original application last Friday, before the case was set to begin oral arguments.

"We agreed we wouldn't proceed with the hearing Friday, and bring the matter to the Planning Commission's attention, said attorney Jay Arceneaux, who was appointed to represent the Planning Commission.

The commission voted to authorize a temporary stay in the litigation to consider the modified proposal.

It will place the matter on the agenda for its July meeting and hold a public hearing to receive comments prior to any vote to approve or deny the proposal.

A letter from Kent George, one of Stricklen's attorneys, to Arceneaux and City Attorney Paul Ellis, outlines the suggested changes to Stricklen's original application.

Those would include eliminating one house originally planned to occupy the lot at the corner of Bridge and Loudon Heights roads, bringing the number of homes down to nine instead of 10.

The letter proposes that the lot be dedicated to the city as a conservation easement, which would subsequently increase the square footage for three of the remaining parcels.

It also proposes constructing covered back porches on the homes that would back up to Bridge Road.

Mayor Danny Jones attended the meeting and said he's in favor of the modified proposal.

"This is a chance for the commission to settle the case," Jones said. "If you turn that down, it goes back to Judge Kaufman . …

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