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Richmond Hill to hear request on RH Plantation change

Richmond Hill City Council accepted a request by a developer to again table its bid to allow multi-family housing on a tract near the entrance of Richmond Hill Plantation until Sept. 2.
But the issue won’t be postponed again, Mayor Harold Fowler said.
“If this item is not pulled by the developer, we will vote it up or down at the Sept. 2 meeting,” he told council.
Elbow Cay Land Holdings, LLC, is seeking an amendment to the master plan of Richmond Hill Plantation to change the designation on some 10.8 acres within the development from future commercial to multi-family.
The land is at the corner of Port Royal Road and Sterling Links Way, and apparent worries the developer wants to add apartments there drew Richmond Hill Plantation residents to recent city council meetings to learn more.
By requiring a vote on Sept. 2, the measure gives the city time to notify homeowners in the area so they can again attend the meeting.
“We promised homeowners we would not bring it back before council without their being notified,” Fowler said.
If the city rejects the developer’s proposal, it will be six months before the same amendment can be brought back before council.
The request by Elbow Cay Land Holdings was one of several planning and zoning issues on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting.
Council members also heard the first reading on a request by developer Charles Stafford to rezone 22.3 acres off Kroger Drive behind Goodwill and Goodies from commercial to multifamily, which would allow Stafford to build townhomes on the property.
In addition, developer RMDC, Inc. filed a petition to amend the master plan of Richmond Hill Plantation to allow multi-family dwellings on 11.36 acres at the corner of Timber Trail and Harris Trail.
No action was required by council on the first reading.
Council also approved a site plan for townhomes at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Timber Trail and a new Fairfield Inn at the corner of Highway 17 and Ponderosa Drive.

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