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Developer withdraws bid for multi-family dwellings at Port Royal, Sterling Links Way

A developer has dropped a request to build multi-family homes at the corner of Sterling Links Way and Port Royal Road in Richmond Hill.

Elbow Cay Land Holdings, LLC, “withdrew” its application to Richmond Hill City Council to amend the master plan of Richmond Hill Plantation to allow a mix of commercial and multi-family dwellings on 10.8 acres near Highway 144. city planning director Scott Allixon said. The land is currently zoned for office and commercial development.

Residents have spoken out against the proposal at recent Richmond Hill City Council meetings, citing concerns about traffic safety at the congested intersection where Port Royal Road meets 144. But at Tuesday's council meeting at City Hall, Allison announced the item had been dropped from the agenda after Elbow Cay Land Holdings, LLC backed off the plan.

The developer will have to start the process over again to bring the matter back before council.

Also Tuesday, the council voted to approve a 2015 general fund budget of $7.25 million. Public safety is the single biggest department in terms of expenses, with projected spending of $3.7 million. Public works and streets was next at$1.37 million, while general government costs are slated to be $1.14 million.

The city’s biggest source of expected revenue is taxes, more than $5.9 million. Fines and forfeitures are projected at $690,000 in 2015.

 In addition, council members agreed to move forward with possible wholesale changes to the city's planning and zoning and land use ordinance after hearing a consultant speak for nearly an hour on the need to clean up the requirements.


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