CLOVER -- After months of review, Clover Town Council approved last week the Tall Trees development. Located off S.C. 55 West near the Irish Downs subdivision, the planned 51-acre housing property was approved by a vote of 5 to 2, with councilmen Bruce Henderson and Jay Dover dissenting.
The developer, Landtech Development Group, is now allowed to move forward with the development process.
The development has been under review by the council ever since the planning commission approved it in December 2007. Progress on the property was delayed for months while the council looked at its potential affect on the town. Several council members expressed their concerns with the development, from a possible fire hazard posed by the houses' close proximity to each other to a potential drain on the town's water supply and a desire to keep the development age restricted.
The developer addressed these concerns at the most recent council meeting, while also agreeing to pay $1,500 per home (a total of $246,000) to go toward upgrading the Faulkner Street lift station, a sewage pumping facility that transfers wastewater from homes near the Tall Trees area to the main sewer line.
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Still, not all were satisfied.
"There are too many houses per acre and 12 feet is too close to each other," Dover said. "I'm a volunteer fireman and I think we need to look out for our volunteer fire department. We also need to look at our water problems. More users will impact our water supply."
-- Christopher Sardelli