Enquirer Herald

Clover to hear revised plan for adult community

CLOVER -- Tall Trees could have a second chance.

Town Administrator Allison Harvey said developers of the 51-acre property off S.C. 55 that council didn't give approval for in February are scheduled to present their proposal again at Monday's town council meeting.

Last time the project was presented to council, neighbors of the property spoke against the development and then applauded when first reading of the development plan failed for lack of a motion by council.

The plans for Tall Trees call for an active adult community. Deed restrictions would require at least one of the home owners to be 55 or older. The last plans presented to council included 88 single-family dwellings and 76 multi-family dwellings ranging from $170,000 to $200,000.

Opponents said the property was too dense and were concerned the 55 and older requirement wouldn't be enforced.

The fact that council didn't act at all gives developers the opportunity to come back, Harvey said.

"I've talked to them and gave them some of the concerns that I felt that I heard at the meeting and conversations that I've heard since then and just said if you come back you really need to address these," she said.

Tall Trees developer Jeff Hyman said he'll bring a revised plan to Monday's meeting, but didn't offer other details.

"We have some little revisions and housekeeping in our plans ... and some further clarification things," he said.

He said he should be able to help alleviate some fears people have, particularly in regards to the age restrictions.

"There was a declaration and bylaws that were given to the city in January which evidently didn't get disseminated," Hyman said. "If people would read that document, they would probably be comfortable in how the age qualification aspect would be complied with."

The vote could go more in the developer's favor this time.

Since February, Mayor Donnie Grice has voiced his approval for the project, saying it could benefit the town.

Grice said he was surprised by the opposition and didn't vote because he didn't think there was enough support from the other council members.

"I was never against the subdivision, but it was one of those things you don't want to be a lone wolf out there by yourself," he said.

He said, if approved, Tall Trees would be a positive for the town.

"This thing will start paying for itself -- if everything goes well -- after about three years," he said. "We'll have a positive revenue stream of almost $100,000. There are so many positives, plus we'll be able to put that many more users on our water system, which will help absorb the cost of the water system."

He said the density of the subdivision doesn't concern him.

"The dense-type populated subdivision, that's the development of the future," Grice said.

Police and other city services don't have to cover as large an area if the subdivisions are condensed, he said.

Councilman Bruce Henderson said he's unsure how he'll vote on the development, but said if concerns are addressed and modifications made it could work to the town's benefit.

"If it's something good and definitely good and it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's good for Clover, than I'm for it," he said.

Grice hopes council will be willing to accept revised plan.

"I know that we're looking to control growth ... I think the council has done a good job of sorting through and slowing down a little bit and not just accepting the first thing that comes along," he said. "I know that we have some opposition outside the city limits, but I think after you sit back and look at all the positives for everybody as a whole, I think (Tall Trees) is a win-win situation for everybody."

Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.