Developer wants extension to develop Mobley Tract on Lemon Island

emoody@beaufortgazette.comApril 4, 2012 

  • The developer has 32 days to complete the sale, but it can purchase an addition 30 days for a non-refundable $75,000.

  • Discussed granting final approval to changing dates on agreements between the town and the Port Royal Development Group. The agreements would start July 9, giving a cushion of time for the developers to close the $17-million purchase of the Port of Port Royal property from the state Ports Authority.

  • Learned it needs to appoint a representative to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals and the Beaufort/Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission.

  • Discussed approving resolutions that will bring the town into compliance with updated federal fair housing and disability laws.

  • Discussed the 2012-13 budget, which town manager Van Willis said will be presented in preliminary form next month. Budget meetings will be scheduled by council. No specific date has been set.

Developers want to extend the agreement with Port Royal to build up to 125 residences on the Mobley Tract on Lemon Island.

The agreement with Lyttleton Partners expired last year. Originally a five-year pact approved in 2005, an additional year was added in 2007 to make up for nine months lost to a lawsuit. The property has not been developed.

When Port Royal annexed the tract and raised the county's 35-residences limit to 250, the Coastal Conservation League and several town residents sued to halve that number and limit annexing land to the south for a decade.

The suit was settled and the residences limit adjusted to 125.

The extension discussed Wednesday night would mirror the adjusted agreement, which included significant environmental protections including buffers, preservation of open land and stormwater management, town planner Linda Bridges said.

Councilman Joe Lee questioned whether the town's $3,000-per-lot fee should be raised, since it was set when 250 residences were planned. Town manager Van Willis said that figure was calculated based on costs such as fire protection, which would be provided by Bluffton because the tract is within two miles of that town's limits. However, Willis said, council could adjust the fee

The five-year extension will be discussed four more times during two public hearings and two council votes.

Related content

  1. Mobley tract agreement extended to 2012, Oct. 13, 2007
  2. Developers to sell annexed property for $6.5M, July 23, 2007
  3. Mobley tract settlement termed fair deal for all

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