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.