County resident looks to Port Royal for annexation advice

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMay 2, 2012 

  • Began review of the 2013 fiscal budget.

  • Discussed extending a development agreement for the Mobley Tract on Lemon Island. The agreement has building limits and environmental protections and must be voted on a second and final time. That vote is expected Wednesday.

  • Discussed finding a representative from the community with a business, industrial or financial background to appoint to the Lowcountry Economic Alliance.

  • Discussed the final version of a contract for The Shed, a community center.

Property owner Al Marchant looked to Port Royal officials for help Wednesday in deciding whether to ask the town to annex his land.

Marchant, owner of Al's Military Barber Shop at 881 Parris Island Gateway, had been asked by adjoining landowners if he wanted to join their annexation and rezoing efforts.

The intent is to create a larger area of land in the same municipality with the same zoning, said attorney David Tedder, who represents the other owners.

Clarice Murphy owns 5 and 7 Marina Blvd., while Elaine Anderson owns Wayside Mobile Home Park on Wayside Drive. The Murphy properties are asking to be annexed. Both owners want to be zoned for general commercial use. The mobile home park is already in Port Royal.

"We would like to try to do something together because we haven't been able to do anything apart," Tedder said.

Marchant said he had been asked to join the effort, but was unsure if he should. Town planner Linda Bridges told him his taxes will go up, but was unable to provide an exact amount.

Marchant said he has owned the building for 23 years, and would like the property to have its best possible value when he retires.

"I was told my property would be more valuable to me," he said.

Council members did not advise Marchant, though councilman Joe Lee said annexation would bring town services.

The annexation and rezoning of the other properties will be voted on by council for the first time Wednesday. The Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended the town accept the changes to the Marina Boulevard lots, but did not recommend changing the zoning at the mobile home park.

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