Palmetto Bluff developers plan to build a new commercial and residential village on 60 acres inside the upscale community.
The plantation's management company, Crescent Communities, and architects from Thomas & Hutton presented plans Tuesday for Moreland Village to Bluffton's Development Review Committee. It will be 3 miles south of Wilson Village, the community's current commercial district.
Moreland Village will include 90 residential lots and commercial space. It will be similar to Wilson Village, off Old Palmetto Bluff Road near the plantation's entrance. That village has several shops and restaurants and is home to the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, which also is being expanded.
The plans submitted to the review committee mapped out roads and utilities, such as stormwater and sewer systems, along with the residential lots.
Town employees want developers to address minor concerns about naming roads inside the new village.
The plan goes next to the town's Planning Commission. If approved, construction of roads and utilities would begin within a month and take about a year, according to the development's architect, Mike Hughes.
A development plan for the commercial sections will be submitted separately, probably by the end of 2014, Hughes said. Businesses for the village haven't been determined, but it is planned to be open to the public, he added.
Walking trails will be built near two existing cemeteries on the plot of land.
Roads leading to the village will be paved with asphalt, and roads inside it will be surfaced with a mixture of sand, gravel pebbles and oyster shells to give it a rustic look, Hughes said. A bridge to the village will be made of wood, instead of the metal style that leads into Wilson Village.
Residents posed some concerns.
John Genovese said the roads and bridge would probably require resurfacing from heavy traffic, and the oyster shells could pose a hazard for bicyclists if they fall onto the hard shells.
Dave Brown was worried about the effect of the heat on the inside roads. High temperatures could cause excessive dust, and heavy rain could cause mud problems, he said.
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