Online petition opposes Travelers Rest Main Street townhome development

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — An online petition has been started to oppose a 17-townhome development along N. Main Street and the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, across from Travelers Rest High School.

As of the time of this writing, more than 370 people had signed the petition: "Vote No to TR Townhome Proposal and Take it Back to the Planning Commission for Amendment."

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Last Thursday, the vote on rezoning for the project, located at 508 N. Main St., passed the first of two readings. The development, Trailside Towns, was previously recommended for approval by the planning commission.  

Councilmembers Kelly Byers and Shaniece Criss voted against the measure.The second and final reading is scheduled to take place at October's council meeting.

The development is proposed to consist of 2- and 3-bedroom units, ranging from 1200-1400 square feet. The footprint of each unit will be approximately 20 feet wide and 42 feet deep or less. Property line setbacks are 15 feet. (To view the conceptual layout of the proposed development, click here.)

The online petition lists eight "main concerns of residents and people of the neighborhood," including density, parking, traffic congestion, and aging infrastructure, to name a few. 

"The announcement of rezoning and proposal may have followed the law, but showed great lack of communication and transparency as majority of residents who have concerns were not aware of the proceedings until a social media post was made by the local paper on September 19th, the day of the first council vote," the petition reads.

According to the developer, BRAYMACTR LLC, "[the] homes are designed to blend into the existing community through architectural, civil, and landscape design methods....Elevations will be stepped when possible to add to streetscape appeal and blend into the natural topography."

To view the online petition, click here.

To view the conceptual layout of the proposed development, click here.

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