County OKs LongCreek Development plan

The Richland County Development Review Team (DRT) approved an application by LongCreek Associates, LLC, Aug. 9 to develop 332 housing units (including high-density cluster homes and duplexes) on 100.7 acres within LongCreek Plantation subdivision. The project is called The Villages at LongCreek.

The approval did not require a public hearing or a vote by County Council, but  was based on the DRT’s determination as to whether the project complied with Richland County’s Code of Ordinances.

After much opposition last winter from the residents of LongCreek Plantation, the same developer withdrew its application for PDD zoning for the project. That proposal would have permitted the development of 425 new housing units on about 140 acres.

The developer recently sought approval to develop the project under Richland County’s Green Code standards. The new proposal contains no multifamily or commercial uses.

Many of the residents of LongCreek Plantation opposed DRT’s decision to approve the new plan, citing the misapplication of the County’s Green Code ordinance to this project.