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Traffic: Development will add 740 daily trips on Waverly Road

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

A developer will seek preliminary plat approval for a 74-lot subdivision on 23 acres at Waverly Road and Clearwater Drive from the Georgetown County Planning Commission today.

Turn Key Holdings, whose principal is Browder McGill, plans to develop three tracts of single-family parcels of at least 6,500 square feet. Twelve lots will front on Clearwater Drive across from The Cottages development, 18 on a proposed cul-de-sac and 44 on a proposed loop road.

The property is zoned “general residential” and the proposed net density of 6.3 units per acre complies with the zoning. Developers propose filling a half acre of the 7.4 acres of wetlands on the property.

Stantec, a traffic engineering firm, prepared an assessment. Engineers said intersections, with one exception, are expected to operate at an acceptable level of service. The intersection of Waverly Road and Petigru Drive is projected to reach an “undesirable level of service” during afternoon peak traffic. The state Department of Transportation is planning to upgrade the intersection. The study declined to recommend turn lanes at the intersection of Waverly and Clearwater.

Stantec estimated the subdivision would produce 740 daily auto trips. Estimates say the heaviest traffic will be generated between 7 and 9 a.m. and between 4 and 6 p.m. The study estimated 139 auto trips between 7:45 and 8 a.m., the heaviest traffic congestion of the day. Afternoon traffic is estimated to be spread more evenly between 4 and 6 p.m. The heaviest period is estimated to occur between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., 74 trips.

County staff is recommending approval of the subdivision on condition it meets with the approval of Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and the Georgetown County Public Works and Stormwater departments.

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