City Council's Disappointing Decision
The editor -- I have read the editorial titled “Missed Opportunity” in a recent issue of The Clinton Chronicle. In response I must join Vic MacDonald in expressing my disappointment that Clinton City Council did not follow the unanimous recommendation of the City Planning Commission to rezone to Agricultural Reserve the 39 acres on S.C. Hwy. 72 owned by the city.
My wife and I engaged Davis & Floyd, a land planning and engineering firm based in Greenwood, to create a conceptual master plan for our farm adjacent to the city property to include a total of nine residential lots ranging in size from less than an acre to about 12.5. Shadow Farm would be accessed by a new road beginning at the existing curb cut on Hwy. 72 and extending almost a half mile to the interior of the property.
It is not publicly known that a portion of Shadow Farm was under contract for sale. One of several contingencies to that contract was the rezoning of our property, which passed unanimously, but also the rezoning of the city’s, which did not.
The purchaser felt strongly that were the city property to be developed as anything but residential then the property he proposed to acquire from us would be less desirable for his permanent residence. I agree with him. The Clinton City Council effectively voided our contract for sale. Without that contract the road accessing this property will not be built and the property not made available for housing stock.
My relationship with the people of Clinton began 50 years ago when I enrolled as a freshman at Presbyterian College. I know something of the need for housing in Clinton and invested in the land, the engineering, and the community to expand housing options for the benefit of its citizens. Jane and I sincerely thank those members of City Council who supported the growth of housing stock and regret that others did not share that vision. We appreciate the opportunity.
Jane and Rob Hicklin