Sea Island subdivision plat protested

By Matthew J. Permar - The Islander, St. Simons Island, GA

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Sea Island Acquisition LLC drew fire last week from local environmental protection groups for an 8-lot subdivision they have planned for the south end of the island.

The opposition came during the Glynn County Island Planning Commission (IPC) meeting when the company was looking for approval of their preliminary subdivision plat.
The company wants to develop the subdivision, Cloister Residences East, on a 7.3 acre tract of land on the southern end of the island between the Black Banks River and the Atlantic Ocean.

The narrow strip of land is south of the Cloister Ocean Residences and the Beach Club.

Eric Landon, a planner with the county’s Community Development Dept., told the commission that the subdivision was permitted under the Cloister hotel’s overall Planned Development text and that staff recommended approval of the preliminary plat.

Preliminary plat applications do not require public hearings, but in light of the large turnout for this issue, IPC chairman John Dow said he would allow the public to speak.
In the end the IPC voted 6-1 to approve the plat because the opposition’s position was based on Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and Army Corps of Engineers regulations, which do not come into play on a preliminary plat application. The preliminary plat show the layout of the lots and roads.

IPC member Stan Humphries voted against the plat approval.

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