Q. What are the plans for the barren median strip planter areas north of the Snee Farm area up to the end of the highway expansion area: Will there be lights and plantings; and when will the work be complete? - Bob Oidtman, Mount Pleasant
A. “The median plans for Highway 17 above the IOP Connector are currently awaiting an encroachment permit from the South Carolina Department Of Transportation. Plans were submitted on Nov. 9. The plan is to landscape the medians similar to the previous Highway 17 widening a few years back. We had hoped to have landscaping started by next month but the timeline is dependent on the timeline of received in the SCDOT encroachment permit. The project is anticipated to be nearly a year long.
There will be lighting in the medians as well and SCE&G is currently installing lighting on all the Highway 17 widening projects.” - Eddie Bernard, RLA, LEED AP, ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist, ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor, Town of Mount Pleasant- Planning DepartmentQ. What ordinance governs billboards? How did Carolina Park get the go ahead for these huge boxes and what is their expected life time? - Sandra Bungerz
A.“In early 2012 Carolina Park submitted a request for an amendment to its Planned Development Zoning. The request included a specific amendment to the Carolina Park sign regulations to allow these sign structures on Highway 17.
This was reviewed through the public hearing process and approved early last year.” - Christiane Farrell, Director of Planning, Town of Mount Pleasant.Q. The entrance to Lazy Lane presents some safety issues for walkers and bikers. The road is two lanes without a sidewalk and a low-lying shoulder where cars are frequently parked. To gain access or egress requires pedestrians or bikers to walk or ride on front lawns or in the street. Beyond the entrance to Lazy Lane there is an immediate right turn required to stay on Lazy Lane. Many service trucks and strangers to the area keep going straight (without stopping). This puts them mistakenly on dead ended Lazy Lane Court. At least 10 or 12 times a day this error occurs. What is needed immediately is a sidewalk on the left side of Lazy Lane and a no outlet sign for Lazy Lane Court. Is there a remedy in the works? - Tom McCallion, Mount Pleasant
A. “The subdivisions serviced by Lazy Lane and Lazy Lane Court were built when development regulations did not require sidewalks. There are many neighborhoods like this throughout the town where sidewalks are now desired by the residents. The town does not currently have funding to retroactively install these sidewalks, but does pursue broader, primary roadway pedestrian connections through state and county funding opportunities.
Regarding “No Outlet” signage, with hundreds of cul-de-sac roads throughout the town, to place no outlet signs on each cul-de-sac would be pervasive; the general guidance is to review these requests on a case by case basis, which will be done in this instance.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant.