April 20th meeting Canceled due to COVID 19 concerns. Will advise of changes.
The Beaufort County Open Land Trust announced that earlier this week, Beaufort County closed on the purchase of a Lady’s Island property known as Pineview. Acquired through the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program, the forested 108-acre property has over 2,200 feet of water frontage on Rock Springs Creek. Pineview sits next to the 517-acre protected Holly Hall Plantation. The undeveloped land contains a mixture of forested uplands and wetlands, providing significant wildlife habitat and natural stormwater filtration and recharge benefits. Beaufort County will manage the property for its optimal ecological benefit and will consider future passive recreational opportunities on-site.
“Conservation is a must in Beaufort County,” stated Beaufort County Council Member York Glover. “Beaufort County is changing, but we must do our part to preserve a sense of history for the generations to come. Acquiring this tract on Lady’s Island will add to other tracts that have been preserved by the County over the years.”
Beaufort County has permanently protected Pineview by placing restrictive covenants on the property. The County has a contract with the Beaufort County Open Land Trust to manage land acquisitions for the Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program.
For more information about this property, contact the Beaufort County Open Land Trust at 843-521-2175.
From Island Packet
Another 100 acres in Beaufort County should soon be available for the public to roam after county officials approved buying the land with taxpayer dollars.
On Monday, County Council approved buying the Lady’s Island property known as Pineview. The 108-acre property off Sams Point Road includes access to a tidal creek. It could be a place for kayaking, hiking and horseback riding, though the public will have a say in how the land is eventually used.
A significant part of smart development is the use of land conservation transactions using donated, private or governmental funds and incentives which are used to purchase land or land rights.
This can have a significant impact on where development can and cannot be located.
For example, about 1,200 acres are either owned or protected from development on Lady's Island alone. In October 2019, Beaufort County agreed to purchase a parcel of land called Pineview which is 108 acres spanning from Sams Point Road to Rock Springs Creek. If Pineview had not been purchased and were developed fully according to current zoning, 220 homes could have been built. Traffic and infrastructure impact would have been significant. Now, up to 2,200 additional trips a day from Pineview onto Sams Point Road have been averted.
Thanks to Beaufort County, its Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program and the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.