Mixed-Use Land Planning Issues

Issue: Can a mixed use property be divided and “cured” of its severe access issues?

Approach: A property with a leased retail building and a vacant industrial mini-storage building also had extra land. HMG evaluated the legality of dividing the property into two platted front-back lots. The owner had attempted but never completed such a division; the county agreed the division could still be approved. However, HMG determined that the back lot would have no legal access. A different proposed access easement would have been sufficient but was now blocked, the only other access to the back lot, between two retail buildings, was not legally conforming, and HMG determined that the extra land could not be developed with its existing impairments. HMG’s investigation included extensive review of zoning, detention pond, drainage and ingress/egress issues with the county and with SC DOT.