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KEEP IT GREEN
ADVOCACY

 

A nonprofit public interest law firm
protecting the land, quality of life & natural character of the Waccamaw Neck.













 

  • We SUPPORT SMART DEVELOPMENT that:

Complies with the law.

Is consistent with natural character & infrastructure.

Meets the needs of the community. 

 

  • We SAFEGUARD historically and culturally significant neighborhoods.

 

  • We assist HEIRS' PROPERTY owners with clearing title to PROTECT minority landowners from predatory developers.

  • We oppose LAND USE and ZONING CHANGES that increase residential density in violation of the comprehensive plan or other law.

  • We hold our county officials accountable to FOLLOW PROPER LAW & PROCEDURE.

OUR CASES

 
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  • MERCOM REZONING (Pending): Pawleys Island residents packed council chambers to oppose rezoning of the MERCOM PD for HIGH DENSITY development on land currently zoned for NO residential use and ZERO residential density in the traditional minority community of Parkersville. Notwithstanding that Planning Commission had voted 5-0 to DENY the zoning change on the basis that it violates the comprehensive plan, Councilman Steve Goggans, who represents the district in which the project is proposed, led the vote to APPROVE the rezoning. Our legal team is considering next steps.

 

Click HERE to see KIGA position statement.​

  • PARKERSVILLE & PETIGRU (Suit filed): Lawsuit filed on October 24, 2022, against Georgetown County for approving two high density multi-family subdivisions in the Parkersville neighborhood of Pawleys Island on land designated as medium density in violation of the Comprehensive Land Use Map and state law. The Planning Commission voted to DENY both.  As part of this legal action, KIGA is requesting the county to bring its zoning and land use decisions into compliance with state law requiring zoning to follow the comprehensive plan.

Click HERE to see SUMMONS & COMPLAINT

  • MARBOEUF COURT (Spring 2022): This developer sold the land and moved on after the Planning Commission voted to recommend DENIAL of a zoning request to substantially increase residential density on a lot currently zoned R-1 (one house per acre) to R-10 (more than 4 houses per acre) on a 1.1 acre lot along the marsh on Pawleys Island Creek. KIGA represented a number of neighboring landowners who vehemently opposed this, including the family of Governor McMaster. There were more than 220 letters of opposition and a big crowd turned out for the hearing.  

 

Click HERE to see Letter to the County on this issue.

  • RETREAT AT STABLE (Spring 2022): Due to strong opposition by neighbors and KIG, this developer met with KIGA and community leaders and has substantially modified its plan to fall within appropriate density limits and to put other land on Petigru Drive into a conservation easement so that it can never be developed.

  • COACHMAN DRIVE (Appeal filed): Due to strong opposition by KIG and community residents, a developer withdrew his request to change zoning from residential to commercial in the midst of a longstanding heirs' property community. There is a related lawsuit pending whereby this developer sued neighbors to try to get the right to build a road through the yards of private residences in this neighborhood. KIGA is representing the heirs' property owners opposing this in court. This case is now on appeal to the SC Court of Appeals.

Click HERE to see Appellants' Initial Brief.

Click HERE to see Appellants' Reply Brief.

  • PRINCE GEORGE (Suit filed): Lawsuit filed on January 9, 2022, against Georgetown County for granting a rezoning to double residential density on the Goff property near Prince George along a dangerous stretch of Highway 17 across from Hog Heaven. The court ruled in our favor on Defendant'a Motion to Dismiss and that issue is now pending in the Court of Appeals.

Click HERE to see Opposition to Motion to Dismiss.

Click HERE to see Summons and Complaint.

  • COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN UPDATE (Pending): Working to insure meaningful public input in land use plan update and no increases in residential density on the Waccamaw Neck!

  • PAWLEYS ISLAND (February 2022): Successfully opposed a zoning change by an out-of-state developer to put a self-storage facility in a historically and culturally significant neighborhood in Pawleys Island.

  • WACHESAW (January 2022): Successfully settled a proposed zoning change on Wachesaw Road in Murrells Inlet to increase residential density. Developer and attorney listened to residents and agreed to amend request to no density increase.

  • HAGLEY (October 2021): Successfully opposed a proposed high density zoning change in Hagley near King's River Road. Developer listened to residents and withdrew his request.

  • PETIGRU APARTMENT COMPLEX (2020-21): Successfully opposed out-of-state developer's proposed zoning change to high density for a 182-unit multi-family apartment complex on Petigru Road at Mercom.

  • WAVERLY (2020): Opposed a requested zoning change to increase density at Waverly and King's River Road. County approved the Flexible Design District, but developer backed out.

  • LITCHFIELD COUNTRY CLUB (2019): Successfully opposed a requested high density zoning change to build 108 condominium units in Litchfield Country Club on racquet club property.

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OUR TEAM

Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel 

 
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Cindy Ranck Person

A longtime resident of Litchfield, Cindy Person brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to KIGA.

 

She has been a trial lawyer for more than 37 years having served as lead counsel in complex civil litigation including products liability, construction, commercial, real estate, personal injury, employment, probate, and civil rights cases in state, federal, appellate courts, and administrative tribunals representing private individuals, businesses, institutions, corporations, banks, municipalities, school districts, government entities, and nonprofits.

Early in her career Cindy served as an Assistant District Attorney with extensive experience in all phases of criminal prosecution including an emphasis in the investigation and prosecution of child and adult sexual abuse cases.

 

In addition to her background as a lawyer, she has served in domestic and overseas mission settings focusing on community development and racial reconciliation, including inner-city ministry, outreach programs, church plants, disaster relief teams, and as a law professor in the former Soviet Union.

Cindy has lived in the lower Waccamaw Neck for more than 30 years and cares deeply about our community. She is a member of the Pawleys Island Civic Club and attends and participates on the worship team at House of God Church.

 

Leadership Team

Lynne Bessellieu Ford

Advisory Council

Barry Sanders

Board of Directors

Chrissie Keillor

Advisory Council

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Heather Kinder

Board President

Alicia Choate

Advisory Council

Rev. Johnny Ford

Advisory Council

Catherine Porter

Board Treasurer

Together, we are making a difference.

Our work to protect the Waccamaw Neck is 100% funded by your generous tax deductible donations.

 

Checks may be made payable to:

KEEP IT GREEN ADVOCACY, INC.

P.O. Box 1922

Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 325-7795

or

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For more information, please feel free to email us at KIG.Advocacy@gmail.com.