POOLER, GA (WTOC) - As new homes and businesses continue to pop up in Pooler, elected leaders have to consider the impact on the locals.
That consideration lead to the rejection of a proposed multi-family, nearly 400-unit development at Monday night’s council meeting. The development, called the Pooler-Three, failed in a 3-2 vote, with traffic concerns at the forefront, keeping the proposed project from moving forward at this time.
The rejection of the site plan for the time being comes as Pooler city leaders continue to work with traffic engineering to find balance between economic growth and public safety.
The proposed site of the recently rejected 391-unit sits along the Benton Tract, just south of Tanger Outlets next to I-95. Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb says any time a business comes in, city leaders try to work with developers to make sure the density and flow of traffic keep residents safe.
“They wanted more businesses to come, more shops, more things to come,” Mayor Lamb said. “Now that they’re here, they want to be able to move around safely throughout our city, and that’s our responsibility, and are businesses are coming, what can you do to make this no worse than it is, or at least help move the people around in a safe way? That’s our responsibility, and that’s what we look at as things come.”
The project proposal failed by one vote.