Pursuing scenic label for an Oconee highway

The designation of a scenic highway – and the protections it affords – could be salvation for those alarmed by the prospects of a near one-thousand unit home development proposed for two-lane SC 130 in Oconee County.  John Elliott, District One councilman, announced last night he’s aware of some individuals who are looking into the possibility.  During public comment, the county council heard expressions from four county residents who call for stronger planning and action to curb large scale developments from taking up wide swaths of undeveloped properties.  Sharon DeRidder suggested a highway 130 scenic designation stretching between Salem and the Old Seneca-Clemson Highway intersection.  Debbie Brown returned to the council chambers after addressing the planning commission the night before and told the council they can stop the proposed Keowee River development by zoning the property agriculture.