The Lancaster County Council couldn't refuse a $10,000 per-home offer.
Developers of Hampton Park, a planned subdivision off Jim Wilson Road near the state line, were granted a rezoning request at Monday's council meeting that increases the density of their 45-acre property from a maximum of 1.5 homes allowed per acre to 2.5 homes per acre. The company plans to build 107 homes across the street from the main entrance to Edenmoor, which will have nearly 2,000 homes when that subdivision is complete.
The development company, Thomco, offered the county $10,000 per home payable when the building permit is filed as part of the development agreement. If the council chose not to rezone the property, the developer could have built approximately 65 homes under the existing zoning, with no development agreement, Councilman Fred Thomas pointed out Monday.
"What we're faced with is a total of $10,000 a roof for an additional 25 houses. We're looking at $1 million to the county. I think for 25 houses it's worth $1 million, especially for the taxes they'll pay the county," Thomas said.
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A half mile from the development, in North Carolina, is the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Range. Developers assured council members that the proximity of the gun range would be disclosed to home buyers.
The rezoning request and the development agreement passed 6-1 with Councilman Jack Estridge opposed.
Also Monday night, David and Jimmie Wood asked the council to rezone their residential property off Dogwood Trail to allow for commercial business. They lived on the property, they said, until a rezoning along Hwy. 521 adjacent to their home allowed a large paving company to become their neighbors.
Now, they said, the only way to sell their property is if it is zoned commercially.
The council denied the request, saying that a commercial business shouldn't have been allowed to move in next door to the Woods. But rezoning the Woods' property would only create similar problems for the rest of the Dogwood Trail residents.
"I don't think we should further compound this problem and carry it through the community," said District 1 Councilman Bryan Vaughn, who represents the Panhandle.
The request for rezoning was unanimously denied.