The proposed meeting to talk about growth and other issues effecting York County communities now has a time and place.
York County officials will meet 1-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. The intent is to bring together as many community interests as possible to collaborate on what’s next in York County.
“We’re inviting York, Clover, everybody,” said Karen Brogdon, clerk to York County Council. “All the municipalities, chambers, school districts.”
Councilman Michael Johnson is one of many officials to call for increased participation among neighboring municipalities. The planning commission and Town Council in Fort Mill are working to meet jointly, and with transportation and other planners nearby. Officials in Tega Cay have called for cooperation among communities.
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“It’s just kind of an opening,” Johnson said of the upcoming forum. “It’s, ‘hey, let’s get a dialogue going.’ It’ll be interesting to see how many people attend.”
Tega Cay Mayor George Sheppard called for a meeting with his city, the county, Town of Fort Mill and Fort Mill Schools at a recent Chamber of Commerce community breakfast event. He said he still hopes that will happen.
“It’s still where it was,” Sheppard said Monday, of progress toward scheduling a meeting with those four municipalities since he called for it in July.
City staff in Tega Cay is crunching growth numbers for a meeting, but so far one specific to those four groups hasn’t been set. The issue is one of coordinating schedules, Sheppard said.
“Nothing has been done,” he said. “We still need to come together. I think it’s still important.”
Meanwhile, with so many groups invited, Johnson isn’t sure how in-depth leaders can go initially at next week’s meeting. He’s hopeful the first meeting won’t be the last, and that connected communities can work together on comprehensive planning, road needs and other concerns that cross municipal lines.
“It’s a great first step,” he said.
The county put out an agenda Monday morning for the meeting that includes comprehensive land use planning, Pennies for Progress, C-Funds allocations for roads, capital facilities plans and an update on the Dave Lyle Boulevard extension in Rock Hill. The agenda also lists “other projects and opportunities for collaboration.”
Johnson hopes public participation will be strong. He isn’t sure how well each invited group will be represented, but each will have a seat at the table.
“All I know is, everybody is invited,” Johnson said.