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More homes headed to Lake Wylie

The first homes in a massive new residential area are coming.

York County’s planning commission gave preliminary plat approval Oct. 13 for the first phase of Skimmers Calm. That phase will include 98 single-family homes on 85 acres. It’s part of a 396-acre property rezoned earlier this year for homes.

The larger property stretches from S.C. 274 just north of Five Points on the east to Bethel School Road on the west. It also includes the only access to 50 acres owned by the county, planned for a future park.

“They’ll tie directly in there through the development,” said Steve Allen, county planning services manager. “(The park property) was landlocked when the county was given that piece.”

In the spring, Crescent announced the 396 acres would have up to 650 single-family and 300 multi-family units. Plans include a 100-foot buffer along Lake Wylie, twice the county requirement. Crescent had similar scale plans for a smaller property nearby, which also saw planning commission action Oct. 13.

Summerhouse at Skimmers Calm is another single-family residential community, on S.C. 55. Crescent wants to put 158 lots on almost 90 acres. The planning commission unanimously recommended preliminary plat approval.

The planning commission didn’t have significant issues with either plat approval. Both properties downgraded their allowed density through rezonings earlier this year. The more than 1,000 total units is about a third of what the company could put on the properties before rezoning. The biggest planning commission concern was to question when nearby Tullamore would replace sidewalks taken out for landscaping and never replaced.

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to say something about that,” said Commissioner Joe Baird, who represents District 2 including Lake Wylie.

The new Crescent developments would include pocket parks for residents there, a clubhouse and an existing pond.

The planning commission also recommended approval of a rezoning for 20 acres just west of Oakridge Middle School. Evergreen Land Partners wants to put 20 lots there, selling single-family homes in the $350,000-$400,000 range. The site would have a connection to Oakridge, allowing students to walk there or possibly to a future elementary school on the opposite side of Oakridge Road.

Evergreen asked for an RC-II zoning, essentially the same as an RC-I zoning except RC-II would allow for mobile homes.

“We know what the scary part is there,” said Commissioner Joe Baird.

John Maxwell with Evergreen said his company didn’t mind changing to the more restrictive zoning as mobile homes aren’t part of the plan.

“I have no intention of putting mobile homes there,” he said. “If the only difference in those two zonings is that use, I’d be happy to change it. I don’t mind figuring out a way to eliminate that.”

The site would be on public water and septic, since sewer connections would involve pumping uphill. The site would have 30 percent open space and two creek crossings, and few trees would come down to build the homes as the site is mostly field.

“It’s an attractive plan,” Maxwell said. “It keeps some of the natural landscape, the rural feel of the area. I think people would like to live there.”