LAKE WYLIE -- A new player pieced into the almost 1,500-acre planned development puzzle along S.C. 274 means yet another public hearing on Monday. While planners say the new proposal is a win-win solution, even some initially opposed to the idea are warming to the plan.
York County Council on June 16 deferred the third and final reading on a rezoning request to create a planned development spanning between Crowders Creek and Allison Creek in Lake Wylie to hold another public hearing to include the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council's 26-acre Camp Catawbaw property after Crescent Resources backed out of a deal to buy the camp site at 2699 Charlotte Hwy.
"We appreciate the opportunity to be included," said Bayles Mack, Fort Mill attorney representing the Hornets Nest Council. "Folks at the county level have done a tremendous job in seeing that you preserve development around the lake and that it fits in with this overall proposal."
Phil Hayes, on behalf of property owner Crescent Resources, called the plan a positive step toward "becoming an integral part of the community."
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The mixed-use commercial, office and residential development proposed for Lake Wylie's last undeveloped major land tract also includes space for future schools and parks. Sally Daley, executive vice president of the Hornets Nest Council that represents 15,000 girls, said the Scout property will fit in well with the adjoining planned development to create a well-designed community once the 15- to 20-year buildout is complete.
"We're really working toward that win-win solution," she said.
The lakeside camp would be zoned for office use along the lake, possibly with upper-end residential but no commercial use, said York County Councilman Tom Smith, who represents Lake Wylie. The property also would include 100-foot lake buffers, if approved as part of the planned development following Monday's public hearing.
"It was just a matter of agreeing on what we thought were appropriate uses," Smith said of the property. "They're excited, we're excited. It's working out for everybody."
What may speak best of the collaborative effort between council, large land owners and county planners, Smith said, is that nobody spoke against the plan at the third reading.
"I have changed my mind," said Terry Spencer, who spoke against the planned development at first and second readings but spoke in favor of it at third reading.
Spencer, the only resident who spoke at the third reading, said after talking with Smith about residential densities throughout the project, he now supports the plan as a positive influence on the future of Lake Wylie.
"It's going to be developed and York County's going to grow, but I don't think any of us want to follow the same model as Mecklenburg County in developing York County," Spencer said.
Other changes to the plan were introduced since first reading May 5 and second reading June 2. Property set aside for the Clover School District now would allow the district to obtain the land within eight years instead of five. Also, concerns expressed by Councilman Rick Lee at first reading on water quality control measures were further outlined.
"The part of the presentation that I find lacking is how we're going to protect the lake," Lee said at the May 5 meeting. "These are new additions of impermeable surface that raise new issues of stormwater runoff. They raise issues of parking lots and the residues from parking lots, and how we get rainfall back into the ground."
Council could give final approval to the plan Monday, said Susan Britt, county planning and development director.
Want to go? York County Council will hold a public hearing on changes to the planned Allison Creek area development at 6 p.m. Monday at council chambers, 6 S. Congress St., York. For more information, call (803) 684-3511 or visit yorkcountygov.com, then click on planning and development.