Enquirer Herald

York drops commercial color code proposal

City officials in York have dropped a proposal to consider a code for commercial building color standards after a similar proposal was defeated by the York County Council.

The York City Council gave initial approval in September to a measure that would place a 90-day ban on activities such as the painting of masonry and stucco siding and the painting of roof surfaces.

City officials said a ban would give the city time to study the issue and decide if regulations should be considered. But the proposed ban — which requires two votes — was not on the agenda during the Oct. 2 City Council meeting.

“We’re not going to do any more,” said York Mayor Eddie Lee, who said the commercial color code issue became “a very divisive thing” for the county council. The county board voted 6-1 against approval of a color code ordinance for the Lake Wylie area on a second vote Oct. 1.

Lee said he spoke individually with several York council members who did not support a color code for the city of York. “There was not support for it at this time,” he said.

The county board took up the issue after Auto Money Title Loans opened in a neon yellow and green building on S.C. 49 in Lake Wylie.

York City Manager Charles Helms, who suggested the City Council consider the need for such regulations, said a similar building owned by the company is on U.S. 321 in York.