Town of Fort Mill officials have met at least once with the Nation Ford Land Trust to discuss annexing part of the protected property the group owns into town limits.
Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk said a private meeting held last week also included a discussion about “trails and giving them more protection,” but that the meeting was “a negotiation, so I’m not at liberty to talk much about it.”
The property in the trust under discussion is contiguous with a 151-acre development near Tega Cay, which, when complete, will include 550 homes. The development is currently in the unincorporated area of York County. If the Town of Fort Mill were to annex the Land Trust property, it would make the 550-home development contiguous with the town and could also be annexed into town limits with landowner approval.
“That hasn’t been discussed with the Land Trust at this point, but it could possibly be part of the deal,” said Funderburk.
The City of Tega Cay also has been eyeing that development for annexation. On July 15 the city will hold second reading of an ordinance that will bring the Comporium Communications building at 2382 Hwy. 160 West into the city limits, making the 550-home development contiguous with the city. At that point, the city would be interested in talking to the developer about becoming part of Tega Cay, said Mayor George Sheppard.
“We would hope they would consider annexing into the City of Tega Cay,” said Tega Cay Mayor George Sheppard. “The City of Tega Cay can provide water and sewer to the land.”
Sheppard said he was surprised to hear that Fort Mill officials might also be interested in the property.
It is unclear which town officials met with Updike. Funderburk said that it was not a public meeting because it was part of a negotiation.
The Nation Ford Land Trust was founded in 1989. It protects more than 9,200 acres of green space in York County with the goal of preserving natural areas and conserving the natural heritage of the county, according to the land trust website. Jeff Updike, a Tega Cay resident and former York County councilman who heads the Nation Ford Land Trust, declined to comment.