Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill paves way for Waterside

Fort Mill Town Council finalized four ordinances Monday that pave the way for Waterside on the Catawba.

Councilman Nathan Blythe wasn’t present. The remaining Council voted unanimously to rezone or annex property and into town limits, and develop a concept plan for the 470-acre project between Whites Road and the Catawba River.

Originally the proposal was for 1,000 single-family homes. However, by the first vote on the ordinances last month, the developer requested an additional use of up to 300 townhomes.

“That’s still the plan,” Kevin Granelli with Lennar Homes, said after Monday morning’s decision. “We haven’t changed anything from first reading.”

At the first vote, and at an earlier presentation on Waterside where the ordinances were deferred, Council members expressed concern about a variety of issues associated with the project, mainly the traffic impact. There was no Council discussion before the vote on second reading.

The plan for Waterside likely will take eight years to complete. Initial work begins this fall.

Along with its residential features, Waterside will include more than five acres of multipurpose fields and trails along the river. A community clubhouse on 25 acres will have tennis and basketball courts, pools and other amenities.

According to the staff recommendation, the developer will construct an east-west collector road across the length of the property. The 2.76 units per acre project is “considered to be fairly low density,” according to the recommendation. For comparison, Waterside would be 1,300 homes on 470 acres while Massey is approved for 1,008 homes on 465 acres.

Waterside is slightly higher density than WhiteGrove and comparable to Dominion Bridge, both nearby.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Council passed the first of two needed votes to set height requirements in the highway commercial zoning district, and to better define the makeup and responsibilities of town leadership from Town Council, zoning administrator and town attorney to the planning commission, board of zoning appeals and historic review board.