Fort Mill Times

Public input meeting delayed for bypass group

The second meeting to gather public input for the Fort Mill Southern Bypass area will come a little later than planned, allowing organizers time to process information already gathered.

Earlier this year, the Fort Mill Town Council appointed a seven-member Fort Mill Southern Bypass Advisory Committee to study and propose land use plans near where the planned road will be located. Leaders hope to guide growth in a rapidly developing area.

The committee met June 26 and held the first of two public input meetings on July 11. The plan was to hold a fourth and final committee meeting Sept. 25 and the final public input session Sept. 5. But that schedule has changed.

“We have pushed back a couple of our meeting dates to allow for additional review of public feedback and comments from committee members,” said Joe Cronin, assistant town manager and planning director.

Cronin said last week he expects the next public input meeting to be held at the end of September or the first week of October. Kate Pearce, consultant with LandDesign, said progress is being made with comments from community and committee members.

“From the first meeting it was clear that the public wants to ensure that development along the corridor meets a certain standard and enhances the character of Fort Mill,” she said.

Feedback is being used to develop a vision plan and development district for the corridor. But the vision could change pending the final public input session. Residents who attended the earlier one may find familiar themes, though.

“During the second public meeting the vision plan and development district for the corridor along with draft recommendations will be presented to the public for review and comment,” Pearce said.