Fort Mill Times

County considers rezoning for industrial use near Beacon Knoll

York County Council passed first reading on rezoning requests June 2 to create light industrial and commercial space in the Fort Mill area.

Stephen McCrae represented the developer of a 38-acre project near I-77. Lakemont Property Investors wants to rezone that portion of their 163 acres for light industrial use. The property sits across from Beacon Knoll, off Serendipity Lane.

McCrae said his group met multiple times with neighbors and property owners to discuss plans.

“They all concur that the best use of this property is light industrial, and not residential,” McCrae told Council.

The property is zoned for residential, but would require an extension of Serendipity to connect to Beacon Knoll. Converting to light industrial matches the property to what’s surrounding it, buffered to Beacon Knoll by trees and a creek.

“Whatever is constructed on this tract will not be visible during those months that there is foliage visible, and I don’t think there will be much visibility even in the winter,” McCrae said.

Marilynn Martin, a past HOA president in Beacon Knoll, said not all residents are on board.

“It certainly wasn’t a unanimous thing,” Martin said.

She said the plan was different when she moved into her home.

“There was going to be a bridge that extended Serendipity, and all of that land would be part of our development,” Martin said. “This, to me, would detract from our home values.”

Councilman Michael Johnson (R-Fort Mill)said he’s met with two nearby homeowner groups, including Beacon Knoll.

“All of them were in favor of it,” Johnson said. “I look forward to the next month to hear from other neighbors.”

Council also gave first reading to a rezoning at the Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA at 940 Gold Hill Road. There’s a campground and convenience store there now. The rezoning is for 1.25 of more than 33 acres, and would allow commercial use.

Owner John Trigg said competition across the street means he needs to do something different with the store, and county staff won’t allow changes other than to residential under current zoning.

“The campground has been there since ’72, I bought it in ’86 and have been working on it ever since,” said owner John Trigg said. “The little store down there, since they put QT across the street, I’ve got to do something different there.”

Both the light industrial and commercial rezoning requests require two more readings to be finalized.