Fort Mill Times

1st reading for new homes at North Dobys Bridge, Kimbrell roads approved

Despite concerns from residents, Fort Mill Town Council gave preliminary approval Oct. 27 to a development agreement for houses at the intersection of Kimbrell and North Dobys Bridge roads.

Developers want to put up to 100 single-family homes there. Previous plans were for townhouses, then more single-family units than now sought.

The latest plan includes the reduced density and a $50,000 donation to the town for transportation needs and turn lanes at both ends of Kimbrell.

Councilman Tom Spratt cast the lone vote against the development agreement, which still needs one more council reading for approval.

“Until that road situation is resolved to my satisfaction, I want to voice my opinion,” Spratt said.

Spratt and nearby residents say traffic already is a concern on Kimbrell as a popular cut-through from North Dobys Bridge to Tom Hall Street.

“It’s just not a good fit,” said resident Tom Nalley. “We don’t mind the development. We just don’t want over-development, and we have to pay for it.”

John Baker moved to Kanawha Court six years ago. “The traffic, the property value” are concerns, Baker said. “Putting in property that’s not the same as the rest of the neighborhood is going to bring down the property value.”

Another resident said he’d like to petition to county to limit cut-through traffic on Kimbrell.

A two-story house across from Kanawha Court will come down for the pending development, but a large, old oak tree at the intersection is protected under the agreement.

More decisions

The council finalized annexation of the 2.6-acre Pettus property on North Dobys Bridge, near the newly aligned intersection of North Dobys Bridge and Fort Mill Parkway.

Owners wanted the property brought into town as highway commercial; its zoning was residential, allowing for houses, townhouses and apartments. There currently is a residence on the property.

The property is next to a highway-commercial parcel in town limits, making it a candidate for annexation, though the new road alignment could remove public right-of-way in the future.

The council didn’t take up a second reading on a 35-acre property on Whites Road after giving it a first reading Oct. 13.

The Whites Road property is set for almost 100 new single-family homes. It sits adjacent to the Dominion Bridge and future Pecan Ridge subdivisions. It has a rural development zoning, allowing for agricultural and similar uses.

Also at the Oct. 13 meeting, the council approved moving money for emergency sewer-line replacement work on Skipper Street. An estimated cost hasn’t been disclosed, but the money will be budgeted through the gross revenue fund for needed repairs.

“Corrosive hydrogen-sulfide gases have caused the line to fail after years of use,” said Kimberly Starnes, town public information director.

The council finalized a new loitering rule that would allow police to control areas like S.C. 160 and Interstate 77, where loitering impedes traffic.

“This really concerns some panhandling on the exit of I-77 and 160,” said Councilman Larry Huntley.

The section of town code to be amended has a provision banning loitering but only as it relates to school grounds. The new rule would cast a broader reach throughout town.