The Lancaster County Planning Commission heard plans for three new subdivisions in the Indian Land area last week. In all, they could bring more than 200 homes.
The largest is The Overlook at Barber Rock. Bonterra Builders proposes 125 homes on 77 acres. The largest parcel has access from S.C. 160 and Barberville Road, though not at that intersection. The property is mostly agricultural, though there are two single-story residences there built in 1953 and 1969.
Just up Barberville Road is The Preserve at Barber Rock. Another Bonterra project, The Preserve would bring 52 homes on 36 acres. The properties sit across Barberville from Agnes Douglas Road. Most of that area is vacant, though there’s a single-family home built in 1958.
The smallest of the three proposals is Springview at Bailes Ridge. Springview would add 38 homes to the 175-acre community. It sits south of S.C. 160, just west of the U.S. 521 intersection. The Rains Group is behind that proposal.
All three of the projects are for single-family units.
Keith Rains with The Rains Group said Essex Homes is involved with Springview. He expects another four to six months of permitting and 90 days of construction.
“It’ll probably be the last quarter of this year before you start seeing homes going up,” Rains said.
Rains said Indian Land is an ideal location due to its proximity to Charlotte and lower taxes than Mecklenburg County. The area has has utility connections that might prohibit the same type of development further into Lancaster County.
“The biggest challenge for some of it is just utilities,” Rains said.
Planner Alex Moore said residential growth in Indian Land is “not really a new trend,” and that the area sees as much or more residential activity than any other part of the county.
“Since I’ve been here, it’s been full full-steam ahead,” Moore said. “It’s definitely unique to that area.”
Growth has school planners looking to keep pace. They had a planning session this past weekend and will have formal growth recommendations in coming weeks. Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director with the Lancaster County School District, said the type of residential growth is changing, too.
Five to seven years ago, he said, Indian Land had more transient professional growth – people or young families coming in for a job, perhaps leaving for another after a few years.
“We didn’t really feel students K to 12 there,” said Vaughn, himself an Indian Land resident. “That’s changed.”
Now the community is bringing in people who are setting down roots, he said. The latest projects could continue that trend.
Based in Matthews, N.C., Bonterra already has all-brick homes in the Barber Rock community the cost $400,000 to $600,000. Plans range from 3,000 to 4,200 square feet. Barber Rock has 160 sites with a central amenity center.
The company has close to 30 communities in its portfolio, including the gated Farrington neighborhood in Indian Land. Homes there start at $500,000.