Fort Mill Times

Lake Wylie land change decision bumped to June

An amendment that could change the way hundreds of acres are developed in Lake Wylie won’t be decided on before June.

An urban services boundary that runs along S.C. 557 and Crowders Creek, behind Oakridge Middle School, is a guide planners use to set infrastructure improvements. But a rezoning request for three parcels at about 300 acres at Riddle Mill Road and S.C. 557 revealed a problem.

The boundary was drawn using creeks, rather than roads or property lines. Some properties, including one within the 300-acre proposal, sit partly within the boundary. A parcel split by the boundary “denies the owner the ability to comprehensively develop the land,” according to a staff review presented to the county planning commission.

The commission heard a plan in April to amend the boundary to bring in all of seven parcels, totaling almost 245 acres. An accompanying land-use change would convert 395 acres of rural residential and light industrial property to single-family residential. The commission deferred a decision to the May 11 meeting, but the item didn’t make that agenda.

“The urban services boundary amendment will go June 8,” said Steve Allen, planning services manager for the county. “The item was deferred.”

One property included in the change received first reading from York County Council May 4, for a rezoning to allow residential construction. It will be developed at one unit per acre. Two smaller Lake Wylie rezoning requests, also granted the first of three needed readings, aren’t involved in the possible boundary change.

Two Lake Wylie properties were up for a rezoning recommendation from the planning commission May 11, after Lake Wylie Pilot’s Friday press time. More than 7 acres at 5018 Windmill Lane, off Pole Branch Road, could transition from medium density residential to rural development. The other involves 1.5 acres at 3039 and 3041 Hands Mill Highway. The owner wants to switch from a rural development to medium-scale business zoning.

York County Council has final say on the rezonings following three readings and a public hearing.

Further down the line is a rezoning request of 51 acres at 954 Highway 274, just north of Mill Creek Falls. The requested zoning is a rural development district, with acre or larger lot sizes. May Green Properties, a local company with several large projects ongoing, is behind the request. A tentative public hearing date with County Council is July 20.

Another project in Lake Wylie had a tentative public hearing date of May 5, but will come before County Council later. A Shea Homes plan to put 600 homes on more than 300 acres was deferred by the planning commission in April and isn’t on the May agenda. The planning commission will make a recommendation before the request goes to County Council for review and public hearing.

The planning commission recommended approval in April for a residential rezoning of almost 180 acres at 457 S.C. 274, on the northern part of Mill Creek. That project still requires public hearing from Council.

John Marks •  803-831-8166