Fort Mill Times

York County planning process continues for Fort Mill, Tega Cay projects

Several zoning changes that could change land use around Fort Mill are working their way through the York County planning process.

York County Council held a public heard and gave first reading to a rezoning May 4 for 106 acres in the Brayden subdivision on Highway 160. The change doesn’t change the number of homes at the Standard Pacific Homes project, but allows for living spaces above detached garages. Brayden, now under construction, is approved for 220 homes.

“What we’re essentially allowing is already permitted in our code, it just didn’t call it out in the planned development,” said Steve Allen, county planning services manager.

Kitchens won’t be allowed, and homeowners wouldn’t be allowed to rent out the spaces. Thus, there won’t be any additional $2,500 per residential unit impact fee paid to the Fort Mill School District just for the detached garages.

“It’s not considered a dwelling unit,” Allen said.

Council still has to pass two more readings. Some members said they want to make sure the move won’t effect housing density in an already crowded Highway 160 corridor.

“Clearly this in an area where we’ve got to pay close attention,” said Councilwoman Christi Cox, one of three Fort Mill Township representatives.

Council also voted on the second of three readings to convey a portion of A.O. Jones Boulevard, where Nation Ford High is located, to Fort Mill, and to rezone more than 5 acres allowing the completion of Trinity Ridge phase three. Council also approved agreements with Tega Cay allowing easements for construction of the Tega Cay-Gold Hill Connector.

The county planning commission also had two Fort Mill area items recently. The 62-home, 118-acre third phase at Trinity Ridge came up for subdivision review. A rezoning for more than 6 acres at 1480 and 1482 Tom Hall St. came up, too. Property there is being rezoned from residential to commercial use.

Two more rezonings are tentatively set for July 20. One is a request for light industrial on just more than an acre at 3536 Centre Circle Drive. The other would transition more than 2 acres from smaller scale residential to larger scale business at 2696 Highway 160 West.

John Marks •  803-547-2353