Fort Mill Times

Patio home project has June 15 hearing in Tega Cay

A proposed annexation could bring 45 more homes to Tega Cay, about half of what the property allows for now.

On June 15, the city planning commission is scheduled to hear a rezoning request for almost 14 acres off of Stone Village Drive. The rezoning, part of an annexation, would allow for up to 45 patio homes. The property sits beside a townhome development in the unincorporated county.

“The undeveloped portion was envisioned as phase two of that project and is currently zoned for 89 townhomes,” said Charlie Funderburk, city manager.

The new plan reduces density by about half. It also is expected to house seniors, which would mean fewer students at local schools.

“The builder will be marketing it as an age-targeted community,” Funderburk said.

The planning commission and city planning staff have reviewed the plan.

“Overall there were only a few minor requested changes to the concept plan,” said Susan Britt, planning and development manager. “No formal action regarding the zoning of the property will be taken by the planning commission until after the public hearing.”

Residents have been pushing back against new residential development in Tega Cay, Fort Mill and York County for months. Elected officials from each met collectively to address growing communities. Various land planning programs are ongoing, like a comprehensive plan update for all of York County.

Planners in the different municipalities say they sometimes hear concerns that they aren’t doing enough to limit growth, but also that residents aren’t aware of how much work precedes a final project plan.

The latest Tega Cay plan would, for instance, allow almost twice as many residences if the city chooses not to act. But as developers want annexation into Fort Mill or Tega Cay, the municipalities get more say into the type of development planners say will come regardless.

“During initial discussions about the potential project, the city requested the developer consider a reduced density to have less impact on traffic, utilities and other resources,” Britt said.

A request for patio homes was intentional, too.

“The city also requested the developer consider the patio home product versus townhomes as there is currently a deficiency in our inventory for housing choice for an aging population,” Britt said.

The municipalities also are working to bring in more commercial growth, helping bolster their tax bases. Kingsley North is a major driver in Fort Mill, and the Stonecrest area in Tega Cay.

“The request for new developments within the city’s boundaries has been primarily commercial in 2015,” Britt said. “This is the first residential development this year and its density is greatly reduced from what is already permitted.”

John Marks •  803-547-2353