Fort Mill Times

New homes coming to S.C. 274 in Lake Wylie

A 51-acre tract on S.C. 274 is clear for residential development.

York County Council finalized a rezoning Sept. 8 for single-family homes, at one per acre, on property at 954 S.C. 274, about 2 miles north of the Three Points intersection (Highways 49, 274, 557) and just north of Mill Creek Falls. The 51-acre site meets county land-use plan standards.

The developer is May Green Properties, the local company behind Patrick Place, The Coves on River Oaks and other residential developments in Lake Wylie, including The Bluffs under construction at S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road.

The main concern for York County planning staff in that area has been traffic. However, planners have said they will not recommend approval or denial of a project solely on traffic impact.

The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study performed an intersection analysis in December, and found ongoing development near the Three Points intersection would increase traffic “resulting in poor levels of service and congestion exacerbated by traffic overflowing turn lanes and blocking traffic on through lanes.” No improvements are planned.

Pennies for Progress will widen S.C. 274 to five lanes from Landing Point Drive to Pole Branch Road. Pole Branch will be widened to three lanes from there to the state line. Those projects are in design and permitting, and won’t be complete until 2020.

“Although the proposed rezoning is not anticipated to result in greater traffic generation than could be produced under the existing zoning, the existing roadways should be considered not adequate to support additional daily vehicle trips,” the planning staff recommendation to council states.

Council members also passed the second of three needed readings on a rezoning at 5752 Highway 55 East. The owner of a newly constructed home on almost 24 acres wants to rezone it to allow for a home dog grooming business. The property sits adjacent to the Timberlake subdivision, under construction.

Future plans

As development continues in Lake Wylie, so do county efforts to manage it. Council members were to hold a public hearing and vote on zoning changes Sept. 8, after about a year of work to update ordinances spurred largely by public unrest in Lake Wylie. Now the issue will be discussed at a Sept. 28 workshop.

Sheila Link, one of many Bonum Road residents to speak to council members in the past year asking for reduced or halted development near Lake Wylie, said Sept. 8 high density growth is out of control.

“There was hope the Lake Wylie overlay amendment would pass, especially with such a large number of concerned citizens agreeing tighter building standards and zoning regulations were needed,” said the 16-year resident.

Link said there “appears to be little progress” made, as traffic becomes a more dangerous problem in the area.

“The current growth versus quality of life and environmental impact imbalance is obvious to those who live in our community,” she said.

A separate but similar effort by York County planners involves a comprehensive plan rewrite. A citizen advisory committee met with Council Sept. 3. The committee still wants to meet with more stakeholders before finalizing a document.

“They wanted representatives of economic development, utilities and transportation, and we will do that,” said Audra Miller, county planning director.

The group will meet every other week until the end of the year.

“The ultimate goal for the schedule then is to have one more public meeting the first part of December,” Miller said.

A new comprehensive plan proposal, which would involve land use and other standards council members would use to make future decisions, would then go to the county planning commission in January. Council members would have final approval.

John Marks: 803-831-8166