Fort Mill Times

Planning ahead: Development plans aplenty in York County

John Marks
John Marks

Every new residential or commercial project begins with a conversation. There are plenty of conversations going on in York County right now.

Each month the county planning commission gets a list of meetings planning staff has with developers. Those meetings don’t always lead to new projects. Many times, they do. Nothing is official until developers submit site plans, rezoning applications or related documents to the county.

“The pre-submittal meetings are informal staff level meetings that anyone looking to develop – new or rebuild/remodel – can request,” said Audra Miller, county planning director. “There is nothing officially submitted, and many times, there are no site plans or conceptual drawings brought to the meeting.”

The meetings help identify red flags for building, zoning, subdivision or fire codes for property owners, developers or tenants.

“The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions,” Miller said.

Here’s a look at the latest goings-on in York County:

▪ The Fort Mill School District talked district office expansion with the county Feb. 11. Expansion of the 2233 Deerfield Drive site was part of the most recent school bond referendum. The training and support facility will be two levels and have meeting space for up to 150 people, along with smaller offices. Construction should begin this spring and last 13 months. Opening should come in late July, 2017.

▪ A multi-tenant commercial building is being discussed on Blucher Circle in Lake Wylie. The proposal is for an 8,200-square-foot building in Lakeside West, where the former Wher-Rena Boatland building was. That site is part of the final phase of the development that remade a vacant shopping center now including Lake Wylie Bowl ‘N Bounce, QuikTrip and other businesses.

▪ A proposed office or warehouse building on Centre Circle in Fort Mill was discussed Feb. 18. The acre-site is part of the Carolina Point phase two off of Springfield Farm Road, and borders the North Carolina line. County records show it’s owned by JCM III, LLC out of Lake Wylie.

▪ Another 13 homes could come to Lake Wylie. Staff met with developers wanting to put 13 new homes on Pine Moss Lane, off Montgomery Road. The almost 10-acre lakefront site sits near the Heron Cove subdivision.

▪ County staff met with developers Feb. 25 on a proposed temporary access plan for the Lake Crest subdivision. That project on Bonum Road and Baker Lane is being built by Mattamy Homes. Residents there have expressed concerns about traffic as the new 175 homes are constructed.

▪ An auto parts store is proposed at 1756 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. County staff heard the plan Feb. 25. The .74-acre Stockbridge Commons site is west of the Gold Hill and S.C. 160 West intersection, just before Old Farm Road.

▪ A proposed townhome development was discussed Feb. 25 for 165 Heritage Boulevard. Gateway Communities bought the more than four-acre site from Lawsons Holdings on Jan. 28 for $420,000. The site sits on the north side of Heritage, halfway between Old Nation Road and Village West.

▪ A self-storage facility and warehouse are proposed at 3502 and 3607 Foothills Way. PNC Bank owns almost 29 acres west of the I-77 southbound ramp at exit 90, at Carowinds Boulevard. The county heard those plans March 3.

▪ Nine more homes are proposed for Evergreen Road. The county met March 3 with developers. The more than six-acre site has a small waterfront stretch. Totality Films, LLC is the owner. The site sits in the Rosedale subdivision.

▪ Planners discussed a new 30-lot subdivision at the end of Holbrook Road in Fort Mill. The site is 35 acres.

▪ An auto parts store is proposed southeast of Carroll Cove Road and S.C. 49. Planners heard the proposal March 3. Branstrom Development bought the site last summer for $1.2 million. The site is less than an acre.

▪ On March 10, planners heard an expansion proposal for U.S. Foods. The company at 800 Food Service Drive sits on 102 acres.

▪ Planners heard about a new apartment development March 10, west of S.C. 49 across from Pepperwood Place in Lake Wylie. The proposal includes three parcels of land at more than 15 acres. A Belmont company owns the land. The project sits south of Crowders Creek.

John Marks: 803-831-8166