Fort Mill Times

Moratorium up for vote in Fort Mill, not Lake Wylie

A much discussed housing moratorium for unincorporated Fort Mill is in writing, but Lake Wylie isn’t included.

York County Council scheduled a first vote April 18 for a housing freeze impacting only the Fort Mill Township, which includes areas near Indian Land and Tega Cay. Areas within Fort Mill and Tega Cay municipal limits won’t be impacted.

Initially the idea involved a freeze in the Fort Mill and Lake Wylie areas. A separate item on the April 18 agenda involves the Lake Wylie Overlay, expanding it and limiting residential construction there.

Here’s how the two April 18 decisions could impact their respective areas:

▪ Fort Mill Township

The housing freeze would run from its implementation date, following three readings and a public hearing, through the end of 2016. Rezoning applications where proposed zoning includes residential uses, wouldn’t be allowed. Site and preliminary plat plans wouldn’t be accepted for residential projects.

Ongoing residential projects won’t be stopped, including phased projects where at least one plat or site plan already has been submitted.

▪ Lake Wylie

Council will discuss extending the Lake Wylie Overlay and inform county planning staff which direction to take. An official vote on extending the overlay won’t be made April 18.

The discussion will involve several options, from limiting development to 25 percent of the land area to capping construction to 35 homes annually and creating conditional zoning limiting multi-level or multi-family structures, including hotels, to at least a mile from any part of the Lake Wylie shoreline.

The expansion would put the overlay, now just the S.C. 49 corridor between Three Points and Buster Boyd Bridge, out to Riddle Mill, Kingsbury, South Paraham and Campbell Roads.