At its regular meeting this week, the York County Council continued a debate over how to deal with what they perceive to be ‘runaway residential growth’ in the Ft. Mill and Lake Wylie areas.
The residential moratorium ordinance introduced last month will still be up for a second reading on Monday, May 16th, at which point Council members are expected to introduce an amendment to remove the language impacting preliminary plats, which is illegal under South Carolina law. It will then go to to the Planning Commission in June, before a public hearing and final vote later that month.
While the moratorium proposal seems to be losing momentum, the County Council continues to evaluate other growth management strategies, including:
Also this week, the Council considered and approved the first reading of an ordinance creating a Lake Wylie Protective Overlay District, which would eliminate apartments, townhomes, condominiums and hotels as a permitted use within one mile of the 470′ elevation of the lake, and establish a maximum number of residential permits to be issued annually for each development in the area.
Though the first reading was approved by a 6-1 vote, many members of Council expressed concerns about the legality of portions of the ordinance, particularly the language capping the number of single-family permits to be issued annually in the protected area. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for May 16th.
REBIC will continue to meet with members of the County Council and express our opposition to both a rezoning moratorium and an overlay district that would imperil vested development rights.
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