The York County Council will hold its first reading Monday night of an ordinance to suspend all single-family and multifamily residential rezoning applications within the unincorporated Ft. Mill Township until the end of 2016. The moratorium would also apply to the acceptance of residential site plans and preliminary plats.
Rezoning applications, preliminary plats or multifamily site plans submitted prior to the adoption of the ordinance would be considered fully vested, as would any plats or site plans for subsequent phases of a multi-phase development. And projects subject to an existing development agreement would also be exempt from the moratorium.
The stated rationale for the moratorium is the evaluation of the county’s existing road network and associated levels of service, and the the completion of comprehensive transportation plan.
If the Council approves the first reading of this ordinance on Monday, a public hearing will likely be held May 2nd, followed by a referral to the Planning Commission. You can download a copy of the ordinance, along with a map showing the affected geography, HERE.
A second item on Monday night’s agenda proposes the creation of a ‘Lake Wylie Overlay District’ that would impose a residential development cap of 25% impervious surface or 35 homes a year, while also limiting the location of multifamily or hotel developments near the Lake Wylie shoreline.
The County Council meets at 6 p.m. on Monday night in the Agricultural Building, 6 S. Congress Street, in York. REBIC will continue tracking this critical issue and oppose any steps that would negatively impact residential development in York County.