Some of our Lancaster County Council members kicked the new proposed B-3 zoning plan under the table, lifted the B-3 moratorium before it expired, then fired the head of the Planning Department.
If the plan would have been approved, we would only have gas stations on corners instead of everywhere and anywhere.
We would have five gas stations within one mile. The latest, if all the hurdles are cleared, would be built on the location where Youngs Nursery sits, its the Quick Mart.
The new proposed businesses usually want some kind of variances; 90 percent want more cut-throughs onto Hwy. 521. So, instead of having one entrance and one exit ,they want two of each. Think of the impact on traffic!
This is handled by the Board of Zoning and Appeals since the ordinance states one driveway in and one driveway out. So, the residents who oppose attend these meetings and explain why we dont want any more outlets coming on to a highway that already has more traffic than anyone could imagine.
I applaud the BZA for denying a lot of these requests simply for safety reasons.
I have a copy of the 2012 Lancaster County Strategic Plan. One paragraph is on integrity standards of honesty, objectivity and ethical behavior guide for County Commissioners. It states that they will have the courage to conduct and make decisions consistently in the best interest of the citizens. They say they encourage citizens to be informed and have a voice in the government and community affairs.
We in Indian Land presently have only one County Commissioner, Larry McCullough, and he realizes our problems, but with one vote on the council, his hands are usually tied. Fortunately, following the last census that showed how much the Panhandle has grown, Indian Land will have a second representative on the council next year.
Some of the other commissioners are clueless to our needs. Residents here complain they wont accept our calls or emails. We are called their cash cow because this is where the money is. A few of the County Commissioners are only here for newspaper photos showing them wearing hard hats and holding a shovel.
These are the people making decisions for us.
I dont like writing negative stuff, but try going from Hwy. 160 and Hwy. 521 to the Indian Land schools. It takes 30 minutes to go half a mile and they still dont get it.
The legacy for Indian Land should be more than this.