Tega Cay annexation could position city for future move

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJune 11, 2013 

— A new annexation proposal in Tega Cay would bring in more commercial property. It also would bring another property – planned for a major residential development – just a little closer.

After press time Monday, a Tega Cay Planning Commission meeting was to include a discussion on annexation for four acres at 2382 S.C. 160 W. Comporium Communications owns the property and has an office there.

In addition to bringing in the new businesses, the city could position itself for an even larger addition. The Comporium property sits just beside 151 acres being rezoned to include 550 homes by Standard Pacific Homes.

That land isn’t contiguous to Tega Cay now and thus can’t be annexed. Adding the Comporium property makes it contiguous.

Charlie Funderburk, city manager, said he’s aware of the implications but that the Comporium annexation stands on its own and isn’t impacted by what it is next to.

“We are annexing the Comporium property to expand our borders as most cities look to do,” he said. “It also gives Comporium an opportunity to have a retail center in Tega Cay, instead of just outside our borders. We see this as being mutually beneficial for Comporium and for Tega Cay.”

After planning commission review, the annexation would need final approval by City Council. Funderburk said the city isn’t talking with the landowner or developer of the new homes, but didn’t rule it out moving forward.

“We are not in discussions with Standard Pacific at this time, but will most certainly entertain conversations with them,” he said.

Last week, York County Council passed second reading on a rezoning needed for the homes. At first reading, when planners described the project, neighboring residents Sherry Allen and Barbara Ostrander offered concerns from traffic to what businesses might be allowed there.

Allen sent a letter to Council members the day of second reading saying some concerns had been addressed, though traffic and buffering still need attention.

“This communication is not meant to request that this development is halted, but merely to request that it is approved with a focus on responsible growth and respect for the principles that this county has already established,” she wrote.

County Councilman Michael Johnson, R-District 1, has been meeting with the developer and residents to address some issues with the proposed homes. County Council still needs to pass one more reading to rezone the property.

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