Some Fort Mill residents object to new building plans

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comDecember 10, 2013 

— Nearly 200 more homes are planned for Coltharp Road in Fort Mill, despite concerns of some residents in the area.

York County Council passed the first of three needed readings last week on a rezoning at 2001 Coltharp. The rezoning is for two of the approximately 96 acres on the site. Brandon Pridemore, engineering consultant for the project, said there are 187 homes planned and the rezoning is to make the entire site consistent, although the project doesn’t hinge on the decision, Pridemore said.

“It doesn’t really stop the development plans,” he said.

Residents told the council the area already is a bottleneck for traffic, with one complaining that, “we might not be able to get around.” They said Coltharp already isn’t well maintained and more traffic could worsen the situation.

Bill Cater, who lives on Pleasant Road, asked Council to increase lot sizes to reduce the number of units and traffic impact.

“Pleasant Road is a highly traveled road,” Cater said. “It’s just like a bypass for I-77.”

Councilman Michael Johnson, who represents part of Fort Mill Township, said he’d like to make contact with the developer before second reading.

“The developer has not contacted me at all on this, and I have a lot of questions,” he said. “This will not get through a second reading if I don’t feel some of those questions have been answered.”

As with other recent rezonings at both the town and county level, the developer in this case plans for fewer units than the maximum allowed and offers that move as a selling point.

“With the current ordinances in place we have the ability to really run this thing up to well over 250 units,” Pridemore said.

Quality of development, he said, is the reason.

“The client has chosen not to do that,” Pridemore said. “We’d like to make this a little higher-end development.”

Dave Pettine, planning and development director for the county, told the council the site would support “upwards of 400” apartment units or townhomes based on current zoning.

“He’s got a lot of possibilities with that zoning as it is,” said Councilman Joe Cox.

Multiple council members told residents to consider what could be coming before condemning what’s being proposed.

“I would definitely take time to see what he’s wanting to do,” Cox said.

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