200-home Pecan Ridge gets final OK from Fort Mill

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 3, 2014 

— Pecan Ridge has its development agreement, outlining what’s coming on property annexed by Fort Mill Town Council last year.

Council members on Jan. 27 finalized a rezoning of three parcels equaling almost 75 acres on Whites Road, where the Pecan Ridge subdivision is planned. Clearview Development is selling the property to Trinity Capital Advisors. Town Council and the town planning commission members asked for a development agreement capping the project at 200 single family homes, a number initially estimated by the developer.

The development agreement approved with rezoning includes that cap, and also an arrangement where the developer will pay $50,000 to the town Parks and Recreation Department instead of setting land aside for public or recreational use.

According to town staff, about a third of the property is a power line easement. Councilman Larry Huntley is a proponent of developers setting land aside for parks – it was his main platform plank when running for re-election last fall – but thought in this case the donation could work best. The reason, he said, is the nearby Waterside on the Catawba development is donating a little less than 30 acres for recreation use. The Pecan Ridge money can help toward that project.

“Compared to some other ones, it’s not that big of a development,” Huntley said of Pecan Ridge. “We thought that was mutually agreeable to all of us.”

Also at its most recent meeting, Council members heard a plan to lose a little of its road system. In a December letter to the town from Tim Patterson, president of Leroy Springs & Co., the company gave notice of its petition to close the northernmost portion of Cantrell Avenue. The entire portion of road is on the Anne Springs Close Greenway.

“Cantrell Avenue from Old Nation Road to the entry gate will remain open and unaffected,” Patterson wrote.

Cantrell Avenue from the gate to Lake Haigler would become property of the company, and abandoned. A court order is needed and has been applied for to make the change. The change impacts about 66 feet of public right-of-way. Council heard the plan Jan. 27 but didn’t take a vote.

John Marks•  803-547-2353

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