County to consider re-zoning request for townhome plan near Hwy. 160 and Gold Hill Road

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 3, 2014 

— A plan that could triple the amount of townhomes allowed on a site near Hwy. 160 and Gold Hill Road made it past one vote, but not without some concern.

“This, more than any zoning I’ve looked at the past year, I’ve got very serious concerns about this moving forward,” said York County Councilman Michael Johnson.

Council members approved the first of three readings Jan. 21 for a rezoning at 930 Stone Village Drive. Second reading and a public hearing were scheduled for Monday night. The property sits off Hwy. 160, between a 75-acre M/I Homes development just north of Stonecrest, and Gold Hill. Currently, it’s zoned for 31 townhomes as part of a planned development.

The new zoning would allow for anything from single-family homes to apartments.

“The traffic study that was performed projected 100 townhomes on this property,” Johnson said.

Property developers directed questions on what’s being planned to the Linda Hall Team office in Fort Mill, part of Century 21. Pete Hall left a message saying the project is “still in the gray area” in terms of needed approval.

“It hasn’t closed,” he said. “The prospective developer is still doing their due diligence.”

Closing on the project, dubbed Villages at Palmetto, is expected in mid-February.

Johnson said the traffic study gave him pause when it showed Hwy. 160 at 1,000 cars per day ahead of capacity now and stated the highway was “deemed not adequate to serve the rezoning.” And that’s before any townhomes are built.

“It’s three times the amount of townhomes that are currently on the property, that can be put on the property,” Johnson said of the proposal.

Other council decisions

Another decision by Council finalized a rezoning to allow nearly 200 homes on Coltharp Road in Fort Mill. The rezoning was for 2 of about 96 acres on the property. A consultant for the project told Council in December homes would come with or without a decision on the small parcel.

Some residents objected, though Council and county staff told them twice as many or more units could be put on the property as were planned, without rezoning.

Council also approved a contract for the Riverview Rural Tax District to purchase a little more than an acre for a new fire substation.

John Marks•  803-547-2353

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