INDIAN LAND — The Lancaster County Planning Commission recently approved plans for two new developments in the Panhandle area.
At the Indian Land Action Council meeting on Jan. 27, the commission detailed development plans for Ansley Park II, a project that was originally part of an older approved plan that was never developed, said Ron Pappas, who served as an Indian Land planning commissioner.
The AP II map, which represented a portion of the original development west of Six Mile Creek and east of Hwy. 521, was first brought to the commission for review in October and was approved on the condition that open space be made available to residents, said Jerry Holt, a planning commissioner representing the Panhandle.
The other condition the commission placed on AP II stipulated no direct access from the south entrance onto Hwy. 521, where the Bridge Mill community is just across the road.
Ansley Park is planned for 166 units, 36 of which will be single-family detached units and 130 units will be single family attached, Pappas said.
The commission also approved the plan with conditions for Queensbridge, another previously approved subdivision that’s also part of a planned development district on both sides of Collins Road, Holt said. The preliminary plan for Queensbridge was approved by the Planning Commission and Lancaster County Council in late 2008, Pappas said.
Queensbridge will have 249 single-family homes, Pappas said.
After reviewing the current plans for Queensbridge, Holt and Pappas said they approved the plans on the condition that four streets meant to be a connection point for future development were removed. Holt said the streets, referred to as “stub-outs,” were poorly placed, including one that would end in a lake and another in a pond. The planning commission recommended a variance allowing the stub-out requirement be removed from the Queensbridge development, Pappas said.
Holt said the commission's other condition was that the open space buffer along the northeasterly portion of the Queensbridge property be extended from the minimum of 40 feet to 50 feet. Gary Holland, who lives next to the planned subdivision, said he supported the idea of extending the buffer to maintain the rural aspect the area.
“It’s a beautiful land,” Holland said. “We would love to see it remain.”
Ansley Park and Queensbridge are slated to start within the year.
Developers of both projects have been given the county’s determination and are aware of the conditions, Pappas said. If the applicants do not agree with the county’s determination, they may appeal the decision to the circuit court.
Six Mile Creek Bridge
Although it’s not a planning commission issue, Holland told the Indian Land Action Council that he’s concerned that the bridge over Six Mile Creek on Collins Road is in need of repair. Holland said the underpinnings for the bridge look worn and questioned whether they would be able to support the weight of the heavy construction vehicles that will be used once construction begins at Queensbridge.
He said he would like to see the Queensbridge developer improve Collins Road, including the bridge.
Holt said the bridge, which is under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, has passed inspection and is deemed safe. However, Holt said the DOT will further assess the bridge’s capacity as needed if heavier vehicles are going to pass over it.