Tega Cay considers annexation requests, 280 new homes

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comMay 27, 2014 

Charlie Funderburk

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— Tega Cay added two communities last week after finalizing annexations that could bring close to 300 new homes.

City Council passed first reading May 19 on two annexation requests, finalizing both at a May 28 meeting. M/I Homes wants to put up to 137 homes on almost 55 acres fronting Dam and Gardendale roads. Eastwood Homes plans for up to 145 homes on 54 acres across from the new elementary school under construction on Tega Cay Drive.

The M/I Homes project is 46 acres of residential property west of Gardendale, and almost 9 acres of commercial use to its east. The agreement includes a land swap with the city and aid in extending utilities.

City staff and its planning commission recommended approval of both annexation requests.

“The commercial parcel and the subsequent land swap with the city will allow for expansion of governmental services as necessary,” said Tom Goebel, development services director for the city.

The projects do, Goebel noted, present a common concern.

“There are potential concerns regarding traffic impacts to the adjacent school facilities,” he said.

A conversation between first and second readings centered on whether Eastwood or the city could pay for a new traffic light included in plans. City Manager Charlie Funderburk said after the final vote that Eastwood and the state Department of Transportation would foot the bill.

Councilwoman Jennifer Stalford said a traffic analysis cites about 10 buses accessing the new Tega Cay Elementary School scheduled to open this summer.

“When we were presented this, it was under five,” she said. “I know that concerns of buses crossing that amount of traffic was a concern.”

Funderburk said extending public services and other factors made the annexations attractive to the city, while utility service and other assets appealed to developers.

“We felt like there was a lot of mutual benefit,” he said.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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