Queensbridge conditions could be settled in court

Special to the Fort Mill TimesJune 21, 2014 

Larry McCullough

— More challenges meet Queensbridge, a proposed development on Collins Road.

Gary Holland, whose property adjoins Queensbridge, addressed a crowd of 25 residents at the June 16 Indian Land Action Council meeting at the Indian Land Recreation Center.

The Lancaster County Planning Commission approved the subdivision in January with conditions, including the removal or relocation of four street connection points for future development, referred to as “stub-outs,” and extending the open space buffer by 10 feet on the northeast portion of the property.

However, Pulte, the developer, did not agree to the conditions and took the issue to court. The case is pending.

Holland said he would like to see Pulte’s appeal dismissed and the conditions, including the buffer, remain.

“It protects the value of my property,” he said.

Ron Pappas, Lancaster County planning commissioner, said the planning commission can share no further updates at this time because of the pending litigation. Pulte withdrew the case from the commission’s June 17 meeting agenda.

Revenue, new business

Also at the meeting the ILAC treasurer reported a balance of $1,006, which comes in part from membership dues and the selling of Indian Land stickers, said Wanda Rosa, Indian Land Action Council president.

Larry McCullough, chairman of the Lancaster County Council, announced a variety of businesses coming to Indian land, including a Dollar Tree in the Lowe’s shopping center, next to AutoZone, a Hickory Tavern in the Publix shopping center and a QT across from Bojangles’ on Collins Road.

It was brought up at the meeting that the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. will develop a 2020 Economic Development Strategic Plan to address needs in the county.

Joshua Langen, project manager for the corporation, said a new strategic plan is necessary since most of the goals laid out in the 2009 plan have been met. Economic Development will need to identify the county’s needs, examine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and set goals and strategies for the project.

Economic Development will have public presentations on the inventory and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats portions of the strategic plan in late July or early August, but have not yet set specific dates, Langen said.

The goal is to have a final plan this November, Langen said. There will be public presentations throughout the process.

Due to conflicts with Lancaster County Council meetings, the Indian Land Action Council will meet on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in July. The next meeting is 7 p.m. July 8 at the Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway.

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