I read your recent article [published Oct. 9 in the Lake Wylie Pilot and online at lakewyliepilot.com] about York County Council’s decision not to limit businesses from doing whatever they want with their property.
Not sure I understand this issue very well. You see, I live in a development that has a HOA [Homeowner’s Association]. I was given a set of rules and restrictions drawn up by an attorney and filed in York County. I will assume these had to go through the building department or a council session.
In this set of rules, there are limits to what I can do to my property. Everything from the color of my house to a landscaping issue needs to be approved by our board of directors. If you do not comply with these requirements, you will be fined and even have to take down the improvement.
Now, York County Council’s Bivens and Blackwell say these rights would be “oppressive” and an attack on individuals’ property rights.
My questions is why were the HOA rules and restrictions approved? There are other HOAs in the area, and they all have rules, too.
Even though I have had some issues with these rules, I do believe they are necessary to keep our development safe and comfortable for all who live here. I know people want to express their individuality but that can harm other people’s rights to a fair price for their homes. That should also apply to the surrounding area.
I thought it was foolish to sell that piece of property by the lake to another gas station, since we have six or more along Highway 49, but it was done anyhow. So when people come into Lake Wylie, now the first thing they see are gas stations. What next, XXX-rated bookstores or even a strip joint?
As usual, the residents’ needs are swept out to allow businesses to have whatever they want. I am not sure why they get everything they want, since we make no money off of them with all the tax breaks they get. Something is not right here.
There was a recent survey taken by county staff from Lake Wylie residents asking what to do with the property in Lake Wylie. Our opinions were asked, but I am now sure that was a hoax. No matter what the residents say, York County will protect businesses even at the expense and safety of the residents.
Blackwell and Bivens need to start listening to the people and less to their campaign financiers.
The people need to starting voting out these people and getting in ones who want to work with both sides of the issue. I know you cannot please everyone, but to completely deny the issues of one is total wrong. Who is running Lake Wylie, the U.S. Congress?
Laura L. Lillie is a Lake Wylie resident.