Variance sought for new Lake Wylie homesites

Essex seeking setback changes for Tullamore

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comDecember 18, 2012 

— New homes are coming to Lake Wylie in the Tullamore subdivision. A county decision pushed back to January could decide how many and which homes will fit where.

Essex Homes Southeast petitioned the York County Zoning Board of Appeals for setback changes on 21 of the 117 lots in Tullamore, a $175,000 and up community near Five Points off Charlotte Highway. The board was to look at the request Thursday, but Essex requested deferral until Jan. 10.

Greg Stallard, division manager, said the plan is to be able to fit homes on some of the smaller or more difficult lots such as where corners are treated as front yards.

“Especially on the corners, it can be really difficult to fit a house on that lot,” he said.

Dave Pettine, county planning director, Pettine showed the company similar past variance denials, and said he didn’t know whether the request would come up Jan. 10 or be dropped.

“It’s not unusual to make that sort of request,” he said. “It’s hard. It’s a hard variance to just do that across the board.”

Tullamore currently has 37 lots available. Plans range from $175,000 to $294,000. Essex also has other Lake Wylie projects, including Hands Mill, Heron Cove and Lake Forest.

Essex also is working at Berewick in Steele Creek, and both Fallbrook and Kimbrell Crossing in Fort Mill.

Essex has a few lots in Hands Mill gated community, and they’re “closing on a few more,” Stallard said. Lake Forest has about 20 more where they’re building out, and the company is closing on a couple of lots for spec homes in Heron Cove.

“We really feel good about the Lake Wylie area and community,” Stallard said. “We still feel like it’s a great place to live.”

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