Rezoning for 1,000 homes at Lake Wylie gets initial OK

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comMay 6, 2014 

— Crescent Communities could put more than 1,000 new Lake Wylie residences on the map.

York County Council voted Monday unanimously to rezone more than 396 acres at 260 Bethel School Road, and 89 acres at 5488 and 5422 Hwy. 55 E. to allow for two new subdivisions. Both approvals came with a list of conditions. Both were first reading, meaning Council must vote for the rezonings twice more for final approval.

The properties are part of a planned development agreement put in place by previous Councils. The requested zoning allows for fewer homes than allowed with the development agreement.

The larger tract would create Crowders Creek South. The 2008 development agreement, amended in 2010, allows for up to 2,400 homes.

“That was back in 2008, and that was a different world,” said Ben Johnson, representing Crescent at Council’s May 5 meeting. “It was quite dense, and there was mitigation offered and agreed to by the county in exchange for that level of density.”

The new plan would limit it to 650 single-family units and 300 multi-family. The 68 acres deeded to the county in the initial agreement – 50 for a park and 18 for utility and other easements – remain intact. The 100-foot lake buffers negotiated also would remain, which is more than the required 50-foot buffer rule.

The smaller property would become 5 Points. That development would have up to 180 units. James Martin, vice president with Crescent, said both proposals take county planner input into account and create a more marketable product than the larger densities would.

“We think all those will add up to a better looking development for this part of York County,” he said.

The new projects would take from and be similar to previous Crescent offerings such as The Landing in Lake Wylie, the Sanctuary and Chapel Cove in Steele Creek.

Both plans have significant development standards, most related to appearance and building materials. Crowders Creek South must have four amenities and 5 Points two or three depending on how many homes are built there. Developer options include swimming pools, resident clubhouses, playgrounds, sports courts, picnic areas, walking trails, community gardens and parks.

“The conditions are almost identical to what we had in the (planned development),” said Dave Pettine, planning director.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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