County Zoning Map (2010)
Plans to Re-Zone
At the request of County Council the County
Planning Department and Assistant County Administrator Jeff
Natal have undertaken to completely rewrite the County's zoning law and
the Unified Development Ordinance. Nominally this rewrite was
undertaken to implement the Route
521 - SC9 Corridor Study completed last year. The proposed text
of the new zoning ordinance was released last week at two
public meetings. Total
attendance at the two public meetings was 30. The County has released comments received at the public meetings and responses to those comments.
The hodge-podge of zoning in the Indian
Land area was caused by the willingness of previous County Councils to
make whatever zoning changes were required to get a developer to spend
money rather than implement a comprehensive approach to development.
The difficulties with this opportunistic approach are the lack
of adequate infrastructure and a hodge podge of small single and
multifamily residential areas mixed in with small commercial, light and
heavy manufacturing, offices, etc. The hodgepodge leads to incompatible
uses in close proximity (think concrete plant next to single family
homes), complaints and controversy.
Indian Land is both the most promising
area for further development in Lancaster County and an example of how
not to do it. Infrastructure problems in the areas of power,
water, sewer and police protection have been largely solved,
and fire protection has been implemented via special fire districts and
special fire district taxes. The schools, especially Indian Land
Elementary, are or soon will be overcrowded, the roads are barely
adequate and getting worse and County Council has only widening SC 160
on the table to address these problems. The traffic problem on Route
521 is bad enough that it impacts the ability of the County to develop
other areas in the county, and County Council has no plans to deal with
it. The Dave Lyell Extension project, seen as essential in the Corridor
Study, is not even on the County's long range capital plan.
County Council is planning to change the
zoning for the entire county to a highly restrictive, urban model that
is only needed for Indian Land. The primary reason for doing this is to
avoid the requirement to notify each affected property owner that
his/her zoning is about to change. Cost to implement a zoning change
for the Indian Land area would be less than $9000.
Bssic documents on this topic are available in the Lancaster County Documents section and discussion and the opportunity to comment on this matter are available on the LC Blog.
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Julie Graham and Janice Ayers discuss a purchase
Rent-a-Space Yard Sale
On Saturday 28 June the Community Development Club held its first Rent
- a - Space Yard Sale at the Community Center.
7:00 am on Saturday the sky was still overcast. On Friday afternoon we
received more than 2 1/4 inches of rain between 4:00 and 5:00. There
was some flooding here. But the overcast skies did not dampen the the
spirit of the vendors or sellers on Saturday. There were lots of
vendors and they had lots to sell ranging from a Kawasaki motorcycle,
an 8N Ford Tractor, a woodstove, all sorts of tools, kitchen and
household items, jewelry and a set of four exquisite wine glasses.
People were buying! and eating!
Breakfast foods included sausage biscuits (donated by Barbara
Broussard), doughnuts, etc.
Lunch was hotdogs, chips, drinks and assorted cookies and cupcakes
provided by the Van Wyck Woman's Club.
Story and Pictures Courtesy of Betty Broome
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