The Van Wyck News

Volume 5 Number 20
A Voice for Freedom          16 December 2013
A Van Wyck Christmas
The Way Was Lit
White Oak Senior Dinner
     On Sunday 15 December the youth group at White Oak A.M.E. Zion church hosted Van Wyck Community seniors for a holiday dinner with turkey, ham and fixins. This annual tradition provides a welcome opportunity for all seniors in the community to get together and share information about last year's events and next year's plans.
Savannah Bean, Caroler

     On Sunday 15 December members of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church went caroling with gift baskets to the homes of community shut-ins, visiting Alex Sims, Julia Alexander (who was not home), Nezzie Nesbit, Flo Weston and Sharon Foster.
     After caroling the group adjourned to the McSpadden Fellowship Hall where they were joined by less hardy souls for the annual Soup and Chili Supper.

Cluster Development
     Cluster Development passed second reading at the County Council meeting on 9 December 2013 by a vote of 4 – 3 with Councilmen Bundy, Estridge and Honeycutt opposing and McCullough, Carnes, McGriff and Harper in favor. An excellent account of the meeting written by Chris Sardelli appears in the 15 December issue of the Lancaster News.
     Cluster Development is expected to be on the agenda for third reading at the Council meeting on 13 January 2014. At first reading the vote was 5 – 2 in favor of Cluster Development, so we are making progress but still have work to do. People in favor of this stuff have to pass it three times, but those opposed only have to defeat it once.
    I hope that you will all take time to enjoy the holiday season. During this time you will be seeing a lot of people and if the opportunity presents itself, mentioning the problems with Cluster Development and the meeting on 13 January can only help. After the first of the year we will need maximum effort and a big turnout at the 13 January 2014 County Council meeting. Virtually all of the support for this Cluster Development Proposal is coming from Matamy Homes, hoping to build out the Treetops site using their custom designed, very small, very risky lot widths, lot areas, side setbacks, building separations and street widths, and property owners wanting to sell their property to developers for higher prices due to the the availability of Cluster Development. People who understand the fire risk, emergency vehicle access problems and infrastructure costs are generally opposed to this Cluster Development Proposal.

All the Best of 2014 to each and every one of you!

Privacy Policy

Rte 521-160 Corridor Study
     There will be a public meeting on Wednesday 18 December to solicit comment on the latest version of the Rte. 521-160 Corridor Study at the Indian Land Library from 6 -8 PM on Wednesday 18 December 2013. This is supposed to be a duplicate of a presentation made to County Council and the Planning Commission on 2 December. Documents from the 2 December meeting are attached as follows: Meeting Agenda, PowerPoint, Case Studies, Draft Proposal and Schedule. The presentation will be made by ColeJanest & Stone, the consultants hired by the Planning Department to work on this project.
     This approach would rezone every parcel within 1000 feet of US 521 and SC 160 from Waxhaw Road (Rte 75) north to the state line and west to the county line. All new construction would be required to have storefronts facing the road behind a thin vegetative buffer, parking behind the buildings (away from the road). Parking lots would be interconnected and curb cuts allowed every 200 feet.
     Originally conceived as a new approach to the B3 problem with 89 uses in Indian Land, there is no mention at all of anything having to do with B3.
      This is a long way from anything mentioned before as making sense for the developments along these roads. Previous ideas have centered along the lines of few curb cuts, heavy buffers and moving development up the existing roads exiting the main road with parallel roads connecting the developments, thus leaving the main road as a relatively high speed highway.
     The Planning Commission is talking about "protecting" Rte. 521 all the way to Rte 9.
    Defeating Cluster Development comes first, but it seems that creative madness is catching .

Feeding the Hungry
     Donations to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for food.  The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the agencies serving the needy in Lancaster. If you have food that you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.