The Van Wyck News
6 Number 16
||A Voice for Freedom||9 August 2014|
Comprehensive PlanThe County is in the process of revising its Comprehensive Plan. The first three of nine required elements (Population, Natural Resources and Cultural Resources) were presented in July and are available here. It should be noted that the data analysis on pages 3 - 6 of the population element is incorrect and will be revised, but the revisions are not yet available.
The next two elements (Transportation and Economics) were presented at the Planning Commission Work Session meeting on 7 August and are available using the links above. The consultant, Robby Moody at the Catawba River Council of Governments, will start work on the final four elements, which include the Future Land Use Map, this month. These elements will be presented at the Planning Commission Workshop meeting on 4 September.
Van Wyck ZoningVan Wyck is mostly zoned R30P, 1.5 houses per acre on the current Future Land Use Map. Land used for farming is not presently zoned for farming. Typical lot sizes in Van Wyck are at least one acre and most likely more. Moreover, R30P is eligible for Cluster Development, which is highly unsuitable for Van Wyck. One of the objectives of the Comprehensive Plan is to preserve the character of local communities; this is not happening in Van Wyck, where the current zoning is encouraging cluster development that the area does not have the infrastructure to support..
The County does not presently have a zoning classification that would apply to areas like Van Wyck, which are predominately agricultural, with large lots. R45 comes closest in the present lexicon, with one acre lots. In addition, R45 is not eligible for Cluster Development. It would seem appropriate to rezone the areas of Van Wyck presently zoned R30P to R45 in the present Comprehensive Plan and to seek development of new zoning types more suitable to this area when the UDO is rewritten next year.
Capital Project Sales Tax
The Capital Project Sales Tax Committee met one last time on 6 August 2014 to approve the final revisions to the Road List and the Ballot Question. The matter will go to County Council at its meeting on Monday 11 August at 6:30 PM in the County Administration Building for approval to be placed on the ballot for the General Election on 4 November. County Council can approve or disapprove the inclusion of the Capital Projects Sales Tax Proposal for inclusion on the ballot on 4 November, but may not modify the proposal submitted by the Commission.
If the project is placed on the ballot by County Council it faces a highly uncertain future from the voters. The list of items to which the sales tax applies has changed since 2009, so reprogramming cash registers will be necessary; if we are reprogramming cash registers, why not reprogram them to leave the money in our pockets? Governor Haley came out with a way to repair roads a couple of months ago, saying that she knew exactly how to do this and exactly where to get the money. Why are we proposing to use sales tax money for this purpose rather than pushing the Governor to do it using existing tax dollars?
UDO RewriteThe Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is the County ordinance governing the details of land use and construction standards for Lancaster County. The Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Map are the broad brush picture of what the County should look like in the future; the UDO is the detail of how this vision is to be implemented.
The Comprehensive Plan is being rewritten (again) this year and is expected to be completed in October and approved by Council by 31 December 2014, when the current Council dies. The UDO rewrite is expected to begin in January 2015 and to be complete by 31 December 2015. Council did commission a preliminary look at the UDO by the consultant (Catawba Region Council of Governments); this preliminary look was presented to County Council at its 28 July meeting.
If past practice is any indication, this rewrite of the UDO will be touted as having a great deal of public input, but public input will actually be limited to a few desultory "What do you like?" meetings before the writing starts. Any opportunity for public review of the drafts will be provided as I manage to get hold of the drafts and publish them here, as was done with the first three chapters of the Comprehensive Plan in the 20 July 2014 issue of the Van Wyck News.
LCEDC Strategic PlanJosh Langen, Project Manager with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation, gave a presentation on the status of the LCEDC 2015 Strategic Plan at the Community Development Club meeting on 5 August 2014.
The public is invited to an interactive group meeting on the Strategic Plan on 13 August at 6:30 PM at the City of Lights Dining Hall, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land. At this meeting the public will be able to provide input to the Strategic Plan by interacting with the maps and plans.
CDC MeetingThe Community Development Club will meet on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 with CrimeWatch at 7:00 PM and the CDC meeting at 7:30 PM in the Community Building. Emphasis at this meeting will be final arrangements for the Celebrate Van Wyck Fall Festival on 6 September.