The Van Wyck News

Volume 7 Number 2
A Voice for Freedom     26 February 2015
     The preliminary plan for the proposed Lennar Treetops development will be before the Planning Commission with a Public Hearing on Tuesday 17 March 2015. The development is planned to have 786 single family detached homes on the Treetops site.
     Preliminary Plan approval is the next step in the process of building the Treetops development. The Planning Commission has the responsibility to assure that the preliminary plan proposed by the developer agrees with the documents approved by County Council. The Planning Commission has the authority to approve the Preliminary Plan; the matter does not need to go to County Council for approval.
     I do not yet have a copy of the Preliminary Plan that includes the maps, but what came to me included a diagram of the house placement on the property. I have requested a complete copy under the Freedom of Information Act and will comment on and post it to the web when I receive it.
     The only reason that the Planning Commission can deny approval to the Preliminary Plan is that the Preliminary Plan does not comply with the documents approved by County Council regarding the development. Once the Preliminary Plan is approved construction can begin, presumably by bulldozing the large section of the site where the houses will be built and the roads will be constructed.
     It should be noted that on 15 December 2015, $835k; becomes due to the County from the developer for Public Safety capital improvements in the Panhandle. In addition, as homes are sold a fee of $75 or $90 per year becomes payable to a special tax district for capital improvements to emergency services to the District. VWVFD is looking forward to substantial participation in the distribution of these monies.
     It should be noted that if Van Wyck were incorporated it could make deals such as this one on its own behalf rather than have the County sell Van Wyck for the County's benefit. If Van Wyck were incorporated all of the developer payments would come to the Town of Van Wyck.
     As it is, the County has ripped a piece out of the fabric of Van Wyck over the strong objections of Van Wyck's residents and sold that piece of Van Wyck for its own benefit. Van Wyck finds itself begging for a portion of the money from the sale so it can fulfill the obligations from the sale foisted on it by the County. For me, at least, this is not a pleasant place to be.

Convenience Centers
     On 17 March the Planning Commission will consider a revision to the UDO specifications for convenience centers (trash disposal sites) to reduce the setback requirement between working portions of the site and residences from 500 feet to 100 feet. The reason for this is that the County is trying to go from eleven small, part time convenience centers to three large full time convenience centers spaced over the county so that no one has to drive more than 10 miles to get to one of them. These new convenience centers would feature a two level design so that customers leaving trash would come in to an upper level and deposit trash into waist high chutes that would guide the trash into dumpsters on the lower level - no more lifting trash overhead to get it into the dumpster. The customer traffic would also be separated from the heavy truck traffic required to move the dumpsters into and out of the site.
     The working area required for one of these new style convenience centers is about 5 acres, which would be a circle with a radius of 263 feet. Current law requires a 500 foot separation between the working portion of a convenience center and a residence. To place a 500 foot separation around the working area of one of the new convenience centers would require a circle with a radius of 763 feet, which would be 42 acres. According to Steve Willis, County Administrator, such large sites cannot be found that meet the other requirements for convenience centers, such as access from a road capable of handling heavy truck traffic and a convenient location.
     Mr. Willis is asking if the required separation between convenience sites and houses could be reduced to make it easier to locate such sites.  For a 100 foot separation, 9.5 acres would be required, for a 200 foot separation it would be 15.5 acres, for a 300 foot separation, 23 acres, and for a 400 foot separation, 32 acres.
     Convenience centers can be noisy, smelly and attract vermin. They do not make attractive back yard vistas. How close to a residence should they be allowed to get? For comparison, 300 feet is the length of a football field.
     You can express your opinion to the Planning Commission in person at the meeting, in writing, via email or via telephone. The meeting will be at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main Street, Lancaster at 6:30 PM on Tuesday 17 March.You need to be there a few minutes early to sign up if you want to speak. Nick Cauthen is the Planner responsible for this matter he can be reached via US Mail at the County Administration Building, PO Box 1809, Lancaster , SC  29721, by telephone at (803) 285-6005 and via email at . Mr. Cauthen will convey your message to the Planning Commission.
     Other obvious questions such as "How much is all this going to cost?" are not being asked at this point.    

Privacy Policy

Dave Lyle Presentation
     The presentation on the Dave Lyle Boulevard Extension scheduled for Thursday 26 February in the County Administration Building has been canceled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date and time.    

CDC 2015 Schedule
3 March 2015 - CrimeWatch 7:00 PM, CDC - 7:30 PM
28 March 2015 - Easter Egg Hunt - 10:00 AM - Children bring baskets. Eggs, etc. will be provided.
4 April 2015 - Easter Egg Hunt - Rain Date
4 July 2015 - Fireworks with VWVFD
12 Sep 2015 - Fall Festival - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
28 Nov 2015 - Put up poles for Lighting the Way
2 Dec 2015 - Christmas Parade - Noon
13 Dec 2015 - Lighting the Way - 4:00 PM    

Republican Party Reorganization
     The Republican Party will complete its biennial reorganization between March and June 2015 in preparation for the 2016 elections.  Political organization begins with the precinct - all the voters from the same political party who vote at the same precinct assemble and elect officers and delegates to the County Convention. Precinct delegates to the County Convention assemble and elect officers and delegates to the State Convention. Delegates to the State Conventions meet and elect officers and delegates to the National Convention.
     My wife and I have served as officers of the Van Wyck Precinct for the last four years, and are willing to serve for the next two year cycle.       The Van Wyck Precinct reorganization meeting has been set by the County organization for 17 March, with a make up date set for 19 March. My wife and I will not be able to make the 17 March meeting, and would propose that anyone from the Van Wyck Precinct interested in holding office in the Van Wyck Precinct or serving as a delegate to the County Convention simply join us at the 19 March make up meeting at 7:00 PM at Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. You will need to bring proof that you are registered to vote, either a Voter Registration Card or a printout of your voter registration information from the website. Questions? Send me email .    

J.R. Wilt Editor