The Van Wyck News

Volume 7 Number11
A Voice for Freedom      17 September 2015
Fancy Pokket to Open
     The nation's largest gluten free bakery expects to open at the end of October in the Air - Rail Business Park on Rte 9  west of the City of Lancaster.    
School District Bond
     The School Board announced at its meeting on Tuesday 15 September that it is considering a large bond issue to take care of a number of difficulties facing the District, including the overcrowding in Indian Land Schools. There is a special School Board meeting on Tuesday 22 September at 6:00 PM to consider the details of how this bond issue might be put together. This meeting is open to the public.
     It is ironic that after uncontrolled development by the County has caused so many overcrowding problems for the School District, the school District is now in a position to perhaps address some of these problems and the County is preparing a massive push into additional uncontrolled development that will start the overcrowding problem again.
     The School District will never be right until the County begins controlling development and paying attention to growing the assessment base.

Lancaster Sports Arena
     The County has commissioned a Clemson University study for a sports arena for the City of Lancaster that would permit the hosting of tournaments in various sports to be held in Lancaster. there has been considerable talk about  the County funding a $20MM project through a bond issue to be presented to the voters in January, just in time for the election campaign to begin with a "let's do something for our kids" theme.     

County Council
Planning Meeting
     On Friday 2 October at 4:00 PM  and again on Saturday 3 October at 08:30 AM County Council will meet to consider how to reduce service levels for core governmental services in f anticipation of continuing low revenue numbers for the FY 17 budget cycle, which begins in January 2016. Revenue shortfalls in the FY 14 budget were covered by denying the Sheriff about $1.5MM in previously approved funds, thus effectively reducing service levels in the Sheriffs Department. Revenue shortfalls in the FY15 (current) budget were covered using $2MM from fund balance and another $0.5MM from the Sheriff's budget, reducing the Sheriff's service levels further.
     For the coming (FY 17) year, revenue shortfalls are expected to be too large to cover up by simply shorting large budgets such as the Sheriff's. There will be many attempts to blame the state, blame the feds, blame any and every body except County Council and its long term policy of uncontrolled residential development, where the blame properly rests.  

UDO Rewrite
     The UDO Community Meetings have changed. The new meeting dates and places are as follows:
     Thursday, 24 September 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Buford Rec Center, 4073 Hurley-Walters Road;
     Thursday 29 September 6:00 to 7:30 PM
AJ Recreation Center, 6354 Matson Street;
    Thursday 1 October 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Springdale Rec. Center, 260 S. Plantation Road
     Monday, 5 October 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Pleasant Hill UMC, 2365 Ft. Mill Highway
     Maps, zoning classifications, land use standards, etc. will be available for public comment. Come to any or all of the community meetings, bring your ideas and comments. Remember that those who do not come and present their views at these meetings will live with the preferences of those who do.
     These are the tools which will be used to develop Lancaster County in general and Indian Land and Van Wyck in particular.

    County Council is preparing major new mischief for Indian Land and Van Wyck over the next 15 months in the form of residential development. There will be no more Cluster Subdivisions or Development Agreements under the new UDO. Instead Council has been very quietly preparing to impose impact fees in the northern part of the county. The different parts of the County proposed for the Impact Fees are shown in the map above along with the estimated populations of these areas.
     Impact fees are supposed to compensate to some extent for the cost to existing property owners for the infrastructure costs associated with providing governmental services to new homes. The capital costs associated with providing fire, police, EMS, libraries, parks and recreation facilities can be recovered to the extent that the new construction impacts them via an impact fee imposed on the builder at the time the building permit is issued. Typically the total fee is a few thousand dollars, not a big deal on a $400k house.
     The difficulty comes because the capital costs of schools, connector roads, through roads, etc. cannot be recovered via impact fees. Although impact fees may help some with financing of core government services, they are not going to be a solution for the grossly overbuilt condition that exists in Indian Land today. Fort Mill Impact fee Ordinance.         

Privacy Policy

Van Wyck Festival
     A beautiful day, lots of kids and adults, lots of good food and lots of fun things to do including a car show characterized the Van Wyck Fall Festival on Saturday, 12 September.     

CDC Activities
6 October 2015 - CDC Meeting - 7:30 PM
24 October 2015 - Halloween Party
28 November 2015 - Put up poles on the Way
12 December 2015 - Noon - Christmas Parade
13 December 2015 - Lighting the Way; 4:00 PM

Dave Lyle Boulevard Ext.
     Rumor has it that the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank has become interested in the Dave Lyle Boulevard Extension. The most recent version of the economic justification for the Dave Lyle Boulevard Extension can be found here.  Hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits are available from this long delayed project in addition to the traffic that will be diverted from Rte. 521 to I-77 in Rock Hill.  

Sheriff's IL Tax District
     People will be out and about this weekend soliciting signatures on a petition for a $75 per dwelling special tax for "enhanced police services" in Indian Land.  People have visions of reduced response times, traffic services, more police presence, etc. If this tax passes, the Sheriff will do the best that he can with the extra money, but given that Council is preparing to reduce service levels in the rest of the County may actually turn out to be lower than they are now. If the County cuts service levels 20% and the Sherri f gets only enough money to increase them 10% from the special tax, service levels may well end up lower than they are now even after paying the special tax. The petition and special election to come are both non binding on County Council; Council has full authority to implement this special tax ignoring both the petition and the special election.
     The effort being put in to this special tax district petition and election might be better spent electing some people to County Council who will reform County government.    

J.R. Wilt Editor