Over-Expansion Prompts County to Freeze Home Construction

Originally published by: Charlotte Business JournalApril 26, 2016

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Home and a partment building in northern York County will likely be frozen within the next couple of months.

York County Council gave preliminary approval on Monday night for a freeze on residential building for the unincorporated area of Fort Mill Township.

York County Council gave preliminary approval on Monday night for a freeze on residential…more

The vote was 5-2 with Council Chairman Britt Blackwell and Bump Roddey voting against the building moratorium, which would expire next year.

The next step is final approval at the May 2 meeting of County Council.

The housing freeze excludes projects in the area’s two municipalities: Fort Mill and Tega Cay.

Housing growth has been a problem during the last two years, particularly in the Fort Mill and Lake Wylie area. York County received 1,855 residential building plans in 2014 and another 2,534 in 2015, the county says. During the last two years, the county considered 13 plans for apartments, compared with five during the previous two years.

Council member Michael Johnson of Tega Cay proposed the housing-freeze ordinance, saying road building and intersection improvements in the county aren’t keeping pace with the added traffic brought on by the growth in housing.

Efforts to reach Johnson this morning were unsuccessful.