IL growth boom worrisome

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Jane Tanner

I am really concerned about the big growth boom in Indian Land.

Approved new developments coming include:

u Queensbridge – 234 apartments and 249 homes on Collins Road

u Retreat at Rayfield – 383 homes

u Ansley Park – 36 homes and 130 townhomes on U.S. 521

u Enclave at Bailes Ridge – 246 apartments on S.C. 160

u Tree Tops – 800 homes, Van Wyck Road

u Doby’s Bridge – 145 townhomes

u Estates of Audubon Lakes – 125 homes at Barberville Road

u Bent Creek – 180 homes, Jim Wilson and Henry Harris roads

Total = 1,773 new homes, 480 apartments, 275 townhomes

In April, at least three additional communities will come before the Planning Commission for approval.

The needs of Indian Land residents are not being considered by our Lancaster County Council representatives.

Our roads have been destroyed by developers and their construction trucks in the area before new residents even move in.

Our library is so overcrowded for the summer reading program or other activities that parents have to come two hours early to stand in line for tickets and dozens are turned away.

The meeting room that was designed for community meetings at Del Webb Library has been taken away.

The Recreation Department and the schools all charge fees to use their rooms. Most of our groups are nonprofit and are not budgeted for room rent.

Indian Land’s park and recreation areas are a joke. Buford and Lancaster have big, beautiful recreation buildings. We have a senior program that you have to get on a waiting list to attend.

The taxes from new homes will go to schools, which will help school growth, but will it be put to good use?

Do I sound like I am whining? Well, I am.

Lancaster County Council tells Indian Land residents that county government can’t ask developers or corporations that are coming to our area for anything. The developers and corporations all say they want to give back to the community. Well, I guess the residents of Indian Land need to be the “requesters.”

Indian Land Voice has not been successful in organizing for Indian Land to become a city; residents are not ready for incorporating. ILV needs to become the “voice” for residents and approach developers, builders and corporations about giving back to our community.

We could use a building fund for Del Webb Library, land for a community center, and money to be put in escrow to improve roads after the building of a community.

Indian Land needs to step up and ask for the amenities this community needs. Organized and involved residents should be a great selling asset for builders.

Let’s make Indian Land a community we’re proud to live in.

Please contact me at (803) 547-9597 or jtanner14@comporium.net if you want to get involved.

Jane Tanner is an Indian Land resident