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Residential development slows in IL

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County Planning Director Chris Karres updated members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Indian Land Council on developments under way in the Panhandle at the Indian Land council’s recent meeting.

Karres said residential growth has slowed in Indian Land, but commercial development continues.

You want fries with that?

Karres told the council that McDonald’s was looking at a site at Shelley Mullis Road and U.S. 521. Planners met with McDonald’s officials in early summer, but the planning department has not heard from McDonald’s about the property since then.

Let’s go to the mall

Cornerstone, a retail and office development across from Sun City Carolina Lakes, is slated to have 1 million square feet of commercial space when complete. A medical office is under construction on the property now. Karres said it will likely be another year before the retail component gets underway.

Different view

In response to a question, Karres said the county’s planning staff has not recommended approval of many of the larger residential developments approved by County Council over the last several years. Planning staff has concerns about the county’s ability to provide services in the Panhandle. Karres said a study done for the county a few years ago showed that housing prices below $230,000 don’t generate enough taxes to pay for growth.

How many homes?

About 15,000 homes have been approved for Indian Land in recent years, and about 3,000 to 4,000 of those have been built.

No post office

Karres said he knew of no plans to build a post office in Indian Land. Indian Land received its own ZIP code last year, although it’s still classified as a Fort Mill ZIP. State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, said at the meeting that it’s likely Indian Land will get a contract post office inside a FedEx or UPS store.

Slowing growth

From the end of October to just before Thanksgiving, the county planning department had no calls from developers inquiring about residential development, which is unusual, Karres said. And for the first time in about 10 years, the Lancaster County Planning Commission did not hold a December meeting because it had no rezoning cases to hear.

 Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151