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Rezoning request upsets residents of IL community

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By Chris Sardelli

When Mark and Sandy Fenton moved from Charlotte to Indian Land eight years ago, they never expected to have so many problems.

The Fentons, who live on Pointe Carpenter Road in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, have seen their neighborhood change dramatically, from the construction of concrete plants to the addition of a water tower near the community.

“Things have sure changed over the last eight years,” Sandy said. “I liked the country feeling. You used to be able to feel your cares just melt away. Now it’s a different world.”

When they first bought the land they built their house on, there was only one concrete plant near their neighborhood.

But as time went on, three other concrete plants were built near Lakeview Landing, several operating around the clock.

Now noise from those plants often wakes the couple up at 3 a.m., and lights from a nearby softball field blind them as they drive home.

The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District recently built a water tower across the street from their neighborhood.

And with the surge in attendance at three nearby Indian Land schools, sometimes traffic gets so snarled that it takes residents at least 10 minutes to get out of the neighborhood.

“It’s one thing after another,” Sandy Fenton said.

Now the Fentons are very concerned about the proposed rezoning of property at 4172 Doby’s Bridge Road, changing the land from a residential to a commercial  district. Doby’s Bridge Road connects their neighborhood to U.S. 521.

Mark Fenton believes changing the property would be a mistake. He said the road is filled to its limit and adding businesses would only worsen their traffic woes.

“It’s pretty congested already because of the school traffic,” Mark Fenton said. “That’s why we’re opposing it. “

“We all feel so helpless,” Sandy Fenton said. “We wonder if anyone actually comes to this area and sees what’s going on.”

The Fentons  spoke against the rezoning request at last week’s County Council meeting.

Roger Hough, another Lakeview Landing resident, also spoke against the rezoning request.

“Over the last seven years, our neighborhood has been under attack by various county agencies,” Hough said. “The first and biggest mistake was allowing concrete plants to be built near a neighborhood.”

County Council will consider final reading of the rezoning request Monday. If approved, a portion of land at Doby’s Bridge Road will be rezoned from a moderate density residential district to a general commercial district.

Larry McCullough, who represents Indian Land on council, hopes the issue will be postponed so he can take time to speak with residents and examine the needs of the neighborhood.

“I will make a motion to table it until we can do more research and not be hemmed in with a timetable,” McCullough said. “Before final decisions are made, I want to do some more fact-finding to be able to make a more informed decision.”

McCullough said he plans to sit down with Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., to learn what developments are planned in the Panhandle.

After reviewing Indian Land’s master plan, McCullough would like to consider the rezoning request.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416