Thursday, July 7, 2022

New houses, townhomes possibly coming to York County

Concept plan of single family homes in the Fenton Mill Master Plan. (WYDaily/ Screenshot, courtesy of LPDA)
Concept plan of single family homes in the Fenton Mill Master Plan. (WYDaily/ Screenshot, courtesy of LPDA)

Fenton Mill Associates LLC submitted a rezoning application for a new residential community in York County.

The rezoning application refers to approximately 378 acres off Fenton Mill Road near Interstate 64 between Newman and Barlow roads to rezone the acreage from rural residential and limited business to planned development residential use.

The plan

The Fenton Mill community will consist build 506 single family homes, 230 townhouses, 100 age-restricted quadruplexes and 40,000 square feet of commercial space while maintaining the rural character of the county, according to the application and the narrative statement.

“The community will provide a positive fiscal impact to the County and provides for the dedication of a well-located site for future construction of a new school or other community use,” according to the narrative statement’s summary in the rezoning application. “Fenton Mill is a long-range project that, through careful planning, will provide a place for York County to retain millennials, seniors, and families in a lifestyle community that has been designed both for today’s homebuyer and for long-term environmental sustainability.”

The community also plans to add two clubhouses, a community swimming pool, playgrounds, “pocket parks” small parks for the community or the public and dog parks.

Opposition

According to the Development Activity Report, the application hearing date was postponed until further notice.

“The applicant asked to postpone until the June meeting,” said Earl Anderson, senior planner for York County. “Because there is so much citizen opposition to the rezoning application, the county admin will not move forward with this until we have a public meeting where people can actually be present.”

He said the Board of Supervisors currently can’t meet face to face because of the coronavirus and many residents have requested to make their opinion known.

“We don’t want to have a virtual meeting where you have 100 to 200 people in a meeting, waiting to speak,” Anderson said.

“Staff hasn’t really come up with a recommendation or anything…won’t do that until we meet,” he added. “Everything is just kind of on hold while we wait for things to return to somewhat normalcy.”

As of Monday, the Preserve Fenton Mill Facebook page has 460 likes and 494 people following the page.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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