Fort Mill Mayor Savage on Building Freeze

A proposed building freeze before the York County Council would put a hold on development in unincorporated Fort Mill. Residents and Fort Mill officials have mixed views on the proposal. Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage met with York County Councilman Michael Johnson (R-Tega Cay), who proposed the building freeze.

Mayor Savage is a lifelong resident of Fort Mill and a nine-year veteran to Fort Mill’s town council. She recognizes the problems in the community attributed to the rapid growth and the reasons residents would be in favor of a moratorium. Mayor Savage wants to explore the options to control the growth before forming an opinion. Moratoriums are not new ideas. The Fort Mill Town Council met with Mt. Pleasant at one time about the moratorium they enacted.

There are benefits, but also outlying impacts by placing a moratorium on growth. Fort Mill is an in demand town with housing prices on the rise. A moratorium would mean that the inventory of homes becomes limited. An in-demand area with a limited housing inventory usually means that the price of homes soars.

Fort Mill previously had an informal moratorium on new development by not offering water or sewer. The thought was by holding these services back would help to prevent housing developments. It was shortly thereafter that Baxter Village was built just outside of Fort Mill town limits.

The details of a proposed moratorium are very important because as Fort Mill has previously learned, just ordering a building freeze may not solve today’s problem. Mayor Savage and the town council are doing their due diligence.

Expect more information on the York County Council proposal in the coming weeks and how, if at all, it affects Fort Mill.


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