The Planning Division develops plans that refine the comprehensive plan in areas that are experiencing unique challenges often related to growth. The following plans have been completed since 2010 to address needs such as growth management, aesthetics, and conservation of natural resources.
Carowinds Boulevard is the first exit in South Carolina along southbound Interstate 77 leaving North Carolina. The corridor serves as a highly-traveled gateway into both South Carolina and York County. Those familiar with the corridor may attribute it to fireworks, roller coasters, and competitive gas prices.
When the Exit 90 / Carowinds Blvd. Master Plan was adopted in 2010, stakeholders saw redevelopment potential in a corridor that was not representative of all the state and county have to offer. The plan sought to address issues concerning aesthetics, transportation, and economic development along the corridor. Since the plan's adoption, there has been significant redevelopment along the corridor as well as the erection of a large monument sign welcoming travelers into York County.
The I-77 South Corridor, located along Interstate 77 between the Catawba River and the Chester County line, transitions from a suburban character around Rock Hill to a rural character towards the county line. In the future, this corridor has the potential to develop into employment-based uses served by Interstate 77.
The I-77 South Corridor Small Area Plan, adopted in 2020, is intended to address potential land use conflicts between new development and existing low-density and rural residential communities. Soon after adopting the plan County Council adopted text amendments which established supplemental regulations to warehousing and distribution uses. Additional plan policies and recommendations will be implemented during the rewrite of the zoning ordinance.
The Lake Wylie community, a fast-growing area along Lake Wylie, offers a mix of rural, suburban, and lake lifestyles at a gateway into South Carolina. The community's reputation for low taxes and good schools has attracted newcomers from around the country, resulting in transformative growth.
The Lake Wylie Small Area Plan, adopted in 2020, was developed to better manage growth and its impacts on transportation and the natural environment. The plan's implementation will incorporate several new provisions into the Lake Wylie Overlay District section of the zoning ordinance.
The Western York County Scenic Byway is a 63 mile journey through the historic and picturesque countryside of western York County. The byway, designated by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2011, features numerous buildings of historical and architectural interest, farmer's markets, roadside markets, a variety of parks and museums, and beautiful pastoral scenery.
The Western York County Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan was completed in 2014 under the guidance of the Scenic Byway Advisory Committee composed of local residents, business owners, and stakeholders. The plan identifies priority areas along the route that merit preservation and recommends specific goals to interpret, market, and publicize the byway's natural qualities, while managing development responsibly.