Plan to Raise Water Levels in Catabwa River

Duke Energy has a plan in place that will raise summer water levels in three lakes on the Catabwa River by six inches. In recent years, municipal water providers and the company have been meeting to discuss extending the time line of how long the river can continue to support business and residential growth in the area and raising water levels would be vital to this plan.

However, the company does not want to increase water levels without first fully examining all impacts it could have. The major concern here is whether raising levels could create a higher risk in high water situations. Lake James would have the highest risk flooding according to their research, but that risk is minuscule compared to potential benefits. The FERC also issued Duke a 40 year license in late 2015, but the company has appealed for an extension to a 50 year license with millions of dollars in improvements contingent on the extension.

The current plan is to raise summer target elevations by the end of 2025 or when the Watertree spillway is complete, whichever one is later. This is not just an issue of water quantity, it becomes an issue for boats to as it could affect whether boats remain afloat or sit on land in the dry summer weather. The goal is to have enough storage to withstand droughts but enough room to be able to withstand major rain events. According to the company, drought is a more pressing issue than potential flooding and thus the benefits of raising water levels outweigh the flood risk. In fact, it was a major drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s that began the conversation in Catabwa about possible solutions.

Current research shows that by 2048 the demand for water use will outweigh the amount the river is able to supply so this will be an important issue in the near future. To read more about potential benefits to Duke’s plans, be sure to check out the full article at heraldonline.com

York County Council Asking to Vote on Concrete Plant

In mid-August, county planners met and discussed plans for a concrete plant on Bethel School Road. Although this plan has not yet been approved, city council members are worried about its effects on citizens and how much they would be able to interfere to help. This issue has sparked a conversation about what the county should allow without a council vote.

As it stands, if land uses are listed in zoning and the project meets density, building, and traffic requirements, there is little a city council can do to stop something from being built. In the case that a special exception is made, the proposals can go to vote on the council, which is what leaders are trying to do in the case of the concrete plant.

People have argued both for and against building this new plant. Many people do not want the plant so close to family homes and rural areas. But many others supported the economic development that new business would bring to the area. It has also been compared to a plant at another site that has been causing traffic problems. The county’s main concerns are what the plant would do to the property value of homes in the area as well as potential traffic problems it could cause on a small road headed to a school.

If the county decides to make concrete and quarry plans an exception, the council would be allowed to vote on each issue and look at each one individually in terms of how it would affect the community rather than companies just being able to build whenever zoning allows it.

Council members say that zoning in the area is outdated and are working hard to change that. It is unclear how quickly these changes can come but to read more about what council members are doing to progress and what potential affects of a concrete plant would be, be sure to check out the full article at www.heraldonline.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Tullamore

Tullamore is a beautiful neighborhood located just minutes from the stateliness giving its residents plenty of access to both the amenities of Lake Wylie, and the benefits of city life. Tullamore offers a secluded feel in large brick houses but residents still have easy access to I-85 which can take them downtown as well as to the airport. Residents also benefit from the lower South Carolina property taxes.

Tullamore is the perfect place for families, located in the renowned Clover school district and offering many amenities both within the neighborhood and locally. The neighborhood amenities include a playground and picnic area. There are also many amenities outside the neighborhood including the popular McDowell Nature Preserve and Waterfront which offers campgrounds, walking trails, and fishing docks.

There are currently 8 homes on the market in Tullamore which represents 6.4 months of inventory. This makes Tullamore a more balanced market compared to the clover district and York county as a whole, which are both more of a seller’s market.

In the last year, the average sales price for a home in this neighborhood has slightly increased but the average price per square foot has remained roughly the same. Homes on the market now range from $310,000-$420,000.

With so many local and neighborhood amenities, Tullamore is the perfect place for your next family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Lauren Pines

Lauren Pines is a beautiful secluded neighborhood that offers all the benefits of small town life while still being close to larger cities. Located in York County, Lauren Pines offers homes on large lots surrounded by nature, providing residents with a tranquil and relaxed setting. Residents also receive the lower taxes that come with South Carolina while still being close to cities like Charlotte.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Lauren Pines offers plenty of recreational options such as walking, hiking, or mountain biking on its many trails There is also plenty of wildlife in the area to observe and enjoy. Even though this neighborhood is outside of the city, it has easy access to I-85 giving it a direct route to cities like Charlotte and Spartanburg. Gastonia is also only 20 minutes away for those looking for more shopping and dining options.

Currently there are 6 homes on the market in Lauren Pines. This represents 10.3 months of inventory, making this are a buyers market compared to York County as a whole which is more of a sellers market.

In the last year the average price per square foot as well as the average total sales price of housers has slightly increased. Currently homes are listed from just over $300,000 to $375,000

If you’re looking for a family home in an area that offers a small town feel as well as being close to big city living, Lauren Pines is definitely worth checking out.

Push for One Fishing License on Lake Wylie

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is now contemplating whether anglers should be able to get just one license to fish in Lake Wylie. Not only would this make things easier and less expensive for the fishers themselves, but it would make things easier for the patrol officers on the lake itself.

Currently, with the a state line bisecting the lake, fishers need a license for both sides of the lake but there has long been a discussion over whether it would be possible or practical to get fishers a reciprocal license that would work on both sides. Reasons throughout the years supporting a single license include convenience and cost and more simplicity for officers on the lake. Reasons against it involve money and how the two states would split proceeds based on where the angler was caught and where the license was purchased.

The last time the issue was brought up in 2014, S.C. Senator Hayes admitted that South Carolina could lose money. This would be because North Carolina has two counties on the lake as opposed to South Carolina’s one and Charlotte has a larger population.

There are multiple agreements regarding bi-state waters between states like North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina so there is a precedent for this kind of law. But getting legislation passed between two states is very challenging and that may be why the issue has been in discussion for years without major progress. S.C. Senator Climer has stated that he is unsure that there is enough political interest to get a solution but thinks the issue is definitely worth looking into and that the discussion will continue.

To continue reading possible solutions and the benefits this dual license could offer, be sure the check out the full article at www.heraldonline.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bethelfields

Bethelfields is a beautiful neighborhood located right on Lake Wylie that offers the benefits of small town living while still being close to city life. This neighborhood is a family-friendly community with many amenities and events aimed at bringing the community together.

Residents get to take advantage of the lower South Carolina taxes while still enjoying all the amenities on Lake Wylie. The neighborhood even offers a large storage lot for boats, trailers, and RVs giving residents easy access to lake activities. Other amenities of this neighborhood include swimming pools, picnic tables, playgrounds, and walking trails. Bethelfields is also very dog friendly with many doggie-waste stations along the numerous walking trails.

Bethelfields also enjoys being located in renowned Clover school district, making it the perfect place to buy a family home.

Currently there are 5 homes on the market which represents 2.5 months of inventory. This makes Bethelfields a sellers market compared to the more balanced market of York County as a whole which has about 5 months of inventory.

In the last year the average price per square foot of homes in this neighborhood have decreased but the overall average sales price has slightly increased. Right now prices range from $215,000 to $280,000.

With so many amenities in such a great location, Bethelfields is definitely worth checking out for your next family home!

Lake Wylie Home Project May Have To Be Put On Hold

There have been recent plans by a developer for a 178 home project at a new subdivision called The Vista at lake Wylie. This subdivision would be located at 457 Highway 274 near Pole Branch Road. Although the plans fit land-use criteria, some county staff is recommending the request be denied when the planning commission meets August 14th.

The reason for this recommendation is traffic. A traffic analysis cannot be completed until two major road improvements are completed, both of which have yet to happen. The first is a signal and road relocation of S.C. 24 and Pole Branch Road and the second involves intersection changes at three points.

The first is estimated to be completed in a reasonable amount of time because the entire plan has already been funded and approved by a Pennies for Progress campaign. The second part is up for another Pennies for Progress referendum in November. The $7.4 million project would have no other funding and there are no guarantees at this time that it would be approved.

According to current traffic reports, levels of service on nearby roads are receiving failing grades. With the new neighborhood, developers would pay for new access points to S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road

York City Councilwoman Allison Love has said she wouldn’t support this new development in the area no matter what the outcome of a traffic study is. She has said that Pennies projects currently being finished will fix traffic problems and adding new neighborhoods would increase traffic again, negating and progress or improvement. She also supports recommending denial for now in this matter.

To read more about this development and what the possible outcomes will be, be sure to check out the full article at www.heraldonline.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: King’s Grove Manor

Conveniently located near countless recreational opportunities as well as city amenities, Kings Grove Manor is the perfect place for your next family home. This neighborhood is located on the shores of Lake Wylie which means residents have access to the many outdoor activities the lake has to offer from boating to fishing to hiking. For more outdoor experiences, the neighborhood is also located near the McDowell Nature Preserve which includes a nature center, campgrounds, walking trails, and playgrounds making it the perfect destination for nature lovers.

In addition to the many activities on Lake Wylie, the neighborhood itself offers many amenities including a pool and cabana and community walking trails and sidewalks. Residents can also golf at the Palisades Country Club. Kings Grove Manor is also minutes from uptown Charlotte giving residents easy access to local dining and entertainment.

The homes in this neighborhood range in size from 1700 to over 2700 square feet. One and two story homes are available and have three to five bedrooms.

Currently there are 10 homes on the market in Kings Grove Manor which represents 10 months of inventory. This means the neighborhood is currently a buyers market compared to the more balanced market of York County.

In the last year the average price per square foot has increased but the average sale price of homes has decreased. Homes are listed from around $240,000 to just under $300,000.

With so many things to do both locally and in Charlotte itself, Kings Grove Manor is definitely worth checking out!

New Belmont Grocery Store Begins Hiring

The newest grocery store in Belmont will not open until the fall but the hiring process has already begun for its potential new employees.

A new Harris Teeter is being built at the Belmont Town Center shopping complex located on South Point Road. Construction started a year and a half ago and the store is finally moving towards completion. Danna Robinson is a spokesperson for the store and has stated that they do anticipate opening in the fall. When the store opens, it will include many amenities such as a Starbucks coffee, pizza bar, sub shop, floral gallery, and Express online shopping.

Hiring has begun for the anticipated 120 new employees for the store, although some will be transfer employees from existing stores. There are full and part-time opportunities in many capacities like stock clerk, baker, and barista.

The actual date of opening will be announced about two weeks before. The company also plans to host an event called “Taste of Teeter” at the Belmont location one day before the grand opening. This will be a pre-opening sample event featuring many of the store’s best products.

In addition to the new store, a 12,000 square foot building next to the new store will also feature restaurants and retailers. These businesses are also planning to open in the fall

For more about hiring opportunities and other amenities of the new store, be sure to check out the full article at www.gastongazette.com

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a beautiful gated community that combines natural beauty with resort-style amenities. Homes are right on the lake offering exclusive access to all the activities Lake Wylie has to offer. These activities range from fishing to boating to hiking. The neighborhood even has two private marinas and boat ramp solely for residential use.

Hndsmill also offers many amenities within the neighborhood. For nature-lovers, there are many walking trails and green space to spend time in. But the centerpiece of the neighborhood is the luxurious Handsmill Club complete with a state of the art kitchen, two gathering areas, and a large outdoor patio perfect for entertaining. There are also amenities like a junior olympic swimming pool and fitness center only available to residents. For children, there is a separate playground. But while Handsmill offers seclusion and natural beauty, it also has the advantage of being within half an hour of all the activities Charlotte has to offer.

There are currently 3 homes on the market in Handsmill which represents 6 months of inventory. This means that right now there is a balanced market in the area, which is comparable York County as a whole, which also leans towards a balanced market.

In the last year the average price per square foot has slightly decreased while the average sales price of homes has stayed roughly the same.

With so many wonderful natural and community amenities, Handsmill at Lake Wylie is definitely worth checking out!