York County Considering Changes to Traffic Impact Analysis

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York County is considering a series of changes to its rezoning and land development regulations that would require a more stringent Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) for all development projects.

The proposed text amendments, which will be considered by Planning Commission tonight, could potentially require a TIA by any developer or landowner seeking a rezoning, preliminary plat or site plan approval, based on the determination of planning staff. A preliminary site evaluation, required as part of the application process, would be reviewed by staff and determine whether a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Traffic Impact Analysis would be required.

The TIA report would provide county staff with guidance on how a proposed development would impact existing Levels of Service for surrounding roadways, as well as the necessary improvements needed to mitigate those impacts.

REBIC supports the use of TIAs in rezonings and for the review of major development projects. But we have a number of concerns with some of the language in the proposed ordinance, and are working with members of the Planning Commission on potential improvements ahead of a public hearing on Monday, July 18th. 

You can download the complete set of proposed ordinance amendments here.

York County Rezoning Moratorium Advances

The York County Council approved the first reading Monday night of an ordinance that would suspend all single-family and multifamily residential rezoning applications within the unincorporated Ft. Mill Township until the end of 2016. The moratorium would also apply to the acceptance of residential site plans and preliminary plats, although council members expressed doubts this element of the ordinance could legally be enforced.

While the first reading passed by a vote of 5 – 2 (with Chairman Britt Blackwell and Councilman ‘Bump’ Roddy voting against), at least three other members of Council expressed serious concerns about the proposal’s effectiveness, and indicated they may not be able to support its passage through a third and final reading.

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