Simpsonville approves annexation

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By Walt Reichert

The Simpsonville City Commission approved annexation of approximately 10 acres of land on the south side of I-64 at its Wednesday meeting.

The land, owned by the Walters family, lies east of Buck Creek Road and parallel to the interstate. The family had asked the city to annex the property last month.

The annexation marks the third piece of property south of the interstate the city has taken into its limits this year. The city annexed property on the north side of Buck Creek Road belonging to John (Papa John) Schnatter last month and earlier annexed about 7 acres belonging to Redline Properties, LLC lying just south of I-64. All of those annexations were at the property owners' request.

Simpsonville officials said the move allows the city to reap the benefits of any commercial development along the interstate. The Comprehensive Plan allows the city to annex the property without getting permission from fiscal court.

Nearby residents, meanwhile, fearing development that will devalue their property and increase congestion are working to form a city of Veechdale "to preserve the rural quality of the area."

The city commission also heard first reading on a zone change recommendation from Triple S Planning and Zoning that would change from R-2, residential, to C-3, general commercial, approximately 2 acres of land on U. S. 60 just west of Simpsonville. The property is owned by developer William Hysinger, who bought the tract in 2005 from West Shelby Industrial. In a previous interview, Hysinger said he has no specific plan for the property.

The commission will consider adopting the zone change at its next meeting, May 6.

The commission also heard first reading on a measure that would codify the city's ordinances.