Feb 2022: A preliminary plan for a hotly contested housing development in upper York County’s Fenton Mill area has been approved.
Unlike the developer’s previous proposals, which at one point wanted to build more than 836 homes, the latest plan calls for 292 homes. That’s the “by-right” number of homes allowed under zoning regulations and an amount that is agreeable to residents who mounted a fight against a proposal to rezone the area.
The preliminary plan submitted by Fenton Mill Associates was approved in January 22 by the York County Department of Planning. The approval allows the developer to proceed with a detailed development plan, which will eventually result in a new subdivision with a slew of recreational amenities.
County residents fought the rezoning petition from the start, leading the developer to drop the number of planned homes from 836 to 599 and eliminate 40,000 square feet of commercial space.
The York County Board of Supervisors denied the rezoning petition, echoing the planning commission, in March 2020. Within a few months, Fenton Mill Associates submitted a plan that would put 292 homes on the property, leaving a large portion of the land alone.
The preliminary plan approved last month calls for a development with homes clustered together, leaving lots of open space. Planned amenities include walking trails, garden areas, pool, 9-hole disc golf course parks and a clubhouse.
The land is located south of Newman Road in York County, between Fenton Mill and Barlow roads.
Fenton Mills Associates LLC, owners include Lamont Myers of Mid-Atlantic Communities,
Prices for homes was projected to range from $250,000 to $600,000 and would average $370,000. But this was a projection before the recent price increases in the real estate market. I would guess they will likely be 75k more than this at a minimum.
The Fenton Mill development is a Planned Development Residential (PDR) community that consists of single-family homes, townhomes and age-restricted housing nestled in a woodland setting. Associated community amenities are provided throughout to enhance a cohesive and attractive benefit for the community’s health and connectivity. Special emphasis has been placed on the design and layout of the community elements to provide preservation of the site’s extensive natural areas. Public access walkways and a series of trails will connect within the community, providing access to parks, trails, recreation centers, and future County facilities.
The most valued resource in a good community is its open space. The proposed open space, including areas left undisturbed will take full advantage of the topography and natural features while maintaining existing vistas and viewsheds. The open space offers a variety of programs and functions for the residents by providing small pocket parks that combine both passive and active recreation.
Map location of Fenton Mill Development
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