Explosive county growth leads to building changes
By Liesha Huffstetler
Future Lexington County housing developments may be required to have larger yards and more parking.
In January, Lexington County Council passed the 1st reading of Ordinance 20-03 that will require:
⦁ More space between houses
⦁ A 25-foot buffer for right-of-ways
⦁ Wider roads
⦁ More parking in driveways
Before 2001, new houses were required to be set back from roads 20 feet with a minimum lot size.
Changes in ordinances and zoning in Lexington County after 2001 allowed developers to remove internal setbacks, have zero lot lines and allowed houses to be 10 feet from roads.
The Council is also considering requiring overflow parking areas within subdivisions, 25-foot setbacks from the right-of-ways and 10-foot setbacks from property lines.
Greenville, Lancaster and Aiken counties require 30-foot setbacks from the right of way.
A public hearing on Ordinance 20-03 will be announced later.