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Everybody invited to community growth workshop

The proposed meeting to talk about growth and other issues effecting York County communities now has a time and place.

York County officials will meet 1-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. The intent is to bring together as many community interests as possible to collaborate on what’s next in York County.

“We’re inviting York, Clover, everybody,” said Karen Brogdon, clerk to York County Council. “All the municipalities, chambers, school districts.”

Councilman Michael Johnson is one of many officials to call for increased participation among neighboring municipalities. The planning commission and Town Council in Fort Mill are working to meet jointly, and with transportation and other planners nearby. Officials in Tega Cay have called for cooperation among communities.

“It’s just kind of an opening,” Johnson said of the upcoming forum. “It’s, ‘hey, let’s get a dialogue going.’ It’ll be interesting to see how many people attend.”

With so many groups invited, Johnson isn’t sure how in-depth leaders can go initially. He’s hopeful the first meeting won’t be the last, and that connected communities can work together on comprehensive planning, road needs and other concerns that cross municipal lines.

“It’s a great first step,” he said.

The county had scheduled its own meeting Aug. 29, but it was canceled, to discuss cooperative efforts for land-use planning, Pennies for Progress, C-Funds allocations for roads and capital facilities plans. The upcoming meeting will expand discussion by adding other groups.

As of press time Friday, an agenda for the meeting was being developed, Brogdon said. Johnson hopes public participation will be strong. He isn’t sure how well each invited group will be represented, but each will have a seat at the table.

“All I know is, everybody is invited,” Johnson said.