Council gives thumbs down to Lake Wylie building color restrictions

Posted October 1, 2012 10:34 pm | Filed under Local News
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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly referenced two separate stories surrounding the council’s actions, inaccurately combining a sign ordinance with the color restrictions below. We sincerely regret the error and apologize for any misrepresentation that occurred as a result of the oversight.

A midst negative reaction from residents in the Lake Wylie community, York County Council Monday permanently shelved a proposed ordinance designed to limit what colors business owners can paint their buildings.

Business owners like Realtor Bobby Meek protested council’s proposed ordinance – saying it sends the wrong idea to current and future entrepreneurs.

Residents like Margaret Blackwell of Lake Wylie said companies like a national title loan chain that sits along SC-49 have since moved into vacant properties, painting the exterior of the building bright green and yellow.

Opponents voiced their concerns over restricted “psychedelic” colors — including neon signs and bright primary colors. Residents like Linda Armfield saying it interferes with business.

Council voted the measure down with 6-1 vote with councilman Bruce Henderson voting in the minority.

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