York County leaders consider "freezing" construction on new homes

- Imagine being told no, that you can't build a home where you and your family wanted to move. That could happen in York County. Leaders are talking about freezing construction on new homes. Why? Traffic keeps getting worse. Property taxes keep going up. And construction is practically everywhere.

"Cost of living is getting to high, taxes are going up, we just need to chill out for a little bit," said William Muetze who lives in Fort Mill.

And all of that construction – he says – brings a lot more cars on the roads.

"Lot more traffic. Lot more accidents. It takes longer to get places. It used to take a few minutes to get to the other side of town, now it takes a half hour," said Muetze.

To help curb the wildfire growth, York county council is considering "freezing" housing construction.

But long-time developer Ralph Norman - who also happens to be a state representative - says that would be a big mistake.

"I hate to see a freeze go in. I hate to see the government dictate that. It's for the private sector, for the customer to decide,” said Norman.

He adds saying "no" to new housing would also have a chilling effect on the economy.

"On a single-family house, you affect over 200 different trades from carpenters, landscapers, architects, furniture, and carpet. To put in a freeze, you put a lot of people out of work," said Norman.

The details on this potential housing freeze are still in the works. County staff is working on putting a proposal together. York County council is expected to vote on it by April 1st.

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