On October 31, 2014, The Rock Hill City Council instituted a 9-month moratorium on the rezoning or site plan approval for new multi-family and attached single family projects. This was in response to a significant surge in multi-family permits and questions as to whether the location and design of contemporary multi-family development met the City’s overall goals. Because single-family attached projects have often been purchased in bulk by investors and offered as rental housing, the moratorium included single-family attached as well.
The City of Rock Hill’s Comprehensive Plan has among its core values to “grow inside first” in “well-designed, sustainable neighborhoods.” The objectives of the plan support infill and redevelopment that provides the more walkable, mixed-use environment that is valued by many in the current market, but is generally not available in Rock Hill. At the same time, the Plan values the protection of existing neighborhood character, and warns against the encroachment of residential uses in prime commercial and industrial areas.