Greenville city leaders asking for input on city expansion

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – City leaders have opened the third round for public comment on text amendments that would impact development in the city.

This is all a part of the GVL 2040 plan and rewriting the city’s Land Management Ordinance. The City of Greenville told 7 News they want to make sure they are balancing development and protecting neighbors.

“We need to find a way to protect single-family homeowners and neighborhoods from commercial development that would harm their quality of life,” City of Greenville spokesperson Beth Brotherton said.

According to Brotherton, the amendments being considered are just small steps in the whole process to draft the city’s ordinance.

“It’s this idea of making sure that we have quality growth, good development, we support economic development, but at the same time make sure that we keep that neighborhood character,” Brotherton said. “We want to protect people who have been living in their homes for many years from big huge buildings popping up next door.”

The third round of amendments focuses on adaptive reuse projects and requirements for neighborhood meetings. What’s being considered includes off-street parking and loading and neighborhood meetings.

City Councilman John DeWorken said what they’re looking to implement is a requirement for more neighborhood meetings.

“That is for the developers and staff to engage neighbors even more with how the city and how the community’s going to be developed,” Councilman DeWorken said.

Key issues in the first and second rounds of text amendments included things like outdoor dining, commercial trash collection, affordable housing, and perhaps the most debated — traffic.

“So when you have a development, you need to be keenly aware of what kind of traffic this is going to generate and then also how to mitigate or get that traffic in and around the city,” Councilman DeWorken explained.

The Planning Commission will take the feedback and make suggestions to the ordinance’s draft, which will then be sent before City Council. After final approval, a consultant hired by the city will work to re-write the Land Management Ordinance.

That time span is expected to take about 18 months to put together.

If you are interested in learning more about the projects up for discussion or leaving a comment on a proposal, you can click here.

You have until Thursday, July 15 at 5 p.m. to submit your comment.

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