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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Council Considers Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance

Home exterior in a Greenville neighborhood

At this Monday’s Greenville City Council meeting, council members will consider a temporary moratorium on multifamily and non-residential construction. The six-month moratorium would only impact properties directly adjacent to single family homes.

WHY DO WE NEED TO PAUSE?

On February 22, Council adopted the GVL 2040 Comprehensive Plan and made a commitment to quality growth and neighborhood protection. Neither can be achieved without careful thought and strategic planning.

  • Greenville has experienced over 25% growth since 2000. 
  • The City’s Land Management Ordinance (LMO) is in need of updating given the rapid growth since it’s last revision almost 14 years ago.
  • We’ve seen an explosion in the number of multiple-family dwellings being built within the City. Approximately 9,000 multi-family units have been constructed, permitted, or approved since 2015.
  • Multi-family, commercial, service, and industrial use projects have been built adjacent to or in very close proximity to single-family neighborhoods because the LMO allows developers to join multiple parcels.
  • The GVL2040 comprehensive plan commits to guiding Greenville’s new growth into higher density nodes located throughout the City and connected by major corridors. 

Rapid development and inconsistent land use regulations have strained the City’s infrastructure and resources, including roads and emergency services, and have negatively impacted neighborhood character and opportunities for affordable housing. This phenomenon, commonly known as “commercial creep” increases noise and litter and decreases available parking. 

WHAT IS AFFECTED BY THE ORDINANCE?

  • Approximately 2,800 acres are identified for limited development. 
  • Multi-family, service and industrial, and commercial construction adjacent to single-family homes.

WHAT IS NOT AFFECTED?

  • Properties in the C-4 (Central Business District), PDs (Planned Developments) and UPNDCC (Unity Park Neighborhood) zone districts.
  • Townhomes, duplexes, single family homes
  • Assisted Living facilities
  • Properties with prior approval
  • Projects in process

There are many parcels (approximately 6,150 acres) where developers CAN continue to build during this time, including downtown, the Unity Park area, and single-family zone districts. 

OBJECTIVE

This six-month moratorium is an opportunity to review, revise and update the city’s Land Management Ordinance to ensure balanced development that protects neighborhoods and preserves the unique character of our small villages and urban centers.

City Council desires to reduce traffic congestion, promote the health and general welfare of the citizens, facilitate desirable living conditions, and encourage the most appropriate use of land within the City.

OTHER SC CITIES HAVE TAKEN SIMILAR ACTION

Clemson City Council will vote March 25th on proposal to ban construction of apartment complexes, townhomes and mixed-use buildings. The ordinance has been approved by the City’s planning commission. There is no time limit on the proposed ban.

In January, Mount Pleasant slashed the number of permits allowed for residential construction. Mount Pleasant already had a moratorium on apartment developments. The new building permit allocation system is in effect for five years. https://www.tompsc.com/1100/Building-Permit-Allocation-System

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