The City of Greenville Planning Commission approved a developer’s application for a cottage subdivision of 35 residential lots at White Oak and Twin Lake roads.

The applicant, Renaissance Custom Homes, plans 23 single-family detached houses and 12 townhouses on about 6 acres of land owned by Bob Jones University, according to a planning staff report delivered to the commission Sept. 15.

BJU has no intention of developing the property, Nathan Kaser, the builder and developer, told commissioners.

The cottage community will make a “nice little addition to the greater neighborhood area and park setting,” he said.

There was no opposition at the commission meeting. Commissioner Jonathan Pait, manager of events and services for the BJU Alumni Association, removed himself from the discussion about the project.

Access to the development will come from White Oak Road via a proposed private road that will loop around the detached house lots and open space.

The detached house lots front a common open space with rear-loaded parking accessed from the private road. The townhouse lots front Twin Lake Road and will have rear-loaded parking access from the private road.

Visitor parking will be provided at the rear of the development.

The proposed development is on the site of a former mobile home park that is mostly open land.

And while the application includes three parcels, the majority of two parcels that include a creek will remain undisturbed, according to a staff analysis.

Planning staff recommended approval, subject to compliance with development standards for cottage subdivisions in the city’s land management ordinance.

Those standards include requirements for the layout of the development, minimum common open space, access and design of the individual houses.

Staff members will verify compliance with the cottage subdivision requirements during the permitting process.

In approving the application, commissioners agreed with those conditions.

In recommending approval, Parks & Recreation officials said a detailed tree survey and landscape plan will be required and heritage and historic trees should be protected as required by city ordinance.

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