Here’s a recap of the May 22 meeting of Greenville City Council.
Initial Approval: New development code and zoning map
Council unanimously approved the first reading of the two ordinances to adopt the new Greenville Development Code and its updated zoning map.
To help implement the goals of the GVL Comprehensive Plan, the new code and map promote a node-and-corridor development pattern for intentional growth that also aims to protect neighborhoods from unwanted development. Voluntary market-based incentives for the provision of affordable housing and open space are also included in the development code.
Adopting the new zoning map will apply new zoning districts to real property across the city.
Read more on the new development code and zoning map
Earlier on May 22, council reviewed the new code and map during their work session. They also heard public comments on the new development code with a majority speaking in favor of its adoption during the formal meeting.
“As everyone has said, this plan is not perfect and that’s only because you’re never going to be able to please everybody. But this is a plan that I believe is really really good for Greenville going forward,” said Councilmember Ken Gibson.
Three amendments to the new code were presented by Councilmember Dorothy Dowe and approved by council. The amendments involved:
- Construction noise before a reasonable time
- Fueling station standards
- School district traffic study times
If later approved during the second and final reading of the ordinances, the code will go into effect on July 15, 2023.
Initial Approval: FY24 operating and capital improvement program budgets
Following a public hearing, council unanimously approved the initial reading of the city’s $267 million operating budget for 2023-2024. The proposed budget provides funding for the daily operations of the city along with investing in the council’s properties.
View the FY24 Budget Public Hearing
While the budget maintains the current property tax millage of 81.4 mills, it does include:
- Increases the solid waste fee by $1 per month
- A 3.5% increase to the base sewer fee along with an additional sewer rehab fee
Council also gave initial approval to the $57 million capital improvement program (CIP) budget which includes the appropriation of $1.9 million for the Public Safety Campus.
The second and final reading of the 2023-2024 budget will be at the council’s June 12 meeting. If approved, the budget will go into effect on July 1, 2023.