After months of contentious meetings involving land use regulations in unzoned portions of the county, Greenville County Council adopted standards regulating tiny homes at its Sept. 7 meeting.
The measure passed unanimously and includes design standards for tiny homes. It also amends the county’s land use ordinance to include definitions for pocket neighborhoods and tiny homes, which the ordinance designates as dwellings of 400 square feet or less.
In other news, during his report to council, County Administrator Joseph Kernell warned that response times for county EMS units were reaching alarming delays due to hospital crowding related to the COVID-19 case surges in recent weeks.
Kernell said that in the past week, turnaround times for EMS crews transporting people to the emergency room stretched from about 30 minutes to closer to three hours. He added that EMS leaders were conferring with hospital counterparts to find ways to address the problem.
In the meantime, he said, the county will be seeking ways to educate the public about when it is appropriate to call 911. If such efforts don’t reduce the number of non-emergency calls, EMS may have to refuse to transport patients who are not in immediate need of emergency care.
In other business:
The issuance of $60 million in special source revenue bonds to finance construction of roads, sidewalks, a parking garage and other infrastructure projects in the county.
Sent to committee
The council unanimously voted to initiate a zoning text amendment that would establish the new use category of agricultural preservation district. The measure was proposed by Councilman Joe Dill and seeks to protect agricultural areas within the county.
With the vote to approve, the matter will be sent to the Planning and Development Committee for further development.
In a similar move, a proposed ordinance also introduced by Dill to impose a six-month moratorium on major subdivision developments was accepted on first reading and referred to the Planning and Development Committee.