Here’s a recap of the Greenville City Council meeting on March 22:
Tabled: Temporary halt on multifamily, commercial development
Citing “commercial creep,” Greenville City Council is weighing a six-month moratorium on multifamily and commercial projects citywide, effectively halting development of roughly 2,800 acres of land that sit adjacent to single-family homes.
The city has been faced with growing pains due to its land-management ordinance, which allows developers to link together multiple land parcels and build apartments and non-residential use projects next to residential neighborhoods.
Indeed, Greenville has seen an “escalation” in the number of multifamily projects within the city, with approximately 9,000 units constructed or planned since 2015, according to city documents.
Such rapid development and inconsistent land-use regulations can erode neighborhood character, increasing foot traffic, noise and litter and straining infrastructure.
The city is presenting the moratorium as an opportunity for officials to review and update the land-management ordinance, which was last revised almost 14 years ago.
Council members discussed the measure at length before deciding to table the moratorium until April 26 to allow for more community discussion.
Councilman Ken Gibson, who supports the moratorium, said he has people in his district who are suffering from stormwater and parking problems due to encroaching commercial development along Laurens Road.
“I am all for Greenville being a place that is good for business, but I’m much more into it being a good place to live,” Gibson said.
However, councilmen John DeWorken and Wil Brasington said there are other ways to address the issue without resorting to a moratorium, which they called “extreme” and “heavy-handed.”
The moratorium would only apply to multifamily, service, industrial and commercial construction that abut single-family homes and aren’t zoned C-4 or planned development. Developers could continue to build on about 6,150 acres, including downtown and the Unity Park area.
Approved: Shorter hours for construction
City Council members gave initial approval to an ordinance that would mean fewer hours of construction noise on Saturdays and Sundays.
Currently, construction activities are exempt from the city’s noise ordinance from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. The new proposed rules would allow construction noise from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
The adjusted hours “strike a reasonable balance between allowing construction activity and the peaceable enjoyment of property,” the ordinance states.