Greenville City Council rejected a previously-tabled moratorium on types of new development in Greenville’s city limits in a 4-3 vote on Monday, April 26. Instead, a resolution passed to allow the city time to come up with text amendments that would provide more regulation of new construction in parts of the city.
The moratorium was first put on the agenda back in March, but real estate developers, realtors and officials came out against the proposal that would pause new commercial and multifamily construction next to single-family homes for six months. Residents, however, voiced some support for the pause.
After the city council struck down the measure, assistant city manager Shannon Lavrin presented a resolution to the council that would require city staff to work on the text amendment issues. It passed unanimously.
The city now must address the following in the land management ordinance as it relates to new developments that are beside single-family homes:
- Outdoor activity and dining
- Commercial trash collection
- Light pollution
- Field changes to construction without Board, Commission, or staff approval
- Lot coverage allowances for non-residential properties
- Height transition for multi-family and non-residential buildings
- Setback requirements
- Landscape buffers requirements for non-residential and multifamily properties
It also requires staff to bring back recommendations in 30 days on traffic and noise concerns, stormwater controls, parking requirements and defined uses within zoning districts. A land management ordinance consultant will also be hired by Greenville.
“We will be working over the next few weeks to ensure that we are doing all we can to make sure this is out within the community,” said Lavrin. “We will be working with our communications team — who’ve been wonderful to support the planning department through this — to create a project web page on our city website for these [land management ordinance] text amendments.”