This video was produced by leaders from several downtown-area neighborhood associations.
Leading up to Thursday’s city Planning Commission meeting on the County Square redevelopment project, leaders from the Haynie-Sirrine community and several other historically African-American neighborhood associations are petitioning for the continued enforcement of the neighborhood’s zoning code. (View Thursday’s agenda.)
The proposed plan from Greenville County’s developer, Atlanta-based RocaPoint Partners, calls for a mixed-use development with as many as 1,500 apartments, two 20-story buildings and several buildings from eight to 12 stories.
The current zoning adopted in the Haynie-Sirrine master plan caps building height at six stories. Since the project is in city limits, the Greenville County Council is asking for zoning modifications at the redevelopment site.
A petition being circulated by the neighborhood associations states:
“Zoning codes are not mere suggestions by our local government, the Haynie Sirrine zoning code applies to all 40-acres of the property. To deviate from the legally-binding zoning-code for Haynie-Sirrine neighborhood is to disrespect and dismiss zoning codes for all of Greenville’s neighborhoods. This puts all citizens in a vulnerable place when our local government dismisses their own zoning laws in the wake of major development and profit.”
The community leaders have expressed their desire to weigh in on the zoning issues and discussions about the impact of the redevelopment project. They are asking supporters to wear green and attend the 4 p.m. planning commission meeting on the 10th floor of City Hall.
Read the full petition here.