Council overturns Planning & Zoning

GREENVILLE – The owner of the property at 511 Memorial Drive and 900 East Main Street may have to come up with another plan to bring a business into the community. Greenville City Council unanimously overturned a decision by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone both properties to General Business from Neighborhood Business.

While some of the residents who spoke during the public hearing portion of the meeting weren’t opposed to the possibility of a sign business moving into the vacant drive-thru they were concerned changing the zoning could cause problems in the future. Nancy Myers and her husband own apartment units in the area and she was directly involved with establishing the current zoning of the property. She was worked for the City of Greenville in the auditor’s office at the time it was zoned Neighborhood Business. She pointed out a citizens group, local businesses and the administration felt there needed to be a buffer between General Business districts and residential areas.

Jean Anderson lives on Memorial Drive and is concerned with the traffic flow. She pointed out there were problems when the drive-thru was open. Because of a narrow street, truck and cars would have to go on to her lawn to avoid hitting each other. The drive-thru was only allowed to operate at that location because it was granted “Special Use” permission by Planning & Zoning. When it went out of business the Special Use circumstance was allowed to expire and zoning reverted back to Neighborhood Business.

Council members thanked the public for their input on this issue. Some council members noted they received several emails from constituents expressing their concern. Councilman Todd Oliver pointed out he was ready to vote in favor of rezoning the properties until he heard from the residents.

In other business, council:

* approved an ordinance waiving certain fees and bonds for the Greenville School District’s early site plan normally required by the city;

* approved resolutions putting operating levies of 1.2 Mill and 3.8 Mill. Both are renewal levies, which would mean no new additional taxes;

* approved an ordinance reducing the tap-in fees to $4,050 for Koenig Equipment at the corner of KitchenAid Way and Children’s Home-Bradford Road;

* approved a Law Committee report that recommends the city assess the cost for installing sidewalks on Gardenwood and Rhoades Avenue back to the residents. The tax assessment would be over a five-year period. The estimated cost for the sidewalk is $3,500 to $4,000. The project is expected to begin this summer.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be July 1, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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