The Greenville County Planning Commission rejected a proposed subdivision near the MESA Soccer Complex after residents spoke out against a rezoning request they said would add too much traffic to an already congested area near Five Forks and Woodruff Road.
Anderson Ridge Road, where the 104-acre property sits along White Circle, couldn’t support the added traffic congestion the number of houses that would be allowed if it was rezoned for a denser subdivision than is currently allowed, county planning staff said. The commissioners agreed by a 9-0 vote during the July 28 meeting.
Stanley Martin Homes wants to build a subdivision with 200 to 230 homes between 2,900 and 4,000 square feet. To do that, the developers asked to rezone the site from “R-S” residential to “R-15” residential, which would allow up to 303 houses to be constructed instead of 177.
The request would now require at least eight of 12 county council members to vote in support to approve. It will next be heard by the council’s planning and development committee.
Old Pelzer Highway
The commission also recommended denial of a rezoning request for 70 acres along Old Pelzer Highway next to Interstate 185 after commissioners noted the request didn’t match the South Greenville Area Plan, which calls for one to two houses per acre in that rural part of the county.
Randy Scott Cannon of Piedmont Partners wants to change the zoning from “R-S” residential to “R-12” residential, which would allow up to 252 homes to be constructed, more than double what is currently allowed.
Residents spoke against the proposal at a public hearing July 19 over density, traffic and environmental concerns.
Planning staff had recommended approval, but mistakenly done so without taking into account the area plan, planners told the commission.
The commission voted 5-4 to recommend denial of the rezoning request.
The commission approved a preliminary subdivision plan for Whetstone Reserve on Bethany Road in rural southern Greenville County where national homebuilder Toll Brothers plans to build 50 houses on 50 acres.
The plan groups the homes on smaller lots in what’s known as a conservation subdivision that allows the developer to leave 60 percent of the land as open space. A number of nearby residents spoke against the plan citing concern about speeding traffic, an entrance to the subdivision that would be located at the crest of a hill and concern about runoff downhill from a proposed community septic field located on the property.
The landowner, Les Cooper, said the project leaves abundant open space and trees in place and he saw it as a model of future rural development.
The commission approved the plan, 9-0.
Residents who live near West Parker Road in Greenville spoke against a small 10-home subdivision proposed as infill along Larkspur Drive in Berea. The 7-acre site is wooded and Tabatha Bayne, who spoke at the meeting and said she’s the fourth generation to live in the neighborhood, said they were “fighting to save hundreds” of trees she feared would be cut down.
Residents also said nearby county roads are too narrow for any more traffic.
The developer, Chris Hill of Scout Realty, said he didn’t plan to clear-cut the land and would leave trees in buffers around a small creek.
The commission narrowly approved the plan, 5-4.
The commission unanimously approved a plan to build 11 mountain cottage-style homes on Bel Aire Drive close to Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown Hospital on a 50-acre property in the Sterling community in Greenville.
The property includes a drastically sloping area and a floodplain along Brushy Creek. Initial plans show a short natural surface trail that leads to a river overlook off Bel Aire Drive.
Homes would range from 2,500 to 5,000 square-feet, plans show.
Pleasant Brook would add 100 houses on 28 acres along Old Grove Road as an infill development tucked in the midst of existing homes on Willimon Drive and Dryden Avenue.