The "votercade" action day is confirmed in several South Carolina cities: Spartanburg, Columbia, Kingstree, Walterboro, Georgetown and North Charleston.
Chris Harrison said he has no financial stake in the approval of rezoning the property on Old Grove Road from industrial to residential. The issue is on the agenda for a final vote at the council’s May 4 meeting.
When Stephanie Warren moved to South Carolina in 2017, she sought a better life and a fresh start for herself and her eight-year-old daughter
Concern is building among some applicants and local home builders that some on Greenville County Council are trying to exert political influence over a board that has historically operated independently and with a narrow scope.
Residents who attended a May 1 public meeting, mostly from rural areas of the county, wanted Article 3.1 replaced and not repealed. Speakers were allowed five minutes each and the meeting lasted nearly three hours.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. inside council chambers at Greenville County Square and is a chance for residents to offer ideas for how to add concrete language to a much maligned measure of the county’s land development regulations.
A 4-percent pay bump for employees, the purchase of trash pick up equipment, $250,000 in repaving projects, and updates to city parks are all expenses built into Simpsonville's $20 million budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
The surplus comes from CARES Act relief and better-than-expected revenue from business related sources. What will happen with the money remains to be seen as the city stares down $552.3 million in infrastructure needs.
City Council voted down the development moratorium April 26 in a split 4-3 vote. The vote was a reconsideration after the six-month moratorium on new apartments and commercial projects near single-family home neighborhoods first sprung up on March 22 but was put on hold for a month.
481-home subdivision planned for 152 acres on Old Grove Road moves toward approval despite opposition from some residents and two council members who represent the area. The measure still requires approval on a third reading in May.
The action came during the council’s April 20 meeting as it considered a straight repeal of Article 3.1, which can limit development of projects that don’t have adequate infrastructure, threaten sensitive environmental or historical factors, or are considered too dense when compared to surrounding areas.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston represents 33 private schools and has joined with South Carolina's historically Black colleges and universities to sue the state for access to public funding.
Councilman Steve Shaw, a gun law attorney and board member of gun rights group SC Carry, introduced the ordinance during an April 20 meeting. It would forbid county employees from enforcing federal gun laws.
If passed, the measure would make Greenville the second county in the state, joining Anderson County, to pass a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary law. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said he endorses Shaw's ordinance.
Projects in Simpsonville and on Pelham Road drew opposition from nearby homeowners concerned about traffic issues, privacy and light pollution. It is becoming a familiar theme as developers eye larger projects to make deals work on more expensive infill sites.
Simpsonville's decision to end curbside recycling later this year raised a question: Is the current way recyclables are handled doing more harm than good? Greater Greenville Sanitation and the city of Greenville may have differing conclusions.
The publicly funded entity would be separate from the city but operated by a board appointed by, and accountable to, City Council. Forming the corporation was a key topic of discussion at an economic development workshop April 16 at City Hall.
The plan to place a moratorium on certain types of new development in the city is all but dead in the water. But in a compromise promised to come at the end of April, limitations of some sort will emerge.
Beginning next month Greenville City Council will return to meeting in-person, as most other Upstate governing bodies have done as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted from absolute lockdown, to uncertain path, to return to semi-normalcy.
Two councilmen say a proposed subdivision would make the surrounding area unaffordable for current residents. The issue may test the boundaries of some longtime unwritten council norms.
About 1,000 attended the event April 8 inside Littlejohn Coliseum and, on the ninth day of Chauvin's trial, a hearty group of protestors gathered outside the building.
Dozens of Fountain Inn residents attended the city's planning commission meeting to voice concerns and ask questions, primarily about 118 townhomes proposed along a local golf course.
Greenville County Council's Planning and Development Committee voted 3-2 on April 5 to move a repeal of controversial Article 3.1 to the full council.
The county came up with a plan for a new street near County Square, which would displace a neighborhood park. Residents said they didn't know about it until it was discussed publicly.
Two measures that, with some tinkering, could have legalized gambling in Georgia and opened the way for a major gambling resort on Lake Hartwell, remain in limbo as lawmakers recessed this week for the remainder of 2021.
Greenlink is gathering input from residents in New Washington Heights as it prepares to build a new bus maintenance station on the site of a former all-Black high school in the neighborhood.
The MetroConnects board approved a transfer agreement from Gantt special purpose district to take over sewer service. Costs will increase significantly on average for Gantt's 14,500 customers.
The City Council hasn't met in person since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused some confusion in conducting the public's business. That will change soon.
The first public notice that the proposal was on the table was Friday afternoon, March 19. About 2,800 acres would have been subject to the provisions of the proposed moratorium.
At the center of the problem is Article 3.1, a few paragraphs inserted into the county’s updated land development regulations in 2018 that led to lawsuits and appeals from developers and residents alike on at least four occasions, with more likely on the way.
City Council began the process at a meeting Thursday night by setting the city's planning commission and administrator to the task of reviewing its zoning ordinance, land development regulations and the 2017 Master Plan.
Under the American Rescue Plan Act, Greenville County will receive an estimated $101.5 million, while the city of Greenville will get about $19.7 million. Unlike previous rounds of federal funding, the relief plan allows more flexibility in how the money is spent.
Some residents are months behind on rent, electric and water bills. Others have lost jobs after they or a family member got COVID-19, or experienced a drop in income due to changing work or home situations.
The commission is an increasingly important group, with the county’s population growth — and the traffic, housing, environmental and development issues it brings — expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
A developer plans to flip land on Mountain Creek Church Road if approved for 147 homes, but court action looms as Greenville County's planning commission weigh decision.
The debate the project stirred among the council showed the balance the county’s leaders face between an affordable housing crisis that is worsening and the concerns of existing residents over the number of new residents and traffic.
Greenville County disbursed millions but kept more than one-third of CARES Act funds for its own uses, mostly to pay salaries of emergency responders in 2020 and 2021.
The city of Greenville extended its mask ordinance for the fourth time as health officials said social distancing guidelines are unlikely to be eased until the fall.
Greenville County is one of nine counties in South Carolina eligible for rental assistance grants. The funds come to the county as part of the $900 billion in added coronavirus relief passed in early 2021 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
The council discussed a bevy of rules changes at its first Committee of the Whole meeting of the new year and appear on track to make numerous changes to limit the power of council leaders.
The meat-and-three restaurant served as a proving ground for presidential candidates looking to show their conservative chops in the Upstate.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the Upstate, Simpsonville City Council voted Tuesday night to continue meeting virtually for at least the next two months following a debate on the issue.
Committee leaders are chosen by the new Greenville County Council chairman as one councilman declines to serve. Coronavirus response, finances and redistricting will fill the 2021 agendas.
The South Carolina Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that seeks to declare the state's civil asset forfeiture laws unconstitutional. It comes as the General Assembly begins a renewed push to change how police use forfeiture.
Some Upstate lawmakers stood in support of claims made Monday by an activist who demanded the repeal of COVID-related mandates and an acknowledgement that the presidential election wasn't legitimate.
Sewer districts in Gantt, Parker and Taylors sue Greenville County as they continue to fight consolidation into MetroConnects. The lawsuit claims state law doesn’t give the county authority to dissolve sewer districts without consent or a referendum of district voters.
The city of Greenville's comprehensive plan is now in its final form after numerous sessions involving dozens of community experts and the input of the public over the past year.
A politically fractured County Council chooses a staunch conservative as its leader as longtime chairman Butch Kirven steps aside. Meadows won the key role leading the county in a seven-minute meeting in which there was little discussion.
Greenville County broke ground Monday on construction of its new 250,000 square-foot county administrative office building as a key piece of County Square redevelopment begins to take shape.
Greenville County had a year-end deadline to spend $91 million in federal coronavirus relief money. It sent millions to businesses and nonprofits and kept nearly one-third for its own needs.
Greenville County Council voted for a policy to be mindful when sharing residents emails, but only after strong words were exchanged and a pastor felt the need to pray for calmer attitudes.
As expected, Greenville County votes to consolidate seven sewer districts into one, despite objections from district officials. But three sewer districts vowed to fight the council’s move in court, calling the consolidation an illegal overreach by the county.
Older and disabled residents who qualify for homeowners exemptions would pay significantly more for sewer if Greenville County Council approves consolidation Tuesday.