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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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