Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Ned Miller has ordered the county's planning commission to specify why it approved a subdivision on Fews Chapel Road in rural northern Greenville based on Article 3.1 of the county's land development regulations.
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If approved twice more over the course of the next two months, the new ordinance would replace the embattled rule that has become the subject of numerous lawsuits over vague wording.
The plan that emerged from the committee made notable concessions to developers beyond what the county’s planning staff had assimilated from the ideas of numerous stakeholders and groups of residents over the past two months.
A newly created committee got its first look at the proposed fix to Article 3.1 of the county’s land development regulations and decided to reconvene on June 10 for further discussion about the rule.
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who attended a May 1 public meeting, mostly from rural areas of the county, wanted Article 3.1 replaced and not repealed.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.
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.
According to the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan for Greenville County, the population of our county grew from 320,000 to 514,000 during t…
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.
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.