Greenville City Council OKs Master Plan

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:15 am on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GREENVILLE — The community will now have just over 60 days to review the Greenville Master Plan and give their input.

During Tuesday night’s joint Greenville City Council and Greenville Planning Commission meeting, the Greenville Master Plan was presented to the City Council.

The council accepted the plan at the conclusion of the meeting.

“My compliments (to the Planning Commission),” said Councilwoman Frances Schuleit. “I am really impressed.”

The master plan was brought up-to-date from the 2005 edition with a lot of the research coming from the master plan committee, community input and public surveys to help make Greenville a better place.

One of the biggest changes to the Greenville Master Plan is adding the mixed-use zoning.

Mixed-use zoning includes the area around the city, west of Clay Street and east of Franklin Street, and would make it available for both residential and commercial use.

Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning Company said this particular area would be able to handle businesses, townhouses and even residential above businesses.

Other items addressed in the master plan are residential, industrial, transportation and recreation goals.
Also, community involvement, future land use, hospital area, industrial, Flat River development, future streets and more are addressed in the document.

The planning commission started working on the Greenville Master Plan in November 2010.

“It took a little longer than anticipated, but as you can see, it’s pretty thorough,” Johnson said. “It’s a much easier plan to read than the old one.”

According to state law, Johnson said because the City Council has accepted the plan, the community has 63 days to look it over before a public hearing can be held regarding the plan.

This will allow the community to give additional input.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeanne Cunliffe stressed this is just a concept and added “nothing is going to happen overnight.”

Councilman Lloyd Scoby said the Planning Commission did a fantastic job putting the plan together, however he inquired about how the plan was going to get started and who was going to make things like annual events and a yearly forum happen?

“We need more than just the Danish Festival downtown,” Scoby said. “I would hate to leave this room (after) accepting this plan to see nothing happen. I don’t want to accept it and forget it.”

Members of the City Council and Planning Commission agreed in order to make things happen like a yearly forum addressed in the master plan, community volunteers would have to step up and get involved.

“We are city officials and need to help direct people and get people involved,” said Councilman Brian Greene.

Both the Planning Commission and City Council agreed to work together to develop a committee between the two in hopes to bring volunteers together.

Schuleit also addressed the master plan regarding the hospital and asked if the plan could describe the hospital and health care facilities in more detail.

“I think it’s significant,” she said. “It impacts and will impact a lot of people.”

Mayor John Hoppough agreed and said the city has recently seen a lot of growth at the hospital.

Once there is a public hearing for the Greenville Master Plan, the City Council and Planning Commission will work to implement the concept of making Greenville a better place.

“It is important to us to make sure it doesn’t sit on paper,” Hoppough said.

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