GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission is starting to work on items that were highlighted in the draft master plan to help make Greenville a better place.
The items include addressing zoning issues to better accommodate residents and business owners.
During Thursday night’s regular meeting, the Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing regarding the these parcels. The hearing will be 6:30 p.m. May 24 at Greenville City Hall.
“I think we did a good job getting (the rezoning) right,” said Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning Co.
Area 3 is single-family dwellings that have been zoned commercial-one (C-1) on Franklin Street between Grove Street and Flat River Museum. This also includes houses fronting on Grove and Montcalm streets.
Johnson said this area should be rezoned to residential-two (R2).
“I just drove (in that area) and all are single family homes,” he said.
The commission would like to rezone the non-conforming zoned parcels on the north side of Market Street at Court Street and along Smith, Grove and Montcalm to R-2 as shown on the future land use map.
“We spent quite a bit of time picking those lines out,” Johnson said.
A concern was the buffer requirements between the industrial zone and R-2 zones.
“We scaled back a little bit,” Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said.
Van Wyngarden explained to the commission some of the areas zoned for industrial do not make sense.
However, some areas were left as industrial for possible business expansion in the future.
“We don’t want (business owners) to run into any buffer issues,” he said. “It gives them buffer room so its logical to keep (some parts) industrial.”
In area six, the commission would like to rezone C-2 parcels from Gibson to Congress Street to R-2 so C-2 zone boundary more closely aligns with the rear lot lines of the parcels fronting on North Lafayette Street.
‘There is no plan for that area to develop into commercial,” Johnson said. “It’s residential there.”
This rezoning will give the city a better handle on what can be allowed in this area, he said.
Van Wyngarden said the major question he receives when a rezoning happens is how will it effect a person’s property tax and what they can do with their property.
“Rezoning does not effect property taxes and it allows homeowners to do more with their property,” Van Wyngarden said.
The next step is to have a public hearing regarding these three areas the commission wants to rezone.
Notices will be sent to everyone these rezoning issues will effect in areas 3, 5 and 6, which will also include information on the subject.
Once the public hearing is completed, the planning commission will make a decision on whether to more forward with the rezoning.
“During public hearings, the commission learns a lot (about the concerns of the people),” Ralph said.