68 Greenville properties to be rezoned

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:20 am on Wednesday, June 06, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night regarding 68 properties to be rezoned from general industrial to single- and two-family residential (R-2).

The public hearing took place after concerns were brought to the Greenville Planning Commission regarding issues homeowners were having with their property being zoned general industrial in the neighborhood near the former Electrolux plant.

Assistant City Manger Cameron Van Wyngarden said the properties were originally zoned general industrial for the expansions of businesses like Electrolux, but that need no longer exists in the area.

“(The area) is very much established as a residential area,” Van Wyngarden said.

The problems the homeowners were facing included not being able to expand their homes and having troubles getting mortgages.

Van Wyngarden said this has been something addressed not only in past master plans, but the current one as well.

The Bissells were the only family from the area who attended the hearing to voice their opinion. Their concern was with their second property, lot 50. The Bissells own two parcels, one of which was included in the rezoning. The other, lot 50, was not. They wanted to look into getting lot 50 rezoned as well.

City Manager George Bosanic said at this time, the council can choose to make the rezoning areas smaller, however cannot add to it without sending notices and holding another public hearing.

Because lot 50 would be adding to the rezoning area, the city is going to look into the matter separately at a later time.

The City Council approved the rezoning of 68 properties from general industrial to R-2.

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