Master plan amended, sent to Greenville City Council

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:58 am on Friday, July 27, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission amended a master plan before recommending it to the Greenville City Council.

The amendment to the master plan was to accommodate the future of Greenville.

During Thursday night’s meeting, the commission approved recommending to the city council that certain parcels be considered for office use in the future.

The parcels include lots fronting Washington Street between Bowers Street and Veterans Park, along with two parcels at 310 and 312 Bower Street, which are currently zones as residential-two (R2).

“The master plan should be a future document,” said Commissioner Ron Blanding. “The future of those (parcels) aren’t going to be residential.”

According to Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning Co., this recommendation will allow for more depth in accommodating a reasonable office use.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said making this recommendation does not automatically rezone those parcels from R2 to office issue, but only amends the master plan for what could be in the future.

“It’s just a plan, nothing more,” Van Wyngarden said.

The reason the amendment was considered by the commission was because of a request they received during their July 12 meeting. Dr. Kirkwood Faber approached the commission about rezoning his two parcels at 918 and 920 W. Washington St. from R2 to office. He wants to build a dentist’s office at the location where he and his daughter plan to practice.

Faber does not have site plans at this time because he wanted to make sure the rezoning could happen before moving forward.

Since the planning commission made the recommendation to amend the master plan, Faber was able to ask the commission to have his two properties rezoned to office because now the request will follow the master plan. The commission approved to recommend his request to the city council.

The next step will be for the city council to vote on the master plan amendment along with the rezoning request.

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