Greenville planners discuss zoning districts

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:35 am on Friday, November 09, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission is taking steps towards being compliant with the newly adopted Greenville master plan.

During Thursday’s regular scheduled planning commission meeting, commissioners discussed the commercial three (C-3), hospital and the mixed-use districts to coincide with the master plan.

Commissioners discussed automotive detailing in the C-3 district and approved to add language to the city’s ordinance.

Because automotive detailing would need a certain type of building to have its business, the commissioners approved to not allow automotive detailing business to occupy store fronts.

“I can’t think of a store this would affect,” said Chairman Dave Ralph.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden clarified this would still allow automotive companies to occupy store fronts as long as detailing is not the primary business.

The Planning Commission also developed a hospital district in the master plan to help predict what the hospital may want in the future and help speed up the planning process.

Some changes were made to the plan by clarifying the types and sizes of signs Spectrum Health United Hospital can have on the property, along with requirements for future parking.

A public hearing about the hospital district will be at the planning commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.

The board approved sending letters to residents who will be affected by the hospital district.

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.

Commissioners began discussing what types of facilities they would like to see in these areas in the future.

They discussed the possibility of apartments, townhouses, split-use buildings — such as a business on bottom and an apartment on top — and more.

Because the commissioners would like to take their time on this ordinance and make sure it is what is best for the community, more discussion will resume in their January meetings.

“You want to take your time on this one,” said Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning, who suggested for commissions to take the proposed ordinance out to the area and have them decide what would work and what would not.

The Nov. 22 meeting has been canceled as it falls on Thanksgiving. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 13.

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