Greenville planners send draft for mixed-use to City Council

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:08 am on Friday, March 01, 2013

GREENVILLE — After reviewing the fourth draft of the mixed-use district, the Greenville Planning Commission will send a draft to the Greenville City Council to get input.

During its regular meeting on Thursday, the commission looked at the ordinance one last time and, instead of scheduling a public hearing, commissioners decided to make sure city council was OK with the plan.

Commissioner Ron Blanding said it is important to keep communication open with the city council before moving on.

“City Council will have the final vote on this and they should not be the last to know,” Blanding said. “Nothing takes the place of communication.”

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 in November what types of facilities they would like to see in these areas in the future.

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

In the final reading the mixed-use district would include office buildings, banks, care and assisted living facilities, restaurants, coin-operated laundries, retail buildings, museums, libraries, personal-service establishments, single-family dwellings and more.

The special land uses in the district would include bed and breakfasts, commercial schools, churches, lodges, private clubs and auto dealers.

The full ordinance detailing the specifics of the buildings in the mixed-use district will be presented to the City Council for input.

The ordinance will then come back to the planning commission to hold a public hearing to then get input from the public.

The commissioners agreed this district will be beneficial to downtown.

“(The district) shows great foresight on planning,” said commissioner Brian Greene. “It will look nice and be attractive.”

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