GREENVILLE — An April 11 planning commission meeting that was to include a public hearing for a new business — Sunrise Heating and Plumbing — turned into a welcoming hearing as a public hearing was not actually needed.
During the Greenville Planning Commission meeting, a public hearing was held for a special land use request for 216 N. Lafayette St.
However, a public hearing was not needed.
According to Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden, the hearing was scheduled because a new plumbing, heating and cooling business is going in to the location at 216 N. Lafayette St., which was believed to be in a commercial-2 (C-2) zone where a special land use permit would be needed.
But the location of the new business will actually be in a commercial-1 (C-1) zone, where the permit is not needed.
“So it’s a use by right and there is no need for action on our part,” Chairman David Ralph confirmed.
Because the public hearing was posted, Van Wyngarden said one still had to be held. It gave an opportunity for the commissioners to meet the owner of
Sunrise Heating and Plumbing, which is currently being operated out of the owner’s home in Sheridan.
Owner Curt Hansen said he has been in the plumbing, heating and cooling business for 27 years.
He wants to open a retail plumbing shop at the address, which will employ five people.
“We serve all the local communities, including Rockford and Grand Rapids,” Hansen said.
Councilman Brian Greene asked Hansen why he chose Greenville.
Hansen said he went to the Greenville Public Schools and his wife worked in the Greenville community.
“I love the school system,” he said. “We have been here forever.”
The commission welcomed the new company and looked forward to it being in Greenville.
“Welcome,” Greene said. “Thanks for choosing us.”
In other business, the commission approved a public hearing regarding outdoor displays for May 9.