GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission recommended to City Council the approval of language changes to downtown residency regulations which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown.
The commission Thursday moved the request along to council, who will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the matter, after months of discussion on occupancy requirements in the Commercial-3 (C-3) zone, leaving more decision making to building owners.
The change would delete the requirement that upper-story residential dwellings in the C-3 zone, which is downtown, have to get a special use permit. It would take those requirements out of the ordinance and instead allow those types of uses in the C-3 zone, subject to certain criteria.
The dwelling still could not exist on the main level and must have direct access to units with a doorway on the outside of the building with a separate doorway than that used to access the main floor. Two parking spots must be available, but this requirement can be fulfilled by city parking lots.
The amendment would remove the criteria stating a dwelling shall not exist on the same level as a commercial or office space, leaving that decision up to the building owner and occupants.
See Friday’s edition of The Daily News for the complete story.