JUST IN: Greenville approves language changes to downtown rental requirements


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 8:18 pm on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This city’s council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown. Pictured, from left, are Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit and Councilperson Mark Lehman. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

 

GREENVILLE — This city’s council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to amend the language of downtown residency regulations, which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown.

The amendment will mean a number of changes to the requirements for upper story dwellings downtown, including which levels they are allowed on, parking, entrances and the process for establishing rental units.

This follows months of discussion on occupancy requirements in the Commercial-3 (C-3) zone, which would allow more decision making to building owners.

Those requirements will be lessened now the language changes have been approved by council.

The dwelling still shall 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 removes 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 Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News for the complete story.

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