The Anderson County Planning Commission voted 5-3 on May 24 to defeat the proposed $11,208 impact fee on new homes. This is how they voted:
Jane Jones (motion, district 6)
Donna Mathews (seconded, district 2)
Dan Harvell (district 7)
Brad Burdette (district 3)
Will Moore (chair, district 4)
David Cothran (district 5)
Wesley Grant (vice chair, at-large)
Bryan Boggs (at-large)
Thomas Dunaway (district 1)
From the “they said it couldn’t be done” department:
After two years, multiple public hearings, dozens of meetings, three very detailed and expensive studies, and three rounds of ordinances, the eight special purpose districts providing sewer to the unincorporated areas of Greenville County are now two special purpose districts.
Last week, Greenville County Council gave third reading to the last ordinance consolidating the last two sewer sub districts, Parker and Taylors, into MetroConnects. The unification will be completed on July 1, however MetroConnects is effectively governing now the installation of new sewer service in the Parker and Taylors.
MetroConnects will now serve as the only sub district collecting sewer in the unincorporated areas. ReWa continues to be the district treating the sewer collected by the sub districts. In addition to MetroConnects, the six cities in Greenville County continue to operate as sub districts collecting sewer and delivering it to ReWa.
Your HBA was part of a multi-organization coalition that successfully advocated for unifying the county’s sewer system.
Greenville County’s fractured sewer system was a legacy of the old mill villages. The sub districts were left in place when the General Assembly adopted the Home Rule Act in 1973. That action effectively froze the sub districts until a legal study provided County Council with a road map to force consolidation of sewer in the county.
Sewer consolidation was important to home builders because almost 90% of the lines in the sub districts, other than MetroConnects, were clay and failing. That failing infrastructure was affecting economic development and home building. And the sub districts did not have the resources to remedy the problem and were under consent orders with DHEC.
According to a study by Truist, housing searches on Redfin by users in other MSAs, Greenville had the second highest increase in searches in 2020 behind Knoxville TN. Housing searches in the Greenville area increased in 2020 by 302% year over year, and 400% compared to 2017. Greenville’s population increased 12% between 2010 and 2020 and is projected to increase by another 6.1% between 2020 and 2025.
Trump WOTUS Rule Replaced
Twice last Fall, the US Army Corps of Engineers suspended issuance of nationwide permits under the Federal Clean Water Act. The suspensions were the result of legal challenges to the Trump Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.
The Biden Administration is replacing the WOTUS rule with the rule that was in place for nearly 30 years until it was replaced by the Obama Administration. The new rule will include the substance of a US Supreme Court ruling in Rapanos.
Below is more on the subject from NAHB. You can learn more by attending the briefing by SC Attorney General Alan Wilson on February 7, and support his campaign for reelection as well.
Brenda Jo Anderson
Brenda Jo Campbell Anderson, 49, passed away November 7, 2021. Brenda was the wife of James Anderson, a mortgage lender with HomeTrust Bank.
Brenda was a native of Sioux City, Iowa, and an interior decorator. Her family says her love for Jesus and people was the centerpiece of her life.
In addition to James, Brenda is survived by her a daughter, Emma Grace Anderson, and sons Maxwell Anderson and Jacob Anderson.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Grace Church on Pelham Road . Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, November 12, at The Wood Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Shepherd’s Gate, 11 Regency Hill Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.
Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.