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.
Serving on a local government board or commission is a great way to give back to your community, plug into what is happening, and maybe even benefit personally and professionally by building new relationships. It also doesn’t hurt that you will learn more about how government operates as well.
Both Greenville County and the City of Greenville have opened applications for several boards and commissions.
The Application period to serve on a board or commission at Greenville County closes July 31. To apply, click here to access the Boards and Commissions website and download the application.
- Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee: 5 vacancies
- Airport Commission (downtown airport): 1 vacancy
- Airport Environs Planning Commission: 2 vacancies
- Board of Tax Assessment Appeals: 9 vacancies
- Construction Board of Appeals: 1 vacancy
- Greater Greenville Sanitation District Commission: 1 vacancy
- Historic Preservation Commission: 5 vacancies
- Human Relations Commission: 4 vacancies
- Library Board of Trustees: 6 vacancies
- Metropolitan Sewer Subdistrict: 1 vacancy
- Museum Commission (Upcountry History Museum): 2 vacancies
- Redevelopment Authority (affordable housing): 4 vacancies
- Thrive Upstate (Disabilities and Special Needs): 2 vacancies
- Zoning Board of Appeals: 1 vacancy
- Ashwicke Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
- Canebrake Fire District Board: 2 vacancies
- Clear Spring Fire and Rescue District: 2 vacancies
- Devenger Pointe Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
- Donaldson Fire Service Area: 1 vacancy
- Lake Forest Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
- Old Mill Estates Tax District Commission: 2 vacancies
- Sterling Community Special Tax District: 2 vacancies
- Terra Pines Estates Special Tax District: 1 vacancy
City of Greenville
The application period to serve on a board or commission at the City of Greenville closes August 1. To apply, click here to access the city boards and commissions page and download the application.
- Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
- Board of Zoning of Appeals: 2 vacancies
- Community Development Advisory Committee (affordable housing): 2 vacancies
- Firefighters’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees: 1 vacancy
- Green Ribbon Advisory Committee (sustainability): 3 vacancies
- Greenville Housing Authority: 3 vacancies
- Greenville Transit Authority (Greenlinks): 1 vacancy
- Municipal Election Commission: 1 vacancy
- Public Safety Citizen Review Board (police): 1 vacancy
- Richland Cemetery Advisory Committee: 4 vacancies
- SCTAC board: 1 vacancy
Did you know there are 23 boards whose members run for election. Turn out for most of them is very low. Are you interested in running for office, but not necessarily for a high-profile office? Check out the elected boards by clicking here.
If you decide to apply, or run, please let us know by emailing (mdey@HBAofGreenville.com) or calling (864-254-0133) Michael Dey.