Greenville County is updating its Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the next decade.
During the month of February, there will be nine community meetings, hundreds of hours at interactive stations and a mapping table, and thousands of citizen opinions provided in surveys and face-to-face discussions for the effort dubbed “Plan Greenville County.” In the words of the County Council Chairman Butch Kirven, “It’s a big deal!”
As Home Builders and real estate professionals, it is important that your voice is heard. Drop-in style community meetings begin February 4. Officials say that citizen-driven priorities, preferences, and concerns will guide the creation of the 10-year plan.
Potential topics of discussion include growth, traffic, public transportation, housing, economic development, and jobs.
The Meeting Schedule
- Monday, Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m. at Travelers Rest High School Commons/Cafeteria
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m. at Eastside High School Media Center
- Monday, Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m. at Bells Crossing Elementary School Cafeteria
- Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m. at Woodmont High School Commons/Cafeteria
- Thursday, Feb. 14, 5-8 p.m. at Berea High School Commons/Cafeteria
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at County Square, Suite 400
- Monday, Feb. 25, 5-8 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School Commons/Cafeteria
- Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5-8 p.m. at Ralph Chandler Middle School Cafeteria
- Thursday, Feb. 28, 5-8 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Community Center
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Conventional wisdom, the national media, and planning professionals would have you believe that Americans are moving to attached housing (apartments and condominiums) in droves. A report by NewGeography finds reality defies that conventional wisdom.
NewGeography analyzed the top 51 housing markets (over 1 million population) and compared Census data from 2000 and 2010. The results of their findings include:
- Single-Family Detached housing attracted 79.2 percent of new households
- Multi-Family Attached housing attracted 11.8 percent of new households
- Two-Unit Attached housing attracted 11.3 percent of new households
- Other housing, like mobile homes and boats, declined by 2.3 percent
A total of 4 million new new single family homes were added in the 51 markets, while apartments and condominiums added 590,000 units and attached houses added 570,000 units.
Planners argue that condominiums tend to be more attractive in larger housing markets due to higher land costs. However, planners and demographers do anticipate a slight shift in preference to attached housing in the coming decades as Generation Y enters the housing market.
Last night Greenville County Council voted unanimously to approve the 10-year Comprehensive Land Use Plan at second reading. The plan is required by state law and is not an ordinance, but instead it is a road map for future development.
Before second reading council amended the plan to clarify that the plan is not binding like law, and that unzoned areas are unaffected by the plan.
Council will take up the plan again for third and final reading on December 1, and could amend the plan further.
Many members of the Home Builders Association of Greenville participated in the development of the plan through citizen groups that met to consult on the plan’s contents. In addition the County Planning Commission, which developed the plan, met last Spring with the Board of Directors and the Legislative Committee of the association to receive the association’s input.