Woodruff Road Rezoning Request Rejected


Council panel bucks planners on 550-unit zoning

Traffic is main concern for proposed development off Woodruff Road

April 7, 2008

By Ben Szobody • The Greenville News

A proposed multifamily development near Woodruff and Butler roads caught unanimous opposition from a County Council committee despite recommendations for approval from county planners because council members said it risks adding to a traffic nightmare.

The full council now takes up the issue.

James McCutchen, representing Andrew and James Stephens, has asked the county for a zoning change that would allow nearly 550 units on the 27.4-acre site, though he said only 360 units are planned on a mostly unused tract just off Woodruff at Rocky Creek and Bagwell roads.

Councilman Jim Burns said it would be “reckless” to approve the project, citing “failing” intersections in the notoriously clogged area, the use of police cars to help drivers get into nearby shopping centers and the single entrance planned for the development.

Councilman Sid Cates said the land is “prime property” that inevitably will be developed in the future, but that Rocky Creek should be expanded to handle the added traffic. He said he wasn’t convinced by a traffic study presented by McCutchen showing negligible impact on area roads from 360 new units.

Five people opposed the project at an earlier public hearing, adding concerns of water runoff and the number of apartments in the area to the list.

However, county planners said the project is appropriate, citing the traffic study and the high-density residential projects already in the area. Developers and planners said it could serve as an ideal “infill” site.

The committee denied the zoning change 5-0.


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