Greenville County Expected to Approved High Density Development


OK expected for dense residential zoning

May 12, 2008

By Ben Szobody – Greenville News

Greenville County Council is poised to approve more dense residential zoning on Anderson Ridge Road after reversing the denial recommendations of county planners, the independent Planning Commission and the council’s own development committee.

The county’s planning staff has said the 59-acre site is surrounded by mostly large, single-family home sites on the north side of Anderson Ridge, and recommended preserving the site’s existing zoning in part because the proposed development would generate 714 vehicle trips per day on a road that needs improvement.

Several developments have the more dense “R-15” zoning on the south side of the road.

However, council Chairman Butch Kirven told colleagues he favors the zoning change, because he said it would open the door to a residential project that would bring sewer service to the site and other homes in the area.

He said the proximity of the Enoree River raises environmental concerns with septic tanks, and that the property’s purchaser would build higher-quality homes than are currently in the area.

He also said no one in the neighborhood has spoken out against the project.

Developers have said they plan to build a mix of patio and traditional single-family homes in a cluster development. The R-15 zoning would allow more than 150 units.

After Kirven’s remarks, the council approved the zoning change at second reading by a unanimous voice vote. A final vote is scheduled for later this month.


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