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June 11th, 2021
By Lisa Hallo
UPDATE (MONDAY, JUNE 14):
Last week, we sent out an action alert related to Article 3.1 (a local land development regulation) and the ordinance set to replace it. The replacement ordinance started out strong, but, to our frustration and disappointment, was greatly weakened by an ad hoc committee of Greenville County Council last week.
We got an update today that County Council members have not received many calls or emails from residents about the weakened proposal to replace Article 3.1. This is alarming news for the County's rural and unzoned areas.
Time is running out — Council is set to take up the replacement ordinance TOMORROW, and they need to hear from you. We must encourage Council to strengthen the ordinance, and that is much more likely to happen if they hear from many residents directly. You can be sure that Council has heard from special interests who are set to benefit from a weakened ordinance.
Scroll down for more details about the situation, the changes we'd like to see in the ordinance, and contact information for all Greenville County Council members.
The time is NOW to speak up against rampant suburban-style sprawl in rural Greenville County. Please contact your official TODAY, and share this with your Greenville County friends and neighbors who want to see meaningful protection in place for our remaining rural areas.
An ad hoc committee of Greenville County Council met this week to consider how to replace Article 3.1, a local land development regulation setting out basic criteria for subdivision approval in unincorporated parts of the county.
County staff developed a proposal for consideration that aimed to balance the sometimes competing interests of current and future residents, developers, property owners, and environmental and quality of life advocates. It was clear from discussions that staff spent countless hours thinking through how to effectively strike that balance.
In an incredibly disappointing move, however, the committee ignored many of staff's recommendations — amending and greatly weakening staff's proposal — especially as related to meaningful open space protection.
Council will take up the replacement ordinance sent forward by the ad hoc committee on Tuesday, June 15 at 4 pm in Conference Room D at County Square (301 University Ridge). Citizens can attend in person or tune in via the county's livestream. See the meeting agenda for details.
It is very important that Council hear from residents on this issue! Contact members TODAY and tell them:
Joe Dill (District 17)
Michael Barnes (District 18)
Willis Meadows (District 19)
Steve Shaw (District 20)
Chris Harrison (District 21)
Stan Tzouvelekas (District 22)
Xanthene Norris (District 23)
Liz Seman (District 24)
Ennis Fant (District 25)
Lynn Ballard (District 26)
Butch Kirven (District 27)
Dan Tripp (District 28)
Lisa Hallo is the Land Policy Director at Upstate Forever and can be contacted at email@example.com.
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