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February 4th, 2021
A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a planning tool to guide future growth and land use.
Greenville County is drafting a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to replace current zoning and land development regulations. It will decide how and where we grow and how that growth impacts current and future residents, as well as the natural environment.
The UDO will determine how and where growth occurs to accommodate the 220,000+ new residents projected for the county by 2040. It will impact the degree to which land use policy supports progress on other community priorities such as housing choice and affordability, mobility options, access to clean water and safe green spaces, and protection of floodplains, tree canopy, prime agricultural lands, and other sensitive natural resources.
One of the major goals of the UDO is to implement the shared community vision laid out in Plan Greenville County, the widely-supported comprehensive plan for guiding future growth that was unanimously adopted by Council in 2020.
When the UDO process launched, we wrote a blog about how (unfortunately) uncommon it is for local Upstate governments to take the logical step of updating policies guiding growth following adoption of comp plans. We applaud Greenville County for bucking that trend!
The real question now is to what degree the UDO will reflect the shared community vision laid out in the comp plan. That answer will be determined in the months ahead as the new UDO is drafted.
Effective policy-making only happens when many community voices — not just those of government officials, consultants, developers, and special interest groups — work together to identify durable, equitable solutions.
If you want to see the community’s vision for Greenville County enacted through meaningful land policy, please take five minutes to contact your council member and tell them:
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