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July 18th, 2021
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On Tuesday, July 20, two very important items are on the agenda for Greenville County Council: The first, a public hearing and vote at 2nd reading for a proposed ordinance that would replace the controversial local land development regulation Article 3.1, provide for rural conservation subdivision design standards, and strengthen traffic-management requirements for residential development throughout the unincorporated area. The second, a motion to amend the upcoming County budget to include funding for the Historic and Natural Resources Trust (HNRT).
Please join us in person in Council Chambers (301 University Ridge) on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Signs will be available for you to show your support during each of these votes.
Also in this month's update:
How your support makes a difference
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Stop by and see us at the "Crit!"
Spartanburg's fastest night is right around the corner! Hosted by PAL on Friday, August 20, this exhilarating bike race turns the heart of the city into a one-of-a-kind block party. Stop by the Upstate Forever tent on Broad Street to chat with our team and enjoy a front-row view of the action. We'll see you there!
Septic repair funding available
If you own a septic tank and live in the Three and Twenty Watershed, you may be eligible for up to 60% cost share in septic tank repair or replacement. This is part of a partnership with Anderson Regional Joint Water System to implement a watershed-based plan to protect drinking water sources. Damaged or improperly maintained septic systems can be a significant source of bacteria to surface and groundwater resources. Check your eligibility here