Proposed Greenville Development Code: What Does it Mean for Your Mission?

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On February 23, Greater Good Greenville and Impact Greenville provided an opportunity for members of the community to meet with City staff to review the City of Greenville’s new Development Code.  This proposed code puts the vision of the GVL2040 comprehensive plan into action.  Below are Greater Good Greenville’s Top 5 Takeaways:
  1. The plan prioritizes producing affordable housing opportunities, preserving open space, and improving modes of transportation and mobility while continuing to grow. It also preserves residential neighborhoods and fosters economic development across the City. To do this, the code shifts from promoting suburban-style development to a more urban style.
  2. The goals of the code are to ensure it is easy to use for builders and residents alike, provide predictability and streamline the review process.
  3. The plan currently aims for at least 15% of all new housing units to be affordable, which the plan defines as 80% of area median income.
  4. What’s the most talked about part of the plan so far? Secondary dwelling units – what have traditionally been thought of as carriage houses or mother-in-law suites.  These are allowed at 1,000 sf or less on single family home lots that can accommodate them (in other words, they still have to comply with setback and stormwater requirements).
  5. Public comments are being received through 3/3/2023.  You may email your comment or question to You can learn more, including review the proposed code and see an interactive zoning map here.  Next steps: Planning Commission reviews and then a final decision will be made by City Council.
Do you have more questions? Check out this episode of Simple Civics Greenville County, Sherry Barrett, Land Policy Director with Upstate Forever, and Shannon Lavrin, Assistant City Manager for the City of Greenville, delve into the code. And, as always, please feel free to contact us at Greater Good Greenville!  We’re here to help.

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