Northpointe, a new 25-lot subdivision, and an update to a planned subdivision on Parkins Mill were the main topics of the City of Greenville Planning Commission’s April meeting. Two items, a 29-lot subdivision on Lowndes Hill Road and a zoning request by the SC Children’s Theater on Augusta Street, were postponed until the May 19 meeting.
304 Perry Ave.
First up on the agenda was an application by Palmetto Sunshine Homes to subdivide one lot into three lots on Perry Avenue between South Academy Street. and North Leach Street. The subdivision is part of a larger plan that includes seven properties; three existing homes on Perry Avenue, the three new lots and one additional lot on Academy Street.
Cheryl Jenkins, the applicant, said the three existing homes are either in the process of renovation or will be renovated. A shared rear driveway will be added that all homes will use. All homes will have rear-facing garages and the lots will be more than 6,000 square feet. The commission approved with staff-recommended conditions.
This project went before the Design Review Board earlier this month, so I won’t rehash that conversation. This application is to rezone 9.32 acres at East Stone Avenue, Wade Hampton Boulevard, North Church Street and Column Street, from local commercial zoning to planned development district.
One of the main discussions in the design board meeting had been the design and landscaping on the back of the Harris Teeter which will be visible from North Church Street and Wade Hampton Boulevard. The developer, Central Realty, said they are still working with Harris Teeter on the redesign. City staff says they want to see a larger screening wall and more landscape and plantings.
A few people showed up to speak in opposition to the application. One resident, Jeffrey Beacham, said he doesn’t necessarily oppose the project, but he’s an environmental consultant and was representing The South Carolina Native Plant Society. He said the plants proposed are the worst invasive species in the country and similar plants are causing issues along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Michael Kerski, planning and development manager for the city of Greenville, told the board that the city’s parks department will make sure to review.
An Earle Street resident said she was at the meeting representing Earle and James streets, and while the neighborhood is “generally supportive of the project,” they have many concerns. She said they want the project “to be the best it can be” with a more unique design that doesn’t contradict the Stone Avenue Master Plan. She also said the Northpointe design doesn’t meet the requirements of an urban walkable city with existing neighborhoods, and wants to see the design to be more pedestrian friendly and walkable for nearby residents.
Kerski told the board that one of the traffic challenges is that Stone Avenue is a Department of Transportation road and the city doesn’t have a lot of input. DOT has its standards and their goal is to move a lot of traffic, he said. There are 16 pedestrian crossings included in the most recent design.
Overall the planning commission agreed with the design board’s input and approved the application with the staff conditions. In addition, the landscaping and Harris Teeter design will need to be reviewed by city staff before the application goes on to the required two readings in front of city council.
226 E. Parkins Mills Road
This application is to modify a previously approved subdivision called Meadow Pointe from eight lots to nine on 4.9 acres at Parkins Mill Road and Parrish Court. The applicant said the first plan had a pond approved for stormwater retention, but they have now worked out a plan for off-site retention. The revised solution will solve other water drainage issues in the neighborhood. The commission agreed and approved the application.
I’m not going to dwell on this one too much as you’ll be reading a larger story about the new development in next week’s UBJ. The application is for a new 25-lot subdivision on 1.085-acres at 222 Howe St. in the Haynie Sirrine Planning District. The commission said it was a “nice looking project and will be beneficial for the community” and approved the application.