Growing pains related to sewer infrastructure are also felt beyond city limits. Since June, Greenville County Council has debated a rezoning request that would increase the number of units for a planned development in Taylors off Chick Springs Road from 41 to 47.
The debate rests on sewer capacity for the system, which is operated by ReWa and Taylors Fire and Sewer District. According to neighbors, sewage overflows regularly from a manhole near the proposed development.
According to Councilman Sid Cates, ReWa has attempted to solve the problem by extending the height of the manholes. Councilman Joe Baldwin, who represents the area, said Taylors cannot accommodate any development in that area at this time due to the capacity constraints.
“It’s not a safe condition – it needs to be remedied before anything can be done,” Baldwin said. “Nobody is sure how long it’s going to take to fix the problem.”
After weeks of delaying consideration of the request, moving it to full council and returning it to the Planning and Development Committee, the committee voted on Oct. 19 to recommend denial of the rezoning request. Full council will again consider it in early November.
Officials from ReWa, Taylors Fire and Sewer District and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met on the issue this week.