Protecting Neighborhoods

Land Management Ordinance Text Amendments

The City is working on both short- and long-term solutions to regulate development around single-family homes in Greenville neighborhoods.

To provide protection to neighborhoods while the City works to update its Land Management Ordinance (LMO), City Council adopted a resolution in April 2021 directing staff to address design and dimension standards and project and buffering requirements. The amendments apply to non-residential uses and multi-family uses that are adjacent to detached single-family homes.

Home in a Greenville neighborhood

City Council Passes Round 1 TEXT AMENDMENTS 

Following the Planning Commission approval, City Council adopted all of the Round 1 text amendments, with final approval given unanimously at the June 28 City Council meeting.

View the Round 2 Amendments

A third round of text amendments are currently under review. View the Round 3 Amendments

Outdoor dining and other outdoor activities

outdoor dining place setting
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-11-2021
Currently, outdoor dining and other outdoor activities that generate noise, like amplified music, shall be located on a building side away from residential districts.

We propose prohibiting the orientation of outdoor dining and other outdoor activity uses on any building side that is directly adjacent to any single-family residential use and requiring that they be positioned in such a manner that the building shields the dining or activity from any single-family residential use. 

REVISION: The proposed revision clarifies that requirements pertain to uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use and identifies this as an interim process to address non-conforming situations.

View the proposed revision

STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Commercial Trash Collection

dumpster
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-12-2021
Currently, dumpsters can be located between a commercial or multi-family building and single-family residences and no screening is required.

Sections 19-6.5.7 and 19-6.5.8.9
We propose prohibiting commercial refuse containers from being located between a non-residential or multi-family building and adjacent residential use. Additionally, the amendment requires:

   • Above-ground refuse containers to be located a minimum of 15 feet from the boundary of any adjacent residential use
   • Above-ground refuse containers to be fully screened from adjoining property, public streets and thoroughfares
   • In-ground refuse systems to be screened with evergreen plantings

Service of the area will also be restricted between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

REVISION: The proposed revision removes "grease traps" language, adds requirements that pertain to uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use, adds screening illustrations and identifies this as an interim process to address non-conforming situations.


STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Light Pollution

street light shining brightly in neighborhood
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-13-2021
Currently, businesses can have lights as bright as 30 foot-candles anywhere on their property (a foot-candle is one lumen per square foot); there is no minimum setback for drive-thru menu boards located adjacent to residential uses; and there are no standards for menu board illumination and speaker systems.
Sections 19-1.11; 19-4.3; 19-6.4; 19-6.6; and 19-6.8.9
We propose providing maximum lighting levels of 0.3 foot-candle at property lines, requiring reduction of lighting levels after business hours and providing regulations for “pre” and “menu” board signs pertaining to illumination and noise of speaker systems.

REVISION: The proposed revision clarifies that the requirements pertain to commercial and multi-family uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use.

STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Field Changes to Construction

rolls of building plans
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-14-2021
Currently, the City does not require a notarized affidavit from the project architect or engineer certifying that completed structures and site work comply with the approved plans. We propose requiring a notarized affidavit for substantial compliance to be received from the general contractor or the person signing on his/her behalf in order to certify that the completed structures and site work substantially comply with the City’s approved plans on projects that require approval from the Design Review Board, the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Planning Commission.

REVISION: The proposed revision changes "General Contractor" to "Owner" and defines "substantial compliance."


STATUS: Passed 5-1 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Landscape Buffer Requirements for Non-residential and Multi-family Properties


architectual drawing showing landscape setbacks
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-15-2021
Currently, the requirement for all non-residential and multi-family developments adjacent to single-family residences is to provide one of the following:
   • A five-foot-wide buffer yard with at least a six-foot-high solid masonry wall and canopy trees planted 20 feet apart along the outside perimeter
   • A 10-foot-wide buffer yard with an alternating double row of various six-foot-high evergreen shrubs planted five feet apart (may include a berm to meet required height)
   • A 20-foot-wide buffer yard with the following vegetative screening per 100 linear feet: 8 canopy trees (at least two evergreens); 4 understory trees (at least one evergreen); 25 shrubs (at least 16 evergreens) 

Sections 19-4.3.3; 19-6.2.2; Table 19-6.2-1; 19-6.2.3; 19-6.5.7; 19-6.8.9; Figure 19-6.8.11; and Figure 19-6.5.14
We propose amending the existing buffering and screening requirements for all non-residential and multi-family developments that abut single-family uses to require a buffer depth that is equal in width to 10 percent of the lot depth, and is at least 10 feet but no more than 20 feet in width.

REVISION: The proposed revision clarifies that buffer yard requirements pertain to the rear and side lot lines that abut adjacent single-family detached uses, and that the buffer yard wall is to be constructed within the buffer area at the abutting property line.


STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Height transition for multi-family and Non-residential buildings

two buildings with varying heights
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-16-2021
Currently, there is no maximum building height for multi-family, non-residential and single-family attached buildings adjacent to single-family detached residences and the building height can be increased by increasing the rear and side setbacks. 

Sections 19-5.2; Table 19-5.1-1; Table 19-4.3-1; 19-6.8.9 
We propose introducing design options to exceed maximum building height standards and introducing a maximum building height for non-residential and multi-family structures adjacent to existing single-family uses.

Specifically, the proposed amendments introduce building design approaches for building sides that face non-single-family uses and separate design approaches for building sides that face single-family uses. Building facades that face a single-family use can either increase building height through a step-back approach that can occur at least 20 feet from the building façade and no more than a 20-foot vertical distance in between step-backs or through an entire building wall setback and a 1-to-1 ratio beginning at the 45-foot setback line.

REVISION: The proposed revision includes illustrations to convey height standards and clarifies the requirement pertaining to commercial and multi-family uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use.




STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Lot coverage allowances for non-residential properties


parking-lot
Current Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-17-2021
Currently, non-residential properties adjacent to single-family residences can have 100% of their lot covered by impervious surfaces (any type of man-made or stone surface that doesn't absorb rainfall).

We propose modifying the maximum allowed impervious and minimum pervious coverage for all non-residential zoning districts, except for C-4, for projects adjacent to single-family uses from 100% impervious coverage to 75% impervious and 25% pervious coverage. 

REVISION: The proposed revision clarifies the definition of "abut" based on applicability to development standards, clarifies that requirements pertain to uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use and identifies this as an interim process to address non-conforming situations.


STATUS: Passed 4-2 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

SetBack requirements


landscape buffer of evergreen trees
Current City Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-18-2021
Currently, the rear setback for non-residential and multi-family buildings adjacent to single-family residences ranges from 10 to 15 feet. 

We propose providing an increased rear setback of 25 feet for non-residential and multi-family projects adjacent to single-family uses.

REVISION: The proposed revision clarifies that requirements pertain to commercial and multi-family uses that abut a property line of a single-family detached use and identifies this as an interim process to address non-conforming situations.

STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Unity Park Character Code Modification

map showing neighborhoods that surround Unity Park
Current City Ordinance Proposed Change
Z-19-2021
Currently, the code includes a minimum and maximum lot size. We propose removing the maximum lot size requirement.
  STATUS: Passed 5-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council

Alternative Equivalent Compliance

caution sign
Current City OrdinanceProposed Change
Z-20-2021
Currently, an alternative equivalent compliance is available only for matters that pertain to Sections 19-6.5 and 19-6.8.

Sections 19-2.3.18

We propose modifying the applicability to also include matters that pertain to Sections 19-4; 19-5, 19-6.2, 19-6.4 and 19-6.6, as they specifically relate to text amendments adopted to protect single-family detached residential uses from proposed commercial and multi-family developments when abutting the protected use. Additionally, we propose providing the opportunity, process and standards to adjudicate the matter.

View the proposed amendment



STATUS: Passed 6-0 by Planning Commission
Passed 6-0 by City Council