By Nelson Morais
Greenville, SC (February 11, 2009)- Members of the Greene County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved one site plan, denied a subdivision and took some “homework” with them to review and ponder. The commission approved the Richard and Shay Long site plan on McDonald Road for preliminary and final approval. However, a motion was passed to deny a proposed subdivision of the Debbie T. Gulley property that is located just off the Asheville Highway.
The motion to deny the Gulley subdivision was passed after state planner Ronda Sawyer said the two lots in the proposed subdivision did not have road frontage. “It (the subdivision) does not meet the standard of property being on a county road,” she said. Sawyer also said there were discrepancies in descriptions of the size of the two lots. Lot 56, for example, states on a deed that it is .3 acres, but the more recently drawn plat showed it was .5 acres, according to Sawyer.
Planning Commission members were also handed a photocopy of a news article apparently reproduced from the Web site of “Alliance for Community Trees” in Nashville. Former county soil conservationist Paul Hayden had e-mailed Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles with a copy of the article on a new ordinance in Nashville that requires builders of new homes to have a minimum number of trees on their developed properties.
Hayden asked the mayor to pass along information about the new ordinance, as described in the article, to members of the planning commission to see if they would “follow Nashville’s lead” and require what Hayden said was a “very low” number of trees on new subdivisions where land has been completely cleared of trees.
Hayden described Nashville’s ordinance as “helpful.”
The Nashville ordinance requires homebuilders to plant one tree for every 30-linear feet of street front in residential areas, and maintain seven trees per acre in an effort to preserve existing trees, according to the article. Commissioners were asked to review the article and discuss it at next month’s meeting.
In other action, commissioners delayed action until next month on a proposed amendment to the Greene County subdivision regulations concerning easements for utilities after wording for the new amendment was found to contain errors. Sawyer said of the proposed amendment before the errors were detected, “It won’t change current practices. It’s really a language issue” that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is pushing for. Sawyer said she would correct the errors in the resolution and bring a revised one to next month’s planning commission meeting.
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