June 24, 2021

Nathaniel Cary, The Post and Courier Greenville

Judge: Flawed Greenville land use rule must be considered even as county works to fix it

GREENVILLE — A circuit court judge signaled that the Greenville County Planning Commission must take into account Article 3.1 of its existing land development regulations when it evaluates rezoning and subdivision requests, even as the county seeks to rewrite the regulation and make it less vague.

Thirteenth Circuit Judge Edward “Ned” Miller issued an order June 22 that sent the approved Fews Crossing subdivision along Fews Chapel Road in northern Greenville County back to the planning commission. He ordered the commission to make “comprehensive written findings to delineate the reasoning of its approval of the subdivision” in light of Article 3.1.

The planning commission doesn’t normally issue written findings for its subdivision decisions. It hadn’t in the approval of Fews Crossing, which was approved by a 5-4 vote on June 24, 2020.

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