Pelzer Subdivision Dismissed by Greenville County Traffic and Septic Commission | Greenville Company
The Greenville County Planning Commission rejected a subdivision application in Pelzer that would have added 70 homes and a single shared septic system that some commissioners said could fail.
The August 25 rejection came after residents, business owners and community officials said they did not want the project. They cited traffic and sewage problems, as well as access problems for emergency vehicles.
The committee divided its vote, 5-3, in ruling against the proposed subdivision. Yury Shtern of AY Holding SC LLC planned to build 70 single-family homes on 39 acres on McKelvey Road, near Berry Road.
Carol Gilley, owner of the Yum Yum Snack Shop on nearby McKelvey Road, said she opposed the plan even though it would likely benefit her business.
âFrom a business perspective, you’d think we’d be eager to add more residents,â Gilley said. âMore people bring in more business, which brings in more profit, right? Well you would be wrong. We created our cafe to do something good for the community to improve it, not harm it.
Gilley said the density of the subdivision did not match the larger rural plots surrounding it.
âChoosing quality over quantity will improve Greenville County overall,â she said.
Zac Terry, fire chief with the Canebrake Fire Department, which services the location, said he was concerned about emergency access to the site, especially during afternoon traffic when the Fork Shoals Elementary School lets out.
Stephanie Clark lives on a 130-acre ranch on McKelvey Road and said the developer’s plan to clear-cut the land would have left wildlife like deer and turkeys with nowhere to go.
Commissioner Mark Jones, who lives in the area, said school traffic, other proposed subdivisions in the area and the upcoming detour and bridge replacement on McKelvey Road led him to oppose the project .
“I am very concerned that the infrastructure is not there, ready to support this,” he said.
The commissioners also questioned the proponent’s plan to use a community septic tank rather than individual septic tanks for the treatment of wastewater from the subdivision.
Stephanie Gates, an engineer at Site Design, said the system was requested by ReWa, the area’s wastewater authority, because it would have allowed the subdivision to connect to the sewer service if the sewer lines were extended to the community in the future. But, she said, ReWa had not taken possession of the field or the septic system and it would have initially belonged to the association of owners of the subdivision.
“There is still a lot of angst about this system, a lot of unknowns,” said President Steve Bichel.
Commissioners Bichel, Jones, Cindy Clark, Metz Looper and Jay Rogers opposed the project. John Bailey, Ellis Forest and Milton Shockley voted in favor. Frank Hammond was absent.
Magnolia Trail Townhouses
The commission approved a plan for a developer to build 77 townhouses and two houses along the Swamp Rabbit Trail just south of the city limits of Travelers Rest. The project would have direct access to the trail and would include private walkways and a dog park. Its entrance would be on Frontage Road near Old Buncombe Road.
Hartness Phase 3
The commission also approved 126 homes for the final phase of the Hartness planned development community on Highway 14 east of Greenville. Hartness, a traditional neighborhood design community, includes a village center with a restaurant, several styles and sizes of homes and townhouses, as well as 180-acre biking and walking trails designated as a nature reserve.
Antioch Springs and Antioch Creek
The subdivisions, located next to each other on a recently dezoned property on the Michelin route, will include a total of 109 homes on 40 acres just south of the Michelin research and development center.
Milton Shockley, a member of the planning committee, is the developer of the project. He recused himself from the vote.
The commission also approved the Ansel Farms, Heritage Bend and Ambaura Reserve subdivisions. Ansel Farms will have 33 homes on 34 acres off Ansel School Road in Greer. Heritage Bend will have 21 homes on 28 acres off Highway 81, adjacent to Zion Hill Baptist Church and bordered by the Saluda River. The Ambaura Preserve will have 15 lots on 29 acres off Jug Factory Road in Greer.
Commission recommends rejection of the rezoning of Berea townhouses
The Planning Commission, in a 4-4 split vote, recommended rejecting a rezoning request from developer Ronald White for a townhouse project in Berea. White wants to rezone 14 acres on West Parker Road into a flexible review neighborhood in order to build 117 townhouses close to Berea’s business heart.
Commissioners took issue with the proposed unit density, proposed at 11 per acre of developable land, in an area where the Berea area community plan calls for four units per acre and the overall county plan says four to eight units per acre. .
The zoning change could still pass the county council, but it would take eight votes to pass.
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