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March 24, 2013

Council to vote on Towne Center zoning

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is set this week to vote on giving final approval to the zoning for a major mixed use development along the Interstate 30 service road.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend approval of the Greenville Towne Center project to the City Council.

The Council will conduct a public hearing before taking a formal vote on the requested change in zoning. The vote is scheduled during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Commission did make a minor change to the plans for the center, concerning the potential for limited service hotels to be a part of the project. Any hotels which would be built as part of the center would be subject to additional regulations passed in 2011, in response to what was perceived at that time to be a glut of such properties in Greenville.

The Commission voted to recommend a change in zoning from light industrial, commercial and agricultural to Planned Development for almost 63 acres along the eastbound Interstate 30 service road, which is also expected to be home to the Splash Kingdom water park.

The Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Advisory Board voted March 7 to recommend a planned development agreement for the Greenville Towne Center.

The center incorporates most of the elements required by the City of Greenville as part of its “overlay zoning” regulations, in terms of landscaping, building materials, architectural features and signage, while also offering the developers the flexibility in terms of the layout of the property and other considerations.

Ground could be broken as early as this spring for the water park, as officials with Splash Kingdom have indicated they want to be open for the 2014 season.

The agreement calls for the developer to present a complete site plan to the City of Greenville within two years.

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