Having a convenience store down the street from your house is one thing. Having a busy truck stop next door is something else.

City of Greenville officials have nothing against truck stops, although there is a proposal in the works to regulate where the businesses might be allowed to open.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 this week to recommend regulations establishing a definition and use classification for truck stops in Greenville.

Director of Community Development Philip Sanders said there is currently no definition of a truck stop under the local ordinances. There are no such businesses presently in Greenville, Sanders said, but if someone wanted to open one, there is also nothing in the rules which would dictate where it could be located.

“Gas stations are permitted in any retail or commercial district,” Sanders said. However, a truck stop is not the same thing as a gas station.

“There is a big difference in the impact of a corner convenience store and a big truck stop,” Sanders said. “They are not going to be compatible in the same areas.”

The proposed definition would classify a truck stop as a facility allowing refueling or minor repair of heavy load transportation trucks. The regulations would prohibit such businesses from being located directly adjacent to residential or general retail areas.

The rules would also limit truck stops in currently undeveloped areas, as Sanders said they tend to generate less in sales taxes or property taxes than large box retail, commercial or industrial enterprises.

‘We don’t want to occupy those prime areas with businesses that aren’t going to generate the tax base the city is looking for,” Sanders said.

No one spoke at a public hearing regarding the issue, prior to the Commission taking a vote to recommend approval of the proposed ordinance.

The City Council is expected to conduct a second public hearing before taking a final vote, likely during the Dec. 12 regular session.