City launches GVL2040 In Action zoning info, education portal

City of Greenville on Jan. 14 launched an online portal designed to keep the community informed and up-to-speed as the city rewrites development codes as part of the GVL2040 comprehensive plan.

Development affects everyone and it’s not the comprehensive plan that dictates development — it’s the development (aka zoning) code. As a result, the code must be updated to align with three main priorities set forth in GVL2040:

  • Ensure 35% of the city’s remaining vacant land is preserved for parks and other green spaces
  • Make sure 10% of all new housing is both high-quality and income-restricted (ie, is considered affordable)
  • Create a safe, flexible mobility plan that will make Greenvillians less dependent on cars.

The code rewrite is in the draft phase and is being guided by a series of already completed “small area development” plans for each of the city’s unique neighborhoods and districts. The only one left in progress, according to the city’s site, is the plan for the Village of West Greenville. What’s next is the revision and adoption phase that the city hopes to have done by Christmas. Getting a new code on the books requires getting initial approval from the city’s Planning Commission which sends it on to City Council for final approval.

the city has picked five “code testing” spots around town They are: (1) Augusta-Mauldin-Pleasanturg (2) Stone and Main District (3) Greater Sullivan Neighborhood (4) McAlister Square (5) North Laurens Road. Each test area will have a representative who will help guide the process in their specific area.

Key takeaway: It’s all about infill. According to the city, the next half-century will be defined by infill development, which is another way of saying existing spaces will be reimagined, rebuilt and rearranged and because of that, the zoning code is critical in preserving Greenville’s character while also giving it room to grow.

About the GVL2040 In Action portal:

The online portal, found at, offers a variety of access points to information including a .pdf of the GVL2040 plan, results from a string of community surveys held throughout 2020 and into 2021 and the names of GVL2040’s steering committee.

The site also features monthly reports and a schedule of monthly online meetings where people can ask questions and offer feedback.

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