Land Use Vision Workshop
The public process for the land use vision centered around a multi-day workshop that included two parts. Part One was designed confirm the values of the community that will define the city’s future development patterns, and engage in interactive group exercises to define the plan for Greenville’s growth and objectives for the evolution of several key areas of the city. Part Two allowed participants to review the development concepts created from Part One input and provided opportunities to refine the objectives for growth.
A Character-based Approach
Planning NEXT developed the plan’s future land use element using a character-based approach that will provide better clarity about the community’s intent for how development should look and function in different parts of the city.
Maintain, Evolve, Transform
The new land use element was a significant departure from the city’s previous plans. To illustrate the similarities and differences between the new plan and the prior plan, Planning NEXT presented the land use concept in a series of maps entitled “maintain,” “evolve,” and “transform.” The maintain map showed where change is not intended. The evolve areas identify where the existing use and character is not intended to change, but incremental improvements would be encouraged. Finally, transform identified places where new forms of development were encouraged.
Special Area Plans
In addition to the citywide land use plan, Planning NEXT developed four small area plans that address a range of urban design and land use conditions. These special area plans included a gateway corridor and the city’s Medical District, which were each larger than 1,500 acres. Another much smaller area, an underutilized commercial corridor between the Medical District and Uptown, was selected to demonstrate the potential for mixed-use redevelopment — a concept that could be applied in other areas.