Design Standards Policy Memorandum - Greenville

Design Standards Policy Memorandum - Greenville

highlight the ways in which the standards should be modified to better correspond with established

community character. The character areas are:

The Downtown;

Urban Neighborhoods;

Commercial Corridors; and

The Suburbs.

The downtown is already subject to a variety of different standards (such as various preservation

overlays), and as such, is not discussed in this Memorandum. The urban neighborhoods portion of the

city includes the lands within 1½ miles of the downtown, and is comprised of single-family

neighborhoods and major roadways lined with commercial uses. Most uses in the urban

neighborhoods were built before 1960, and the area can generally be characterized as urban and


There are ten major roadway corridors in the city that are primarily commercial in nature. Depending

upon their proximity to the downtown or when they were established, these road corridors are either

urban or suburban in nature. Urban corridors are closer to the downtown, are typically comprised of

four travel lanes, and serve narrow, shallow lots occupied with commercial uses along the corridor.

Suburban corridors are further out from the downtown, have five or more travel lanes, and serve larger


The suburban portion of the city (the Suburbs) includes the areas generally to the east of Pleasantburg

Drive. This portion of the city is characterized by curvilinear streets, lots of 10,000 square feet in area

or larger, automobile orientation, and segregated land uses.

One area for improvement in the current LMO is greater recognition of the different contexts in the

city. There are differing standards for multi-family or nonresidential uses, but no recognition of how

standards should be tailored to better maintain compatibility with its urban or suburban context.

Another way the LMO could be improved is through inclusion of more quantifiable criteria in the

various design standards. The current design standards describe the need for multi-family or

nonresidential development to maintain compatibility with adjacent neighborhoods, but do not

indicate how sites or buildings should be configured to maintain compatibility or how compliance will

be measured. Other opportunities for improvement include the following:

Greater use of graphics and illustrations;

Inclusion of incentives for modern, small-scale multi-family development;

Addition of new appearance standards for fences, exterior lighting, or service areas; and

New special standards to protect compatibility when multi-family or nonresidential uses are

located adjacent to single-family development.

This Policy Memorandum organizes the recommendations related to these aspects into different

sections for multi-family and nonresidential development as well as additional modifications that

would affect the standards for both forms of development.

Multi-family recommendations include:

Administrative review of smaller multi-family development (designed to appear

as single-family homes);

Pre-approval of accessory dwelling units that follow prototype designs;

New appearance standards for garages; and


Public Review Draft | December 2011 | Page 2

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