Greenville Co Council approves new home development amendment

In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, photo, real estate signs mark the lots near one of the new homes for sale in a development for new homes in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its March index of builder sentiment. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) –  Greenville County Council met Tuesday evening to approve an ordinance amendment that puts more restrictive regulations on subdivisions and developers. Part of the amendment includes making developers put a berm, fence, or tree line surrounding all new neighborhoods.

A public hearing was held, and people on both sides of the debate addressed council.

“Right now, you can build facilities or developments right up against the road or right up to another neighborhood,” said Jim Moore, the president of ‘Citizens for Quality Rural Living’.

However, developers say the blanket screening requirement could prohibit some developers from pursuing certain developments.

Michael Dey with the HomeBuilders Association of Greenville said they want the amendment revised because it will be costly, and they say some of their concerns weren’t addressed in the amendment as it stands.

“The problem is those costs find their way into the end place of the home, and it makes housing more expensive,” Dey said.

If housing costs increase, it could hurt the county’s efforts to create affordable housing.

However, Councilman Ennis Fant says he will be proposing an amendment that would remove some of the restrictions as it relates to affordable housing subdivision.