What is the Taylors Main Street Development District?
The Main Street Development District is a proposal initiated by Taylors TownSquare and being explored by Greenville County Planning to create a zoning overlay district around the Main Street Taylors area that better reflects the desires of residents and involved citizens to have Main Street Taylors feel more like a Main Street. This is not a specific development plan for the area or for any specific property.
The Taylors Community Plan, adopted by Greenville County Council in 2016, prioritized the establishment of a Main Street Development District for the Taylors community as a way to further promote Taylors as a great place to live, work, and play.
The Taylors Main Street Development District will aim to encourage the “look-and-feel” elements of a traditional small-town business district by relaxing some zoning requirements and modifying others, while preserving the character, history, health, safety, and welfare of the community. The specific regulations of the proposed district would be developed based on resident feedback through a series of open houses and other public input methods.
The proposed district would be enabled through action of Greenville County Council. As mentioned earlier, no zoning regulations will be developed before public input has been gathered, and we need the engagement of residents, businesses, and other property owners to make that happen!
Public Input (Fall 2018)
We conducted 2 open houses in October, 2018 and have hosted an online public input survey online. We talked with many property owners, business owners, and collected lots of great feedback about what the stakeholders of Taylors want to see their community look like!
Public Feedback (Winter 2019)
Following a period of public input in the fall of 2018, Greenville County Planning has collected a lot of information about what the community desires to see happen on Main Street, Taylors! Before anything moves forward on the formal process of a zoning overlay district, we want to show you what we've heard from you and your neighbors and demonstrate how your input will be incorporated into the Main Street Development District proposal.
We hosted public meetings in late January and early February, 2019 to share what we learned. You can view a condensed PDF of our findings here.
Public Hearing (August 19, 2019)
This was the first public step of the Main Street Development District’s adoption process. Information was be presented at the Monday, August 19 Zoning Public Hearing for feedback and public comment.
This ordinance works by specifying changes that override the underlying base zoning. You can see the full text of the Greenville County Zoning Ordinance online. Items not addressed in the draft amendment fall back to the base zoning for a particular zoning classification.
Remaining Schedule (Fall 2019)
The following are the current key dates for adoption of the Main Street Develompent District:
August 20, 2019: First Reading at County Council: Approved
August 28, 2019: Planning Commission: Approved
September 16, 2019: Planning and Development Committee: Approved
October 1, 2019: Second Reading at County Council
October 15, 2019: Third Reading at County Council
Upon the successful completion of the Third Reading, the Main Street Development District will be passed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will being in this district change the taxes on my property?
No, this is a zoning (i.e. how the land is used) district, not a tax district. No additional millage will be levied against any property as a result of this plan.
I live in this proposed district. Am I going to have to change anything about my house?
No, this plan will only affect homes if major changes are proposed or new construction happens.
Are you trying to make a “city” of Taylors through this?
No, Taylors will not become a city or have any city-type taxes as a result of this plan.
I own a business in this proposed district. Does this mean I'm going to have to change something about it?
No, this plan aims to ensure businesses coming into the proposed district maintain the same look and feel of the historic areas of Taylors that already exist.
I want to build a new home in this proposed district. Will this affect how I need to build it?
Yes. New construction will be required to meet the specific requirements of this plan that will be outlined based on public input.
I am part of a planned development in this proposed district. How does this affect me?
Planned Develompent (PD) zoning will supersede most of the requirements of the Main Street Develompent District. Most projects in a planned development area already achieving the desired outcomes of this district. Some major PD areas were included in the plan to ensure the plan encompassed the major areas of Main Street.
Does this create a design review board for Taylors?
No. No additional review entities will be added to the land development process within this district. When a zoning overlay is adopted, planning and land development staff are prepared to evaluate all projects based on the new set of requirements without any additional steps taken by the property owner/developer.