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Housing Options for Everyone

A variety of high-quality and safe housing options is crucial to the City's economic and cultural vitality. The purpose of the citywide housing strategy is to provide a comprehensive snapshot of Greenville’s current housing inventory, as well as an assessment of current and future housing needs. A growing city requires a variety of housing types, ranging from single family to multifamily, with an array of price points. The housing strategy will identify ways to improve choices for people of all incomes, ages and lifestyles. The housing consultant team is being lead by Development Concepts, Inc.

Eight housing goals were created to act as the broad guiding force behind the City-Wide Housing Strategy. These goals create the framework under which all activities and investment related to the Housing Strategy are meant to take place. These goals, described in detail in the Housing Strategy, were created by the project steering committee and vetted through the public engagement process.

March 2013

The City-Wide Housing Strategy report is complete.

City-Wide Housing Strategy
Appendix A: Issues and Opportunities Report
Appendix B: Atlas of Housing Trends
Appendix C: Targeted Neighbhorhoods
Appendix D: Infill Design Guidelines

July 2012

After a summer of public meetings, steering committee discussion, and interviews with many local stakeholder group representatives, the
Citywide Housing Strategy is nearing completion. Eight goals and 11 strategies have been identified as guideposts for future housing development. The strategies were presented to the public on July 31 in a short slideshow presentation and 18 accompanying posters. These materials are available below, and your comments are welcome. The final Housing Strategy will be published this Fall.

Think “Infill”

Infill development refers to new development on vacant, bypassed, and/or underutilized land within built up areas of existing communities, where infrastructure is already in place. This includes redevelopment or renovation of vacant, blighted, or unsafe structures.

Targeted Investment Zones

By targeting resources in a select number of neighborhoods, leveraging relationships and funding sources, and creating public private partnerships, the City can achieve revitalization at a much faster rate.

Targeted Mixed-Use Development Zones

Some areas of the City offer the opportunity to redevelop vacant or underutilized land into higher density, mixed-use pedestrian villages.

A Marketing and Education Campaign

A two-prong strategy; 1) educate residents about the need for and benefits of infill development and revitalization; 2) market the diversity of housing options and neighborhoods available in Greenville to banks, realtors, and potential residents.

Streamline Development Review and Approvals for Targeted Investment Areas

There are two important regulatory based incentives that municipalities can provide to developers in challenged areas- a predictable review process, and a fast review process.

Increased Enforcement of Distressed and Vacant Property

A proactive approach to dealing with blighted properties to ensure housing in the City of Greenville conforms to reasonable expectations of safety, stability, and respect for neighboring property owners and users.

Expand Public Private Partnerships for Market Rate, Mixed Income Housing

Partnerships between the public and private sectors have successfully implemented a range of pursuits from single projects to long-term plans for land use and economic growth.

Support and Incentivize Neighborhood Scale
Multi-Family Development

Existing neighborhood and city corridors offer targeted redevelopment opportunities which can offer not only a diversity of housing types and scales, but also create a walkable mixed use identity and sense of place to the various neighborhoods they serve.

City-County Partnerships

If revitalization of the City’s western neighborhoods is to be successful, then efforts must take into account the distressed neighborhoods outside of the City, within the County’s jurisdiction.

Comprehensive Housing Rehabilitation Program

Housing rehabilitation/renovation requires different skills than new construction, federal funding is harder to come by, and the highest level of need for rehab is in structures already occupied by renters or owners.

An Expanded Redevelopment Toolkit

A comprehensive redevelopment and revitalization program needs a “toolkit” with as many tools as possible to offer assistance to residents, property owners, and developers.

June 2012

image of meeting flyer Citywide Housing Strategy public meeting was held on June 7 at the West Greenville Community Center. The presentation and displays are available for review. The meeting attendees took part in several exercises, two of which have been recreated here on the website. Please take part in the two surveys, and forward them to your friends.

Housing Strategy Goals

In addition to the public meetings we’ve been having, the Housing Strategy consultant has been meeting regularly with a Steering Committee comprised of local community leaders, as well as meeting with representatives from various groups knowledgeable about housing in Greenville. These representatives and leaders come from fields such as real estate, development and construction, finance, city and county administration, neighborhood associations, and residents. Their feedback helped our consultant draft the goals posted below. Now we’d like to hear from you. How well do these goals reflect your vision of the future of housing in Greenville? Complete the short survey to tell us what you think.

Housing Growth mapping application screenshot

Public Comment Results
from June 7 Public Meeting
Link to Mapping Exercise
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Where should Greenville grow?

Ongoing housing growth helps our community in several ways – it fills vacant housing, revitalizes neighborhoods and ensures a variety of housing options for all ages and incomes. As Greenville has limited areas in which to grow, it is important to understand where to focus our efforts for housing development: downtown, neighborhoods, corridors or other locations where targeted housing development can be leveraged for community-wide gain.

Visit the Greenville Housing Growth Map to tell us where you think Greenville could add new housing. Use the green push pins to mark the location, and add comments in the box that pops-up when you place your pin.

National Examples of Housing Design

These Housing Examples show the wide variety of housing types available, and illustrate the definitions of some of the terms used to describe housing development types.

The Greenville Housing Market

These three illustrations contain a summary of the research and market analysis just completed by our Housing Strategy consultant. The Executive Summary of this analysis is available here.
Summary of Market Findings
Atlas of Housing Trends – A series of maps showing the demographic, economic, and land use factors that relate to the Housing Strategy.
SWOT and Visual Preference Survey – A recent survey posted on our website received more than 220 responses, and identified the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) related to housing in the city. The survey also asked participants to indicate their appearance preferences for new housing in the City.

Design Preferences

Good housing design considers many variables. The Design Preferences board illustrates the meaning of several design terms, and asks which is a priority for new housing in the city.

Sustainable Neighborhoods

Good housing design considers many variables. The Design Preferences board illustrates the meaning of several design terms, and asks which is a priority for new housing in the city.

February 2012

Local Plan Needs Local Input

The Kick-off meeting will be our first effort at directly engaging City residents in a conversation about housing and transportation. Together with our consultants, we will be looking for input about issues and concerns regarding how our city should plan for housing and transportation options.

To get feedback from everyone about these issues, the meeting will be divided into three parts. The first 30 minutes will introduce the project and consultants. The last hour of the meeting will be spent meeting with the consultants as smaller groups, looking at maps and images, and discussing current opportunities and issues.

What concerns do you have regarding housing? What issues and needs do you see in your neighborhood and within the City? These are the types of housing-related questions you can expect to be asked during this meeting. The goal of asking these questions is to create an accurate picture of where we are now, and where we want to go in terms of housing within the City.

The transportation consultant team will be asking a similar, but different set of questions. In this session, participants will be discussing ways to connect people in different areas of the city with jobs. The transportation team wants to know which roads and corridors might be used for a new Bus Rapid Transportation system. A Bus Rapid Transportation system (often abbreviated as BRT) is one way the City can expand its current bus service to include a quick and reliable, high-frequency bus route to efficiently move people to and from work and home. The goal of this meeting session will be to get a better understanding of transportation options, needs, and concerns from both a city-wide and neighborhood point of view.

More information about the current bus system can be found by visiting Greenlink, your link to public transportation in Greenville, SC.