Planning And Zoning Commission Recommends Re-Zoning

People stepped up to the podium in front of Greenville's Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday to oppose a proposal to rezone 30 acres for commercial development.

Ashley Glenn-Tart said, "I'm very concerned for my house, and my yard, and my community. My yard backs up to the field where they propose re-zoning and Wal-Mart could be built."

Mark Taggart said, "We've had some very bad flooding incidents in the past few years in Lake Glennwood. Our little lake was never designed to hold the volume or velocity of water that will be coming our way if they decide to zone that and develop that area."

A representative for developer WRS Incorporated was the only one to speak in favor of the re-zoning.

In the end, the commission voted in favor of recommending the zoning change to city council, which has the final say. The Council will take up the issue on November 9.

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A key meeting will be held Tuesday in the process of building a second Walmart in an area of Greenville considered a corridor for growth.

The area of Highway 33 near Portertown Road in Greenville could soon house a retail giant. The developer, W.R.S. incorporated filed a petition to zone 30 acres of land for commercial use. It's the same company that petitioned to use 85 acres of land to build along that same stretch of Highway, just in the backyards of River Hills Subdivision. That proposal was denied.

Greenville's Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the plan at it's meeting Tuesday night. If approved, the plan moves on to the City Council.


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  • by Teacher Location: North Carolina on Oct 26, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    It is amazing to me how many people think that teaching is a lazy person's job. School is no where near what it was when most of you went there.
  • by FEDUP Location: FAYETTEVILLE on Oct 25, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    I guess that everyone want's to go back to the day's of the company store..in debt..and getting deeper. Oh, that's right, we are. Three million out of work in North Carolina..the Governor flying everywhere begging for money/jobs to stave off our coming state bankruptcy..but OUR State needs to take the high road. Why don't you ask one of the desperate family's in this state if the job's realized by the influx of Wal-Mart/etc. is the evil that you are suggesting. Now I don't know for sure, but I think it's more money than welfare and provides more dignity than a WallStreetBanker. Here's an old adage from the great depression; "Those who will succeed will do so by hard work, those who won't TEACH."
  • by nauti1 Location: washington on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    i went to high school and college in greenville and the best thing i ever did was leave that town. i very rarely go over there anymore. the main reason is as everyone knows greenvile is not laid out well. maybe everyone over there needs to vote and change things. good luck to the people of g-vegas
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    How about bringing in different kinds of business? We can't continue to think that ECU will provide all our entertainment, even though we are lucky to have it! Yes, we are a college town, but we have tremendous opportunity to grow and attract people to our area, hard to do without some new museums and family activities here in town. As it stands, if you live in Greenville you can eat, shop, bowl, ice-skate, or watch a movie. Surely, we have more imagination than that.
  • by Smart, responsible growth needed on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    Does anyone remember when Wal-Mart bragged about the majority of their products being proudly made in the USA? I wouldn't have a problem with any large retailer, if the products supported American jobs. It's unfortunate in this economy that people are forced to shop where they can find the lower prices, yet doing so has put so many out of business and out of a manufacturing job. It's hard to feel proud of shopping at Wal-Mart, knowing what a giant bully it's become. Has anyone ever seen the documentary put together about the people in China making the goods we buy? It's just terrible! They live in shacks and crappy high rise buildings and breath horrible polluted air. Now you know how you can buy a $3 shirt at Wal-Mart. I feel like anyone supporting Wal-Mart's business practices as it stands today is failing to think about the global impact. This is not a political issue, but a humanitarian issue. There is a way to have healthy growth and business, think outside the box.
  • by comeonwalmart Location: greenville on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Walmart would go perfectly in this location. the majority of this area is already commercial and this would add to that. If you didnt want growth you should of moved to Bath!!
  • by Ghost of Greenville Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    "When it comes to growth, we must make wise decisions. We can feel proud that new businesses and residents want to call Greenville home, but we must devote careful attention to how we grow. In making decisions about development I have kept faith with the principle of balanced growth, in harmony with the environment. Growth should benefit the whole city." Here is a quote from another city council member. I wonder how they will vote.
  • by Ghost of Greenville Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    "Growing at the expense of our strong neighborhoods will take our city in a direction that ultimately proves unhappy for everyone. We want to grow in a way that alleviates, rather than worsens, the increasingly difficult traffic situation. We want to grow in a way that provides neighborhoods with adequate open, green spaces that make for a healthy city and attract to our city the residents, visitors, and businesses that will build a city of excellence. We want to avoid unbridled sprawl and the unnecessary encroachment of commercial development on established neighborhoods. " This is a quote from one of Greenville's current city council members lets see how they vote.
  • by NoWalmart Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    Residential property is not zoned to be sold as commercial property and neither was this property until yesterday. The majority of people against this are not anti-growth they are anti-Walmart in their neighborhood! If I wanted to live in place like Raleigh or Charlotte I would move to a place like Raleigh or Charlotte. When I used to describe Greenville to people I called it a big small town. I certainly did not mean it in a negative way. There are better places in Greenville to put Walmart that would not affect neighborhoods.
  • by ProWalmart Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    OK folks, face the fact that Greenville is growing. If growth is taking place in your backyard you should put your property up for commerial sale, enjoy the profit and move out of town. Aurora would love to have more citizens that hate growth.
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