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Special Needs Advocates Go Before Greenville City Council

A group of special needs advocates went before the Greenville City Council Thursday night with a request to modify the city's zoning ordinance. The advocates want approval for group homes to house more residents with special needs.

The current ordinance has been in place for more than 20 years. The council members denied changing it when the issue was brought up in February. The advocate group now just wants approval for one young man with cerebral palsy to move into one of the group homes.

The group said they are not asking for a complete ordinance change.

"We're asking just for a reasonable accomodation for that one home and for this one person. And that other considerations be made on a case by case basis," Bob Thompson said.

The council agreed to amend the groups original request and allowed them the chance to submit their new one. The group must get the request approved by the Planning and Zoning Division before bringing it back before the City Council.


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