How will the new code protect existing neighborhoods?

While the current code does little to protect existing neighborhoods from intense commercial development on adjacent properties, the new code proposes physical transitions that include additional property line setbacks, landscape buffers, upper-story building step-backs and in some cases, fences or walls to help protect residential properties from commercial and multifamily development.  

The new code also concentrates higher density development in very specific areas where density and a mix of uses are already occurring and infrastructure is already in place, rather than adjacent to existing neighborhoods. Wherever possible, transitional zoning allowing for neighborhood-scale commercial uses has also been applied to act as a buffer between single-family neighborhoods and more intense development. An example is the use of the RNX-B and RNX-C districts.

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1. Why is the City rezoning properties?
2. When was the draft code developed?
3. What will the new code do?
4. I’ve heard that the federal government is involved in rezoning property in Greenville – is that true?
5. I’ve heard that single-family neighborhoods will no longer exist if the development code is approved. Is that true?
6. How will the development code affect minority and low-income neighborhoods?
7. How will the new code protect existing neighborhoods?
8. How will the new code affect the neighborhoods where churches are located?
9. I heard that, with the new code, residents whose homes are nonconforming will not be able to rebuild their homes if they catch on fire – is that true?
10. What are some of the other benefits of the new code?
11. Have property owners’ concerns been considered during the process?