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Greer residents invited to address 'fears, concerns, needs' of roads

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

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More than 1,000 newly constructed homes are scheduled in Greer in the next 18-24 months. A public session will be held at Greer City Hall on Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for public comment on the

More than 1,000 newly constructed homes are scheduled in Greer in the next 18-24 months. A public session will be held at Greer City Hall on Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for public comment on the "fears, concerns and needs" increased traffic may cause on the roads surrounding these new communities.

Greater Greer residents facing a crush of new housing developments will get an opportunity, said Donna Smith, "to voice their fears, concerns and needs,” on roads and highways in Greenville County Thursday at City Hall with a captured audience.

The Greenville County Citizens Roads Advisory Commission is holding a public session from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Greer’s representatives. Reno Deaton of the Greer Economic Corporation, and Smith, are asking citizens in the greater Greer area to participate. “There are safety issues and what we want to do is listen, learn and compile all the reports and concerns in a report,” said Smith.

Individuals can only speak at one of the remaining meetings for two minutes.  Greenville County has six more meetings scheduled, including Thursday at Greer. 

More than 1,000 homes are planned for Greer in 2014-2015. Annexation and rezoning has brought dozens of residents to planning commission and city council meetings voicing their concerns that the increased population density would result in higher traffic counts on the narrow, winding and hilly county roads.

“We are blessed with growth but we also need to talk about Greer and its roads,” Smith said. “We are there to help.”

Deaton is a representative of District 18, which encompasses Greer, and Smith is an at-large member recommended by city council and approved by county council. They are among the 18-commission members – one each representing the county council 12 districts and one each representing the six municipalities but unlike county council, they could not be elected officials.

Greenville County Council passed a resolution last November to “initiate the development of a project list of roads, intersections and bridges to be improved.” The commission will compile a report to consider highways, roads, streets, bridges and related facilities including sidewalks. The report is due to County Council by April 1.

Want more information?

Reno Deaton, email or call 864-416-0125.

Donna Smith, email or call 864-288-4048.

Greenville County or call 864-467-7055.

 

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