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Lismore Park approved for 32 more houses

Century Three Drive denied to replace South Miller Street

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Harvey Katz, right, peruses plans to add 32 new homes at Lismore Park. Katz offered he and some neighbors paid a premium price for their property to protect new development from infringing on their open space.

Jim Fair

Harvey Katz, right, peruses plans to add 32 new homes at Lismore Park. Katz offered he and some neighbors paid a premium price for their property to protect new development from infringing on their open space.

Developers were approved by the Planning Commission Monday to build 32 lots for single family housing on 10.7 acres of undeveloped land at Lismore Park at South Suber Road.  The controversial proposal followed a rare executive session, lasting 45 minutes, where the city attorney advised commissioners of their options.

An amendment to the proposal was adopted requiring the wording “Phase 5A” removed from Lismore Park. Developers must come up with a modified name that includes Lismore Park to be approved by Greenville County.

Commissioner Don Foster voted against the proposal while the six other commissioners – Judy Jones, Clay Jones, Suzanne Traenkle, Brian Martin, Chris Harrison and chairman Morris Burton – approved.

Several Lismore Park residents, led by Harvey Katz, objected to the new development that would take away some of the open space that they paid a higher price to ensure against that. Katz said he provided a notarized document to commissioners from the sales representative who sold him his property.

However, the developers at the time had since gone bankrupt and a new developer, Lismore Park GS, bought the property at foreclosure. New plans filed defined a new street and altering green space. That plat filed in Greenville County, according to commissioners, superseded the original plans, and made Katz and his neighbors’ objections moot.

“The plans that were filed meet the criteria of cluster homes,” Martin explained. “The new development was the survey of record.”

The agenda for Monday’s meeting was revised from Nov. 4 and sent by email to media Monday at 1 p.m. that included the Lismore Park proposal. Katz said he contacted the city at 10 a.m. to learn the proposal would be addressed after the executive session. Commissioners allowed Katz and his group 10 minutes to review the plans that were hand delivered at the start of the commission’s meeting.

In other action commissioners:

• Unanimously denied Century 3’s bid to rename South Miller Street as Century Three Drive.

• Approved annexation of property owned by the city at 1725-26-27 American Legion Road for the purpose of correcting drainage issues.

• Approved rezoning of C-2 (commercial) for property at 107 and 111 Brannon Street.

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