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2/20/2013 8:13:00 AM
Council passes resolution of commitment for new project
Greenwood City/County Joint Planning Director Phil Lindler speaks to council about changes to the ordinance governing parking requirements for businesses.
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Greenwood City/County Joint Planning Director Phil Lindler speaks to council about changes to the ordinance governing parking requirements for businesses.

Brian King
Staff Writer

Greenwood County Council passed a resolution of commitment Tuesday afternoon at their regular meeting. The resolution is aimed at bringing a new economic development project to Greenwood.

Greenwood Partnership Alliance CEO Mark Warner told council that the new project would mean an investment of $92 million in Greenwood County and bring 80 new jobs to the area. Warner The industrial manufacturing project, dubbed Project Pine, has apparently drawn interest from other locations.

“I’d like to also mention that there was a neighboring county who was really wanting this project in their county,” Mark Allison, council chairman, noted.

Chuck Moates asked Warner about the competing county and what the resolution would do to impact the company’s decision. Warner said that the resolution would take care of any competing counties.

Warner told council that he expects the company to reach a decision sometime in late March or early April. The next step would then be for council to pass an ordinance for a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement and a special source revenue credit. Warner recommended a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement of 6 percent for 30 years and a special source revenue credit of 80 percent for six years.

In other business, the number of parking spaces required for businesses sparked a lengthy discussion following the second reading and public hearing of an ordinance amendment that lower the number of spaces required for auto repair shops.

“I am not really opposed to this ordinance, but I am opposed to the procedure,” said Steve Brown. “I still believe that our parking standards are too strict, not only for auto repair, but for many businesses in Greenwood. My vote against this ordinance is a statement. I can’t say it loud enough: The parking standards are too stringent.”

Other members of council, such as Gonza Bryant, felt the county needed to start revamping the parking requirements and have Planning Director Phil Lindler look at the rest of the standards.

“I think we are headed in the right direction with this issue,” Bryant said. “Maybe we ask our planning director – who I think is a very good director – and Mr. Chappell (county manager) to look into this.”

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: travis m

I see that the partnership alliance and county council think all this is great but why cant they help the small business owners that are already here with tax breaks. I dont know why its always these big corparations that get the breaks and are the 80 jobs going to pay enough to compensate for the tax breaks and are the jobs going to be guarenteed to be greenwood county residents that are going to be hired for these jobs? One last thing - why is it for 30 years and are they going to agree in writing to still pay it for that long even if they move or go out of business?

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