Triple S to discuss zoning in Simpsonville

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By Nathan L. McBroom

The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday concerning proposed changes to the zoning regulations for the city of Simpsonville.

The new regulations, if adopted, will affect the permitted uses for property adjacent to or near the interstate. These changes, which will affect Interchange, Limited Interchange and General Interchange zones, will apply only to the city of Simpsonville, not to the rest of the county.

The interchange zone classification is designed to allow for development that caters to the needs of the traveling public, is typically used for agricultural to light industrial uses.

The new regulations would make it clearer exactly what businesses could go in at the interchange.

Included in the proposed regulations is a list of over 300 types of business. Each of these types businesses are labeled as permitted, conditional permitted or not allowed for each of the three interchange zones.

This alphabetical list covers a wide range of businesses. Under the new regulations, barbershops and bookstores are allowed but tattoo parlors and truck stops are prohibited.

David Eaton, city administrator, said he is glad the changes spell out in detail what is, and what is not, permitted in interchange zones.

"It leaves little to no room for subjective decisions. It's very clear," he said.

Recently, the city of Simpsonville has annexed several parcels of land zoned interchange south of I-64. Several homeowners in the surrounding area voiced concern when the property was acquired. Many feared the city would allow the property to be developed in such a way that their property value would decrease.

In order to relive their anxiety over the annexation, Eaton said Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden met with a group six citizens, four of whom live near the interchange, to talk about what regulations could be put on the interchange area. The group came up with a list of recommendations.

Eaton said the city embraced the group's recommendations and then passed their recommendations on to Triple S.

Eaton said under the new regulations one of the group's biggest fears has been resolved - truck stops, like the Pilot, will no longer be allowed to develop in interchange zones.

"I hope that it will help put them at ease concerning how that property will be developed," Eaton said.

Triple S commissioners could move on the proposed regulations Tuesday night.

The full recommendation can be read at www.shelbypz.com.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, commissioners will discuss the city of Simpsonville's desire to create a downtown district.

The Simpsonville City Commission asked Triple S to do a small area study along U.S. 60 through Simpsonville.

Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden said the goal of the district would be to create a couple of blocks in the city that would look like a downtown. This would include zero lot lines, underground utility lines, sidewalks and small shops.

If Triple S agrees to do the study, logistical information and community input will be compiled together to compose a report and a recommendation for Triple S.

The commissioners will also consider a text amendment concerning the placement of satellite dishes in the community. This amendment would affect the placement of smaller satellites that are installed in residents' front yards.

Triple S will also consider:

An agricultural division at 621 McFarland Lane.

An agricultural division at 3790 Hooper Station Road.

An agricultural division on Taylor Estes Road.

An amended plat on two tracts in Equestrian Lakes.

An agricultural division at 5184 Eminence Pike.