We support strengthening restrictions on the use of gates in the City of Greenville, SC

Note: Please include your address in the comments section, so we can show City Council the number of Greenville residents that signed; at a minimum please confirm that you live within the City of Greenville.  

Quick Points:

1. Gates can cause traffic congestion for the people behind the gates and on adjacent roads.

2. Gates decrease interconnectivity, accessibility, and sense of community.

3. Gating an existing neighborhood presents challenges with public garbage collection and mail delivery.

Background Information

The City of Greenville Planning and Zoning Department was asked by City Council to delete the City ordinance restricting gates, gate houses and guard houses unless the decision-making body determines there is public safety reason to allow them.  The Planning and Zoning Department proposed language that would eliminate the restriction altogether.  At its September hearing, the Planning Commission felt eliminating the restriction completely was not consistent with goals of the Comprehensive Plan.  They suggested the Planning and Zoning Department revise the language to require a public hearing and broaden the criteria by which the decision-making body would evaluate a proposal including gates, etc.  There was further discussion of this issue at the October hearing.

At its November hearing, the Planning Commission approved recommended wording to City Council that they felt would strengthen the restriction on gates.

The ordinance restricting gates is expected to be on the agenda for the November 26, 2012 City Council hearing.

Petition Statement

We, the undersigned, support strengthening restrictions on the use of gates in the City of Greenville, SC.

Note: Please include your address in the comments section, so we can show City Council the number of Greenville residents that signed.

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