Questioning New Convenience Store

Neighbors,
Below is an email sent to our local city council member, Amy Doyle, about a new convenience store being proposed. We want to thank Amy for making us aware of the situation and we will let you know her response to this resident’s concerns.

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Amy,
Appreciate the heads up but this question needs a response. It goes to the core of  how we want our neighborhood to look. A convenience store is not an enhancement to our neighborhood. Any insight into the logic here?

Would like to publish your response on our North Main Website.

Resident’s Q:
“All recognized that a new fast food restaurant would not be able to open in the PHMP area.  How is a convenience store any different?  How is a convenience store considered to be consistent with current zoning when a special exception is required?”
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Original Email to Amy:
> Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8:56 PM
> Re: BZA hearing tomorrow
> Amy,

> Just a few questions.  Given the large transient
> population in this area, the Pete Hollis Master Plan (PHMP)
> called for the elimination of pawn shops, day laborer
> businesses and fast food restaurants.  Why is staff
> recommending the granting of a special exception to allow a
> convenience store in this planned area?  Mixed use
> businesses should not detract from the quality of
> development in the area.  The reason that McDonalds was
> granted a variance, according to the BZA, was that there was
> a 50 year lease in place.  All recognized that a new
> fast food restaurant would not be able to open in the PHMP
> area.  How is a convenience store any different?
>  How is a convenience store considered to be consistent
> with current zoning when a special exception is required?
>
> It seems that the City is taking the view that “any
> development is good development.”  If this is the
> case, why are we spending taxpayer money on the development
> and implementation of master plans in the first place?
 
> Please tell me that something can be done to ensure that
> positive development is encouraged in these areas where the
> City has devoted valuable resources in creating master plans
> for future growth and development.
 Thank you for calling attention to this application.
>  You can be sure these kinds of decisions by staff
> weigh heavy on the minds of local residents…..

 On 11/17/10 7:54 PM, “Amy Ryberg Doyle”
> <Amy_Doyle@bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Quick fyi….
> You may or may not be aware that the BZA is hearing a
> request for a convenience store at 40 rutherford (across
> from mcdonald’s) tomorrow afternoon.  The staff is
> recommending approval of the application for use. (It is
> consistent with current zoning.)  Yet, they are not
> approving the design variance request as the application
> request is not consistent with design standards.
>  C-stores have unique design standards and we may have
> to look at these businesses like we looked at the auto
> dealerships and restaurants.  
> Application and staff comments here:
> http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PlanningZoning/PlanningApplications/default.aspx
 
> If you have comments, send to Brian Wood prior to meeting
> (bwood@greenvillesc.gov)

> Amy Ryberg Doyle
> Greenville City Council
> PO Box 156
> Greenville, SC  29602
> 864.616.2759
> ADoyle@greenvillesc.gov
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