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    Greenville County Develops Plan To Protect and Maintain Five Forks Area

     

    Five Forks area
    photo courtesy of GCPlanning.org

    Five Forks is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Greenville County—since 2007, this area has had its population grow by 50 percent. From about 19,000 residents in 2007 to more than 28,000 today it looks like this population growth isn’t slowing any time soon. Buyers and renters seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities are heading to suburbs the likes of Five Forks.

    With so much growth,  local planners develop a plan to protect Five Forks area’s ‘residential, rural character’ and seeking public feedback. They’ve recently released the ‘Five Forks Area Plan’ with the following areas of concern:

    1. Increasing (stifling) traffic congestion on area roads.
    2. Infrastructure and community facilities are not keeping pace with development.
    3. Not enough attention, emphasis, and requirements on preservation of rural land and natural landscape.

    Five Forks area derived its name due to the five roads that fork off of Woodruff Road: Batesville Road, Woodruff Road, Five Forks Road, Scuffletown Road, and South Bennetts Bridge Road. The approximately 16 square mile area, formerly farmland, is now home to many subdivisions.

    Five Forks Area
     

    The Five Forks area plan lists the following goals toward protecting and maintaining the residential, rural character of the area, with the use of responsible and sustainable growth principles to promote:

    • Preservation of nature (trees, vegetation, wildlife, etc.)
    • Quality of life
    • Preserve our history
    • Improve connectivity and walkability
    • Provide clearer expectations for future development
    • Work to add additional options for residents to enjoy recreational activities

    The plan sets out to address the areas of concern including:

    1. Focus future residential and commercial growth in areas with existing, adequate infrastructure (Land use).
    2. Connect neighborhoods/communities with safe walkable/bike paths.
    3. Minimize environmental impacts in new construction.
    4. Require 50′ setback from road and traffic study for all new development.
    5. Implement Five Forks Area Design Overlays, as architectural and appearance of all new development is important.

    Greenville County is seeking public input on the plan. You can submit comments online up until April 3, 2021, at https://www.greenvillecounty.org/apps/longrangeplanning/Blog.aspx?id=218.

    Here’s the Five Forks Area plan:

    Five Forks Area Plan by Gabe Cavallaro

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