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Offering money to someone asking for help can keep that person trapped in the cycle of homelessness. How? Giving a few dollars gets them through the day, but does not allow them to obtain housing, work, support services? The City has partnered with United Housing Connections on the Keep Your Change to Be the Change program, designed to funnel your generosity to organizations that can make a wide impact on the community.
There are signs with QR codes around the City's downtown and parks to make donating easy. Make a Donation Now: https://www.unitedhousingconnections.org/be-the-change
State law does not allow for inclusionary zoning (mandating affordable housing). The City is addressing this problem by incentivizing affordable housing.
Leave this work to the professionals. If you feel someone is a danger to themselves or others, call law enforcement to assist. If the person appears to have mental health issues and is experiencing homelessness but not in immediate crisis, send an email with the location and description of the person to firstname.lastname@example.org and an outreach team member will make contact and a connection to our local mental health center.
The Greenville Housing Fund has formed a housing coalition of developers and service providers who are looking at sustainable, long-term solutions for housing persons at-risk for or experiencing homelessness. Long-term solutions include housing, but also support services like addiction recovery, mental health care and job training. United Housing Connections is one of those partners.
We recognize that rental costs have increased, and are working with community partners to create options for lower income residents. In partnership with United Housing Connections, Greenville Housing Fund, and Greenville Housing Authority, the City has 140 affordable units in progress with completion dates in the next 12 months. These include the McClaren, Citisculpt, Cowan Court, Spartanburg Street, Joseph Mathis Way, and the Terrain at Haywood. The Greenville Housing Fund has 419 units in progress and 200 units being preserved. City Council passed an ordinance allowing for the renovation of former hotels and motels into studio and one bedroom units.
Whether you want to donate or volunteer, numerous service agencies are doing excellent work in our community. Please visit www.greenvillesc.gov/homelessresources for more information about how you can get involved.
Call police dispatch: 864-271-5333. The dispatcher will notify the Animal Control Officer who will respond to your home or incident location.
Normal hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The business license fee is calculated based on gross income and the type of business. Our staff will be glad to assist you in determining your specific classification and resulting fee. You can estimate the cost of your fees by utilizing the online business license calculator.
No. By state law, business licenses are based on a business’ gross revenue. A business’ first business license tax fee will be based on a reasonable estimate of gross income from the start of operation to December 31 of that calendar year.
After the first year estimate you will renew in April from the actual gross revenue generated in the prior calendar year (January-December).
A Business License fee enables essential services such as fire protection, street, and sidewalk maintenance, parks and recreation programs, code enforcement activities, and building inspections.
Funding from this fee ensures quality service to the residents and business owners located in the City as well as to business owners coming into the city to conduct business. These revenues help ensure a high quality of life, which in turn helps create a desirable and prosperous business environment in the City of Greenville.
Business licenses are valid from May 1 to April 30 each year. Businesses are required to renew their licenses at the beginning of every year based on prior calendar year gross revenue (January through December). Licenses must be renewed by April 30 each year to avoid penalties that are effective May 1.
Resident businesses only that renew by March 31 each year and are in good standing will receive a 2% early renewal discount.
In cases where an individual refuses to purchase a license, a uniform summons to appear in Municipal Court is issued and the case is heard before a municipal judge. Failure to purchase a business license is subject to a fine of up to $500. Each day of violation shall be considered a separate offense. The court fine is in addition to all business license tax fees and penalties.
Business license renewals postmarked March 1 or later by the U.S. Postal Service will be assessed a 10% penalty. This penalty will increase 10% each month up to a 50% maximum penalty.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID – 19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Given the uncertainty of how severe this outbreak will be, we are taking proactive steps to ensure a safe workplace and implement practices that reduce exposure risk to City staff and public safety employees, reduce opportunities for community spread, support public safety agencies and emergency responders, and ensure continuity of City services.
Major operating departments will be responsible for preparing department specific emergency response plans to ensure continuity of operations and essential services during these emergency conditions. All personnel designated as essential will be working to maintain continuity of City operations. Essential personnel who will have face-to-face contact, are encouraged to take all necessary protections. All department directors are authorized to implement work-from-home options, alternative work schedules, staggered work schedules, and the like to ensure employee safety while maintaining continuity of City operations.
The City Manager has determined that a public health emergency condition exists. Non-essential, full-time employees who are directed not to report, to report late, or to leave early will not forfeit any regular compensation. Time off due to an emergency condition, as declared by the City Manager, will not be considered as time worked for overtime computation purposes. Essential employees who report to their regular work locations or to an alternate emergency work location as instructed shall receive their regular rate of pay.
The City’s call in procedures are still in effect. If you are authorized to work from home, you will need to check in as directed by your department management.
Your department management will advise you when you may return to work. At this time, the City anticipates that non-essential personnel working strictly from home, will do so until March 31st or until further notice.
All employees are responsible for monitoring the City’s website (http://emergency.greenvillesc.gov), and maintaining contact with their supervisor to be aware of reporting requirements or staffing levels for their respective department at all times during the COVID-19 emergency.
A doctor’s note should be provided prior to returning to work, you are unable to obtain a doctor’s note, the employee should contact the Employee Health Center.
Yes, if the asymptomatic employee fits within certain categories established by the CDC’s guidance which categorizes employees based on symptoms and risk. The CDC defines “symptomatic” as subjective or measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. CDC defines “close contact” as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (close contact can occur while caring for or living with, visiting or sharing a healthcare waiting area room with a COVID-19 case); or having direct contact with infected secretions of the COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).
Yes. The City will follow current guidance from the CDC and public health authorities as it is updated. If an employee is given specific restrictions on instruction by a public health authority or a medical provider, for the health of our workplace, the City will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate those instructions including providing additional leave if necessary.
No, unless the City has a reasonable, objective basis to doubt the validity of the medical documentation supplied by the employee, or the employee otherwise poses a direct threat to himself or others.
Yes, the employee may be required to go home. The employee should notify the Employee Health Center if he or she is diagnosed with COVID-19. This will be an FMLA qualifying event, in which case the employee will be provided with the appropriate documentation, including but not limited to the requirements for returning to work. Any absence due to illness will be covered by available leave in accordance with the City’s standard policies.
Unless a supervisor has evidence (suspicion is not enough) that an employee is physically unable to perform the job or poses a risk to himself or others, the supervisor may not prohibit the employee from reporting to work.
Since the City is self-insured, Human Resources has directed Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to waive prior authorization and cover testing for COVID-19 at 100%, and to waive copays, deductibles, and coinsurance for COVID-19 related health care.
Yes. Employees may get the free benefit of telemedicine through the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) or Prisma Health.
Virtual Care MUSChttps://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.htmlNo appointment.Accessible for entire family.Use log-in code “COVID19”
Free Prisma Health Virtual Visithttps://www.prismahealth.org/coronavirus/Access to a Prisma Health care provider from your mobile device or computer.Get a free Virtual Visit with promo code “COVID19”
Employees should notify the Employee Health Center of out-of-state/out-of-country travel prior to returning to work.
The project team considered several options for pedestrian safety at this intersection and believes that the two alternatives outlined in the public survey strike a balance between pedestrian safety and traffic flow. Of the two, Alternative 1 is the more pedestrian-friendly option, as vehicles on College Street would be prohibited from turning left onto Academy Street during the pedestrian signal sequence.
There will be a shared-use path and new landscaping along the Landmark Building frontage on College Street. Driveway access to the parking garage will remain as it currently exists.
The traffic analysis conducted for College Street revealed that four lanes are not required in order to maintain acceptable traffic operations. By making improvements to several intersections along Academy Street, we anticipate being able to divert 3,000-4,000 vehicles a day from College to Academy and have modeled Academy to accommodate the new traffic counts and ensure that traffic can flow successfully.
There are no improvements planned for the intersection of North Main and Academy as part of this project; however, that intersection has been identified as a potential site for a future improvement project.
While a bridge/tunnel was not considered due to budget and right-of-way constraints, a diagonal crossing option was studied early in the project. We determined that a diagonal crossing lowers the level of service at this intersection and increases travel time along Academy to unacceptable levels. Additionally, with new development in the area, it is expected that all four corners of the intersection will be utilized in the future, therefore reducing the need for a diagonal crossing.
The proposed road diet for Elford Street involves reducing the number of travel lanes from four lanes to two lanes. This would allow room to consider amenities such as on-street parking and pedestrian and bicycle enhancements.
Drivers will only be able to turn right from Elford onto Academy - left turns will no longer be permitted. The City is also looking at ways to increase safety at the entrance and exit for St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
A cycle track and dedicated bike lanes were considered early in the project but to provide proper protection, a second lane of travel would have to be removed. Since that is not feasible, multi-use paths are the best method available to protect bike traffic.
Sidewalks will be larger and will be separated from vehicle traffic by a wide curb lawn with landscaping. Pedestrian crosswalks and push buttons will also be retimed and enhanced. Additionally, vehicle lane widths will be narrowed to reduce traffic speeds.
We will utilize narrowed travel lanes, shorter crosswalk distances, a raised median for pedestrian refuge, enhanced striping and potentially, a leading pedestrian interval, which gives pedestrians the opportunity to enter the crosswalk 3 to 7 seconds before vehicles are given a green light, to help slow traffic and protect pedestrians in the crosswalks.
Fireworks on the Fourth will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Unity Park. The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m.
Fireworks on the Fourth is free of charge!
Limited food will be available. We encourage attendees to bring their own food and drink to Unity Park. No alcohol is allowed at the event.
Parking is very limited at Unity Park. We advise attendees to park downtown in one of the garages and ride the trolley over or walk the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Greenville Police will be assisting at cross walks throughout the trail and downtown.
A variety of parking options are available in the City’s conveniently located parking garages. Park at one of the downtown garages and hop on the FREE downtown trolley, operated by Greenlink, for shuttle service to and from the event. Plan your trip downtown using our interactive parking map.
The special event rate at all city-owned parking garages is $5. Parking rates for privately-owned parking lots vary.
No. Smoking and vaping are prohibited within the park during the event.
Public port-a-lets, including handicapped accessible port-a-lets, are available throughout the event site. Unity Park also has public restrooms located at the Greenville Water Splash Pad.
The event will go on rain or shine. There are no rain dates for the event.
Lost children (and parents) will be escorted to event headquarters in the Prisma Health Welcome Center
Items can be turned in or claimed at event headquarters at the Prisma Health Welcome Center.
Yes. There is plenty of room in the Michelin Green or Meadowbrook Green to set up and enjoy the show!
No. Due to security and safety restrictions, roller skates, skateboards, bikes and personal transportation are prohibited within the event site. The Swamp Rabbit Trail will remain open, with the exception of when the fireworks show is actually in progress (as part of the trail is in the fallout zone).
No. Only service animals are permitted within the event site. View the City Ordinance here.
Firearms are prohibited within the event site.
Tents, umbrellas and additional infrastructure of the sorts are not permitted.
Guests are not permitted to bring any form of pyrotechnics or explosive illuminations, including but not limited to sparklers, fireworks, etc.
Depending on your route, buses begin service as early as 5:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Depending on your route, buses depart on their last trip at 10:30 p.m. and end service at the Greenlink Transfer Center at 11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. On Saturday, buses depart for their last trip at 5:30 p.m. and end service at 6:30 p.m. Buses do not run on Sundays. View Route Schedules.
There are 12 routes serving Greenville County. View Route Map
A full-fare passenger is charged $1.50 per ride and an additional $0.50 for a transfer to another bus. Discounted fares are provided for senior citizens, passengers with disabilities, students, and children. Greenlink also sells 1-Day, 7-Day, 20-Ride, and 31-Day passes. More about rates.
Regular bus fares can be paid with cash on your bus via the fare box. All-day passes and punch passes must be purchased at the Greenlink Transfer Center (100 W. McBee Avenue, Greenville). The Transfer Center accepts cash, Visa, or MasterCard for ticket purchases.
TouchPass is an electronic ticketing system that allows customers to pay their bus fare using a reloadable smartcard or a smartphone app. TouchPass speeds up the boarding process and eliminates the need for passengers to have cash or coins on hand, worry about lost transfer tickets or search for their 20-ride punch pass. As an added benefit, customers can freeze their account if they lose their TouchPass card and then transfer their account balance to a new card*. Customers can also utilize an auto-load feature to replenish their account whenever it drops below a certain balance.
Greenlink customers can download the TouchPass app by searching for “TouchPass Transit” in the iOS or Android app store. Within the app, customers can purchase passes and load stored value to their account using a credit or debit card.
Customers who would prefer the reloadable smart card can pick one up at the dispatch booth inside the Transit Center at 100 W McBee Ave. Balances can be loaded onto customer smart card accounts by visiting www.TouchPass.com and paying with a credit or debit card, or by visiting the dispatch booth and purchasing fares using cash or a credit or debit card.
Greenlink customers who qualify for a reduced fare will need to bring documentation to the dispatch booth and have their TouchPass accounts updated to reflect their appropriate fare category.
Please call 864-467-5000 with any questions regarding the TouchPass ticketing system.
* If your TouchPass card is lost or stolen, a replacement card can be purchased for $2.
Greenlink has partnered with Google to provide Google Transit. This widget provides riders step-by-step directions for getting around town using Greenlink. Access Google Transit using Google Maps.
Greenville Area Paratransit (GAP) offers shuttle services to locations within three-quarters of a mile from the regular fixed routes. GAP hours are Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m.to 11:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. GAP fares are $3 each way, or a book of 10 rides may be purchased for $30. GAP rides must be scheduled at least one day in advance. Learn more about GAP services, eligibility, and reservation procedures.
Greenlink offers free trolley rides through downtown Greenville Thursday-Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additionally, a Friday “Lunchlink” service is offered from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. along a condensed route. Visit the Trolley webpage for more information.
A video explains how to load your bike.
A BikeLid is a locker that can hold up to two bikes. The locker has a hinged lid that protects your bike from inclement weather conditions, such as rain and snow, and helps to secure bikes from theft and vandalism. Greenlink has ten bike lockers located throughout downtown Greenville. Bike Locker rental rates are $50 for six months plus a $40 refundable deposit for the lock and key. Download Bike Locker Rental Agreement.
The Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) Board of Directors meets monthly. These meetings are open to the public. View Meeting Calendar
Art plagiarism refers to taking someone else's artwork or design and claiming it as your own. This includes tracing, reproducing, replicating or redrawing someone else’s artwork (in part or in whole), copying stylistic design choices and using someone else’s ideas as a direct source for content. Plagiarism occurs when tweaking or altering original details is not enough to make a piece unique from the original. To avoid plagiarism, you should consider seeking inspiration from multiple artists and works of art. If you feel uncomfortable sharing details about the art or the artist who influenced your piece or have concerns about how your work resembles someone else’s, it may be a sign that you have plagiarized another artist.
It is generally understood that photographers are not trying to pass off the three-dimensional subjects in their photos as products of their own creation; however, you should consider taking the photo from a unique vantage point or capturing the subject matter in a unique way. If a photo contains two-dimensional artwork (e.g., paintings, drawings, photos) that is copyrighted, but the artwork is not the sole subject of the photo, it would be considered ancillary.
Yes, artwork created by more than one student can be submitted as long as all of the participants receive credit for their involvement. Greenlink will require a submission form from each student who worked on the piece.
A jury consisting of members of the Arts in Public Places Commission, the Youth Commission and the Greenville Transit Authority will review all submissions and assign scores of 0 - 25 for each of the categories listed below:
The submissions that receive the highest scores overall will be installed inside the Greenlink bus shelters.
A development code regulates construction and building projects.
This may include new construction, substantial rehabilitation or renovation to existing properties, or any significant changes to any individual property. Among other things, it can regulate building height, distance between a building and its property line, property use and housing density.
A development code almost always includes a section specifically about zoning, which establishes different development rules for different parts of the community.
As the community’s goals evolve over time, its development code also should change. The City of Greenville rewrote its comprehensive plan in 2019 and 2020. This new plan, GVL2040, includes ambitious goals for Greenville. Now the accompanying development code can be updated, to help bring the GVL2040 goals to fruition.
Development codes generally govern the use of a property and the physical characteristics of what is on that property. But there are many things about the property that cannot be regulated in the development code. For example, the development code cannot govern who owns a property or who lives in a house or apartment.
The City has hired a team of consultants led by czbLLC, who also helped the City with GVL2040. The consultants will draft the new development code based on a variety of inputs, including the goals of GVL2040, and feedback from:
City Council will ultimately approve the new code, and public hearings will be held before the Council can take a vote.
The City of Greenville is embarking on a planning process to develop a new Comprehensive Plan to determine the course of the next 20 years. This process, called Greenville 2040, will enable the community to help shape the vision and make recommendations through ongoing engagement opportunities. When completed, the comprehensive plan will help guide decision-making in Greenville for years to come.
A comprehensive plan is a long-term guide for the future physical development of a city that considers the input of citizens, businesses and other stakeholders. It includes recommendations for future land use, community facilities, connectivity, open space and recreation areas, cultural and natural resources and economic development. It includes a vision (an aspirational statement about the future condition of the city); goals (desired outcomes for each of the plan topics that are expressed simply) and actions to achieve the goals.Download: What Is A Comprehensive Plan?
In general, planning demonstrates good stewardship. Change – good or bad – happens whether we are ready or not. Greenville is located within one of the most rapidly growing areas of the United States and the metro area is the fastest growing area in South Carolina. The previous plan was adopted in 2009 and almost 10 years later, most of that plan has been implemented. It is time to reflect and take stock of the existing conditions and trends facing the community and solicit the community’s ideas and input to create a plan that will guide the long-term preservation, revitalization and growth of our city.
The comprehensive plan is just that – comprehensive. Topics range from land use and transportation to economic development and parks. Each topic will include a thorough evaluation of the city’s current conditions and the most important trends. The community will be asked for input through in-person and online engagement activities. Finally, recommendations will emerge in each topic that meld the technical analysis with the intuition of citizens. Topics in the Greenville 2040 Comprehensive Plan include population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, land use, transportation and priority investment.
As residents and business owners in the city, you stand to gain from a well-executed comprehensive plan. This is especially true if you become active in the process and share your thoughts and ideas. The City is committed to an open process where anyone who cares about the future of Greenville has a chance to contribute. Ultimately, the comprehensive plan is intended to deliver greater prosperity and quality of life to all segments of the community. By getting involved you can help shape the vision and policies that make this happen.
The process is being guided by a 42-member citizen steering committee. The City received a total of 228 applications for the committee and the members were ultimately selected through a rigorous process to ensure that the committee represents the diverse interests in the city. The steering committee will meet regularly throughout the process to plan outreach activities, discuss the technical analysis and give input on the direction of the plan, with oversight by the City’s Planning & Development Department, in collaboration with the consultant team.
Everyone is invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas and there will be many opportunities to do so throughout the planning process. Meetings will be announced well in advance through traditional media, social media and the City’s website. Please visit www.gvl2040.com and register your email address to receive direct updates on the process and engagement opportunities.
Absolutely not! By living, working or raising a family in Greenville, you know a lot about this community, and whether you’ve just moved here or you’re a lifelong resident, your perspective is important.
When you contribute an idea to Greenville 2040, you are contributing directly to the comprehensive plan. Depending on when you get involved, your ideas could serve as the foundation for the community’s vision statement, contribute to one of the plan’s goals, inspire a specific action (like a new project, policy or program) or set the course for implementation.
There are several different planning processes going on in the city and region concurrently. The Downtown Strategic Master Plan process, which kicked off in June of 2018, focused on the downtown area only. The City also recently completed the Wade Hampton Boulevard Strategic Plan and the 2018 Historic Resources Survey. Greenville County is also undertaking a comprehensive planning process, which Greenville 2040 will be mindful of and will coordinate with as appropriate.
The process will last roughly 20 months, with a goal of adopting the plan in the winter of 2020.
More information is available at www.gvl2040.com. Be sure to share your email address with us under “Stay Informed” and we’ll keep you updated on upcoming meetings and major announcements.
A comprehensive plan provides a framework and guiding principles, and the creation of jobs is an outcome of a successful plan. The plan does advocate for the creation of small urban centers located throughout the city, and those commerce areas will become job centers.
Currently, developers are seeking land in traditional neighborhoods because there are no incentives to do otherwise. By developing small urban centers or “nodes,” Greenville will shift the tide, encouraging growth in defined areas through incentives such as increased building heights and allowances for density. While land values in these urban centers will increase, the values of homes in traditional neighborhoods will become more stable over time.
Green space and open space actually play a key role in the plan. While Greenville is an urban environment, the plan emphasizes the preservation of green space as a key contributor to quality of life
Creating more desirable areas in our city will help attract more companies to Greenville. Quality of life can be a deciding factor in the site selection process and the plan puts Greenville on track for a high quality of life ranking.
We don’t consider the plan to be auto-oriented. The plan supports the creation of small urban centers within a five-minute walk of adjacent traditional neighborhoods. Those urban centers are connected via corridors designed to support public transportation, which could be bus, light rail or some future option.
Our data (census, development, etc.) tells us that growth has occurred and is projected to continue. The plan acknowledges that growth will happen and gives us the ability to shape growth in a healthy way.
The plan preserves single-family housing because it strengthens traditional neighborhoods. By redirecting development to small urban centers, the plan effectively takes the pressure off of traditional neighborhoods.
Company leaders are looking for quality of life for themselves and their employees. The plan helps us create areas where people want to live.
Regardless of race, many cannot afford to live in the city. People leave because the land values are inflated. We want to create a new balance that slows the rate of increase in residential land values and stabilizes our existing neighborhoods. The plan also establishes a goal of making 10-12% of all new housing units affordable (an increase from 8% currently) and recommends creating affordable housing throughout the city instead of only in specific areas.
There is a clear connection between the City’s and the County’s plans. The county plan directs growth to its existing urban centers, including the city of Greenville, which is the largest. The City’s plan assumes that and, in turn, directs that growth to small urban centers.
The overall vision is for Greenville to grow in a healthy way that makes it stronger rather than allowing growth to occur at the expense of quality of life. The plan considers a new way of growing, a willingness to work for what Greenville wants to be and a willingness to adapt, putting Greenville squarely on the path to becoming a vibrant, sustainable and successful community.
Comprehensive plans are not meant to be project-specific. The plan is designed to provide a framework for the community to consider each new development based on its merits.
Because it will require collaboration between the public and private sectors, the plan calls for incentives to provide balance. For example, developers can donate more green space on a specific project and receive an allowance for added building height. In addition to using incentives, the City will also seek grant funding.
The nodes included in the plan are for illustrative purposes, based on areas where small urban centers are already forming. When a node location is officially identified, there will be a master planning process, which involves numerous opportunities for public participation.
Downtown will always be our primary urban center, and the plan continues to emphasize downtown. The recently completed Downtown Master Plan also affirms its role as our city center.
The plan supports the concept that affordable housing can go anywhere. An affordable home could be in an apartment complex, mixed in with market-priced apartments or it could be a townhome in a traditional neighborhood. Federal guidelines are used to determine who is eligible for affordable housing.
Open space has a direct impact on a community’s quality of life. Economic development analysts call it the “golden rule” of development. Cities that maintain a high quality of life enjoy ongoing growth and prosperity.
When we consolidate growth in nodes that are bikeable, walkable and accessible via public transportation, we reduce the traffic pressure along the corridors that connect them. The goal is to create an environment where maintaining an automobile is not considered essential.
Widening roads could be part of a solution to a specific congestion issue, but it is only one option. There are other ways to manage traffic (such as public transit, integrated trail systems, etc.). The plan considers using other options to reduce pressure on roadways.
All three of the plan’s identified priorities (affordable housing, open space and transportation) are about growth. The plan emphasizes directing most of Greenville’s new growth into higher density nodes or centers located throughout the city that are connected by major corridors. We are creating a place where people can live, work and play within five miles of their home.
Throughout the public engagement phases of the planning process, the need to add more affordable housing continued to emerge as a top priority for the community. Home prices and rents have risen faster than inflation in recent years and many residents have diminishing options—especially for homeownership.
Effective public transit requires density. Right now, our community is spread out, which makes it difficult and expensive to meet transportation needs. The plan creates nodes of density throughout the city, which will increase ridership opportunities.
We are preserving traditional neighborhoods by protecting them from gentrification. The plan recommends incentives and regulations to push development pressure to the nodes rather than established neighborhoods. The result will be stabilized land values in neighborhoods because redevelopment will be more costly.
While the core values listed in the plan may not reflect the values of any one person, they do reflect the community’s values, which were identified through extensive public engagement efforts.
There is no impact on tax rates associated with the plan.
A historic resources survey is the process of identifying historic properties within the boundaries of a specific geographical area, documenting their location and physical characteristics and evaluating their significance within an appropriate historical context. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the SC Department of Archives & History uses survey information to identify properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Greenville's Historic Resources Survey is part of their statewide effort. The City of Greenville Historic Resource Survey follows the guidelines developed by the SHPO for the collection of architectural information within specified areas in the city limits that have not been previously inventoried. For this project, we will collect information on buildings constructed before 1975, including architectural form and style, historic materials and features and dates of construction and alteration. That information will become part of the SHPO's statewide database for historic resources. To learn more about the SHPO’s statewide survey program, visit https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation.
For properties that fit the criteria, the survey team will take photographs of the front elevation and an angled view. If a property has a historically significant outbuilding or landscape feature not visible from the street, they will ask for your permission to gain access to those resources. The information collected will focus on the building’s architecture, including building type and form, historic details, materials on exterior walls, configuration of porches, types of windows, etc.
The Historic Resource Survey does not create a local or national historic district or result in listing on a national or local register. The purpose of the project is to add to the inventory of historic structures located in the city, and while the consultant’s report may indicate that certain neighborhoods or buildings meet National Register criteria for eligibility, historic designation of any property would be a separate public process.
Properties listed in the National Register are eligible for preservation tax credits and preservation grants, and receive some protection from the potential adverse effects of federal projects. Local governments can adopt a historic preservation zoning ordinance, which enables them to designate properties of historical or architectural significance. The ordinance protects historic properties by requiring approval before property owners can build, demolish or make alterations within designated areas.
The Historic Resource Survey does not affect property taxes because it does not create a historic district or change a local property's designation. Recent studies in South Carolina found that local historic district status increases property values.
The Historic Resource Survey does not affect an owner's ability to make modifications to their property. Owners of properties located in the City’s existing historic preservation overlay districts must adhere to certain guidelines and follow a process when considering changes to their property. View the guidelines.
Several studies examine the positive economic impacts of historic preservation. Information is available on SHPO’s website at https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation.
A great place to begin is the State Historic Preservation Office website: https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation.
Skate sessions are limited to 60 skaters per each 1-hour skate session. In order to guarantee your spot, it is recommended to pre-purchase you skate session ticket online at www.iceonmain.com. Walk-ups will be allowed if there is space available.
City of Greenville public restrooms are located on site, behind the water wall, for your convenience.
Hot chocolate and other seasonal treats are available for purchase at United Community Bank Ice on Main on select dates and times. Follow @IceonMain on Facebook for the schedule.
Skate sessions are limited to one hour. Once you turn your skates back in your Ice on Main session is complete. Please do not leave the rink area with your skates.
Yes, you may bring your own skates to United Community Bank Ice on Main but you will still have to purchase an Ice on Main skate session ticket.
If you don’t want to skate, we won’t make you! United Community Bank Ice on Main has plenty of places for you to watch your friends and family skate while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.
Large group discounts are available when an entire session is reserved during specified times.
To learn more about our large group discounts and how to reserve the entire rink, please visit RENT THE RINK.
The ticket price is $10 for adults, $8 for kids ages 3-12 and free for kids under 2. This includes skate rental.
Each ticket is good for a 1-hours session of skating.
Ice rink capacity will be limited to 60 skaters per session.
United Community Bank Ice on Main accepts cash and credit cards. Due to limited admission, it is highly recommended to reserve your skate session online in order to guarantee your preferred skate time. Walk-ups will be allowed only if there is space available.
The smallest skate size is children's 8, and the largest adult size is Men's 13.
United Community Bank Ice on Main does not provide storage for personal belongings. Please plan for any needs.
We remain open in light to moderate rain but may close in heavy and sustained rain at the discretion of Ice Rink management. No refunds or rain checks will be issued for tickets purchased.
Ice skating is an outdoor activity. We advise patrons to dress warmly and for the weather. You should also wear socks if you plan to skate.
There are several parking garages available downtown within walking distance from United Community Bank Ice on Main. Closest are the River Street Garage and Poinsett Garage.
Skate scooters, provided by Duke Energy, are available on a first come, first serve basis and are for children 12 and younger. They are available for rent for $2 at the ticket shed.
Socks are required to rent skates. Socks are available for sale at the rink.
We offer both hockey and figure skates at United Community Bank Ice on Main.
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Moonlight Movies takes place at the bottom of Falls Park. Follow the path from Main Street (531 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601).
The movie begins at dusk. The time changes each week but see below for a general idea of the date and approximate movie start time:
This is a free event.
Yes, the event is held in the park and ground conditions can sometimes be wet. You are allowed and encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.
Yes, you can bring your own food and/or beverage. Food and beverages will also be available for sale via local food vendors.
Yes, you are permitted to bring alcohol but you must purchase a wristband (for $1) and show valid ID to consume.
No, all alcohol must be poured into a plastic cup. Cups will be available at the event.
No, seating in the park is first come-first serve.
No. Per City ordinance, pets are not allowed at special events.
No. Per City ordinance, smoking is prohibited at special events.
Yes, restrooms are located near the Main Street entrance to the park and can be accessed by elevator.
The options include paid parking garages and facilities within walking distance. For more parking information, visit parking.greenvillesc.gov.
Yes, the event is wheelchair accessible via a series of paved trails and ramps as well as an elevator located near the Main Street entrance to the park.
Event cancellations will be posted immediately on the Greenville Events Facebook and Instagram feeds at @gvillevents.
Falls Park is a 20 acre park located in the heart of downtown. For more information, visit https://www.greenvillesc.gov/167/Falls-Park.
The program is 26 weeks long as required by state statute.
If your citation is dated between July 1, 1997, and Aug. 31, 2017, the City of Greenville accepts online payment. Pay Municipal Court Fine Online
Fines must be paid in-person at either Greenville Municipal Court (426 N Main Street) or the City office at the Greenville County Detention Center (20 McGee Street), by mail or online. Fines may be paid by cash, credit/debit cards, and money orders only. No personal or business checks will be accepted. If your citation is dated between July 1, 1997, and Aug. 31, 2017, the City of Greenville accepts online payment. Pay Municipal Court Fine Online
Greenville County maintains a map of all zoning district designations within the county including the City of Greenville. View the Address Locator.
Descriptions of the districts are provided in Article 19-3, Zoning Districts of the City’s Land Management Ordinance, which is Chapter 19 of the City Municipal Code.
The city has an interactive mapping tool that provides information about all city property. Use the Address Locator
If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. If the incident is of a serious nature, call the non-emergency number at 864-271-5333.
If the incident does not require the physical presence of an officer, or you are reporting an incident mainly for insurance purposes (such as a lost or stolen cell phone or minor private property accident), the front desk officer can take your report over the phone at 864-467-5258.
If you need to report a shoplifting incident at your business or want to report an incident of identity theft or petty theft (theft of item(s) valued at less than $2,000), you can file an online incident report.
Before calling the non-emergency or front desk phone number, please determine if the incident occurred within the city limits. You can do an address check here. If it occurred in Greenville County, you will need to contact the Greenville County Sheriff's Office at 864-271-5210.
Call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME (864-232-7463). If your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a substantial reward. You will be given a confidential number, which is the only identification provided to both informants and officers. No names are required or given. If your information leads to an arrest, a check from the Crime Stoppers organization will be left for you at a local bank with only numbers to indicate the recipient.
Call 911 if the crime is in progress. If the crime has already occurred and it occurred within the Greenville city limits, call the non-emergency number at 864-271-5333.
To commend the actions of one of our officers or employees, you can call 864-271-5333 and ask to speak to the officer's supervisor. You can also send a message online.
If you'd like to share your comments with Chief Thompson, you can send a letter to 4 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or email the Office of the Chief. Please be sure to include your name and address. The officer or employee will be notified of the commendation and it will be recorded in their personnel file. Depending on the circumstances, additional recognition may be given.
The Greenville Police Department encourages anyone who believes they have a valid complaint against an employee of this agency to file a report. All allegations of misconduct will be thoroughly investigated. Only by becoming aware of improprieties by our employees can we take the necessary corrective and/or disciplinary action to ensure that the department maintains the highest standards.
If you believe you have a valid complaint, please contact the Office of Internal Affairs at 864-467-5148. You can also fill out an online complaint form and someone from Internal Affairs will contact you. All complaints receive a response.
In order to maintain awareness of sex offenders living in your neighborhood, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office has added a Sex Offender Registry to their website. The registry allows you to enter any local address and provides a list of all registered Greenville County sex offenders living within a one-mile radius within the boundaries of Greenville County. You can also find information about a specific offender who is registered in Greenville County.
To retrieve evidence, you must have a court order or written authorization from the arresting officer or detective in the case. Bring the court order or written authorization, along with a photo ID and the case number, to the Law Enforcement Center at 4 McGee Street. If you are planning to pick up a car, gun or money, please call the Property and Evidence Unit at 864-467-5266 ahead of time. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Greenville Police Department maintains a record of all vehicle tows within the city limits that were involved in a traffic accident or traffic stop, abandoned on public property or illegally parked on public property. If you suspect that your vehicle has been towed from within the city limits, contact our Communications Division at 864-271-5333.
The City of Greenville code of ordinances is available online.
To contact a specific officer, call the non-emergency number at 864-271-5333. Please be prepared to give the operator the officer's name or unit number, the case number (if applicable), your contact information and the reason for the call.
The operator will take a message and forward it to the officer if he or she is on duty at the time of the call. Operators are not permitted to give out officers' phone numbers. The officer will return your call as soon as possible.
If he or she is not on duty, the operator may be able to advise you when they are scheduled to return to work so that you can call back during that time. Operators will not contact officers who are off duty.
To obtain a copy of your incident report, contact the Public Records Division at 864-467-5257. When your copy is ready, you can pick up it up at the Law Enforcement Center at 4 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601.
You can do a search on the Greenville County website to find out if someone has been incarcerated.
Due to the number of vehicle accidents that occur on a daily basis, dispatchers are unable to quickly identify individual accidents. Additionally, dispatch does not record the names of the individuals involved - only the vehicle descriptions and whether they were towed. Detailed information is taken by the officer on the scene but dispatch does not have immediate access to that data. We recommend calling area hospitals to see if they have been admitted.
You can follow the Greenville Police Department on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also download the GPD mobile app for Android and iPhone.
With mediation, the citizen and the officer meet face-to-face over a period of time and a UMC mediator guides the two parties through a constructive discussion about the incident in a controlled and confidential environment. Each party has an opportunity to tell their side of the story and to explain how the interaction affected them. The mediator then works with the two parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
The purpose of this event is to begin building community partnerships to support youth and reduce violence and to review the assets and resources already in place in the Nicholtown community.
The Nicholtown Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the City of Greenville.
Nicholtown residents and representatives from non-profits and government agencies that serve children and families.
Representatives from the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College.
For general questions, contact Yvonne Reeder with the Nicholtown Neighborhood Association at 864-370-0517; Dr. Lee Hunt, Strategic Planning & Analysis Administrator for the Greenville Police Department, at 864-467-3295 or Yvonne Johnson-Davis, Gang Intervention Program Coordinator for the Greenville Police Department, at 864-467-6624. For media inquiries, contact Dr. Hunt.
Pickleball is a popular sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Similar to those sports, it is played with a paddle, plastic ball, and net. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles and can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, making it one of the fastest growing sports in the country.
Text 'Pickleball' to 866-874-2232 for weekly location updates. In addition, follow us on the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation social media channels for season and scheduling updates.
Open play allows all players who want to play to have the chance to do so! Open play requires four people to be on the court. If all courts are in use and players are waiting, paddles are stacked in a left to right progression to determine who is next up to play. Whenever a new court opens, the next four paddles in line go out to play!
Both multi-week membership passes and season passes can be purchased at rec.greenvillesc.gov.
Some equipment will be provided, but not all. While balls will be provided, please bring your own paddle.
There will be 7 – 10 courts available for play at each location.
If your pickup day falls on one of the following holidays, your collection service will be one day late that week: • New Year’s Day• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day• Presidents’ Day• Memorial Day• Fourth of July• Labor Day• Thanksgiving Day• Christmas Day
• A physician or optometrist will certify that your disability prevents you from transferring the garbage/recycling to the curb
If you meet the criteria, you’ll need to fill out a service application form (below) and return it to: City of Greenville Public Works, 360 S. Hudson Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Carry-Out Service Request Form
North Greenville Recycling Center514 Rutherford Road
Stone Avenue Recycling Center800 East Stone Avenue
Call Public Works at 864-232-CARE(2273). We will dispatch a superintendent to determine if it is a city or private tree, and take appropriate action.
Call Public Works at 864-232-CARE(2273) and we will remove the limb from the right of way.
Call Public Works Operations immediately at 864-232-CARE(2273), we will dispatch a crew to check the City’s main sewer line in the street. Be prepared to call a plumber if there is no problem with the City main sewer line.
Call Public Works Operations immediately at 864-232-CARE(2273). After hours, please call the police non-emergency number at 864-271-5333.
Normally no, only in cases involving a public safety issue due to traffic density or traffic volume on a city street. If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 864-232-CARE(2273).
All public main sewer lines. No private sewer laterals which connect from the private structure to our public main sewer lines. Call Public Works Operations at 864-232-CARE(2273) for more information.
Gates open at 6pm and the concert begins at 6:30pm and ends at 9pm
Sound Check takes place in the Peace Center amphitheater located behind the Peace Center 300 S. Main St.
There are two options to enjoy the concert:
1. Enjoy the concert in your own private viewing area in our T-Mobile Pods.
2. Come and grab a spot on the lawn in our open general admission area.
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale every Tuesday at 10 am for the current week's concert. Tickets can only be purchased for the upcoming show and cannot be purchased for the full season.
Online ticket purchasing for reserved pods is encouraged as concerts may sell out. No reservations are required for general admission seating.
Each pod is 6 ft x 6 ft and can accommodate up to 4 people.
Admission for lap children under the age of 4 years old is free of charge.
Face coverings and social distancing is encouraged. Beverages can be purchased for delivery to your reserved pod.
T-Mobile pods are spaced 6 feet apart from each other.
Face coverings are encouraged for all individuals attending this event except when eating or drinking.
Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets as long as they will fit within your 6 ft x 6 ft safe space pod.
Due to the nature of the outdoor amphitheater environment, be prepared for wet ground conditions. Chairs and blankets are permitted.
Coolers are not permitted at this event.
Yes. Outside food is allowed at this event.
No. Alcohol and Pepsi products will be available for sale at the event. You must purchase a $1 wristband in order to consume alcohol. Beverage sales end at 8:30pm.
Alcohol and Pepsi products will be sold at the event; however, food will not be available for purchase.
Outside food IS ALLOWED at this event.
Each pod reservation includes signage with a QR code that can be scanned using your mobile device to make beverage purchases. Our team will receive your order and deliver your beverages to your pod. Beverages can also be purchased in the auxiliary beverage stand located outside the Wyche Pavilion. Limit 4 alcoholic beverages per order.
Beer and wine: $5, Pepsi products: $2 and alcohol wristbands: $1.
You are only permitted to order 4 alcoholic beverages per safe space pod at a time.
Yes. Restrooms are available on site.
Parking is available in surrounding garages: RiverPlace Garage, River Street Garage, & Poinsett Garage are the closest to the venue. More info can be found on the city’s website here. (https://www.greenvillesc.gov/519/City-Garages-Lots)
No. Per City ordinance, pets are not allowed at special events.
No. Per City ordinance, smoking is prohibited at special events.
If the event is cancelled due to the weather or an unforeseen circumstance, you will receive an email notification and a refund will be issued to your original form of payment within 5 to 7 business days. Event cancellations will also be posted immediately on the Greenville Events Facebook and Instagram feeds at @gvillevents.
Visit our website to find info on volunteering at the event.
ADA Accessibility Info: Pod numbers 24-36 are wheelchair/ADA accessible - All entrances and restrooms are wheelchair/ADA accessible
Call Public Works Operations at 864-232-CARE(2273).
Call Public Works at 864-232-CARE(2273); we will dispatch our Stormwater Division. If it’s on Private property it will be the responsibility of the homeowner; if it is on the streets, City crews will take care of it.
Call Public Works Immediately at 864-232-CARE(2273) and we will dispatch a crew to investigate and replace the top as soon as possible - this is a public safety issue. If after hours, please call the non-emergency police at 864-271-5333.
Call Public Works Operations at 864-232-CARE(2273) and we will send a superintendent to evaluate the situation.
Call Public Works Engineering at 864-232-CARE(2273); they will explain the evaluated needs process.
The Public Works Department sweeps neighborhood curb-and-gutter streets on a bi-weekly basis. For more information, call 864-232-CARE(2273).
Call Public Works Traffic Engineering at 864-232-CARE(2273) and we will walk you through the process. Or learn more online at https://www.greenvillesc.gov/498/Traffic-Calming.
Call Public Works immediately at 864-232-CARE(2273), we will dispatch a Streets Superintendent to investigate.
Call Public Works Operations at 864-232-CARE(2273), we will dispatch our asphalt crew.
No, the driveway tie-in is the responsibility of the property owner.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail begins at Greenville Technical College, crosses the City of Greenville through various parks, proceeds through the campus of Furman University, and ends in Travelers Rest.
Park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Prisma Health Welcome Center hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Unity Park will be open year-round.
The Prisma Health Welcome Center will be closed on the following holidays:
For information on available parking, please refer to our Getting Here & Parking information.
Visit the Rentals & Reservations page to reserve a space for your next event.
Individuals, organizations and agencies wishing to conduct public gatherings on City of Greenville property are required to obtain a permit.
Check the Rentals & Reservations page for more information.
Learn more about special events in the City and apply for a permit..
Beverages containing alcohol are prohibited in the park, except when provided at a permitted special event at the Prisma Health Welcome Center. In this case, a temporary special event alcohol license may be required.
Tents or shade structures are not permitted in the park. Staking of tents damages the grass areas. Unstaked tents can catch wind and cause injuries. Please do not bring personal tents to the park.
Leashed dogs are permitted in the park; however, only service animals are permitted in any indoor facility or at any special event.
The restroom hours are the same as the park hours, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Call or text Greenville Cares at 864-232-CARE (2273).
The Greenville Water Splash Pad is open Mondays from 1 p.m. to sunset and Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to sunset. The Splash Pad will be turned off any day there is rain, including scattered showers. It will operate from May 1 to October 15.
The Greenville Water Splash Pad will operate from May 1 to October 15.
The Greenville Water Splash Pad is recommended for all ages; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
If your child is still in diapers, he/she must wear a swim diaper in the Greenville Water Splash Pad.
Due to state regulations, only service animals are permitted in the Greenville Water Splash Pad and the playground area.
Smoking is not permitted in any of the playground areas, per City Code Section 16, Article IV. Smoking is also not permitted in encroachment areas, such as the restaurant or Welcome Center desks. Smoking is not permitted during permitted events. Otherwise, smoking is permitted in city parks.
SCDHEC has determined that the Reedy River is contaminated with high concentrations of harmful bacteria that can cause serious infections to humans. For these reasons, walking, wading, swimming in the river are prohibited.