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Four Unrelated Overlay Zone Out (but we like the recommendations anyway)

Four Unrelated Overlay Zone Out (but we like the recommendations anyway)

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 13, 2014) Temper tantrums and salty-tongue wound licking were the flavors of the night during discussion of the three-unrelated rule and the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (UNRI) at Thursday’s meeting of city council. Revisiting the decision to impose an “overlay district” upon a small section of the Tar River-University Neighborhood […]


Money for Favors?

Money for Favors?

by Lisa Ellison, Editor (February 13, 2014) One of the most contentious debates in the proceedings of Greenville’s last city council, increasing the city-wide limit on the number of unrelated people permitted to live in the same house, has returned. And based on campaign donation records from last fall’s election, which seated a new council, […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


Residents Sue City

Residents Sue City

Two months after a local law firm filed a formal request for information from Greenville officials, a group comprised mainly of  Tar River-University Neighborhood residents has taken the next step. They’re taking the city to court, battling a new ordinance which increases from three to four the number of unrelated occupants permitted to reside in […]


University Neighborhood Residents Fight Back

University Neighborhood Residents Fight Back

On behalf of a group of homeowners, Ward and Smith has filed a request for information with the City of Greenville concerning the recent council decision to expand the definition of family in a small portion of the University area (the so called three-unrelated ordinance). John Martin and Derek Allen are the homeowners’ legal representatives at […]


Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

By Lisa Wilbourne By far the most controversial topic discussed at City Hall in October was the change to the occupancy code for a small section of the city. Council voted 4-2 (Rose Glover, Max Joyner, Dennis Mitchell, Kandie Smith for; Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer against) to establish new rules in the Tar River-University neighborhood […]


Making Greenville Grow. Up.

Making Greenville Grow. Up.

When four of Greenville’s six city councilors voted Thursday to increase occupancy limits for unrelated people living in homes of the city’s Tar River-University neighborhood, each – along with the mayor – displayed a blatant disregard for the will of the people. Despite clear-cut and overwhelming public opposition from city residents, from the Planning and […]


Council to Vote on Occupancy Rules

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne A long-debated proposal to change the occupancy rules in one Greenville neighborhood will be decided tonight. City council will vote on what’s known as the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (UNRI), proposed two months ago by councilor Max Joyner. Under the proposal, homes meeting certain criteria and located in a neighborhood stretching from […]


Joyner’s motion

Joyner’s motion

The Greenville Guardian has obtained a copy of the motion presented by Councilor Max Joyner at last night’s meeting. It passed with support from Joyner, Rose Glover, Dennis Mitchell and Kandie Smith. Marion Blackburn and Calvin Mercer voted against it.  Have a look. Make a comment. What’s good? What’s not so good?  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


Live Updates on Tonight’s Council Meeting

photo: City of Greenville

By Lisa Wilbourne The Greenville Guardian is excited to try out something new tonight.  We’re pleased to announce live updates on tonight’s city council vote on the three unrelated occupancy issue.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. View the agenda here. Don’t forget to come back to see how it’s going.  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


Neighborhoods Maintain Voice

Pennington receiving a certificate for completing the city's Citizen's Academy in Spring 2012.

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville City Council Monday night rejected a proposal that could have profoundly impacted the way neighborhood concerns are expressed. Councilor Max Joyner asked the panel to discuss changing the way appointments are made to the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB), the only city board comprised of neighborhood-chosen liaisons. Joyner sought to make it […]


The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

by Lisa Wilbourne In March, Greenville City Council gave city staff the order “to present … code amendment alternatives to permit more than 3 unrelated persons occupancy in residential structures.” ————————- ANALYSIS ————————- As part of their research, which included gathering background information on the current standard and a survey of similar communities, staff held […]


Op-Ed: Focus Should Be on Solutions to Area’s Problems

Dennis Mitchell

By Dennis Mitchell Over the last few weeks in our community, people have been embroiled in a debate over whether or not to keep the current policy of allowing no more than 3 unrelated people to live in a single-family home. After meeting with groups and individuals to hear their arguments surrounding the rule, I […]


Op-Ed: We Need the ‘Rule of Three’ but That’s Just a Start

photo by Aileen Devlin / courtesy of the Daily Reflector

By Marion Blackburn Call it the “Summer of Three.” No more than three, that is. All summer, Greenville has been abuzz about possibly changing the ordinance that says only three unrelated people can share a house. That’s because in August, City Council will reconsider this city policy. The request to re-evaluate it came in March when […]


Councilors to Share Opinions on “Rule of 3”

photo: City of Greenville

Tomorrow, The Greenville Guardian will publish the first of two opinions from city council members on that body’s upcoming debate of possible changes to the so-called “rule of three.” Council will hear a report by city staff on the “no more than 3 unrelated” occupancy standard August 9 in a meeting which starts at 7 […]


City’s 2012-2013 Budget Established

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne In the June 14 meeting, City Council adopted the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget as recommended by staff with the following additions from Councilmember Max Joyner: Additional $50,000 for lighting study; Additional $25,000 to help support Uptown Greenville’s economic development efforts; $11.75/month sanitation rate for curbside and multi-family; $40.80/month for backyard service; 2.5% pay […]


Marriage and Family, State and City

Marriage and Family, State and City

What does a local rezoning issue have to do with a statewide constitutional amendment? Not much, except both of them involve definitions of familial status. ————————- IN OUR OPINION ————————- State-wide definition of marriage A couple of weeks ago, our state decided to adopt a strict definition of which domestic partners receive legal recognition and […]


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