GVL2040 Comprehensive Plan

Greenville in 2040 Is A Place Where...

Passed by City Council in February 2021, GVL2040 is a comprehensive plan that the City of Greenville can use to shape its growth and evolution over the next two decades in ways that reflect how the community wants to grow.

Community input during the GVL2040 planning process revealed that Greenville residents want their city to keep growing. This means absorbing a fair share of Greenville County’s projected population growth and remaining the hub of the region’s growing economy.

But residents do not want growth to occur at the expense of quality of life. Instead, they want it to contribute to progress on several important fronts — especially on three priority issues.

Adopted GVL2040 Comp Plan (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Plan Highlights (PDF)
Amendments: Ordinance 2023-70 (PDF)

ACCOLADES: The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association named the GVL2040 comprehensive plan its outstanding planning project in the state for 2022.

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Our Top Priorities

Open Space and the Environment

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2,700 acres of vacant land remain in the City of Greenville, most of which is zoned for development. If Greenville keeps growing as it has been, very little vacant land will be left in 2040.

GVL2040 Goals

Proactively preserve as much as 35% of Greenville’s remaining vacant land as open space or parkland in order to bolster quality of life and protect environmental assets.

Affordable Housing Opportunities

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Home prices and rents have risen faster than inflation in recent years. While income growth has allowed some households to keep pace, many with lower incomes struggle to keep up and have diminishing options — especially for homeownership.

GVL2040 Goals

Make at least 10% of all new housing in Greenville income-restricted to preserve access to high-quality affordable housing — an increase from 8.5% of all current housing.

Transportation and Mobility

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Recent Trends

Traffic volumes have grown and the capacity of road systems to continue to absorb growth will diminish. Other mobility options, meanwhile, are too limited or inconvenient for most people to regularly use them unless they absolutely have to.

GVL2040 Goals

Make a range of appealing and safe mobility options possible along Greenville’s major corridors to reduce car dependence.