Managing Growth

The number one issue continuing to face our community is growth.

Southern Greenville County is growing rapidly, with northern Laurens County right behind it - and Fountain Inn is at the intersection of it all. 

On the Record:

As tracts of land, some of them hundreds of acres, are being sold by local families across the region, the question Fountain Inn has had to wrestle with isn't simply "yes or no", it's been "what is the appropriate role of government in these personal and family decisions?" 

That appropriate role is zoning.

In 2019 we promised to begin zeroing in on our zoning laws as the key to controlling growth. You get what you allow with zoning, and it’s become clear that we need to change what we allow, without impeding the rights of private property owners and without interfering with the free market.

We’ve spent the last four years laying the groundwork for the largest overhaul of our zoning laws since Fountain Inn established zoning in the 1980s. It’s a complex process governed largely by state law, but we’re well on our way to achieving this goal.

You can read more about my position on growth and role of government in one of my monthly columns in the Simpsonville Sentinel by clicking here.

What's Next:

How do you manage growth while balancing property owner rights, respecting the free market, and honoring your community’s vision? The responsible answer is zoning. It’s the primary, objective, tool local governments have to control growth. It’s why we’ve been focused on laying the groundwork for major changes in our zoning laws (see above). Over the next four years, you can expect major changes in the actual laws that govern what we allow as we grow.