An ordinance establishing commercial development guidelines in Greenwood was approved on its first of three readings Monday night.
The guidelines, which garnered unanimous approval by the City Council, are described in the ordinance as a "reference framework to assist an applicant in understanding the city’s goals and objectives for high quality development."
"This is the guidelines that some years ago got up to the third reading, and then it was tabled," Planning Director Sonny Bell said. "Then it just kind of got lost."
At 27 pages, the guidelines touch upon categories that include building materials, color palettes and design elements among many others.
A list of "undesirable elements" includes highly reflective surfaces, metal siding on the main facade, plastic siding, square "boxlike" structures and large, out-of-scale signs with "flashy colors."
According to the ordinance, the new guidelines "are general and may be interpreted with some flexibility in their application to specific projects."
It goes on to say that the city will refer to the guidelines during its review of new commercial projects.
"Non-compliance to these guidelines may be grounds for denial of a project," the ordinance states.
Bell said the guidelines were reintroduced to the city’s Planning Commission, which gave the green light to pursue council approval.
So far this year, there has been one new commercial project with a construction value of $700,000, Bell said. In addition, construction of 15 new homes is under way at a value of $1.8 million.
"It looks like our building is picking up like we thought it would," Bell said.
Also Monday, the City Council failed to approve two separate motions for the sale of excess and outdated vehicles and equipment at auction.
The first motion excluded a vehicle Mayor Del Gabbard said he wants to revive for use on city business. The second motion included the vehicle.
Earlier in the evening, Gabbard pulled from the meeting agenda a resolution to increase the city’s maintenance and repair budget by $1,500 to fix the vehicle, and add $1,000 for fuel.
"I’m in the process of looking into past history on this one," Gabbard told the council.
The mayor currently uses his own vehicle for city business, then receives a mileage reimbursement.
In other business, Finance Director Ann Eglinsdoerfer told the City Council that a new part-time employee has been hired in her department.
Last month, Councilmen Lance Terry and A.C. Brown voted against the hire. Brown said he wanted to hold off "until we see how revenues are coming in."
Eglinsdoerfer said she estimates the new hire will work 24 hours a week.
In his report Monday, Fire Chief Stewart Bryan noted 27 total responses in March that included one wildfire and two calls for assistance from other departments battling fires.
"Last year for March we had like 44 calls," Bryan said. "So this is really a good month for us."
Police Chief Will Dawson reported 258 calls for service in March.
"We had 24 motor vehicle collisions and issued 73 traffic citations," he said
The Police Department made 40 arrests last month, Dawson said.