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The project logo Gvl2040 Public Survey: June 2019

The project logo Gvl2040 Public Survey: June 2019

The City of Greenville is embarking on a comprehensive planning process called GVL2040. The City’s last comprehensive plan was adopted in 2009 after a two-year planning process called Plan-it Greenville and has served as a guide for future land use, community facilities, connectivity, open space and recreation areas, cultural and natural resources and economic development for the City’s last 10 budget cycles.

Now, GVL2040 is an opportunity for our community to decide on its future direction. Should we stay the course and keep doing what we’ve been doing, or should we change direction in small or significant ways? The survey below is designed to help you determine how you feel about Greenville today and what changes you think need to be made, if any, over the next 10 years.

* How long have you lived in the city of Greenville?
15+ years
34%
6 to 15 years
22%
I don't live in the city of Greenville
19%
2 to 5 years
17%
Less than 2 years
9%
Closed to responses | 3,217 Responses
* Do you rent or own your current home?
Own
81%
Rent
19%
Closed to responses | 3,190 Responses
* How old are you?
35 to 54
38%
55+
31%
18 to 34
31%
Under 18
0%
Closed to responses | 3,180 Responses
* Are there school-age children in your household?
No
73%
Yes
27%
Closed to responses | 3,176 Responses
* Which ethnicity/race do you identify with?
White, non-Hispanic
85%
Prefer not to answer
5%
Black or African-American
5%
Hispanic
2%
Other
2%
Asian-American
1%
Native American
0%
Closed to responses | 3,177 Responses
* Please enter your address to identify the area where you live. Note: exact addresses are not collected.
* All of the issues below have been deemed important by Greenville residents. Please select up to three issues that you think GVL2040 MUST address to be successful:
Improving transportation options and reducing congestion
59%
Preserving green space/the environment
51%
Expanding affordable housing opportunities
37%
Sustaining economic growth
32%
Keeping our amenities and quality of life strong and/or making them stronger
29%
Keeping downtown strong and/or making it stronger
23%
Improving public safety
16%
Becoming more equitable and welcoming for all residents
15%
Improving the design and quality of the built environment
13%
Strengthening neighborhoods
12%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
7%
Closed to responses | 2,836 Responses
* The following are locations/projects that could potentially have big impacts (positive and negative) on the city, depending on how they are developed. Please select the three locations/projects that Greenville MUST get right in the next five to 10 years.
Development compatibility in Nicholtown
Unity Park and the immediately surrounding blocks/Southernside neighborhood
County Square and the immediately surrounding blocks/Haynie-Sirrine neighborhood
Laurens Road "Motor Mile" corridor
Laurens Road between Haywood and downtown
Development compatibility in West Greenville (including the Village)
Downtown
Greenville Downtown Airport
Haywood Road corridor
Development compatibility in Greenline-Spartanburg
Proposed downtown convention center and the immediately surrounding blocks
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
Closed to responses
* The term quality of life usually refers to an individual’s sense of well-being and how it is influenced by the characteristics of the community around them. In general, how would you rate your quality of life in Greenville?
Good. I like living here and have most of what I need to live well.
55%
Satisfactory. I’m content. There are some things that bug me or that I find wanting, but the good outweighs the bad.
26%
Exceptional. It can’t get much better than it already is.
16%
Unsatisfactory. There are a few significant things that undermine my well-being.
3%
Poor. There are several things beyond my control that undermine my well-being.
1%
Closed to responses | 2,784 Responses
* What community factors have the greatest NEGATIVE impact on your quality of life? Please rank your answers by clicking on the most important factor, and then the next, so they appear in order of importance.
Closed to responses | 2,513 Responses
* What community factors have the greatest POSITIVE impact on your quality of life? Please rank your answers by clicking on the most important factor, and then the next, so they appear in order of importance.
Closed to responses | 2,614 Responses
* Improving Greenville’s quality of life will make it a more desirable place to live and visit. While this can benefit existing residents, it can also put pressure on housing prices, traffic and other aspects of the community.

Please select the response that best matches how you think Greenville should handle this:
Continue investing in quality of life improvements at the same pace but commit adequate public resources to address negative consequences
54%
Slow down on investing in quality of life improvements until we better understand the consequences and are prepared to deal with them
18%
Redirect money we’ve been investing in quality of life improvements to issues we’ve been neglecting
18%
Continue investing in quality of life improvements at the same pace and assume that unintended consequences will be resolved by the market (without public intervention)
9%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
1%
Closed to responses | 2,567 Responses
* How concerned are you about each of the following consequences of development, or of slowing down development?
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* The number of jobs located in the city of Greenville has grown by more than 20,000 since 2002. What do you think are the biggest contributors to this growth? Please rank your answers by clicking on the most important factor, and then the next, so they appear in order of importance.
Closed to responses | 2,442 Responses
* What factors do you think could cause growth to slow or stop in future years? Please rank your answers by clicking on the most important factor, and then the next, so they appear in order of importance.
Closed to responses | 2,430 Responses
* For reference, the old Chamber of Commerce building is 10 stories, the Westin Poinsett is 11 stories, Aloft is 12 stories, Towers East Apartments is 14 stories, the Camperdown Building is 17 stories, and the Landmark Building is 23 stories.

How would you feel if the City approved six new 15 to 20-story buildings near Fluor Field?
I would really dislike it
28%
I would neither like it nor be opposed to it
26%
I would dislike it a bit
20%
I would like it a lot
16%
I would like it a little
9%
Closed to responses | 2,488 Responses
* Growing the number of businesses and jobs in Greenville has been a priority since the decline of the region’s textile industry. Please select the response that best matches how do you think the City should approach economic development going forward:
Economic development needs to remain a top priority. We’ve come a long way but can’t afford to become complacent or take our success for granted.
44%
We’ve been giving too much to businesses and developers without getting enough in return. We need to make sure the public benefits more from any resources we spend on economic development.
22%
We’ve created a place where businesses want to be. Economic development no longer needs to be a top priority, especially when there are other issues to deal with.
21%
Economic development has changed Greenville, but not always for the better. We need to rethink what we want from economic development.
13%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
1%
Closed to responses | 2,463 Responses
* Do you see yourself or someone in your household relocating for employment or financial reasons in the next two years?
No
79%
Yes
21%
Closed to responses | 2,476 Responses
If so, what would be the reason(s) for relocating? Please select all that apply.
To move somewhere else in the Greenville/Spartanburg region for better housing options
29%
To move to a bigger urban area with more job opportunities
26%
To move somewhere else in the state or country to live less expensively
26%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
20%
To move somewhere else in the Greenville/Spartanburg region to be closer to a job
14%
I’m only in Greenville as a step on my career ladder and don’t plan on being here for very long
6%
Closed to responses | 1,031 Responses
* The number of jobs in low-wage economic sectors (arts, entertainment, hotel and food services) has grown by at least 33% in the city of Greenville since 2002, but the number of residents without a college degree has actually been falling. This suggests that a large and growing number of Greenville’s lower-wage workers are commuting to the city from elsewhere in the region.

Please select up to two responses that best match how you think the City should respond to this trend:
Commit more local resources to public transportation to make commuting more affordable for low-wage households
62%
Commit more local resources to public transportation to reduce the congestion caused by an increase in commuting
44%
Subsidize affordable housing opportunities in and around major job centers, including downtown
43%
There is no role for the City to play in this
9%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
3%
Closed to responses | 2,406 Responses
* The number of white millennials in the city of Greenville grew by 78% between 2007 and 2017 while the number of black millennials in the city declined by 7%. If recent population trends remain steady, blacks will decline from a 25% share of the population in the city to a 10% share by 2040.

Please select up to two responses that best match how you think the City should respond to this trend:
Housing should be addressed. The City should ensure that a wider range of housing opportunities and choices are available.
48%
Neighborhoods should be addressed. The City should invest more heavily in neighborhood livability so that existing residents will want to stay.
40%
Greenville has changed culturally in ways that are less welcoming to blacks. The City should be more sensitive about this and mindful of the consequences of other City priorities.
28%
There isn’t much the City can do about this. If there are more housing options in the county, or if another city offers better opportunities, we can’t stop people from moving.
28%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
6%
Closed to responses | 2,389 Responses
* The natural environment has been important to Greenville’s recent success as a tourist destination and a place where businesses want to locate. Please select the response that best matches how important you think environmental quality is for Greenville going forward:
We need to do much more. I’m concerned that growth and development are having an adverse impact on our environmental quality (air, open space, water, etc.).
63%
We’re already responsible stewards of our environment. We should keep doing what we’ve been doing.
27%
Environmental quality is important, but I think we need to be careful about letting that issue get in the way of growth and development.
8%
Other (please use comment box below to explain)
1%
Closed to responses | 2,380 Responses
* If you were responsible for funding the following community priorities, how would you allocate the funding? Please rank your answers by clicking on the most important factor, and then the next, so they appear in order of importance.
Closed to responses | 2,359 Responses
* The city of Greenville’s population has increased by 16% since 2000 while Greenville County’s population has increased by 29%. How important is it for the City to coordinate planning efforts with the County?
Very important
61%
Important
24%
Somewhat important
13%
Not important
2%
Closed to responses | 2,399 Responses
* The city of Greenville’s current population is 68,000. Please select the largest population you would want the city to have:
No more than 100,000 (about the size of Boulder, CO)
31%
No more than 75,000 (not much larger than its current size)
24%
I have no opinion on this
18%
No more than 125,000 (about the size of Hartford, CT)
8%
It could be 10 million for all I care - bigger is better
6%
No more than 150,000 (about the size of Alexandria, VA)
5%
No more than 175,000 (about the size of Chattanooga, TN)
5%
No more than 200,000 (about the size of Des Moines, IA)
3%
Closed to responses | 2,403 Responses