The Town of Mount Pleasant Comprehensive Plan Update
What’s a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is a local government’s guide for decision making. It is created by studying the existing conditions of the Town, debating preferred future alternatives and priorities, and identifying practical implementation strategies to help the Town reach its preferred future goals. There are nine required “elements” that every Comprehensive Plan must address – population, housing, economic development, community facilities, natural resources, cultural resources, land use, transportation, and priority investments. Thus, the Comprehensive Plan touches land development decisions, capital projects, and many other governmental decisions that might impact the future health of the Town. In South Carolina, communities are required to prepare new Comprehensive Plans every 10 years. Considering the tremendous growth that the area has experienced over the past several years, Town Council decided to move the process up a year, to help town government identify and address its greatest needs.
What’s going on now
At this point, the Town’s consultants and staff held the first public Open House, which was on October 17, 2017, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Since one of the first steps in the development of a Comprehensive Plan is to identify our priority issues, this Open House was scheduled so that your Town government could hear from you what you think our priorities should be. There are challenging issues to be addressed in Mount Pleasant, and your feedback is critical to getting it right.
If you could not attend there is still a chance for your input to be heard, please take this survey by November 17, 2017.
Our consultant delivered a brief explanation of our process and a YouTube recording will be uploaded shortly. The three main topics discussed were:
• identification of places to preserve,
• areas for potential redevelopment or other opportunity, and
• transportation issues and opportunities.
(Updated October 18, 2017)
The Plan Forum #2 meeting is coming up on December 5, 2017. A review of the information gathered at the Open House #1 event will be relayed for use by the Plan Forum in drafting priorities to be considered in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. This meeting will begin the process of drafting the vision and priorities for recommendation to Town Council. (Updated October 18, 2017)
How you can participate
The best way to participate is to educate yourself about the issues, and to attend the Open Houses to share your thoughts. There are three Open Houses planned throughout this process, which will be well advertised in print and online media. The next will be held in January. We look forward to seeing you there.
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