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
The Plan Forum held their second group meeting on December 5, 2017. The Forum received presentations on municipal financial information and Mount Pleasant Waterworks operational data, as well as information gathered from the public during the first Open House and survey process. They also examined current trends and forces at work in the Town and began the process of refining priorities and themes to be addressed in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. To delve more deeply into issues facing the Town, the Forum has divided up into subcommittees to address 4 identified themes: Quality of the Built Environment/Place, Quality of Life/Community Character, Safe & Efficient Mobility, and Taking the Long View. Town Council has appointed seven new members to the Forum, and they will begin their service by participating with the various subcommittees. (Updated December 8, 2017)
The four newly established subcommittees will meet over the next month and a half to draft goals and objectives related to their individual themes. The product of these meetings will be presented in a draft format to the public for comment at the next Open House, which is scheduled for January 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. More information on this meeting will be available after the first of the year.
(Updated December 8, 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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