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 its first meeting in the Town’s Emergency Operations Center at Town Hall on September 19. This meeting was described as a Listening and Learning workshop, where Forum members could learn about the process, and begin to share their perspectives on the Town.
After basic introductions to each other, and the process, the Forum heard a presentation on the Forces and Trends that are evident in the Mount Pleasant community. This included information on population, housing, education, employment, natural and cultural resources and traffic. In order to understand the context of the current Comprehensive Planning process, the Forum was also given a brief history of the 2014 Comprehensive Plan, and the various action items that the Town has undertaken since its’ adoption.
The Plan Forum members then divided into small groups for work sessions and discussion. In these small groups, they first discussed the various things they love about Mount Pleasant, then defined Mount Pleasant’s challenges. After reporting back to the larger group, the groups turned their attention to a map of the town, with instructions to identify areas of strength, areas of opportunity, and traffic/transportation hotspots in Mount Pleasant. Again, this information was reported back to the group as a whole. The information from these various exercises was recorded, and will become a part of the supporting documentation for the Comprehensive Plan. These documents are posted on this website in the left navigation tab for the 9/19/17 Plan Forum meeting. (Updated September 21, 2017)
Following this first Plan Forum meeting, the Town’s consultants and staff will begin preparations for the first Open House, which is scheduled for October 17, at 6:00 p.m. This Open House will follow a similar format to the first Plan Forum meeting, in that it will also be a time devoted to “Listening and Learning” about Mount Pleasant’s strengths and challenges. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts. Additional information about the format and location of this Open House will be available soon. (Updated September 21, 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 first will be held in October. We look forward to seeing you there.
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