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 most recent group meeting on May 1, 2018 in the EOC, here at the Municipal complex. At this meeting, they reviewed and affirmed the work by the four subcommittees on the various "big issues" identified through this process:
- Urban Corridor Overlay District
- Settlement Communities
- Cultural Core
- "Mount Pleasant Way"
- Housing Diversity
- Financial resiliency
- Open Space Network
The Plan Forum’s next group meeting will be on June 5, 2018, where the drafts of the future land use maps and transportation recommendations will be the main focus. There will be a public Open House following their meeting that same evening from 5-7:00 pm on June 5 at the Municipal Complex to receive public feedback and comments on land use and transportation information.
Over the summer, the drafts of the new Comprehensive Plan and Long-Range Transportation Plan will be prepared, based upon the Plan Forum’s recommendations and public comment. These draft documents will be the subject of an upcoming public Open House, tentatively scheduled for September 6, 2018.
(Updated May 23, 2018)
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 four Open Houses planned throughout this process, which will be well advertised in print and online media. The next will be held on June 5, 2018 from 5-7:00 pm at the Town Hall Municipal Complex. We look forward to seeing you there.
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