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 third meeting on March 6. At this meeting, they heard results from the Open House and survey, finalized their Goals and Objectives, reviewed the consultants’ land use analysis and transportation data, and weighed in on big issues of town-wide concern. They also heard a presentation from Charleston County Planning staff related to their comprehensive planning process, and the opportunities for coordination between the County and the Town. All the presentations from that meeting are available under the tab for the 3/6/2018 Plan Forum meeting to the right in the blue sidebar.
Now, that the framework has been established, the Town’s consultants and staff will begin to put together a draft document based upon the Plan Forum’s recommendations and public feedback to date.(Updated March 12, 2018)
The Plan Forum’s next group meeting will be on May 1, 2018. Between now and then, the Plan Forum’s subcommittees will likely meet to provide additional feedback and direction to the Plan drafting process. It is anticipated that at the May 1 meeting, there will be additional discussion on the big issues being addressed, implementation strategies, land use analysis, and additional transportation information.
Over the coming months, 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 March 12, 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 three Open Houses planned throughout this process, which will be well advertised in print and online media. The next will be held on January 30, 2018 from 5-7:00 pm at the Town Hall Municipal Complex. We look forward to seeing you there.
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