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
To begin this process, Town Council has asked the Planning Commission to select a Plan Forum – a group of residents – to provide feedback and guide development of the Plan. The Town solicited applications for a period of nearly three weeks, receiving 275 responses. The applications have been organized into 9 separate “neighborhoods” to aid in the selection process and to verify that all parts of the Planning Area have fair representation. On August 15, the Planning Commission met to review the applications to select a working group that is geographically and demographically representative of the Planning Area. They selected 34 individuals to serve on the Plan Forum. The successful applicants will be notified by August 18. (Updated August 16, 2017)
The Plan Forum will be working with the Town’s consultants and staff to begin the exciting work of crafting a vision for the future of Mount Pleasant. At their first meeting, they will be identifying key issues that need to be addressed as well as the Town’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Their work-in-progress will be made available for public review at the first Open House, which will be scheduled sometime in October. This Open House, the first of three, will also provide the public with the opportunity to share ideas that will then be shared with the Forum members. (Updated August 16, 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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