Flowertown's future laid out, Vision Plan moves forward in final vote

Flowertown's future laid out, Vision Plan moves forward in final vote

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville's growth over the next quarter of a century is laid out in the Vision Plan, which town council approved Wednesday in a 5-to-2 vote.

"You see what communities that don't plan get," says Summerville council member Bob Jackson. "Not planning is failure."

Jackson voted in favor of the Vision Plan, a detailed project that will revamp the town's transportation, housing and infrastructure over the next 25 years.

"We want to maintain that small town feel, but we also have to be cognizant that in the last census we grew from the 14th largest city to the 7th," explains Tiffany Norton, Summerville's public information officer.

Wednesday's vote comes after months of planning and public input. While there was resistance initially to the plan, more people have embraced it.

"The plan is very good. Is it perfect? No, I don't believe so, but it is a pretty good fit. It has something in there for everybody from Oak Brook to Oak Street and from Knightsville to Brownsville."

Developers say the plan will prepare Summerville for a population boom. Town officials say all the projects laid out are up to current codes, but they say the plan is fluid and can be changed as needed.

"The vision plan is just kind of a road map of what Summerville will look like in 2040," says Norton. "Nothing in the plan is set in stone that it will happen or it won't happen."

"There are several things I will probably oppose and try to make different, but it's a vision," says Jackson. "It's somewhere to start, and it also tells the town we're truly going to work towards making a difference for our future."

Construction on some of the Vision Plan's projects will begin next summer. The funding will come from public and private partnerships, grants and the town itself.