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Mt. Pleasant growth plan aims to limit commercial & residential development

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Mount Pleasant leaders are working to manage growth in the town.

Tuesday morning, Mayor Linda Page introduced the Mount Pleasant Growth Management Plan.

According to the plan's mission statement, "This plan is to manage growth as a to preserve quality of life attributes such as public safety, public education, public recreation, mobility, culture and history among other things."

One of the main objectives of the plan, Mayor Page said, is the elimination of bonus density allowances.

Right now, those who build apartment complexes or mixed-use developments receive bonuses based on things like having retail in the development.

This ordinance would cancel those incentives.

Other things on the plan include making developers pay for fees like transportation and infrastructure needs.

"We feel like we need to make sure that those developers are paying the right fees, right impact fees, right recreation fees," said Page. "And, we also need to look at what those units look like as they approach the street. Are they truly mixed-use? "

The plan also includes potential taxation for recreation needs that would bring more fields and pools to the town.

Page said Mt. Pleasant is developing quickly and doesn't need bonus density and incentive for people to move to the town. This plan aims to limit commercial and residential development and encourage recreational lands.

She said this is the initial stage in the process.

"Draft ordinances starting tomorrow," said Mayor Page. "It will go to legal department, come back to full council for April meeting. Then, it will go to the Planning Commission and hopefully we'll have a final vote in May."

The committee meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Town Hall.

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