Charleston County seeks public input in ten-year plan

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - As the Lowcountry continues to grow, Charleston County is updating its ten-year comprehensive plan.

The Charleston County Government describes the updated plan as a road map of where and how future growth and development will occur in the county.

The county is holding public workshops in different areas of the county to give the community a chance to voice their comments on what they want their county to look like.

"Public participation in the comprehensive planning process is critical to ensure county growth is consistent with the community's vision. Public input also helps guide the provision of county services and impacts future policy decisions that improve the general welfare of all citizens and visitors to Charleston County," said Planning Director Joel Evans.

The workshops focus on six elements; background, land use and priority investment, natural and cultural resources, population and housing, transportation, and economic development.

Part of the mapped-out plan shows the urban growth boundary and outlined continued plans to keep rural areas outside of the development boundary in an effort to not eat up natural resources.

In Wednesday's workshop, people were focusing on the historical resources, and what that could mean for the county's plans to protect the cultural community.

"Speaking about the Sweetgrass Overlay District and making sure those things are acknowledged," Adriane Smalls-Owens said. "Basically understanding the Sweetgrass Overlay District and the Sweetgrass basket making, and the Gullah Geechee and African-American settlement communities, are a part of the history of Charleston County as well as Mount Pleasant area."

One of the county's goals said African-American communities and family settlements, and activities such as Sweetgrass basket making, would be protected from potential negative impacts of development.

"Those are things we want to make sure we capture so we are able to preserve and protect those African-American settlement communities," Smalls-Owens said.

The Maybank Corridor District is also part of the plan the two to three-year plan. There are four more workshops next week that community is invited to attend:

  • Monday, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at Ladson Elementary School
  • Tuesday, 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. at the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
  • Wednesday, 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.  at West Ashley High School
  • Thursday, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at James Island Elementary School

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