'Master Plan' draws big crowd to Summerville town hall meeting

Published: Mar. 7, 2014 at 4:23 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Lawrence Group is the force behind the Master Plan, a project that will prepare Summerville for a population boom.

"It's time," explains resident Jan Hursey. "Summerville is at the position where we are expanding greatly. We've had a lot of influx of people, of businesses. It's time for us to come up with a master plan in order to control this growth."

Thursday's presentation was based on data The Lawrence Group gathered during last week's workshops.

Monica Holmes, a senior associate with the group, says they learned more efficient transportation and a thriving downtown are the highest priorities among Summerville residents.

"More roadways need to be planned and developed," says Randy Morris, another resident. "People need to have an option as to which route to take to and from work or around the area."

"My first priority is going to be Hutchinson Square, which is a focal point of our community, which does need some upgrading," says Hursey. "We're also concerned about pedestrian traffic in the downtown, making our town a little more pedestrian friendly."

Summerville Mayor Bill Collins is hopeful his constituents will give the plan a stamp of approval.

"We want the public to understand this is not a study that we contracted with to put on the shelf. We want this to be a living, breathing, working roadmap for the future for Summerville."

The group will submit a final report to the town council in May. Collins says the council could adopt the plan by late summer. He says the funding for the various projects would come from public and private partnerships, grants and the town itself.