The current Town's Comprehensive plan was adopted in May 2010 that address policies and strategies to address current planning and community issues and those forthcoming over the next 20 years.
South Carolina State law says that the primary goal of a Comprehensive Plan is the "promotion of public health, safety, morals, convenience, order, or the general welfare and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of development". According to South Carolina Code; a Comprehensive Plan is required to include the following three elements:
- a statement of objectives for future development;
- statement(s) of policy for land use development; and
- statement(s) of policy for the development of public ways, public places, public lands, public structures, and public utilities.
In addition to these required elements, a Comprehensive Plan may also include elements such as:
- Historical resources, population, infrastructure, utility, transportation, transit, park, recreation, and education information;
- Programs for public works projects and governmental capital improvement projects; and
- Economic development strategies.
- Establish a community vision created through community consensus, and capture the values, goals, and objectives of the community.
- Create an up to date policy guide for encouraging quality physical and economic development in the community;
- Prepare the community for the changes that the future will bring;
- Preserve the community's character; improve the community's quality of life;
- Encourage actions that will be in the long-term best interests of the community;
- Introduce current innovative planning, development, and growth concepts to the community;
- Encourage the efficient use of public resources by coordinating development and future public capital expenditures, encouraging balanced growth in areas where adequate infrastructure exists, and saving future public expenditures to "fix" poorly planned or installed development;
- Generate new strategies, new alternatives, and new solutions to address community problems, weaknesses, and issues; and build on the community's strengths to maintain the economic vitality of the community
- Provide a strong legal basis for sound land use decisions
Elements of the Comprehensive Plan
State Statute requires that a Comprehensive Plan must, at a minimum, include the following three general components:
- A statement of objectives for future development;
- Statement(s) of policy for land use development; and
- Statement(s) of policy for the development of public ways, public places, public lands public structures and public utilities.
- Cultural Resources
- Natural Resources
- Community Facilities
- Economic Development
- Land Use
- Priority Investment
- Analysis of Impediments to Affordable Housing
The basic planning process required for each of the planning elements must include at a minimum:
- An Inventory of Existing Conditions
- Statement of Needs and Goals
- Implementation Strategies with Time Frames
For questions regarding Comprehensive Planning, please contact the Shawn Colin, Deputy Director of Community Development at 843-341-4696.