Release Date: April 23, 2015
Jim Gant , Circle to Circle Committee Chairman
During the sixties and early seventies, the Coligny Circle area became the commercial hub of the island. It was spawned by and grew because of its proximity to the beach, the concentration of cottages along North and South Forest Beach Drives, nearby hotels, and the growing population of Sea Pines Plantation.
The functional character of the area was that of a small town center. It was the "Downtown" of Hilton Head Island. This relaxed atmosphere and subdued architecture helped shape the first impressions of island visitors.
The Circle to Circle Committee has been chartered by Town Council to develop an area master plan for Coligny Circle through the Sea Pines Circle, and seeks your input in defining what this area should be 10-15 years from now. You are invited to learn more about this process and to provide input at a series of public forums scheduled during the month of May. Your input is critical in molding the future character of this area. You may also provide input via the Town website.
The Committee is asking for your input on the questions identified below, as well as any other input you wish to offer.
Community Forum Schedule
|Town Hall||Council Chambers||4 pm||Monday, May 11|
|Beach/Coligny||St Luke’s Church||6 pm||Tuesday, May 12|
|Palmetto Electric||Community Room||7 pm||Tuesday, May 19|
|Sea Pines*||CSA Community Room||10 am||Wednesday, May 20|
|Hilton Head Plantation*||Plantation House||4 pm||Wednesday, May 27|
*Not open to general public.
Role of the Circle to Circle Committee
The Committee was formed by Town Council and directed to develop a master plan for the area from Coligny Circle through Sea Pines Circle and on to the location of the old Food Lion on Palmetto Bay Road. The Committee's charter includes developing a vision for the area, projecting future development, and making recommendations to address infrastructure requirements.
While the scope of the Committee's charter is broad, there are some Town Council decisions that are beyond the scope of the Committee. These include the decision to redevelop Town land near Coligny Circle, and the decision to build a USCB Campus on Office Park Road. However, the impact of this redevelopment activity on traffic and parking along with other growth in the area will be reviewed by the Committee.
Purpose of the Area Master Plan
An area vision/master plan is intended to articulate how the community sees itself in the future, and how it expresses the character and values of the community. It should identify actions that the Town must take to encourage reaching that vision, and obstacles that must be overcome. The Town's role is to enable that vision through appropriate regulations and public investment so that private development is stimulated and occurs in line with the vision.
Island Values and Island Character
Hilton Head Island has been successful for many years thanks to its focus on natural resources and understated development. It is important for the future of the island that we continue to follow these values:
While residents and guests alike value the Hilton Head Island style and ambiance, their wants and needs change over time in relation to the island’s maturity, economic conditions, and interests of visiting tourists. For example:
How will community input be used?
The Committee will collect all citizen input and develop common "themes". A community feedback session will be scheduled to review the common themes and ensure the themes represent the community input. This information will be reported to Town Council/Planning Commission and published to citizens via the Town website. The themes will form an integral part of defining the vision/master plan for the area.