It’s time to plan, Greenville County

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Want to have a say in how Greenville County grows — before that development you don’t like is proposed down the road from where you live?

Your chance is here.

Greenville County is developing its next 10-year comprehensive plan and a series of community meetings will be held this month to get community feedback. The comprehensive plan, mandated by the state every 10 years, will guide the county’s growth and development during the next decade.

“We understand the county is going to grow, but this plan will help determine how we’re going to grow and where we’re going to grow,” said Greenville County Council Chairman Butch Kirven. “We have to get this right.”

The comprehensive plan addresses nine elements: population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, land use, transportation, and priority investments in public infrastructure and facilities.

Greenville County has changed significantly since the adoption of its last comprehensive plan titled “Imagine Greenville County.” Its population has grown an estimated 55,000 people since 2010. That’s like adding a city nearly the size of Greenville.

The drop-in style community meetings, according to MKSK, the consultant hired by the county to facilitate the plan, will have interactive stations and mapping tables. MKSK Planner Tee Coker said during the meetings, citizens will be informed about existing conditions and current trends, and be asked about their ideas, vision and goals.

Coker said MKSK has already met with some stakeholders and some common themes have emerged — zoning, residential development including density and missing middle housing, special purpose districts, jurisdictional cooperation, growth impacts, and access.

The A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University will conduct a statistically-valid telephone survey of 600 county residents, Coker said.

From the citizen input, research and discussion will emerge a comprehensive plan that will go to the planning commission and, ultimately, county council. Approval of the plan is expected late this year.

For more information, go to www.plangreenvillecounty.org.

Plan Greenville County

Nine community meetings are scheduled for February to help Greenville County and its consultant to update its 10-year comprehensive plan, which will guide growth and development for the next decade.

Monday, Feb. 4

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Travelers Rest High School commons

Thursday, Feb. 7

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Eastside High Media Center

Monday, Feb. 11

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bells Crossing Elementary School cafeteria

Tuesday, Feb. 12

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Woodmont High School commons

Thursday, Feb. 14

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Berea High School commons

Thursday, Feb. 21

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

County Square Suite 400

Monday, Feb. 25

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blue Ridge High School commons

Tuesday, Feb. 26

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ralph Chandler Middle School cafeteria

Thursday, Feb. 28

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Community Center

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