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MOUNT PLEASANT (March 24, 2015) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and Town Council today unveiled the framework of a Town Growth Management Plan aimed at preserving quality of life while providing balance between development and livability for residents.
The framework presented spells out three major goals:
1. To curb the number of allowable residential units available in new development and redevelopment projects.
2. To ensure costs associated with development are borne by those responsible for development.
3. To raise funds for open space, recreation and other livability enhancers.
Each goal comes with a number of objectives, including retiring density bonuses and enacting appropriate transportation impact and recreation fees.
“It is obvious that our growth must be responsible, strategic and properly managed if we are to retain the essence of what makes Mount Pleasant so special,” Mayor Page said. “Good municipalities, solid businesses and successful individuals constantly re-evaluate their practices to ensure they are well placed for ongoing success. That is what this framework is about.”
At its meeting tomorrow (March 25), the Mount Pleasant Planning Committee will initiate the process of drafting four ordinances in regard to:
• Retiring bonus density allowances
• Ending increased densities in mixed-use planned developments
• A 100 percent commercial street frontage requirement for multifamily projects in the Urban Corridor Overlay District
• Eliminating the recreation impact fee waiver for developments that provide dedicated amenities
Those ordinances will be set for a first reading at the April Town Council meeting, followed by review by the Town Planning Commission and second reading by Town Council in May.“We are serious about our responsibility to the community, and the timeliness of these actions demonstrates that,” said Councilman Chris O’Neal, the Planning Committee chairman. “Between now and May, Council, the Planning Commission and the public will have opportunities to weigh in and provide input and feedback. Other outlined steps will be taken as the process progresses.”Mount Pleasant is in the midst of exceptional growth – the population has grown more than 500 percent since 1980 – and Town officials have heard from Mount Pleasant residents, as well as others in the Lowcountry concerned about rapid growth in their own communities.
“The common thread in all of our conversations is that everyone involved cares deeply about the future of our region,” said Page. “Balancing the concerns and hopes of residents with the realities of an economic boom and large-scale population expansion is something Town staff and elected leaders try to balance in a thoughtful, tactful way every day. We believe this framework and the final plan that it inspires can be a template for the region in how to appropriately address growth.”