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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (June 4, 2015) - While the summer months are usually a time for relaxing in the Lowcountry, the real work is just beginning for Mount Pleasant Town Council in regard to the Town’s Growth Management Plan.
The plan’s framework, introduced in March, outlined three broad goals:
- Curbing the number of allowable residential units available in new development and redevelopment projects.
- Ensuring costs associated with development are borne by those responsible for development.
- Raising funds for open space, recreation and other livability enhancers.
Council allowed itself four to six months from April for a final reading of several amendments to the Code of Ordinances called for by the framework. This action was taken in order to facilitate a community-wide discussion and debate.
The key points of the amendments include:
- Retiring bonus density allowances (or extra housing units if certain requirements are met)
- Ending increased densities in mixed-used planned developments
- Requiring 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
The hoped-for discourse is happening now.
In April, the framework was sent to the TOMP Planning Commission. Last month, the Commission approved for recommendation to the TOMP Planning Committee a version of the Growth Management Plan that included a list of amendments to the framework covering everything from density and workforce housing to defining the term “mixed use” in Mount Pleasant.
(The full list of amendments can be seen on pages 8 and 9 of the June 1 Committees of Council Agenda.)
Next, the Planning Committee will consider the version of the Growth Management Plan approved by the Commission at an upcoming special meeting. A date has yet to be set for that event.
“We’re hearing from residents and the Planning Commission has made recommendations,” said Mayor Linda Page. “Now it’s time for the Planning Committee to roll up its sleeves and get to work. Sometime between August and October we’re going to have a final vote on this thing.”
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to share their views via the Town’s Framework Feedback Form.
“We’ve set up this tool that allows residents to weigh in directly on the growth management issue,” Page said. “And we’re getting opinions from all sides: some people really like it, some people are against it and some people are looking for middle ground. We think that’s great, and it’s going to inform the decisions Council makes in the months ahead.”