On Thu. September 28, 2017, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) held its sixth meeting at Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill.
Following a brief update from Assistant Planner Diane Dil, the CPAC broke out into its three subcommittee groups: Land Use, Transportation & Housing; Cultural Resources, Natural Resources & Public Health; and Economic Development & Community Facilities. Each subcommittee continued its review and discussion of draft goals and strategies for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
The final meeting of the CPAC will take place in late October or early November, with a location to be determined. The purpose of this meeting will be to finalize and endorse the draft goals and strategies for each of the comprehensive plan's elements.
In August, we asked visitors to the Imagine Fort Mill website the following question:
Community planning requires policy makers to consider the impacts of public policy on the rights of private property owners and the community at-large. When it comes to managing growth, do you feel it is more important to:
Like many other government services, community planning requires elected officials to consider often-competing interests when determining the future growth and direction of the community. In its simplest terms, this question was intended to gauge residents' opinions on the "proper role" of government when it comes to decisions related to community planning.
We received a total of 184 responses over the course of the month. Nearly two-thirds (65.8%) of respondents thought that decision-makers should attempt to balance the interests of private property owners and the community at-large when it comes to growth management policies. Slightly more than a quarter (27.7%) were in favor of policies that better control the negative impacts of growth, even if it affects the rights of private property owners. Less than ten percent (6.5%) favored the preservation of private property rights, even if it means less control on the negative impacts associated with growth.
A new flash poll will be posted on the Imagine Fort Mill homepage each month during the town's comprehensive plan update process. To participate, please visit www.imaginefortmill.com.