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Upstate comprehensive plan updates: What's the latest news?

February 18th, 2020

Upstate South Carolina is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Southeast. In fact, our region’s population is projected to reach nearly 1,750,000 by 2040 — an increase of 64% since 1990. The cities of Greenville, Greer, and Spartanburg are each updating their comprehensive plans, plans that will chart a course for accommodating future growth and development. Here are the latest updates...

Greenville

The City of Greenville hosted its third Open House for GVL2040 at the David Hellams Community Center on February 12. Attendees had the opportunity to consider what change might look like and share their preferences on three distinct scenarios for growth management: 

  • Scenario 1: Stay the course with small adjustments
  • Scenario 2: Steer growth to corridors and nodes 
  • Scenario 3: Steer growth to corridors and nodes while also preserving land

The goal of the evening was to understand what citizens like and dislike about each scenario to develop a preferred path as a basis for recommendations to be included in the comprehensive plan for the city.

Our Land Planning & Policy team will stay involved as the City's comprehensive planning process moves forward and will keep you informed every step of the way. For more information on the city's comprehensive planning process visit gvl2040.com. If you'd like to receive updates and alerts for Greenville City and County comprehensive plans via email, please click here.

Greer

The City of Greer recently kicked off a process to update its comprehensive plan by the end of 2020. Tee Coker, an American Institute of Certified Planner with MKSK, is leading the effort. The city has begun hosting stakeholder roundtables to inform planning for the City of Greer over the next ten years. Our team is engaged in this process and will keep you informed as it moves forward. 

Spartanburg

The City of Spartanburg also kicked off a comprehensive plan update in January. Brian Wright of Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative and Matt Noonkester, Founding Principal of City Explained, have been selected to co-lead an 18-month long planning process. Wright spoke to Spartanburg City Council
last month about what that process will look like — click here to access Wright's January 13 presentation starting around the 23-minute mark.

Would you like to stay informed and engaged in Spartanburg's future growth? Click here to sign up for our Planning & Growth Updates for Spartanburg County email updates.


Photo of the Village of West Greenville by Morgan Yelton

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