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Balanced Growth

Land Planning & Policy

The Upstate is growing. By 2040, our region’s population is projected to reach nearly 1,750,000 – an increase of 64% since 1990. The real issue, however is the way we are accommodating that growth. Unchecked development is consuming our green spaces and making travel by any means other than a personal vehicle nearly impossible. What's more, the expensive infrastructure needed to support this sprawl is setting up future residents for an insurmountable tax burden.

If we want to preserve our high quality of life and protect the places that make the Upstate so special, we must be more thoughtful and deliberate about our land use practices. Upstate Forever's Land Planning & Policy program works with elected officials, landowners, communities, business leaders, and local stakeholders to promote smart, responsible growth. Join us and help preserve the unique character of the Upstate!


Featured projects

Shaping Growth in Greenville County

Greenville County is growing rapidly. We are working to ensure that land use policies are in place that support smart, balanced growth. 


This groundbreaking study shows an urgent need for more balanced growth in the Upstate.

Envision Landrum

We are working with the City of Landrum to help implement priority recommendations from Envision Landrum: Your Dream is Our Future, a comprehensive plan update adopted in August 2017.

Heart of Boiling Springs

A diverse group of local citizens and decision-makers are working to transform Boiling Springs in Spartanburg County into a more active, healthy community. 

Planning for less pavement and more green infrastructure

Large paved areas threaten water quality and aquatic life, but can easily be reduced with simple changes to development standards and incorporation of green infrastructure strategies.

Photo: Dick Carr

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