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Greenville County is growing rapidly, with 160,000+ new residents projected by 2040. The impacts of that growth will largely be determined by how and where we accommodate it.
Right now, we are consuming land at an unprecedented rate. If we continue on this path, nearly 206,000 acres of land in Greenville County could be converted from farms, forests, and open space to strip malls, parking lots, and low-density subdivisions by 2040.
And that pattern of growth will be exorbitantly expensive to serve with the revenues generated by new development unlikely to cover half of the costs to serve it. Watch the video below to learn more about what sprawl is ultimately costing Greenville County.
Too often, local planning and policy-making occurs without effective community engagement, resulting in a blueprint for future growth representing developers and special interest groups alone.
Upstate Forever is working to educate citizens about the impacts of growth choices and empower them to engage in community planning discussions. At the same time, we are working with elected leaders to help them understand the importance of proactive growth management and equip them with the tools they need to address community issues through meaningful land use policy.