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Spartanburg County is growing, with more than 60,000 new residents projected by 2040. Rapid change is already underway, as are planning processes to better manage anticipated growth. These planning processes are key opportunities to influence what future change will look like.
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The City of Spartanburg selected Brian Wright of Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative and Matt Noonkester, Founding Principal of City Explained to co-lead the city's comprehensive plan update in 2020-2021. Wright presented an overview of the process to Spartanburg City Council during their January 13, 2020 meeting. Click here to access Wright's presentation starting at the 23-minute mark.
In late 2019, Upstate Forever and partners hosted renowned walkability advocate Jeff Speck in Spartanburg. Speck is a city planner, urban designer, and the author of Walkable City and, most recently, Walkable City Rules. View the presentation on YouTube.
Spartanburg County Council adopted a new comprehensive plan — "Forward Together: Building a Better Spartanburg County", a new county-wide Subdivision Ordinance, and Area Performance Zoning (APZ) for the southwestern region of the county in 2019. These planning tools represent a step in the right direction toward more proactive planning for future growth across Spartanburg County through the county's ongoing Area Performance Planning (APP) initiative.
In late 2018 and continuing in 2019, Upstate Forever actively engaged in the United Way of the Piedmont's (UWP) Opportunity Housing initiative. Upstate Forever was a lead sponsor for UWP's 2019 Spartanburg Housing Summit that highlighted Missing Middle Housing as one strategy to help address the need for more affordable housing.
In 2019, Landrum officials are pursuing new ordinances and amendments to align the town's zoning with Envision Landrum, the town's 2017 comprehensive plan update.
In October of 2018, Upstate Forever completed our two-year grassroots citizen education and community visioning initiative in Boiling Springs, a rapidly developing bedroom community in unincorporated Spartanburg County. The citizen-led community group Heart of Boiling Springs will continue to lead efforts to ensure the initiative's outcomes inform future Area Performance Planning for the Central Region of Spartanburg County.
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