Have you heard of the Charleston City Plan? Today we are breaking it down for you + sharing ways you can get involved.
What is the Charleston City Plan? The 2020 Charleston City Plan – also called the “comprehensive plan” – is the community’s vision for the future of Charleston. State law requires municipalities to make plans for the future of our city every 10 years and update it every 5 years.
The plan covers these 10 key topics – called elements: ○ Housing ○ Land Use ○ Resilience ○ Population ○ Transportation ○ Natural Resources ○ Cultural Resources ○ Priority Investment ○ Community Facilities ○ Economic Development
As the plan is put together, the city is looking for community members from all over Charleston to share ideas on each of the topics + how to approach them over the next 10 years.
When completed, the City Plan will: ✅ Provide objective data for each of 10 key elements ✅ Make recommendations for land use throughout the city ✅ Guide decision makers in implementing planning-related policies
The end result will be a document illustrating how we want Charleston to look in 2030, with an end goal of reflecting a vision endorsed by the community that is backed by objectivedata + sets Charleston on a positive track for the next 10 years and beyond. It will be a resource for community members wanting to better understand the state of our city + how it may change in the next 10 years.
The completed City Plan will be used in several ways: 🗂 The Planning Commission + City Council will reference recommendations in the plan when considering Charleston’s growth, including: redevelopment + new development, neighborhood strengthening, commercial revitalization, and the expansion of green spaces.
🗂 The development community will use the City Plan to better understand where to invest in Charleston.
🗂 Utility providers use the City Plan when evaluating system expansion + upgrades.
State ○ The South Carolina Senate has approved a bill that would fine drivers $25 for clogging up the left hand lanes on highways with 3+ lanes. 🚨 (The Post and Courier)
ComingSoon ○ Target is headed to 211 King St., the former location of Forever 21, in Charleston’s historic district. Though no opening date has been announced, the company has officially leased the 30,000-sqft. space. 🛒 (WCBD)
WaterCooler ○ The SC Gamecocks are heading to the Final Fourfor the third time in 6 NCAA tournaments. You can cheer the team on tomorrow, April 2, as they take on Stanford at 6 p.m. 🐔 (ESPN)
Announced ○ The Charleston Farmers Marketwill return to Marion Square on Apr. 10, but it will be using its “essentials format” that was implemented last year to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. As a result, there will be no live entertainment or bouncy castles. (The Post and Courier)
Closing ○ Asian street food eatery Tu announced this week that it will be closing its restaurant location “for now.” However, it will continue to work alongsideXiao Bao Biscuit to host + cater private events. 🍴 (Holy City Sinner)
CofC ○ College of Charleston is encouraging students + faculty to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to school in the fall; however, it is not required. The school does plan to continue hosting vaccination clinics on-campus for those who are eligible. (WCSC)
Gallery ○ The Charleston Museum wrapped up Women’s History Month with this gallery of women from the Archives Collection. Their names are not known by the museum, so if you look through the gallery + recognize one of these fearless women, contact the museum’s Archives Department. 🖼️
Listen ○ On a recent episode of Health Focus, a weekly podcast that features chats with MUSC Health professionals, Dr. Eva Serber about how a regular exercise routine can help reduce feelings of depression and improve your overall emotional well-being. Listen here. 🎧 Ⓟ
Local ○ Have you heard of the newest dating app in CHS? We hear it’s super saucy.Check it out. 🔥Ⓟ
Arts ○ Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, is happening May 7-9 in Greenville, SC. This year’s festival will feature 100+ artists and be safe, small, and socially distanced, spanning four blocks of S. Main Street. The festival is ticketed + gated this year in order tomanage crowd size — tickets are available now. 🎨 Ⓟ
And if you weren’t able to attend, but you’re feeling a little Delirious on this Thursday morning, check out thesetlist from that evening and (Let’s) Go Crazy. ☔
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TheBuy ○ Online Plant Sale| Thurs., Apr. 1-Tues., Apr. 20 | All day long | Virtual via Charleston Horticultural Society | Prices vary | Celebrate the “Spirit of Plantasia” by partaking in Charleston’s plant sale + garden festival. 🌿
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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