Over the next six months, Kershaw County will conduct broad community input sessions, interviews, and research, resulting in publication of a community-wide, input-based Vision Plan, designed to identify everything needed for the County to thrive over the next 15 to 20 years. Earlier this year, County Council authorized a “Visioning” effort for the entire County, to complement the mandatory 10-year Comprehensive Plan that the Planning Commission will undertake at the same time.
Throughout the process, community members will be asked for input to determine how they want their County to look and feel as a place to live, work, learn, worship, play, and raise families for future generations. Some of the areas that will be explored include: economic development, infrastructure and transportation, education, recreation, natural resources, health, culture, and county services.
“Kershaw County is at a crossroads as both growth and change present opportunities to improve the lives of the County’s citizens, while protecting what residents love about the County for the current generation, and future generations. Everyone in Kershaw County has a stake in our future, especially our young people. This is a great way to have all of our voices heard,” said Julian Burns, County Council Chairman.
Carolyn Hammond, County Planning Director, agreed: “We’re excited to partner with the people of Kershaw County to develop a common vision that will serve as the County’s roadmap to the year 2030.
The kickoff for the Vision planning process will take place Thursday, July 30, from 4-7pm, in the Media Center at Camden High School (1022 Ehrenclou Dr., Camden, SC 29020). The Kickoff Event is an opportunity for citizens to provide input and comment at the start of the process through several interactive exercises. All members of the Kershaw County community are invited and welcome to attend.
The Vision Planning process will be assisted and facilitated by the Santee-Lynches Council of Governments, the four-county regional planning district that serves Kershaw County. Executive Director Dr. Michael Mikota said “Santee-Lynches is thrilled to support Kershaw County’s vision planning efforts. We look forward to engaging with the citizens of the County during 2015 to develop the Vision Plan.”
Kershaw County’s point of contact for the project is Senior Planner Michael Conley (803-425-7233 ext 5450; Michael.Conley@kershaw.sc.gov). For Santee-Lynches Council of Governments, Economic and Community Sustainability Director Kyle Kelly (803-774-1377; KKelly@slcog.org) may be reached.