Lady’s Island Plan to be presented Nov. 29

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A process that began some 18 months ago will take the next step when the Lady’s Island Plan 2018 is presented publicly for the first time at a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Lady’s Island Middle School.

About 450 concerned citizens converged on the cafeteria at Lady’s Island Elementary School in early 2017 for a three-hour meeting at which they shared ideas about what they wanted the future of Lady’s Island to look like. Discussions continued in a series of side sessions during March 2017 and set in motion a process that resulted in a comprehensive traffic study of Lady’s Island, $30 million in local funding for traffic improvements, and now, the first-ever growth management plan for the island.

This is not a night of speeches, but a chance to see how a 10-person steering committee drawn from the community and supported by local and national planners interpreted what community members said, and how they fashioned it into a detailed plan for Lady’s Island. All residents and property owners on Lady’s Island are encouraged to attend and offer comments.

The presenters will share the results of a multi-jurisdictional planning effort to create a comprehensive and unified vision for Lady’s Island. The draft plan addresses managing growth, creating a walkable village center, strengthening neighborhoods, managing traffic congestion, improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and providing transparency in future decision making processes. 

The draft Lady’s Island Area Plan can be viewed here or by visiting www.ladysislandplan.wordpress.com.

Direct questions or comments to the Beaufort County Community Development Department at robm@bcgov.net or 843-255-2140.

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