West Ashley Master Plan process revealed

West Ashley Master Plan process revealed
February 08 20:12 2017 Print This Article

Before a standing room only crowd at Town & Country Inn on Savannah Hwy, planning consultant Victor Dover from the firm Dover Kohl explained the planning process the firm uses at the February meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission. Dover Kohl has guided several local projects, including planning for the I’On subdivision in Mt. Pleasant and Re-think Folly Road on James Island.

Dover noted that the process will be community-driven. He said, “This will be a West Ashley plan driven by West Ashley stakeholders. The more hands that touch the plan, the better it will be.” He encouraged people to engage neighbors and friends and get them involved in the process.

The West Ashley Master Plan process will include a kickoff meeting, followed by four day-long open house drop-in workshops seeking public input. Beginning Wed., March 8, the planning firm will begin holding technical reviews in areas such as traffic, shopping centers, drainage and streetscapes with area leaders. The final plan will include implementation steps which include the government agency responsible and the estimated cost. The firm helps identify funding sources for the plan implementation. Dover cited a project in Beaufort in which his firm helped the city to get a federal economic development grant of more than $12 Million.

During the public comment period, Old Charles Towne District Task Force Chairman Steve Coe asked about what sort of input neighborhoods should provide in the process. Dover said his firm wants to learn about the history of West Ashley neighborhoods, including old pictures of what they once looked like. He also encouraged breaking the Master Plan into smaller pieces. He said, “Byrnes Downs wouldn’t want people from Carolina Bay to tell them what to do.” He encouraged neighborhoods to collaborate in developing solutions.

The next West Ashley Revitalization Commission meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 8 at 5 pm at a site yet to be named.