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One Berkeley

Comprehensive Plan

Rich History. Bright Future.
One Berkeley.

The next 10 years are poised to be Berkeley County’s most important decade. We need your help to shape the future.

One Berkeley

Comprehensive Plan

Rich History. Bright Future. One Berkeley.

 The next 10 years are poised to be Berkeley County’s most important decade. We need your help to shape the future.

01.

 

What is the

ONE BERKELEY

Comprehensive Plan?

As a comprehensive plan, One Berkeley will provide a blueprint for the future. Developed by the Planning Commission through a public process, then adopted by County Council, One Berkeley will document the community’s vision and provide a roadmap to get there.

One Berkeley and other comp plans, as required by the State of South Carolina, are reviewed and validated every five years and fully updated every ten years. The 2010 Berkeley County Comprehensive Plan and the 2015 Review are available here.

What a Comp Plan Does & Doesn’t Do?

Comprehensive plans like ONE BERKELEY provide a framework of goals, along with policies and implementation strategies to achieve those goals. These are identified through a public process involving residents, businesses and property owners. While the Plan provides goals and policy recommendations for how the County should develop in the future, it is not regulatory. Incorporated municipalities within the County have their own individual comprehensive plans.

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02.

MAP

& Key Elements

Berkeley County is roughly the size of Rhode Island (!). To frame how One Berkeley can evaluate how specific areas have changed, the County has been segmented into five geographic regions. These areas represent a combination of census tracts to assist with providing data that creates a picture of where changes have occurred and are projected.

ONE Berkeley address 9 key elements

  • Population
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Population
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Community Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Priority Investments
  • Community Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Priority Investments

03.

FRAMEWORK

Rich History. Bright Future.

ONE BERKELEY offers the opportunity to capture Berkeley County’s history, compare recent demographic trends to historical data, anticipate growth and formulate a shared community vision for the county’s future.

Your Voice for the Future.

A shared community vision can only be developed through meaningful public participation. Voicing your thoughts – virtually or in-person – as the county embarks on this community-wide conversation is a vital and valuable contribution to the County’s future.

04.

What is the

TIMELINE?

Although every Comprehensive Plan addresses each of the nine elements, the planning process used is unique to each community. One Berkeley will be developed using a Scenario Planning process, giving the community an opportunity to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of different plans for the future, which will be drafted based on public input this fall.
Phase I: Defining Existing Conditions
Earlier in 2020, the One Berkeley Team began collecting data and information on changes in demographics and other conditions since 2010. More importantly, the team worked with agencies that provide critical public services and facilities to document current capacities and anticipated future needs.
Phase II: Establishing a Vision for the Future
The remainder of 2020 will be devoted to gathering your ideas about what aspects of the County are most valued, listening to your concerns about what challenges will be faced by the County in the future and assessing strategies for future development. Community members are being asked to also share how they envision accommodating new residents, businesses and industries within the County.

In early 2021, participants in the planning process will have an opportunity to compare how various scenarios achieve the identified visions. Public input on these scenarios will help to identify the preferred vision for Berkeley County’s future.

Phase III: Plan Construction and Refinement
A draft plan integrating goals and strategies that can achieve the preferred vision identified in Phase II will be prepared by the Planning Commission and presented to the public in mid-2021. Following a review period, the plan will be presented to County Council for its consideration.

05.

 

TEAM

With public input throughout the process, the Planning Commission will guide development of the One Berkeley Comprehensive Plan. County Planners will work with the regional planning agency Berkeley-Charleston-Council of Governments and planning consultant City Explained, Inc. to facilitate the process, compiling data and ideas to develop and evaluate future county Growth Scenarios.