The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has tapped the Urban Land Institute South Carolina (ULI) to compile an “unbiased, fair and honest assessment” of the Mount Pleasant Town Council's plan for growth management, which was introduced in March.
The study will take two days. The public is invited to attend a presentation on Aug. 6 during which the results of the evaluation will be revealed. The presentation will take place in the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the region to get expert, third-party input as we respond to opportunities and challenges with unprecedented growth," Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce chief advancement officer Mary Graham said. "We are likely to hear about some new ideas and approaches, confirm known aspects and opportunities in the area, and perhaps hear some things we might not want to hear."
The team conducting the study is made up of six members of ULI's membership and will include individuals with expertise in transportation, land use, economic development, urban planning, alternative financing and affordable housing.
Mount Pleasant is among the 10 fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. The study will include a tour of the area, a town hall meeting, interviews with various community leaders, business owners and residents and advocacy groups.
A final written report will be issued by ULI in approximately two months.