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Population Growth and Land Use

About Population Growth and Land Use

As the population of coastal South Carolina increases and changes, local communities, landowners, and organizations must work strategically to identify, design, and conserve their land network in order to maintain healthy wildlife and human communities.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium provides science-based information to prioritize land that should be conserved or restored, and also point to areas that are more appropriate for development.

Land Conservation

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Connected Land Conservation Plan of the East Cooper Region of South Carolina

The purpose of this plan is to provide a regional perspective of local development patterns and natural resources in the area between the Cooper and Santee rivers. The six mayors of this region signed a memorandum of agreement in support of this natural asset planning project. Over the course of the year, the project team synthesized technical knowledge regarding urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, and ecology, as well as organized workshops to gather input from the mayors and planning staff to develop a land conservation plan.

The project partners completed this cross-jurisdictional land conservation plan with the seven communities in December 2016. This plan serves as a resource for these communities by providing them with the capability to identify and review their highest quality natural assets on a regional scale and to develop strategies to conserve them, while identifying the best locations for development to occur.

Community Planning

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Citizens’ Guide to Community Planning: Greater Myrtle Beach Region

Cities and counties plan in order to identify important community issues (e.g. new growth, housing needs, and environmental protection), project future demand for services (e.g. sewer, water, roads), anticipate potential problems, and establish goals and policies for directing and managing growth. Local governments use a variety of tools discussed in this document to address such issues within the organized framework of local planning procedures established by the State of South Carolina.

This guide is a basic primer for the land-use planning techniques deployed by the eight government bodies in Horry County. Includes a section on special purpose zoning districts and other planning tools, as well as a land-use codes matrix for each municipality (2008).

Low Impact Development

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Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina: a Planning and Design Guide

This comprehensive manual on implementing low impact development practices provides engineering tools, planning guidance, and case study examples that are relevant to the South Carolina coastal zone.

The overall goal of this project is to provide local decision makers with the knowledge and resources to apply LID practices on the community, neighborhood, and site scale (2014).

Blueways and Greenways

Blueways-Greenways in Charleston Region Map

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium worked with multiple partners to develop an interactive map of blueways and greenways in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. Users can explore land and water trails, water access points, green spaces and historic sites.

Community Education

The South Carolina Coastal Information Network

The purpose of SCCIN is to coordinate coastal community outreach efforts in South Carolina. The network includes federal and state agencies, regional government agencies and private organizations working together to deliver outreach programs.

This collaboration avoids duplication of efforts and minimizes the number of meetings/workshops that community leaders and staff are asked to attend, leverages scarce resources, and maximizes program benefits and expected outcomes.

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