WGI established and led a team to update the City of Hardeeville, SC’s Comprehensive Plan consistent with the South Carolina Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act. After the full review, four of the nine elements were updated: Community Facilities, Future Land Use, Transportation, and Priority Investment (Capital Improvements). Throughout the process, a series of outreach efforts and prioritization exercises were conducted. The City was additionally provided with a set of financially feasible implementation plans to plan for its future growth.
The future land use element analyzed development trends; evaluated existing conditions; and formulated of goals, objectives, and policies. Plan highlights included a future land use-zoning matrix; transformation of small downtown into walkable town center; development of municipal complex; greenway and trails system; annexation strategy; parks master plan; and infill workforce housing program.
The team addressed utilities; public safety and municipal services; and county, state, and private services. The utility systems and capacity analysis evaluated water, electric, service, natural gas, solid waste and recycling, and communications.
We analyzed the freight network including rail, passenger rail, local and regional transit, hurricane evacuation routes, existing and future road capacity. New goals, objectives, and policies were provided with emphasis on alternative mobility modes and complete streets.
Capital improvements were prioritized based population and nonresidential growth projections; a detailed financial analysis; long-range forecasts for tax and user-fee revenues; goals, objectives, and policies; and a short-, medium-, and long-term capital investment program. Projects were prioritized based on City and citizen input.
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