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Report released on smart growth for the Lowcountry

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After three years of gathering information the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments released the complete report for the OurRegion OurPlan survey to guide growth of the region for the next 30 years. The study took more than three years and was created from input of 400 residents.

According to the COG, the multi-year initiative, involving countless hours of collaboration between various jurisdictions, agencies, organizations and citizens groups, culminates in a blueprint for the Lowcountry's future.  The hope is leaders from all the towns and counties involved will use the plan as a guide when making decisions on how to grow.

Larry Hargett, current Chair of the BCDCOG and Chairman of the Regional Planning Committee, said, "Crafting this Vision Plan was a challenging, but rewarding task." He added, "The journey has just begun to making this Vision a reality".

Four of the key elements in the plan looked at preserving the unique character of the tri-county region, including regional architecture and the natural environment; preserving green areas and protecting rural and open spaces; developing an integrated transportation system that maximizes use of existing transportation infrastructure and promotes alternative modes of travel; and promoting a diverse regional economy with employment opportunities integrated within existing or new centers.

The full report can be found here: http://www.ourregionourplan.org/resources.htm

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